Canadian CEOs Ask for Bookstores to Be Labeled Essential

Heather Reisman, CEO of Indigo Books & Music, and Kristin Cochrane, the CEO of Penguin Random House Canada, wrote letters to Doug Ford, premier of the province of Ontario, imploring them to deem bookstores "essential" businesses and allow them to remain open during the new lockdown period, which started on Sunday and runs through December 21. The two executives argued that the publishing industry was doing much to support the mental health of people in lockdown and that the shutdown would be injurious the the finances of already fragile bookstores, particularly as we are going into the all-important holiday shopping season.


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