To recap recent news, January is looking a lot like bookstore shutter month. By the end of this week, 3 bookstores will have vanished from their usual places.
1. On Christmas Eve we got the terrible news that Skyline Books will be closing. Their last day has been set for Jan. 31. Now, as they get close to closure, their 50% off sale has turned into a 75% off sale:
Also their cat, Linda, will be homeless when the shop shutters, Gothamist reported. Writes the owner, "She's a book store cat, and there just aren't any left, book stores or book store cats. it's very sad." Yes, it is.
2. Last week, the Biography Bookshop on Bleecker and 11th closed. They've already moved into their new spot further east at BookBook and Marc Jacobs will be moving in to their 25-year-old location.
3. Finally, also on Jan. 31, Left Bank Books is leaving West 4th Street. At least they'll still be in the neighborhood, moving in next to Chocolate Bar on 8th Ave. and Jane-ish. They're having a 70% off sale, with lots of other discounts.