Monday, October 6, 2008

Fate of An Island Bookstore

Building on a barrier island has its risks and I just hope I have not been minimizing the probability of experiencing the devastating destruction which can follow the severe weather conditions along the Gulf Coast.

In the latest edition of Publishers Weekly, Edward Nawotka provides an update on the effects of Hurricane Ike on the bookselling community in the Galveston and Houston area.

I was particularly moved by the story of Midsummer Books, Galveston Island's only bookstore focused on new books, which Tim Thompson had opened in 2004. His 2,000-sq.-ft. store was completely destroyed. After spending the past year actively involved in opening a bookstore, I cannot imagine the sense of loss one would experience in seeing all those hopes and dreams disappear in one night, because of a random act of nature.
When Hurricane Ike hit Galveston Island, Tex., a little after midnight September 13, Tim Thompson lost his livelihood. Midsummer Books, the 2,000-sq.-ft. bookstore Thompson had owned since 2004, was completely destroyed. “We had eight feet of water in the store,” Thompson said from his temporary home in Austin. “We left the day before and didn't have time to save anything other than the computer
with the stock database.”

“For now, Midsummer Books is history”.
Read the full story here:
Ike Dealt Heavy Blow To Texas Booksellers - 10/6/2008 - Publishers Weekly

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