A Bookstore’s Dirge

Indie shop Bailey/Coy, now closed, to hold a "wake" this Thursday

By Laura Dannen November 30, 2009

We’ve been mourning Bailey/Coy Books since it shuttered less than two weeks ago, after 26 years in business. Thankfully, the owners of the Capitol Hill institution prefer the "Irish wake" approach to their loss, and will hold one last raucous party at 414 Broadway E this Thursday, December 3, from 6pm.

Expect food, champagne, and entertainment by Fuchsia Foxxx and Dina Martina, plus an auction of some of Bailey/Coy’s most prized possessions, including white boxer shorts signed by David Sedaris and original cartoons in the store’s guestbook by Matt Groening. Tickets are $40.

With Amazon encroaching and Elliott Bay Books likely leaving its Pioneer Square home in January, does this mean the beginning of the end for local indie bookstores? Not quite. Read more here.

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