Starting as a way to celebrate an influential storyteller, blues musician and poet, Slim “Mac” McElderry, Open Books Bookstore & Prison Book Project created a way to honor one of their earliest supporters as well as other fallen friends and advocates in their semiannual Slim Fest. McElderry was known for saying his work would be better understood after his death and this is a way for Open Books to remember him.
On Saturday, at 1040 N Guillemard St. from 4-10 p.m., the store will recognize those that have dearly departed as well as celebrate the success of ten years in business.
“Ten years is a big deal! Most businesses don’t last past three, and this is a big one. When we first opened, our biggest challenge was keeping regular hours. Today, we’re a well-oiled machine. We’re all volunteer-run, and I don’t see that changing,” said one of the founders, President of the Board, volunteer, and faculty on the English Department at University of West Florida, Scott Satterwhite.