Black Booksellers Hurt and Angered by Tattered Cover Announcement

Black Booksellers Hurt and Angered by Tattered Cover Announcement

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Earlier this week, Len Vlahos and Kristen Gilligan, previous owners of Tattered Cover, one of the country’s most iconic bookstores,  sold the store to Kwame Spearman and David Back. Spearman and Back formed a limited liability company, Bended Page, with “a diverse group of Colorado-based investors and national bookselling and publishing experts” on board. The thirteen investors include Oren Teicher, the retired CEO of the American Booksellers Association and John Sargent, departing Macmillan CEO. Teicher and Sargent are among a seven-member board of directors, headed by Back, its chair, and Spearman, installed as the store’s CEO. Image via Tattered COver …

Books Lovers Show Up for The Strand

Books Lovers Show Up for The Strand

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Just last week, the Strand’s owner Nancy Bass Wyden, posted an open letter on social media asking for help from the community and asking them to buy books since their sales were down 70% compared to last year. image via the new york times The letter was received with mixed opinions from people advocating for the stores and others blaming Waden for fiscal irresponsibility, buying Amazon stock, laying off workers after receiving a PPP loan of more than $1 million, and for not hiring black unionized workers. Despite the public’s perception of the owner, Nancy Wyden, book lovers were swift …