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The Chicago Sun Times covers one of the little guys, Afrocentric Books. Opened in 1990 by Desiree Sanders the store has become a must-do for famous writers on publicity tours. The visits, Sanders says, serve both the community and her as a businesswoman in a struggling sector of the book industry -- the black specialty bookstore. Black communities in the U.S. have seen the number of shops that cater to them dwindle even as the sum African-Americans spend on books rises.