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Sunday, May 03, 2020

Bookstore worry about the ‘medium run’ post pandemic | Entertainment - CT Insider

Roxanne Coady is worried about the future of her business, but that’s nothing new by Amanda Cuda, Health editor and reporter at Connecticut Post.
The exterior of RJ Julia Booksellers in Madison. 
Photo by Mara Lavitt.
“I’ve been worried for 30 years,” says Coady, the founder of R.J. Julia Booksellers in Madison.

Of course, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it a new layer of worry for her and other independent booksellers. As the state issued stay-at-home orders, people were less likely to shop at most non-grocery stores. That included bookstores.

Bookstore events, such as author appearances, also got canceled as a result of the pandemic.

And yet, R.J. Julia and other small bookstores in the state have found a way to remain open, by providing delivery and curbside pickups of books; offering phone and online consultations for those seeking recommendations and even offering virtual author events using Zoom and other video conferencing applications.

But what does the future hold?...

“I love algebra,” she says. “And one of my favorite things about algebra is when you have to solve simultaneous (problems). In real life, though, that’s hard.”

Source: CT Insider