Some Surprising Good News: Bookstores Are Booming and Becoming More Diverse

7/11/2022 1:30:00 AM

More than 300 bookstores have opened in the past couple of years — a revival that is meeting a demand for “real recommendations from real people.”

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More than 300 bookstores have opened in the past couple of years — a revival that is meeting a demand for “real recommendations from real people.”

More than 300 bookstores have opened in the past couple of years — a revival that is meeting a demand for “real recommendations from real people.”

, and retail spaces became more affordable. Government assistance to small businesses helped many bookstores weather the shutdown, while stimulus checks enabled some people to leave their jobs and start new businesses.Julie Ross quit her job in human resources at Google this year to open Pocket Books Shop in Lancaster, Pa., with two friends who left academia. They opened their “queer, feminist indie bookstore” — there is a table near the front with books about abortion — in a conservative part of the state, close to where one of her co-owners grew up.

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Government assistance to small businesses helped many bookstores weather the shutdown, while stimulus checks enabled some people to leave their jobs and start new businesses. Julie Ross quit her job in human resources at Google this year to open Pocket Books Shop in Lancaster, Pa. For those seeking one day a week, they had to get approval from their supervisor., with two friends who left academia. They opened their “queer, feminist indie bookstore” — there is a table near the front with books about abortion — in a conservative part of the state, close to where one of her co-owners grew up. For three or more days, the governor’s chief of staff had to sign off on it," the Washington Times reported. The pandemic “burst the bubble of believing we had any control over what was coming,” Ms. Thor: Love and Thunder  is seeing an opening Friday (including $29M previews) on its way to a weekend that’s between $135M-$145M , 37% of that driven by premium large format screens.

Ross said. The resignations include 183 from the Virginia Department of Transportation, 28 of which specifically cited telework opportunities as their reason to leave. “We had this moment of, ‘What are we waiting for?’” Laura Rodríguez-Romaní, the founder and owner of Los Amigos Books in Berwyn, Ill., opened her bookstore this past June. Glenn Youngkin in Alexandria, Virginia, on Feb. A former dual language elementary schoolteacher, Mrs. Rodríguez-Romaní started by selling books online, then hosting pop-up events. (Robb Hill for The Washington Post via / Getty Images) The Virginia Department of Health had 78 resignations, while 37 employees resigned from the Virginia Employment Commission, seven resigned from Virginia’s Department of Housing and Community Development and six resigned from Virginia’s Department of Emergency Management, per the report.48/seat.

She used her government stimulus check to buy books and start a website, and then found a physical space after she won a contest for local entrepreneurs and got money for furnishings from the Berwyn Development Corporation. She knew it was a risky investment, she said, but she felt the community needed a space that offered children’s books in English and Spanish. “We don’t have representation of those categories of books in typical bookstores,” Mrs. Rodríguez-Romaní said. Several other new bookstore owners said they were motivated by a desire to create more visibility for diverse books and authors./Canada start is easily the best for a Taika Waititi directed movie, a Thor  movie and a Natalie Portman film (her previous high being Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith at $108M).

Nyshell Lawrence, a new bookseller in Lansing, Mich., had the idea to open a bookshop five years ago, after she visited a local store and found they carried very few titles by Black women. A stay-at-home mother with four daughters, she started with an online book club and pop-up events during the pandemic, then moved to a micro-shop that shared space with another business. She eventually found a 1,400 square foot space in the Lansing Mall and opened in January. Her store, Socialight Society, carries a curated selection of 300 titles by Black authors — the vast majority of them women — and has a wider selection on its website.3M opening), and getting sued by Scarlett Johansson, so we’ve come a long a way.

“People are really looking for a community where they get real recommendations from real people,” said Ms. Lawrence. “We’re not just basing things off of algorithms.” On a recent afternoon in Chinatown, a steady stream of shoppers browsed and chatted with Ms. Yu at her shop, which carries some 2,000 titles and sits on a stretch of Mulberry Street near a funeral home, a dumpling shop and a dry cleaner. Is it Waititi’s absurdist sense of humor? Or is it more so that this particular sequel doesn’t dote on the greater multiverse motif which the latest phase of the MCU laid down with Loki, Spider-Man: No Way Home, and ?  Thor: Love and Thunder  is another wake-up call to the MCU development department because if projects become too cookie-cutter, ticket sales will decline, read Eternals  being one of the lower openings stateside for a Marvel movie at $71.

In the back of the store, customers settled into a cozy reading nook. “I’ve seen some dates going down in there,” Ms. Yu said. “Good ones. Bad ones. Other threads question if Chris Hemsworth is being overshadowed alone with adoration of the role, love for Christian Bale and talk about Natalie Portman’s gender bending role.

” One shopper asked Ms. Yu if she could recommend a cookbook for a housewarming present; Ms. Yu handed her a stack of options. Another customer, the author Ava Chin, who works in a writing studio in the neighborhood, stopped by to see if a book she had ordered had arrived. Ms.9M, Dave Bautista at 14.

Yu found it — “ Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments ,” by Saidiya Hartman. Ms. Chin, whose family has lived in Chinatown for generations, said that the store has become a gathering spot for artistic and literary-minded locals, and something of an Asian American literary hub. Its packed calendar includes a bilingual poetry reading with the poet Yam Gong, a book launch for the writer and essayist Larissa Pham, and a signing with the novelist Marie Myung-Ok Lee. At a moment when anti-Asian hate crimes have surged, the store has also come to feel like a safe haven, Ms.

Chin said. In March, the shop held an event to raise awareness and distributed more than 1,000 safety alarms and pepper spray canisters. “It’s not just a bookstore, it really is a de facto community space,” Ms. Chin said. “I don’t think we realized we needed a bookstore until we had one.

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