In Defense of Bookstores

It’s about North Carolina!

Buried Under Books

The passage of HB2 in North Carolina is causing a great deal of concern in many quarters, rightfully so because there’s a lot that’s wrong with it, but reactions have not always been well thought out, in my opinion. I normally don’t use Buried Under Books as a forum for political issues but this goes beyond politics because bookstores are being treated unfairly when they’ve done nothing I’m aware of to warrant it. If you don’t agree, that’s OK; if you do, please let your local or not-so-local bookstores know you support them in any way you can. Better yet, please encourage any author you know to visit a bookshop in North Carolina.

The following is reprinted from Shelf Awareness; thanks to Kevin’s Corner for helping to spread the word.

Malaprop’s to Authors: Please Don’t Boycott Us

Linda Marie Barrett Malaprop's BookstoreLinda-Marie Barrett, general manager of Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, Asheville, N.C., is sending this…

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2 Responses to In Defense of Bookstores

  1. jameswharris says:

    A recent poll showed that only 23% of Americans were registered Republicans, yet when they take over a state, they make laws assuming everyone should believe what they do. That’s unfair to the people who think different. I feel sorry for all the good citizens in those states where their leaders have enacted horrible laws of discrimination. On one hand I think it’s great that liberal individuals and corporations are boycotting these states, but on the other hand, many innocent people, like this library will be hurt.


    • Yep – but some of the folks who don’t actually register as Republicans are very conservative in their thinking. So they go to the polls at actual election time and vote for the guy who is closest to their backward thinking. It’s not about who’s registered and how – it’s about who votes. Trump got many of these folks to actually register as Republicans.


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