Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Another Fallen

"It is with great sadness that we inform you of our plans to close our Capitol Hill location, but given the current economic climate and the changes in our industry, we are faced with no other viable option."

Flier on Trover Bookshop, reported by: Kate Kilpatrick, "After Half-Century On the Hill, Beloved Trover Shop Comes to the Last Chapter," The Washington Post, July 7, 2009.

I was just there on Sunday -- the day before. The politics rack looked a bit thin and the staff seemed to be in an unusally low mood. I guess it was just a matter of time. Trover was (still is for a few weeks) a sturdy bookstore that rarely yielded a big surprise but delivered on most things. Thank goodness they finally reorganized their new books by author a few years back.

Thankfully there are still two used bookstores on the Hill that can satisfy my premordial need to browse among piles of books -- a need that will never be fully satisfied by Amazon or the big chains.

Now I'm thinking what classics I can pick up at Trover.

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