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  • A bookstore opening in Mott Haven this weekend will be writing a new chapter in Bronx history[hhmc]

  • The Lit. Bar, at 131 Alexander Ave., will officially open its doors with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday at noon[hhmc]

  • The borough hasnt had a bookstore since its sole Barnes & Noble shuttered back in 2016[hhmc]

A bookstore opening in Mott Haven this weekend will be writing a new chapter in Bronx history.

The Lit. Bar, at 131 Alexander Ave., will officially open its doors with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday at noon.

The borough hasnt had a bookstore since its sole Barnes & Noble shuttered back in 2016. It was that bookstores closure — and an ultimately unsuccessful petition to save it — that drove Lit. Bar owner Noëlle Santos to open a new one.

“Up to that point I had measured my success by how far I could get away from the Bronx,” Santos, a Bronx native and resident, told the New York Times. “I was disappointed in myself for thinking about leaving a community in no better condition than I had found it.”

Santos launched a crowdfunding campaign to get the bookstore up and running. The store is stocked with nearly 4,000 books, with special attention paid to stories about African-American and Latino experiences.

“The Lit. Bar looks like… the Bronx, and I want people to also feel like they belong there,” Santos sRead More – Source

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