Traveling? Tell Us About Your Favorite Bookstore Discovery

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka

Today Rachel Aydt writes about her recent visit to Paris’ Shakespeare and Company bookstore. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that some of my best memories of travel are associated with visiting bookstores. For me, there’s Cape Town’s Exclusive Books (yes, a chain, but a very good one!), New Orleans’ Faulkner House Book, Belfast’s No Alibis, each of which means something special to me. How about you?

If you’re traveling this summer — even from your desk chair — tell us about your favorite bookstore discovery, at home or abroad.

One good resource that might jog your memory is The Bookstore Guide, which documents bookstores across the whole of Europe. The site reminded me of several wonderful stores that I forgot visiting, including Bucharest’s Carturesti and Lisbon’s stunning Livraria Bertrand, which was founded waaaay back in 1732 and where I stopped in during my honeymoon.

We’re looking forward to your anecdotes in the comments.

About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.