When bookstores buckle, Santos adds, that closure suggests to kids that their imaginations and futures aren’t worth investing in. “If you don’t support your local bookstore,” she says, “you’re going to hell.”
Santos laughs, but she also means it; she really believes in books—and the community connections they can foster. “There’s nothing more pure in the world,” she says.
The Atlantic: 1.4 Million People, 1 Bookstore
The Brian Lehrer Show (WNYC): How to Open an Independent Bookstore
News 12 The Bronx: Bronx Native to Open New Bookstore in the Bronx
The New York Times: What it Takes to Open a Bookstore
Bronx Times: Bronx resident to open bookstore after B&N closes
Print: (11/18/16 Page 6): Bronx resident prepares to launch novel bookstore
But there is hope, even in the Bronx. Noelle Santos, a second-place winner in a 2016 business-plan competition, whose literary fix growing up “came from the trunks of cars in Hunts Point, Parkchester, and Harlem,” plans to remedy that herself with a vision to bring books to the Bronx. She will open the Lit Bar in 2017 as a place for books, wine, music “and unorthodox activities that highlight the healing capacities of literature and the sexiness of reading.”
New York Daily News: Is this bookstores’ last chapter? The Bronx will soon be without a single one ~ Bob Eckstein, author of Footnotes From the World’s Greatest Bookstores.