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The Old Dominion University Village Bookstore will have its three-day grand opening celebrations Dec. 6-8. It will feature book signings by well-known writers, including David Baldacci, author of the bestseller "Stone Cold," and an official ribbon cutting slated for 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. In addition, there will be photo-ops with Big Blue and the ODU cheerleading squad.

Located at the corner of 45th Street and Monarch Way behind the Ted Constant Convocation Center, the bookstore building is three-and-a-half stories and encompasses 42,000 square feet. The first and second floors will offer approximately 20,000 titles, from bestsellers to children's books. General merchandise is located on the first level and academic books on the second. The first floor will also feature a café, with an outdoor seating area. Old Dominion's Office of Development occupies the upper floors.

Owned by the Old Dominion University Real Estate Foundation, the building replaces the bookstore in Webb University Center. "The new bookstore represents an important step in the development of the University Village - it anchors the other retail and cultural attractions along Monarch Way to benefit both the university and the entire Norfolk community," said Robert L. Fenning, vice president for administration and finance.

Follett Higher Education Group, which operates the University Village Bookstore, also has campus bookstores at the University of California at Berkeley, University of Notre Dame and Stanford University, among hundreds of others schools. Additionally, Follett provides bookstore services and programs to more than 1,800 independently owned bookstores.

For more information, contact Darryl Atkinson at 683-0048.

The following is a schedule of grand opening events:

Thursday, December 6
5 p.m. - Book Signing: Joanne Steen and Regina Asaro, authors of "Military Widow"
6:30 p.m. - Book Signing: David Poyer, author of "Korea Strait"

Friday, December 7
1 p.m. - Book Signing: David Baldacci, author of "Stone Cold"
3-4 p.m. - Photos with Big Blue and ODU cheerleaders
4-7 p.m. - Ribbon cutting and ODU Jazz Combo

Saturday, December 8
10 a.m. - Story time with Curious George

This article was posted on: November 28, 2007

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