Why do bookshops matter? How do they filter our ideas and literature? In this inventive and highly entertaining extended essay, Jorge Carrion takes his listeners on a journey around the world via its bookshops.
His travels take him to Shakespeare & Co in Paris, Wells in Winchester, Green Apple Books in San Francisco, Librairie des Colonnes in Tangier and the Strand Book Store in New York and provoke encounters with thinkers, poets, dreamers, revolutionaries and readers.
Bookshops is the travelogue of a lucid and curious observer, filled with anecdotes and stories from the universe of writing, publishing and selling books. A bookshop, in Carrion's eyes, is never just a place for material transaction; it is a meeting place for people and their ideas, a setting for world-changing encounters, a space that can transform lives.
Told in the midst of a worldwide recession, Bookshops examines the role of these spaces in today's ever shifting climate of globalisation, vanishing high streets, e-readers and Amazon. But far from taking a pessimistic view of the future of the physical bookshop, Carrion makes a compelling case for hope, underlining the importance of these places and the magic that can happen there. A vital manifesto for the future of traditional bookshops and a delight for all who love them.