Obit. Oscar Wilde bookshop, 1967 – 2009

Our grandfather of sorts is passing into the great beyond. That venerable institution that started it all for GLBT bookstores is shuttering its doors. Though hastened by the flailing economy, it has had money trouble for years. Wilde’s always approached their GLBT books differently than we did, and boutique bookstores just can’t make it anymore. (See Chicago: No more Savvy Traveler, no more Transitions, no more Soliloquy. ) It also had its fair share of owners (six!), but that shows how important it was to some people.

You will be missed Oscar Wilde Bookshop. We won’t forget the path you paved for us all to follow. Long live the independent bookstore!

Does anyone have a great memory of Oscar Wilde’s? The bookstore not the person.


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