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2019, D.W. Young, USA, 99 min.


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"Lovely and wistful…a documentary for anyone who can still look at a book and see a dream."—Owen Gleiberman, Variety

"A treat for anyone who appreciates the printed word."—Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter

The allure of the printed volume is at the heart of this engaging, Gotham-centered overview of the rare-book trade. One collector compares the relationship of an individual and a book to a love affair, and bibliophile Fran Lebowitz (whose recurrent comments form a loose spine for the film) avows that she could never bring herself to throw a book away. Executive-produced and narrated by Parker Posey, THE BOOKSELLERS explores the rapidly changing (some would say, dying) world of high-end book dealers, book scouts, collectors, and antiquarians. In the post-Amazon, post-Kindle world, are bookstores—and even the book itself—doomed? The disappearance of many beloved bookstores strikes a melancholy note, but the film also takes note of a recent boom in small, independent stores, and bookseller Heather O'Donnell asserts, "The death of the book is highly overrated." (MR)

Click here to view a virtual Q&A with THE BOOKSELLERS director D.W. Young and producer Judith Mizrachy, as well as area bookstore owners Javier Ramirez (Madison Street Books) and Nzingha Nommo (Afriware Bookstore) as they discuss the rapidly changing world of high-end book dealers & recent boom in small, indie stores, moderated by writer and "bookworm" Jarrett Neal, MFA, EdD.

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