Contact: Jenni Smith
SMU News & Media Relations


September 5, 2001


DALLAS (SMU) -- The Southern Methodist University Bookstore, in partnership with Barnes & Noble Booksellers, will host grand opening activities Sept. 13-22 to celebrate its new location at 3060 Mockingbird Lane in Park Cities Plaza.

The SMU Bookstore and Barnes & Noble Booksellers, following a national trend, have teamed up to locate the university bookstore adjacent to campus where it can offer more mainstream book titles and create an environment that opens the university bookstore to a wider community.

Besides expanded titles, the new SMU Bookstore amenities include comfortable seating, a café serving Starbucks coffee and La Madeleine food items, Internet access for laptop computers, and a special area to showcase SMU faculty authors, with space for book-signings and authors’ readings. The junior and children’s books section also features a small stage for community readings to children.

Along with textbooks, the bookstore features periodicals, daily newspapers, office supplies, room organizers and SMU merchandise, including T-shirts, caps, mugs, stationery, greeting cards and gifts.

The grand opening kicks off with remarks by SMU President R. Gerald Turner at 11:15 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring food, drawings for prizes and performances by the SMU Mustang Band and cheerleaders. The SMU Bookstore will close early, at 5 p.m., that day. The SMU Bookstore’s normal operating hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

On Friday, Sept. 14, the SMU Bookstore will celebrate Area Merchant Appreciation Day, inviting the local merchants to tour the new bookstore.

Saturday, Sept. 15, is Children’s Day with face painting and storytelling beginning at 10 a.m.; entertainment by juggler Bill Lengfelder, SMU associate professor of theatre, at 11 a.m.; and a noon magic show by a clown who makes balloon animals. SMU’s mascot, dressed as Peruna, also will be there at noon for children to have their photos taken with him.

Sunday, Sept. 16, is Community Day and the public is invited at 1 p.m. to hear SMU assistant history Professor Alexis McCrossen discuss her book Holy Day, Holiday: The American Sunday, a study of one day of the week and its role as an institution and symbol in American life. At 3 p.m. Sunday, SMU anthropology Professor Caroline Brettell will discuss her book, Writing Against the Wind, about her mother’s life.

Other SMU authors who will present throughout the week include SMU English Professor Marshall Terry, who will read a selection from his new book, Angels Prostate Fall, about his battle with prostate cancer, at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18. SMU history Professor Ron Davis will talk about his collection of writings and interviews with famous people from his books Duke: the Life and Image of John Wayne, Van Johnson: MGM’s Golden Boy, and The Glamour Factory at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19. SMU English Professor C.W. Smith will read from his new novel, Gabriel’s Eye, about a young female high school art teacher involved with a male student at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19.

SMU Family Weekend will be Friday and Saturday, September 21 and 22, with bookstore tours offered at 3:30 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.

All events are open to the public.