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Nation's oldest gay bookstore writes its final chapter in Philly, announces closure next month

The nation's oldest gay bookstore is writing its final chapter.

The owner of Giovanni's Room in Philadelphia says he'll close the doors to the 41-year-old store by the end of next month.

Ed Hermance says he's been losing money for a long time, in part due to online booksellers like Amazon.

Hermance says he's been looking for a buyer since August, but has not been able to seal a deal for the business or the small brick building it occupies.

Supporters say Giovanni's Room served as a resource, safe haven and gathering place for the city's gay community.

It's named for the 1956 James Baldwin novel about a young man in postwar Paris struggling with his sexual identity.

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