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Today’s top book news item:
Philadelphia bookstore Giovanni’s Room, thought to be the oldest gay bookstore in the country, will close on May 17, the Philadelphia Gay News reported last week. In the time since the announcement, Victoria A. Brownworth wrote in Slate that it is “like losing a dear friend,” and in Salon, Steve Berman worried that “its absence will cause a ripple effect in LGBT publishing.”
Giovanni’s Room — a reference to the James Baldwin novel of the same name — opened in 1973. Owner Ed Hermance told PGN that the store was losing money, adding, “The government is allowing Amazon to tighten their fingers around the throats of the publishers and drive their retail competitors out of the business by clearly monopolistic methods.” He noted, “I know that thousands of people have used and cared about this store. It is very emotional for me.”

Image: J.D. Thomas/Flickr

Today’s top book news item:

Philadelphia bookstore Giovanni’s Room, thought to be the oldest gay bookstore in the country, will close on May 17, the Philadelphia Gay News reported last week. In the time since the announcement, Victoria A. Brownworth wrote in Slate that it is “like losing a dear friend,” and in Salon, Steve Berman worried that “its absence will cause a ripple effect in LGBT publishing.”

Giovanni’s Room — a reference to the James Baldwin novel of the same name — opened in 1973. Owner Ed Hermance told PGN that the store was losing money, adding, “The government is allowing Amazon to tighten their fingers around the throats of the publishers and drive their retail competitors out of the business by clearly monopolistic methods.” He noted, “I know that thousands of people have used and cared about this store. It is very emotional for me.”

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    as a Philadelphia I am very sad to see it go =(
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    This is my biggest fear for the small, independent bookstore I work at as a volunteer. The bookstore is specialized in...
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    omg noooo :/
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