Monday, January 19, 2009

Harry W. Schwartz Bookshops to close after 82 years.

And the death knell sounds for yet another iconic independent bookstore. Harry W. Schwartz Bookshops, a landmark in the city of Milwaukee for 82 years, will be closing all four locations at the end of March.


shsilver said...


usedbuyer said...

Has anyone else noticed that in these elegiac newspaper stories about bookstores closing, it seems never to occur to the journalist to get a comment from the booksellers on the floor, rather than just owners and managers? A minor fault perhaps, but it does make one regret the death of Studs Terkel all the more that no one seems to ask an average worker in books "how do you feel? What will you do now? How long have you worked here?"
If a brewery closed in that city, surely someone would talk to a brewer?

L.C. Gant said...

This is getting pretty depressing. Every time one of these stories comes out, I think of Meg Ryan's character in that movie "You've Got Mail." Except, ya know, there's no Tom Hanks love interest and in real life it's not very funny at all.

Lily Cate said...

Aw hell.
I used to live in Milwaukee. The Oakland shop was my favorite. The Bay View one was pretty kick-ass, too. (all of Bay View is, really. I recommend swinging by, if you're ever in the area)
Well, keeping my fingers crossed for the Downer shop. That's a pretty trendy neighborhood these days. Hopefully they have enough local support to get them reestablished.

sarah marine said...

Schwartz on Downer bookseller Justin Riley's response to the closing:

Thanks for the post...we are all indeed very sad about all of this.