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MS Bookstores Destroyed

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Publishers Weekly continued their investigation into the status of bookstores in Louisiana and Mississippi and received unfortunate news yesterday. Hurricane Katrine inflicted irrevocable damage on Susan Daigre’s Bookends Bookstore in Bay St. Louis, MS. Also destroyed was Pass Christian Books in Pass Christian, MS, run by Scott Naugle and Richard Daley. “Both of those stores were completely flattened,” said Wanda Jewell, executive director of SEBA, indies’ southeastern regional association. “I’m told that there’s not even debris around. The place where both bookstores used to be now looks as if nothing were ever there.”

Very sad news and the images in New Orleans continue to get more and more depressing. Please give what you can to the Red Cross or to any of FEMA’s approved relief efforts.