Bookstores and community

An article in the NYTimes about independent bookstores as centres for discussion, community, and politics.

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2 thoughts on “Bookstores and community

  1. always_already_ryan says:

    Fascinating read. Makes me want to open my own bookstore. I am sure you could find similar political reading communities in select Canadian cities (e.g. Montreal comes to mind) as well. One unfortunate symptom of Indigo’s national brand recognition is that we are missing out on the ‘renaissance’ of independent booksellers in the United States since Borders closed their brick-and-mortar locations. The kind of community this article outlines, while not necessarily politically-minded, could likely be found in our cafes, bars, game shops, and record stores, more so than our bookstores, which is a shame. It is a space that lends itself well to community dialogue and activism. And the good ones usually serve coffee.

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  2. Miriam Jones says:

    I lived in Toronto for twenty years. There were some great independent bookshops there, but many have since gone under. I think you all heard me rant in class about the loss of our campus bookstore.

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