So recently I learned that our Waldenbooks store is closing. That's the third one in our state this year. The manager, Donna, embraced the RWA members of our chapter over several decades by holding book signing events and participated with the group by donating to our local women's shelter every year. Romance books can be uplifting when going through a rough spot in life. Who doesn't want a happy ever after?
And now time has come to move on.... What brings this change? Is it just the slow economy? Or the fact so many readers can shop on-line or even download a book instantly? I can see the advantages, really. I've bought many books online. But what will happen to all those soothing afternoons spent wandering around the bookstore, holding a book...peeking inside...dreaming of the day I see my name on one.
I get sad when things change. But it's bound to happen.