Our Staff

Robin Allen is the owner of Forever Books.  A former history teacher turned entrepreneur, she opened Forever Books on April Fools Day in 1999 after the closing of a local children's bookstore.  When not at the store or working for the store (rare), she enjoys reading non-fiction history, memoirs, political works, and fiction.  She also loves reading to and with her two young nieces.  Robin serves on the Board of Directors of the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association.  

Diana is the store manager.  While the locals seem to think that Diana is always at Forever Books, she can also often be found biking the roads of southwest Michigan.  She enjoys reading anything of substance (no chick-lit, please), cookbooks, and she has a private book collection rivaling the store.  She has three daughters who have inherited her love of books.

Sherry, a former social worker and educator, finds that its hard to read while knitting and cooking, but she does manage to read memoirs, relationship fiction, middle-teen, non-fiction travel, cooking, and handcraft titles.  Outside of the store the plays with and cares for Gus the Golden, five grandchildren, 3 sons and daughters-in-law, her mother, an 85 year old house, and Dean. 

Stephen's parents used to put books in his crib to keep him quiet when he woke up early in the morning, thus starting him on a lifetime of loving literature.  At home, he enjoys reading mysteries and poetry, with occasional forays into horror and fantasy.  A displaced Vermonter, he has lived in southwest Michigan since the mid-'90s. 

Beth is a full-time mother to two small kids and part-time book seller. An avid reader since childhood, when she used to catalog her book collections, she now enjoys reading anything she has time to read. This includes historical fiction, classics, humor, gardening and knitting guides, plus a healthy dose of Sandra Boynton and Eric Carle.  

 

 

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The 2017 spring/summer event season at Forever Books is taking off!

Bestselling returning authors, Indie Next List books, award-winning journalists, and more! 

Plus storytime for the little ones every Third Thursday at 10:45 AM.

 

Click on each picture to see more info on the event, book, and author...

  Saturday, April 29

 Independent Bookstore Day  

 Book Signing with the authors of Discover St. Joseph 1-3 PM 

 Free Advance Reader's copy with every purchase over $20 

  

 

 Thursday, May 4 at 7:00 PM

 Wine and Cheese with Renee Rosen, author of Windy City Blues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Saturday, May 6

 Children's Book Week Celebration

Ongoing storytimes before and after Blossomtime Parade

 

 

 

Saturday, May 13 at 1-3 PM  

Book Signing with Elaine Thomopoulos, author of Legendary Locals of St. Joseph and Benton Harbor