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Southside bookstore on the brink of closure may be saved by social media “I think at a certain point we went numb. I can’t believe this.”

Written by on August 2, 2019

SAN ANTONIO — As a one-of-a-kind business on the south side prepares to close its doors for good, a remarkable social media post may end up saving it.

In a shop filled with books, the people surrounded by words are speechless.

“I can’t even explain it,” said Melissa Johnson. “I think at a certain point we went numb. I can’t believe this.”

Johnson and her husband opened Dead Tree Books three years ago on San Antonio’s south side. For more than a decade, the duo had dreamed of opening up their own book store.

“There should be a resource here for the south side. Literacy is so important that kids know how to read,” said Johnson.

For years, Johnson has helped students find books for school, and long-time readers rediscover their favorite reads. This week, they were heartbroken to announce that chapter was coming to an end. 

“There are bookstores on the north side of the city, but this is basically it for this side of town,” said Johnson.

On Twitter, Dead Tree Books announced plans to close, followed by a plea. They asked people to buy just one book to help them pay an overdue rent.

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