Northern Lights Books & Gifts closing?

In my email today:

Dear Loyal Customers,

Sometime in the near future the Duluth News Tribune will be running a story about Northern Lights Books & Gifts being for sale. It is true. Since August I have been contacting our top customers and local book colleagues to let them know I was looking for a buyer. Our lease will be up the end of February and I do not plan to renew.

I have decided to scale back my professional responsibilities so I can be available to travel in order to care for elderly parents in northern Illinois. Over the past year I have been gone nine weeks. I am very grateful to my staff for their professionalism and for their loyal efforts on behalf of the bookstore.

There have also been significant changes in traditional bookselling. I believe we are at a “Guttenberg” moment in publishing with the impact of electronic media. A new fresh approach is required for continued success in bookselling at the brick and mortar level. My heart and head are distracted with other priorities and I do not have the energy to figure out what comes next for profitible bookselling.

It has truly been an honor and a dream come true to serve the community of book lovers who have shopped with us for the past seventeen years. In the meantime we are operating full steam ahead through the holiday season.

Anita Zager
Northern Lights Books & Gifts



about 13 years ago

Good luck, Anita! I sincerely hope you find a buyer for your store. It's a treasure chest for book lovers in this town. You will be missed.


about 13 years ago

Anita, yes, I second that emotion. There is a visceral connection between human and book that is missing in the electronic realm.


about 13 years ago

I will be sorry if the Northern Lights closes forever.  It will be a sad loss for Duluth!


about 13 years ago

I am very sorry to hear this.

Your neighbor,

Voula Heffernan

about 13 years ago

Anita, You have been a true anchor in the local bookstore business. Family needs are tough to balance while running a demanding business and it sounds like a decision made from the heart.  Best wishes. You'll indeed be missed.


about 13 years ago

I wrote an update on NL's closing, here's the link.

Northern Lights are going out in January

Tish & Mary

about 12 years ago

We were saddened and surprised at the loss of our most favorite bookstore ever. However, having been through what you're going through with your parents, you have made the right decision. Mine were in Indiana. The distance and travel were a challenge.
We loved to stop in and quietly sit in the chairs and look over the miriad of books, eventually leaving with at least a couple in hand.

Best of luck to you and your family, and thanks for the 17 years!


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