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City of 250,000 Has No Bookstore

Laredo, Texas is losing its only bookstore, a B. Dalton (the chain is going out of business).

From CNN: "Some in Laredo fear the lack of a book store will make the city look like an ignorant outpost on the Texas border.

"Assuming that we don't read because we're Mexican or we're immigrant or we're poor, that is not the case," said Xochitl Mora, the city's spokeswoman who spearheads the "Laredo Reads" initiative."

Laredo Reads is a grassroots group working to collect signatures showing support for a bookstore that they hope to use to lure a Borders or Barnes and Noble to set up shop.

Full Story: Big city left with no bookstore

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Reader's Lament

As I walked out on the streets of Laredo.
As I walked out on Laredo one day,
I spied a poor reader wrapped in white linen,
Wrapped in white linen as cold as the clay.

"I can see by your Kindle that you are a reader."
These words he did say as I boldly walked by.
"Come an' sit down beside me an' hear my sad story.
"I've lost my last bookstore an' I know I'll just die...."

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