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Omnivore - Acheson to sign books at Outwrite

Coffeehouse-bookstore closing soon

Image Hugh Acheson, the chef/owner of Empire State South, will be signing his new cookbook, A New Turn in the South, at Outwrite Bookstore and Coffeehouse 7:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29.

Acheson is renowned for his playful treatment of Southern cuisine, starting at his restaurant, Five and Ten, in Athens. His book includes some brief ruminations in addition to the recipes.

RELATED: As has been widely reported, Outwrite owner Philip Rafshoon is closing the 10th Street/Piedmont store with hopes to relocate. The store will be hosting an 18th anniversary party on Saturday, Dec. 3.

Outwrite has long been a gathering place for the city's gay and lesbian residents. Besides selling books, it has hosted signings by many authors of note and is well know for providing a safe place for young gay men to meet one another (usually outside the store).

Beyond the general downturn in the economy, the store — like all independent bookstores — has taken a serious hit because of the trend toward e-book reading. Many maintain, too, that assimilation of the gay community by the dominant culture has made the need for gay-specific stores unnecessary. I doubt this.

I've known Rafshoon for many years and hope he finds a new location soon. Meanwhile stop by to meet Acheson, have a cup of coffee and shop the 25-percent-off sale.