Author Robert M. Depaul is donating his first two books to a local bookstore, which is under fire for a decision to close for the week.
The author has donated his books to the Columbia University Bookstore.
The bookstore is one of three in the country where the authors are to be given back their titles.
Depause, who is also the founder and publisher of the indie publication, told FoxNews.com he will donate his book, “No One Left to Know,” to the bookstore for free.
The Columbia bookstore says it has been working to reopen since late August.
A book of Depause’s books was recently donated to the library.
Depaus said he hopes the bookshop will help the bookstore survive in the coming months.
“I’ve been here about a month now, and I have no idea how long it will take,” Depaul said.
“It’s very important that it doesn’t fall apart.”
The author said he is concerned that some people will try to hurt the bookstore by using the term “punching bags” to describe the controversy.
Depau said he’s not surprised by the backlash.
“You don’t want to upset people,” he said.
He added that he’s seen a few people ask for donations from the booksellers on Facebook and Twitter.
“It’s hard to say it’s going to be an easy process, but I’m confident the bookstores are going to find a way to do this.”
Depaul said he has received dozens of donations, and plans to give them away.
The author has also set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to cover expenses for the book store.
He said the money will be used to pay for renovations and to pay bills, including rent, food, and travel expenses.
“We have a very big book list, so I’m really excited to have the books here,” Depaus told Fox News.
“I’m hoping that they’ll be able to support us for the next few months and maybe in the future.”
The Columbia University bookstore’s website said that book sales are a key part of its business model.
Depaurs said he thinks the bookstore will be able pay for the renovations to the building and the books it will carry.
Depaul also said he was inspired by the book of James Baldwin’s “I Am Not Your Negro.”
“I think I am,” he told Foxnews.com.
“What I’m trying to do is to try to help people get through the trauma that they have.
To get past it and to be able for the rest of us to continue to be better.”
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