Book lovers in the Washington region woke up today to news that Karibu Books, a local chain featuring African American oriented titles is closing after fifteen years in business. We get a view on the challenges of running an independent bookstore in the age of the internet and the way publishing houses now view African American readers.


  • John Mutter Editor and Chief, Shelf Awareness, a daily email newsletter for the booksellers and librarians; former Executive Editor of Bookselling at Publishers Weekly
  • Todd Stewart Co-owner of Vertigo Books (College Park, MD)
  • Brother Simba Sana CEO and co-founder, Karibu Books

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