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Profile in Courage: RiverRun’s Tom Holbrook

Above — Tom Holbrook, being carried into RiverRun, his bookstore, by grateful customers.

Thursday, July 15, 2010 — The Christian Science Monitor’s Marjorie Kehe interviews one of our local heroes today: Tom Holbrook, owner of RiverRun Bookstore.

On September 8th, 2006, the bookstore moved from Commercial Alley (where Tom’s used book shop, SecondRun Books, is now) to its present location on Congress Street, several blocks away.

Tom asked his customers if they would form a box brigade to help him move.

We didn’t count, but so many people said “Yes” that they were able to form a nearly unbroken chain six hundred feet long.

Part of Tom’s success is in hiring the right people. One of them, Michele Filgate, got a little acknowledgement of her own today; they all deserve it.

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