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March 13, 2020
Like us, I'm certain your emails are brimming with cancellations and notices about COVID-19. We apologize for contributing to the glut, but do feel that it is important to keep our community posted on our own internal actions. We are continuing to monitor the situation, and at this point plan to maintain usual business hours. If the situation changes, we will be certain to post any alterations to social media.

We run a pretty tidy ship, but now more than ever are going the extra mile to ensure that shared surfaces are constantly sanitized and that staff is continually washing hands. When possible, we are asking guests to please use credit cards unless cash is necessary. We've temporarily removed our collection of games, children's toys, and the table numbers we typically pass out when ordering food.

As a small business that strives to provide a safe and welcoming space for individuals to gather as a community and share in cultural experiences, it is particularly hard for us to not want to gather and collectively process what is happening in the world right now. We do feel that in many ways literature can be a glue to help process — whether providing a temporary sense of escape from the current situation or a dose of empathy.

In that spirit, we are offering all books for 15% off. If you don't feel like coming in, you can order online using discount code UGH2020.

To join the chorus further, small businesses will feel real, substantial impacts from the current situation, and we encourage you to support small businesses in our community when possible.

We are grateful for your enduring support, and feel fortunate to be part of this community. Be safe, and know that we are sending you love.

Here are some book recommendations for reading during tumultuous times:

Recollections of My Nonexistence
by Rebecca Solnit

Rebecca Solnit's new book just dropped this week. Did you know that Solnit's Men Explain Things to Me is our top-selling book (non-Two Dollar Radio title) since we opened two-and-a-half years ago? Eric and Molly had the opportunity to hear Solnit speak about the book at a conference in January, and it was inspiring and mind-blowing.
Barn 8
by Deb Olin Unferth

The always impeccable Graywolf Press just released this new novel by Deb Olin Unferth, which is being described as a "vegan Ocean's 11." Not 100% sure what this means, but Unferth has an incredibly witty prose voice, and this promises to be a captivating read.
Big Black: Stand at Attica
by Jared Reinmuth, illustrated by Ameziane

We just got copies of this new book in, a work of non-fiction about the life of Big Black and his experience during the Attica Prison Riots of 1971. Reviews have called the book "a striking, powerful look at a dark chapter in American history."
Queen Solomon
by Tamara Faith Berger

I just finished reading this book for book club. It's a captivating and fresh read propelled by the author's fresh and strikingly original prose. The book follows a teenage boy in Canada whose family adopts an Ethiopian Jew, whose alienation and individuality ends up unsettling the family. It's a quick, perverse read that I highly recommend.
Braiding Sweetgrass
by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Braiding Sweetgrass was originally published by Milkweed Editions in 2015, and now, 5  years later (!) became a New York Times bestseller. This book of "indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge, and the teachings of plants" has staying power and is profoundly touching.
We've got plenty more options for books available on our website and in the store. Don't forget to use discount code UGH2020 for 15% off.

Two Dollar Radio Headquarters, a locally owned and operated family-run shop, is an indie bookstore, event space, bar, and vegan cafe located on the scenic South Side of Columbus, Ohio.  You can read some really nice words about us here.
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