Congratulations to Mystery Loves Company, an independent bookstore that celebrated its 21st birthday this month. Life is tough for any indy these days, and it's nice to see Kathy Harig's shop doing well in the quaint town of Oxford on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
Baltimoreans may recall the days when MLC had a shop in Fells Point; it closed in late 2008. At the time, Harig said a number of factors played into her decision to close that store and focus on the Oxford location. Among them: the long commute from her home on the Eastern Shore, a slowing economy and difficulty in attracting authors to the city for signings.
MLC's calendar of events includes one that will be especially interesting for Baltimoreans: On Friday, Aug. 24, the store will sponsor a lunch with Laura Lippman at The Masthead Restaurant. Tickets cost $20 for lunch, and $42 for lunch and a copy of her book "And When She Was Good." For more information and tickets call 410-226-0010.