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Originally published Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at 12:05 AM

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Journalist discusses his book about the state of small business in America

Seattle business journalist Robert Spector reads from his new book, "The Mom & Pop Store: How the Unsung Heroes of the American Economy are Surviving and Thriving," Sept. 23 at Town Hall.

'The Mom & Pop Store'

Seattle business journalist Robert Spector crossed the country from Bellingham to Newark, N.J., profiling "independent retailers who cultivate community identity and camaraderie."

He put what he found in "The Mom & Pop Store: How the Unsung Heroes of the American Economy are Surviving and Thriving" (Walker, $26). He'll discuss his book at 7:30 p.m. today, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $5 (800-838-3006 or www.brownpapertickets.com).

Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times arts writer

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