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The Man Behind 'The Last Bookstore'

Aug 18, 2016 | 831 videos
Video by Chad Howitt

Josh Spencer is the owner and operator of The Last Bookstore in downtown Los Angeles. It’s aptly named; after all, there have been widespread closures of bookstores across the country in favor of online purchases and e-readers. Chad Howitt’s short film, Welcome to the Last Bookstore, is an emotional look at Spencer’s journey towards opening the store and the heart behind its success. Years ago, he was in an accident that left him unable to walk and forced him to reexamine his life. “I’ve always been a writer and a reader, so I thought, ‘Well, I’ll try books,’” he says. “It was busy from the first day we opened our doors.”

For more of Howitt’s work, visit his website. He’s currently working on a short film based on the poem "From 35,000 feet / Praise Aviophobia," by the American poet Geffrey Davis.

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A showcase of cinematic short documentary films, curated by The Atlantic.