Posted on 04/14/2020 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Even the most famous and beloved bookstores are struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.

But fortunately, City Lights Bookstore’s supporters rose to the challenge when its plight became public.

The San Francisco icon, co-founded in 1953 by Lawrence Ferlinghetti (who’s now 101), launched a GoFundMe campaign last week seeking $300,000.

As of 9 a.m. Central today, the campaign had brought in over $466,700.

Store CEO Elaine Katzenberger has posted to thank donors and tell them that she’d updated Ferlinghetti about the campaign’s success, reports the Associated Press.

She said he asked when the store would reopen and that she responded that she didn’t know, and that the pair then sat in silence for a moment.

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