Questions about the future of bookstores and libraries soon resulted in bold statements to the effect that “Bookstores will die. It’s a pity, but that’s the reality.” Booksellers fared better in this imagined future, but not by much. To the suggestion that booksellers can continue to play a role in providing advice on books, one participant cracked, “you might have difficulty living on that.” Publishers came in for some dismissive comments, as well, and radio and television got it in the neck.
The Immortal Dany Laferrière
In April, we published a wonderfully long and in-depth interview with Dany Laferrière conducted in French by Salon .ll. editor Annie Heminway. We're reprinting this today to honour now "immortal" Dany Laferrière, who has just been admitted to the Académie française.
Here's the link to the interview.