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Shaman Drum Bookshop Founder Has Died

Karl Pohrt, the great bookseller and founder of Ann Arbor’s Shaman Drum Bookshop, has passed away. Around the Internet, readers, writers and booksellers paid tribute to his literary legacy.

I’ve collected their tributes below in a Storify post. I will never forget the hours and hours I spent in his bookshop as a college student, discovering some of the most important books of my lifetime. Publishers Weekly has more:

A memorial service will be held for Pohrt on Sunday, July 14, at 2 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, 3257 Lohr Road, Ann Arbor. The family requests that donations be made to the church or to the Children’s Literacy Network.

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Shaman Drum Bookstore Closes on Twitter

shaman1.jpgIn a nostalgic and bittersweet set of Twitter posts, Shaman Drum Bookstore in Ann Arbor, Michigan blogged its final day of operation. In the Twitter-sphere at large, tributes poured in all day.

The bookstore had struggled with steep declines in textbook sales and a rough bookselling climate. Owner Karl Pohrt sought support in a February column, but decided to close at the end of the June after selling books for nearly 30 years.

Among the memorable posts, the workers left this tweet (summing up this GalleyCat editor’s expression years ago): “The look on the freshman’s faces (and their parents) was the best part of the school year.” The day’s posts ended with a hip-hop tribute: “Pour a 40 on the ground for us tonight!”

Ann Arbor’s Shaman Drum Bookshop to Close

shaman1.jpgAfter nearly 30 years of selling books in Ann Arbor, Michigan–including a stack of inspiring books to this GalleyCat editor–Shaman Drum Bookshop will close at the end of June.

The bookstore posted the unhappy news on Twitter this afternoon. The bookstore had struggled with steep drops in textbook sales and a generally rough bookselling climate. Owner Karl Pohrt wrote frankly about the store’s struggles in a February column.

Here is the bookstore’s Twitter statement: “Shaman Drum Bookshop is the latest casualty of the recession, and will be closing it’s doors at the end of June. Read a book in our memory!” (Via Bookavore)