News: African-American Booksellers Look For a Turnaround

Publishers Weekly
By Judith Rosen | Feb 14, 2014

At first glance, there might not seem much cause for celebrating the future of African-American bookstores during Black History Month. The country’s oldest African-American bookstore, Marcus Books in San Francisco (open for 44 years), is in rough financial straits. The Shrine of the Black Madonna liquidated its Detroit store earlier this month, according to the Detroit Free Press, and its Houston store is closed for “restructuring.”

The number of black bookstores has declined precipitously since 2002, when the American Booksellers Association counted 300 members.

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