Bill Petrocelli

Books & Book Stores

You can’t spend more than thirty-five years in the retail bookselling without developing some pretty strong ideas about the importance of books and neighborhood businesses. My wife, Elaine, and I opened Book Passage in the 1970s. And from the very beginning we’ve been battling the perception that books were in trouble and that bookstores were doomed. But we’ve never been able to take the predictions of our impending demise quietly.

For that reason, I’ve felt compelled over the years to pepper the News & Reviews, our store newsletter, with our view of things. Some of these articles have also appeared in the Here are few articles that are still timely: