Venezuelan Carlos Carrasquero moved to the area about 15 years ago. An avid reader, he had a hard time finding books in Spanish for him and his family to read.
“I take my kids to the public library to check out books, in Spanish if we can, but the variety and availability isn’t great,” he says in Spanish.
Carrasquero dreamed of owning his own bookstore, and in May, he opened BiblioCactus Librería in a strip mall on Grimes Bridge Road in Roswell. A small neon green cactus welcomes you at the window, and the bookshelves lining the walls carry more than 8,000 Venezuelan and Latin American books, ranging from hard-to-find local authors to translated American bestsellers. The books come in the typical categories: fiction, self-help, technology, poetry, politics, religion, and more.
BiblioCactus has become a family affair, too, as his three kids spend hours opening boxes and alphabetizing books across genres. “I’m doing this because I love to read and want to help others start reading. Hearing that they want to keep the books because they love them is my objective,” he says.