At the New York Times, Julie Bosman looks at how American bookstores have become hubs of resistance:
Political organizing is perhaps a natural extension of what bookstores have done for centuries: foster discussion, provide access to history and literature, host writers and intellectuals.
“All bookstores are mission-driven to some degree — their mission is to inspire and inform, and educate if possible,” said Elaine Katzenberger, publisher and executive director of City Lights in San Francisco, a store with a long history of left-wing activism.
“When Trump was elected, everyone was just walking around saying: ‘What do I do. What do we do?’” she added. “One of the places you might find some answers is in books, in histories, in current events, even poetry.”
- “A Literary Octopus with an Insatiable Appetite for Print”, October 31, 2014
- Why McNally Jackson Books Thrives, February 27, 2016
- Mourning Local Bookstores, March 27, 2014