From an article published in The Baja Citizen
A New Chapter
Local book enthusiasts and readers will be pleased to hear Allende Books, the English - language bookstore in La Paz will remain open. Kat and Bruce Bennett, the owners for the past 10 years planned to close the doors at the end of March unless a new owner surfaced. Luckily, Deb Thorneycroft heard the bookstore was available and quickly decided it was precisely the opportunity she'd been seeking.
"I fell in love with La Paz and Balandra Beach during my first visit last winter. Soon after I arrived, I saw an advertisement for Allende Books, and as I was traveling alone and didn't speak Spanish, I immediately headed to the bookstore. I was grateful to find people who spoke English as I had numerous questions about the area. Kat and Bruce Bennett graciously answered all my questions, and I found myself returning to their store several times throughout the winter."
When Deb returned to La Paz this year she was delighted to discover the bookstore for sale. "For decades, it has been my dream to move to Mexico, but I wasn't quite sure how I could do it. Buying the bookstore will enable me to live here permanently."
Initially from British Columbia, Canada, Deb spent her first thirty years near Vancouver in the Fraser Valley before leaving the coastal climate for the drier semi-arid South Okanagan. Deb enjoys the hot, dry summers, and abundant fruit orchards and vineyards in the Okanagan Valley, but Canadian winters are long and chilly, so she is happy to spend them in La Paz.
A lifelong reader, Deb looks forward to running the bookstore, meeting new people and learning Spanish. An avid environmentalist, she also wants to sail and explore the diverse marine life by snorkeling and diving in the Sea of Cortez. Deb also enjoys photography, capturing images of people, nature and wildlife.
What's in a name?
"Allende" is the name of a Mexican national hero, Ignacio Allende, a general who fought for the independence of Mexico from the Spanish during the early 1800s. Originally a captain in the Spanish army, he came to believe in the vision of an independent Mexico. He fought alongside Miguel Hidalgo in the first stages of the struggle, and succeeded Hidalgo as the leader of the rebellion. Allende was eventually captured by the Spanish authorities and executed for treason.
"Allende" can also mean "beyond," although it is used more frequently in prose and poetry than in spoken language.