Category Archives: Books

Rome: Bookstore Tourism

Many years ago when I first visited Rome, Via Del Governo Vecchio, just off of the sublime Piazza Navona, was an atmospheric narrow street with antiquarian shops. While it’s still a lovely area, the antique shops have been replace with … Continue reading

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Traveling Bibliophiles Can Relate

h/t to Laura Pacheco and The Wild Detectives

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Itinerant Bookstore Tourism

Margaux Segré gave up a comfortable civil service career with the French Ministry of Culture to pursue her dream of being a full-time bookseller. After crowdfunding the renovation of a delivery truck, she now roams southwestern France visiting village markets, … Continue reading

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Mustachio On The Orient Express

h/t Tom Gauld  

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Fillory and Further

I’m a big fan of author Lev Grossman’s The Magicians trilogy. The brilliant and always entertaining fantasy series is like a rollicking mash-up of Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia with sex, drugs, and rock and roll. The books come with some very cool Tolkien-like … Continue reading

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Bookstore Tourism Lisbon

Portugal is well known to traveling bibliophiles for its extraordinary bookstores and libraries. One of Lisbon’s most popular book browsing destinations is the popular Livaria Ler Devagar in the Barrio de Alcantara district. Set in a 19th century newspaper printing … Continue reading

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Homage a George Seurat

Homage a Seurat by Jonathan Burton h/t M. Wuerker  

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They Promised Me Ponies

I am not the least bit embarrassed to admit that I am a devoted fan of the Simpsons. The show often offers unparalleled insights into American culture and frequently functions as a guide to moral philosophy. From the first season, … Continue reading

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Literary Dioramas

Spanish artist Malena Valcarcel transforms abdondoned books into fanciful, poetic dioramas and book sculptures. You can see more of her lovely work, and even purchase a piece, on her Etsy site.

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Art of the Cover

As a book collector and a book seller, I have often purchased a book just because the dust jacket art caught my eye. In this terrific new book, The Illustrated Dust Jacket 1920-1970, author Martin Salisbury explores the transition from plain paper … Continue reading

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