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One Response to "Book News for Tuesday, November 17, 2009"
December 25, 2009 at 08:33 PM
The Taste of Sorrow: Sad news for local book lovers, as Graphic Arts, the Portland-based coffee table publisher whose books include Oregon: The Taste of Wine by Janis Miglavs, has filed for bankruptcy. "They're having a hard time like everyone else," said Michael Powell, owner of Powells Books, who sat on Graphic Arts' board until early this year. "They did every cost cutting thing they could do." Powell blamed its demise on declining book sales, the difficult economy and fewer independent bookstores, which was "the bread and butter for them." I think we're overlooking the obvious: a sudden shortage of coffee tables. I think it's very flippant and a bad joke when you say "...a sudden shortage of coffee tables" was the cause of GACPC's . Over 100 employees in 3 companies in 3 states, California, Alaska and Oregon have lost their jobs. A sudden shortage of coffee tables does not explain or help the folks who had to endure a Christmas season without jobs. Your fearless leader was a member of GACPC's board. Maybe you should forward your "insight" to him and see what he thinks. Maybe you can joke this way because I still buy books at Powell's and you still have a job.
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