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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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News: Borders Closings: Black Bookstore Owners React

One Chicago Borders bookstore location — on State Street in the downtown Loop area — survived the recent spate of closings. The behemoth bookstore chain will close 15 of its 31 Chicago-area stores as part of Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.

Consumers were shocked by the closings, but two Black bookstore owners say that they smelled blood in the water long ago.

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