January 19, 2009

News & Opinion: A Sad Day In Milwaukee

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 6:05 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Today is truly a sad day for Milwaukee, our home base and for me. Our parent company, Dickens Books LTD., announced they are closing their four brick and mortar, Harry W. Schwartz retail stores in two months. This is where I started and those stores are truly in our DNA. I still remember that first morning in February of 1984, sitting in the back of the Schwartz bookshop on Fifth Street.
Here is the front page story in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
From the Milwaukee Business Journal
From Twitter
For more on the struggles of independent bookstores, here is a story from BusinessWeek about Codys in San Francisco.
Like I said, this is sad. The Harry W. Schwartz Bookshops have been a mainstay in Milwaukee for 82 years, but they are folding their tent in a very classy way.
I have been getting calls about what this means for 800-CEO-READ. We have just had our fourth consecutive record year and this year looks strong as well.
A couple of things:
  • Effective tomorrow, Todd Sattersten takes over as President of 800-CEO-READ and I will remain as Founder. Todd and I will continue to work together as we have for the past five years and continue to focus on business books.
  • In 17 days our book The 100 Best Business Books of All Time will be published.

  • All in all, the future looks exciting.

    About Dylan Schleicher

    Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.