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Farewell to Exedra Books. The bookshop, Exedra Books, will close its doors forever on Saturday, April 30, after 25 years. More than a simple place where books could be bought, it was a meeting place for foreigners and Panamanians alike. Frequently, there were cultural events such as forums, informative workshops, photo exhibitions and activities for children, just to mention a few.
In a heartfelt interview with Rosalina Orocu of the Panama America newspaper, Rodrigo A. Teran Dutary, one of Exedra Books’ owners, said that they have to close permanently because it is not cost effective to keep the business open.
According to Dutary, not many people are buying books, and those who buy them are mainly foreigners. “We have made every effort to offer a great universe of titles in Spanish and English– best sellers, novels, works by national and international authors, but it was not enough,” he said.
“The high cost of maintaining a true cultural and educational center, with areas for book presentations, reading rooms, cultural event rooms, painting and art exhibits, internet cafe, online sales, as well as an area for book sales was too much and unfortunately the income generated was not sufficient,” explained Teran Dutary.
The bookshop has helped to edit more than 50 Panamanian writers, who over the years presented their works in its rooms at very little cost. Exedra Books is having a big liquidation sale until Saturday, April 30 with great discounts. It is located on the corner between Via Brazil and Via España.
Exedra Books will be sadly missed by all booklovers who found a little oasis of culture in its rooms, to drink a cup of coffee and escape to another universe thanks to the magic of reading.