A group of 100 authors in Italy have organized as Venice, City of Readers and have issued a manifesto protesting the disappearance of Venice’s bookstores. The writers, including Italian and international authors, gathered at the historic Salone della Libreria Sansoviniana in Venice to call upon city government, the Italian legislature, private foundations and the Venice Biennale to take action to support surviving bookshops.
The organizers also created a map of “living, dying and dead” bookshops in Venice. The group has suggested that the city support the creation of a book market for multiple booksellers in the Arsenale. You can read the entire manifesto of Venice, City of Readers here.