Twenty years ago, Sonyah Spencer was a college student trying to make some extra money by selling her old textbooks on Amazon. Now she’s preparing for the grand opening of her own bookstore on Saturday in Charlotte’s University City.
Urban Reader Bookstore, at 440 East Mccullough Drive, is filled with more than 3,000 books, from children’s stories to autobiographies to cooking recipes — all written by Black authors.
The Fairborn, Ohio, native has been selling books online and at festivals and expositions since 2000. She moved to Charlotte in 2015, bringing with her a passion for reading.
“It’s time for us to have a comfort place,“ she said. “[You] never know what is going on with someone, but guiding them to a book is awesome.”
Spencer will open her store during a tumultuous time for independent booksellers, who face continuing pressure from the likes of Amazon, the online behemoth. But with much of the nation also focused on issues of race and social justice, her timing could prove fortuitous.
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SOURCE: Q City Metro, Jalon Hill