Lowcountry Local First hosts screening of Paperback Dreams 

Tuesday night event features screening, panel discussion, and after-party

Buy Local Week kicks off on Tues., Dec. 1 with a viewing of Paperback Dreams, a film about the struggles of two independent bookstore owners. Andy Ross of Cody’s Books and Clark Kepler of Kepler’s Books are the owners of two controversial California bookstores. In the 1960s, the Berkley and San Francisco stores were the place to go for counterculture and controversial books like Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses. Now, they're struggling in the age of big box bookstores like Borders and online goliaths like Amazon. Kepler’s store faced bankruptcy in 2005, but loyal customers bailed them out and they're still selling books today. The story of the struggling local bookstore is one that can be found in every town.

There will be a panel discussion and after-party following the film to discuss the problems facing local small businesses in competition with large corporations. Local business owners Jonathan Sanchez of Blue Bicycle Books, Patricia Giacinto of Ravenous Reader, and Michael Furlinger of the Terrace Theater and Hippodrome will be panelists, moderated by Andrew Gowder.

The screening is at 7 p.m. at the Hippodrome. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Call (843) 740-5444 for more info.

Paperback Dreams Trailer from abeckstead on Vimeo.



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