Another Passing – or Close Encounter?

Heidi Benson reports for the San Francisco Chronicle on the closing of Kepler’s Books in Menlo Park on August 31 – and on efforts underway to revive it.

Last week, a “Save Kepler’s” vigil drew more than 500 of the impassioned to the shuttered store.

Days before, Rick Opaterny started a blog on the Web at A writer and Google employee, Opaterny has been a Kepler’s regular since his student days at St. Francis High School in Mountain View.

“I learned how to become a serious reader because of that bookstore,” he said last week. Now, he’s returned the favor. His blog has become a virtual community, a placeholder for the one so many hope has only temporarily disappeared.

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