Eight Cousins Bookstore will have new owners in January 2015. Carol B. Chittenden, the current owner, has announced that she will sell the business to Falmouth residents Sara Hines, Mary Fran Buckley and Eileen C. Miskell.
“Falmouth has the economic and intellectual vigor to support an independent bookstore, and there has been no greater honor to me than owning that store,” Ms. Chittenden said. “However, it has grown too big for one person—a person who’s now 28 years older—to handle alone. The buyers are a Dream Team, if ever there was one.”
With her mother Betty Borg, Ms. Chittenden founded the store in 1986.
“My mother asked if I could give her one year to help get the store up and running,” Ms. Chittenden said, “and here I am, 28 years later.” A research librarian by training, she is one of the founders of the New England Children’s Booksellers Advisory Council (NECBA) and is an active member of local, regional and national trade associations.
In 2002 Eight Cousins was honored by the Women’s National Book Association with its Pannell Award, which “recognizes and publicly applauds the work of booksellers who stimulate, promote and encourage children’s and young people’s interest in books.”
This past March during its annual Winter Gala and Auction, the Falmouth Education Foundation honored Ms. Chittenden, along with Deborah D. and Liam A. Maguire, for their “dedication to the community and service to youth and families of Falmouth.”
Ms. Hines has lived in Falmouth for the past two years. For many summers she joined her family in Woods Hole while her father worked as a research scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory. During some of those summers, she worked at Eight Cousins. In 2013 she was awarded a doctorate in English literature and book history from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She is familiar with the publishing industry, having worked as an assistant to the children’s editor at Kirkus Reviews, and a bookseller at a range of general and children’s bookstores. She has been employed full-time at Eight Cousins since 2012 and manages the store’s digital media, programming and on-site events.
Mary Fran Buckley moved to Falmouth in April 2007 and began working at Eight Cousins shortly thereafter. Before moving here, she had traveled to Falmouth since the mid 1980s to visit her parents. She has about 20 years of experience as a magazine editor and also served as the director of communications for a private high school in Washington, DC. She has had various responsibilities at the store, led its monthly book discussion group, and recently was named the fiction buyer for its adult section.
Ms. Miskell and her husband Dana are the owners of The Wood Lumber Company on Locust Street. Both are long-time Falmouth residents. Ms. Miskell has a background in business management and has served on many boards on the Cape. She is currently on the board of Independent Bank, parent of Rockland Trust, and is chair of the Falmouth Fund of the Cape Cod Foundation.