Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Overtaken by Tumbleweeds

I'm using a bookmark from a store I visited on my cross-country bike tour in 2002, The Worm in Prescott, Arizona. On a whim I Googled the place tonight. Sadly, it closed a couple of years ago after more than 40 years in business.

What about Books on the Square in Granbury, Texas, another store I visited that spring? A quick search revealed that it too has closed.

Both stores seemed to have a good flow of paying customers when I visited, but a lot--mostly bad--has happened in the bookselling world in the past decade.

Tonight I am feeling even more grateful than usual for our local bookshop, the Book Cellar in Lincoln Square.

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