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Iconic African-American Bookstore Faces Eviction

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An iconic bookstore in San Francisco's Fillmore District is on the verge of shutting down.

Marcus Bookstore is billed as the oldest black bookstore in the United States. Since 1960, it has hosted a wide array of writers and cultural figures, including James Baldwin, Rosa Parks, Maya Angelou and Malcom X.

Investors recently bought the property in a bankruptcy sale. Unless an 11th-hour solution emerges, owners say they'll be evicted next week.

But even though the Bay Area has lost many other well-known bookstores like Stacey's and Cody's, the brick-and-mortar model hasn't died. In fact, it's experiencing a renaissance of sorts.

Host Stephanie Martin talks with Hut Landon, executive director of the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association. He says despite what many people might think, what's happening with Marcus Bookstore doesn't reflect what's happening with Bay Area book stores right now.

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