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|Outwrite closes its doors at 10th and Piedmont|
|by Dyana Bagby|
|January 25, 2012 13:53|
The last chapter of Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse at its 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue is now closed.
The independent LGBT bookstore, located for the last 15 years at its iconic landmark in Midtown, held its "Last Tango" at the store last night featuring authors such as Franklin Abbott, Collin Kelley, Hollis Gillespie, Mose Hardin, Karen Head and Don Perryman.
Owner Philip Rafshoon confirmed the store is closing at its 10th and Piedmont location today. He said he could not say much more at this point. He said at the "Last Tango" event Tuesday night that there is no new location picked out yet. The store is open today and selling all of its infrastructure, including bookshelves, tables and chairs.
The store announced in November it was having to close its doors at the iconic location in the heart of Midtown because of high rent. At this location, the bookstore served not only as a place for purchasing books and author readings but also as an unofficial LGBT community center.
At last night's "Last Tango," billed as the store's last author reading, owner Philip Rafshoon thanked the community for its support and especially thanked his partner, Robert Gaul, for his years of support. See a video of Rafshoon thanking the community here.
Atlanta City Councilmember Alex Wan presented Rafshoon with a city proclamation signed by all of the city council members thanking Rafshoon and Outwrite for its service to the community.
Take a look back over some of our favorite author events at Outwrite by clicking here.
Check back for more information.
Photo: Outwrite owner Philip Rafshoon (left) with his husband Robert Gaul at Tuesday's 'Last Tango' at the iconic gay bookstore. (by Dyana Bagby)
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