Charlie Jane Anders

#WeLoveBookstores: A movement to save the cultural heart of our neighborhoods

By Katrina Fadrilan Many Bay Area natives hold a special memory of their local, neighborhood bookstore; whether it was buying a copy of Howl from City Lights, relaxing in the hammock on the back porch of Feldmans and sorting through their new stack of books, or crowding into Moe’s with all 20 other UC Berkeley comparative literature majors for poetry flash on a Thursday night. In countless ways, bookstores color our lives. Yet these landmarks are endangered. In fact, local bookstores were endangered long before the pandemic. First, there was the rise of the chains such as Barnes and Noble, and Borders. Then there was the gradual transition from print to e-books. Along with, of course, the emergence of Amazon. So when the pandemic occurred and small, local, non-essential Bay Area businesses...