North Minneapolis' only bookstore is closing next month


A north Minneapolis bookstore is closing just 16 months after it opened.

Ancestry Books, which aims to re-center narratives of indigenous authors and authors of color, announced on its Facebook page last week that it will be closing up shop.

It's the only bookstore in north Minneapolis, MPR News reports.

The store will close Sept. 26, and the shop's owners – Verna Wong and her husband Chaun Webster, who opened the store in 2014 following a successful Kickstarter campaign, City Pages says – don't have plans to reopen another brick-and-mortar shop, the post says.

However, they hope to continue hosting events where books will periodically be sold, their announcement says. They also have plans to launch an online store in the next couple of months.

"It's hard to let go and to envision a new place," Wong told MPR News, "but I think that we feel really confident in this move. And we know that where we go to next will be better for us and for our community."

Throughout the month of September, the shop hopes to sell most its books before closing.

A long list of bookstores – both independent and national chains – have closed in recent years due to the popularity of ebooks and online retailers. Salon noted the number of independent bookstores peaked in the 1990s at about 4,000 nationwide, but now, even after a small resurgence in 2009, there were only about 2,000 indie bookstores left in the U.S. in 2014.

Wong and Webster decided to close Ancestry Books following a disagreement with their landlord, the Facebook post notes. The landlord has also issued a statement, responding to the closing of the shop.

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