MALAPROPS BOOKSTORE & CAFE – A Note from Emoke
Reading, writing, publishing, and selling books are gifts. There are rewards in all the aspects of this craft and trade, and all are necessary for success. Curiously, many of us are pulled into this path and never leave it. I have been honored to have found this path early in my life. My parent’s library replaced my need for toys. I was never bored. Retreating to the cool, quiet room of books was, I realize now, my safe place.
Today, Julian Price, Rachel Price, Ellen and Bob Carr, and the Public Interest Project provide the safe places. They are the true heroes of our sustainability because they offer us a fair-trade rent structure. Thanks to our readers and writers–local and global–who value a culture-first community and freedom of speech, which allows us all the freedom to read.
Marjorie Agosín, author of Home: An Imagined Landscape, appreciates indie booksellers, as her words attest: ”Malaprop’s is a beautiful bookstore and a place of freedom and creativity.”
My staff also supports our journey. In the back room of the bookstore, they’ve posted two inspirational author quotes. One, from Virginia Woolf, reads: “I was always going to the bookcase for another sip of the divine specific.” The other one, from Notes from a Public Typewriter by Michael Gustafson, says, “A bookstore is larger than the universe. After all, the universe contains only what is.”
Rosa Luxemburg wrote, “To be a human being (readers, writers, and booksellers) is the main thing above all else. To be a human being means to joyfully toss your entire life (by opening a small safe place) on the giant scales of fate, if it must be so, and, at the same time, to rejoice in the brightness of every day and the beauty of every (book) cloud.”
But to be humane will certainly make the world a better place for all. Let’s think of the impact of our every action and choice.
Find what makes you happy, and be humane.