Atlanta's independent bookstore scene, still
scarred by the terrible loss of the superlative but
overextended local Oxford chain, is in danger of
another blow - and the Science Fiction and Mystery
Bookshop needs your help!
Two years ago, this Atlanta fixture - known as much for
its booksignings and support of the local writing community
as for its quirky combination of genres and incredibly deep
selection - found itself in difficult straits. After a
few years teetering on the edge, the shop sent a letter
to all of its customers asking them "please, come buy a book!"
This direct approach worked well - so well, in fact, that
after a year's worth of improved sales, the owners of the
SF/Mystery Bookshop felt so much better about their chances
that they sent out a follow-up letter saying, "thanks, we're
out of the woods!"
That letter went out September 10, 2001.
As you can imagine, 9/11's blow to the economy hit small
businesses particularly hard - over the past year I have
learned that many Atlanta restaurants and clubs teetered
on the edge of collapse, and some, like the handmade
leathercraft shop Warlords, closed altogether. After one
good year the SF/Mystery Bookshop was able to survive, but
after a full year of struggle was back at the brink of collapse.
So they are appealing for help again - and they need it soon.
The shop is located on Cheshire Bridge about halfway between the
highway and Piedmont (in sight of the Chamber, in fact :-) and
isn't too hard to find:
The Science Fiction & Mystery Bookshop, Ltd.
2000-F Cheshire Bridge Road, NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30324
So to all readers of the Library - drop by and buy a
few books, damn it, so we won't lose another independent!