For over 100 years, there has been a bookstore at 18 East Main Street in Clifton springs. From 2008 to 2019, Anne Mancilla owned and operated the town’s beloved Explore! The Bookstore there. Today Anne is the Vice President of the board at Main Street Arts (a nonprofit arts organization on West Main Street). At a board meeting last April, Anne presented the idea of gifting her business to Main Street Arts as a way of preserving the bookstore, a staple in the community.
The bookstore is now Sulfur Books, and it remains a bookstore, but is moving forward as a literary center––and that means we will be hosting numerous events for the public can engage in. The store’s Literary Arts Coordinator, Rachel Crawford, explains that she wants to, “bring literature from independent publishers (especially our Western New York neighbors) to the forefront of our growing literary community. Moreover, I want to facilitate an inclusive space where readers can meet authors and poets and discuss what makes a work of fiction or poetry engaging.”
So, from author’s readings, writing workshops, book clubs, and film screenings, anyone who has an interest in learning more about the written word is encouraged to join us.