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“Caught My Eye” by Katina: Some Surprising Good News: Bookstores Are Booming and Becoming More Diverse

by | Jul 18, 2022 | 0 comments

Some Surprising Good News: Bookstores Are Booming and Becoming More Diverse appears in the New York Times and its is by Alexandra Alter, who writes about publishing and the literary world for The New York Times, and Elizabeth A. Harris, who writes about books and publishing for The New York Times.

“More than 300 bookstores have opened in the past couple of years — a revival that is meeting a demand for “real recommendations from real people.”

Jeenah Moon for The New York Times.

People told Lucy Yu it was a crazy time to open a bookstore in Chinatown. It was early 2021, and the pandemic had devastated the neighborhood, forcing dozens of stores and restaurants to close. The rise of anti-Asian hate crimes had shaken residents and local business owners.

But Ms. Yu believed that a bookstore was just what the neighborhood needed.

She raised around $20,000 on GoFundMe, enough to rent a narrow storefront — a former funeral supply store — on Mulberry Street in downtown Manhattan. A neighborhood grant gave her $2,000 for shelves and books. And in December, she opened Yu and Me Books, which specializes in titles by and about immigrants and people of color.

The store was profitable within four months, Ms. Yu said.

Yu and Me Books is one of more than 300 new independent bookstores that have sprouted across the United States in the past couple of years, in a surprising and welcome revival after an early pandemic slump. And as the number of stores has grown, the book selling business — traditionally overwhelmingly white — has also become much more diverse...”

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