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An Iranian bookstore in Westwood closes after 36 years

August 31, 2017
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by Agatha French, Los Angeles Tiimes

 

Westwood’s Iranian bookstore Ketab Corp. closed its doors last week after 36 years in business.

The shop on Westwood Boulevard held roughly 85% Persian titles as well as books in English about Iran, said owner Bijan Khalili, who in a phone call described his customer base as “Persians and those Americans that are interested in Persian culture” in a phone call.

Ketab Corp. proudly stocked censored titles on a shelf marked “books prohibited in Iran,” such as those by celebrated Iranian poet Forugh Farrokhzad.

“Reading books is a human right,” Khalili told Public Radio International in an August interview.

 

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