A home without books is a body without soul. ~~Marcus Tullius Cicero
City of 230,000 is losing its only bookstore.
It just boggles my mind how a city that large doesn't have more than one bookstore. There aren't even any small, independent booksellers in the city. I don't believe I've ever lived in a city where there weren't multiple bookstores, most of which were small-timers.
When Deus Ex Machina had to travel for work this past year, he was staying in a similar community (southwestern border town). He went looking for a bookstore while he was there and told me that he had a hard time finding one. That surprised me at the time, and I'll admit that I was sketical, thinking he just didn't know where to look. Sometimes bookstores just don't have the biggest signs.
When we went on our honeymoon, we found no less than four independent bookstores within a reasonable driving distance of the hotel where we were staying.
In a 15-mile radius from my house, with a total population (in six communities) of just under 170,000 residents, we have seven independent bookstores that I can think of - one of which has a very niche audience and another that is only seasonal.
In fact, there's only one chain bookstore in my area (and it's thriving, too!).
It's just very sad to me, especially considering how I feel about books :).
The good news is that the city featured in the article, apparently, has a thriving public library system. I guess that's the silver lining.
It is books that are a key to the wide world. If you can't do anything else, read all that you can. ~~Jane Hamilton