MESTRE – In 150 to shout their solidarity with the bookshop. A mobilization born spontaneously when parents, teachers, children and teenagers, frequent visitors of The Book with Boots in the cloister of M9, knew that it would close. And, yesterday afternoon, they all showed up in front of the windows for a flash mob that adds to the many appeals that arrived after the announcement of the closure.
“We took the logo of the Book in Boots, published a post on social networks and on a WhatsApp chat, inviting all sensitive people to take their boots and show up in the cloister to scream all together Long live the library!” tells a mother, one of the organizers of the flash mob. In the afternoon 150 gathered as a sign of solidarity with Nicola Fuochi, the owner of the bookshop who threw in the towel due to disputes over the management of the space with the Venice Foundation, owner of the M9 district. All those present were given a colored sheet where it was written nonchiudiamoilibroconglistivali why, and each wrote a sentence. “A pearl so beautiful and rare in this city must be protected, because culture is wealth and we are increasingly poor” wrote someone. “The love with which readers / customers are served is unique” added another supporter of the bookshop, while Margherita, a girl who is part of the bookshop’s reading groups, returned yesterday from the Mantua Literature Festival, written: “I don’t want it to close because it is a place where I trained, grew up as a reader, matured and made many friends”.
“We want to try to see if the institutions can reason and find alternative solutions, adds one of the organizers of the mobilization – even if we know it is difficult. We are here as a sign of solidarity and recognition for a reality that has given so much. We hoped that the Foundation would review its positions but, since there is no margin, we can try to sensitize the Municipality to also find a free loan solution to react to the situation ».
The news of the closing of the bookshop aroused sadness and anger in teachers, and numerous readers who had attended it since it was in via Mestrina. “It is incomprehensible that a foundation that should make culture said a lady does not do something to help a bookshop that has become a point of reference for the city”. A few minutes after 4 pm, parents, children and all the people with their paper in hand positioned themselves inside the cloister and raised it up shouting Long live the library !. They then called the owner Nicola Fuochi who, once he left, was moved by thanking all participants for the affection shown. “When you are faced with people who do not want to listen – explained Fuochi, things don’t work”. After numerous reactions to the news of the closure, Fuochi declares that there has been no official response from the Foundation. «In this cloister I was left alone, in the dark, without a sign, an arrow indicating the entrance to a commercial district – says the bookseller -. During the lockdown, I asked to reduce my rent, but the Foundation didn’t. And so from 2020 they are in difficulty ».