A local used bookstore is holding an auction to help patch an ongoing problem.
Inside the store, tarps and plastic still hang over some shelves, and ceiling tiles are visibly warped and stained. Irene Logue, owner of Stranger Than Fiction Books Plus, said the store’s roof has become more and more damaged over time and will need extensive repairs.   
“It’s been over a year,” Logue said. “It’s been severe.”
The auction will run for two weeks and conclude December 15. Items up for auction include jewelry, paintings, crafts, gift packages, decorations and more. Logue said most of the items came from local artists.
“Anything hand-crafted is local,” Logue said.
Stranger Than Fiction is a used bookstore that accepts trade-ins. Logue said at one point, someone estimated she had 80,000 books in stock. She said now the number is definitely higher, but she couldn’t begin to guess how high. Recently, someone gave the store a 30-year-old collection of books to incorporate.
Logue has owned the store for five years. She said the Streetscape project, which involves long, drawn-out construction on East Main Street, has been seriously detrimental to business.  
“It’s not been good,” Logue said. “I’d hate to say anything bad about it, but it’s really hurt the merchants on this street.”
To launch the auction, the store held a book signing Saturday with two local authors who donated proceeds to the store. Author Trey Hays contacted the store about a signing event, which coincidentally lined up with Logue’s plans for the auction. She said he suggested combining the two.
“It just timed out well, I think,” Logue said.
Hays sold signed copies of his children’s book,  Little Loksi, which teaches Chickasaw vocabulary words to the reader. The story follows Loksi, a turtle who gets trapped when he gets flipped upside down. Other animals pass by and use their unique talents to try to help Loksi right himself. Hays compared the turtle’s predicament to the store’s.
“The story of my book is coming to life,” Hays said.
Self-published author LaWanda Beyer said she contacted the store on Facebook, wanting to help.
“It just clicked,” Beyer said.
She wrote her first book, Reduced to Madness, after a traumatic  brain surgery. She said she turned to writing as a form of therapy, and found herself wanting to write more. She’s currently writing a paranormal series about vampires.
“It changed me,” Beyer said.  “It made me more, not that I wasn’t compassionate before, grateful.”