I’m lucky enough to live walking distance from a bookstore – Back Pages Books.
I was saddened when I heard that it’s having financial difficulties. Back Pages is an independently owned bookstore. The owner, Alex Green, always strikes me as very smart and well read. He also seems like a nice guy, whose always up for a chat with customers.
According to its Web site, Back Pages is facing possible closure.
On April 18, Back Pages Books will celebrate its third anniversary. It has been truly extraordinary to see the bookstore become a vibrant meeting place for readers and authors from around the world. However, three years is also a point of difficult reflection for us. We must face the reality that without significant increased financial support, we will have to close the store in the immediate future.
Back Pages Books is starting a membership program that ranges from entry ($20) to platinum ($2,500). Benefits, which are based on membership level, include discounts, invitations to members only events, signed first editions and more.
The store will use the money to pay for outstanding accounts with publishers, sustained accounting and bookkeeping, a new inventory system and tax relief.
While most people in this area think of
Update: I did not realize that the Construction Site - a toy store on Moody Street had closed. According to the Boston Globe, four stores on Moody Street have closed in the last year.
Whatever the challenges, I would hate to see
I recently read about Edwards Books' - a
Hopefully, Back Pages Books will get enough support that they can buck that sad trend.
Edwards Books to close, http://www.masslive.com/news/topstories/index.ssf?/base/news-2/1209885311265010.xml&coll=1
Shelf Life: Romance, Mystery, Drama, and Other Page-Turning Adventures from a Year in a Bookstore, Suzanne Strempek Shea (Chronicles Shea’s experiences working at Edwards Books).
Independent America, http://www.independentamericafilm.com/
American Booksellers Association, http://www.ambook.org/index.html