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March 2, 2012

David Ishii: A Bookseller Rooted in a Place

Yesterday, March 1, a Seattle bookseller died. You can read his obituary here, and a wonderful profile from 2004 here. And then there is this short video here. Don’t miss it!

I just love this story! I’ve visited David Ishii’s bookstore a few times, but I don’t think I ever spoke with him. I regret that. What a wonderful guy—so connected with a place—Seattle and its Pioneer Square. And yet connected to a much wider community of Asian-American writers. In my mind, this epitomizes what a used bookstore should be.

Is it a dying institution? (Ishii operated nearly within sight of Amazon’s offices.) Maybe. Maybe not. I’m holding out the hope that the physical book will retain its attraction for many of us. And that bookstores like Ishii’s will survive. We have a great one in our town, and I support it every opportunity I get!

Posted by Dan Reid at March 2, 2012 12:46 PM Bookmark and Share

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