The Importance of free-thinking bookstores.

George Whitman, the American-born owner of Shakespeare & Company, a bookshop on the Left Bank in Paris dies at the ripe age of 98. He opened his bookshop in 1951 because he believed the book business was the business of life. He welcomed visitors with large in-print messages on the walls- and one of my favorite was “Be not inhospitable to strangers, lest they be angels in disguise” quoting Yeats. Support your local independent neighborhood book shop—ask yourself, what your neighborhood would look like if that shop didn’t exist.


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