IAP 157: it’s not an Italian bookstore! The rise, fall, and rebirth of America’s favorite Italian American bookstore

Sep 23, 2020 641

BY: Stephanie Longo

As the air begins to chill, and the days grow shorter and shorter, it’s the perfect time of year to snuggle up with a good book— and if you love to read about your Italian American heritage and culture, Nicola Orichuia of Boston’s I AM Books is the man to help you pick the perfect page-turner! I AM Books is Boston’s first—and only—bookstore created specifically for the nation’s 25 million Italian Americans.

Nicola is here to share the story of this unique creation, from its almost accidental birth to its status as Italian American landmark.  We’ll discuss his recent decision to wind down the brick-and-mortar location in the North End, and how this “strategic retreat” was only possible thanks to the growing online trade that IAM Books has begun to develop all over Italian America.

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SOURCE: https://italianamericanpodcast.com

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