The Maine literary community will gather at 6 p.m. Feb. 9, at SPACE Gallery in Portland to honor Portland bookseller Stuart Gersen, who died Jan. 17.

Gersen co-founded Longfellow Books in Portland with his friend, Chris Bowe.

In addition to the event at Space, Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance has scheduled a “cash mob” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at Longfellow Books, which is in Monument Square. Book lovers are asked to visit the store and buy books to honor Gersen and to help the store survive the death of one of its founders.

The store will put together a display of “Stuart Recommends,” books that Gersen loved and championed, the alliance’s executive director Joshua Bodwell said.

“All the Fuss: An Evening to Remember Stuart Gersen” at SPACE will give readers, writers and others the chance to talk about Gersen. The first 20 people who sign up at the door will share a memory. The name of the event stems from a comment Gersen once said about being remembered: “When you’re dead you’re dead, and all the fuss is for everyone else.”

Not so fast, Bodwell said: “Here’s an opportunity to fuss over the loss of one of Maine’s great literary lions.”