As an only child, I spent many hours with my head buried in a book. Growing up, my mother and I moved around often, landing in Chandler, Arizona, when I was 8. I sought the companionship of other adolescent, pre-teen characters written by Judy Blume and Laura Ingalls Wilder. I was a shy girl who proudly claimed a blue, ten-speed bike in front of my elementary school in 3rd grade after earning second place in a state-wide Read-a-thon. I remained the odd new girl throughout my elementary school years, like Margaret in Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. Continue Reading ›
“Books are weapons,” says the manager of London’s socialist and trade union bookshop, Bookmarks. “Our customers haven’t given up. They’re optimistic that change is still possible and that we can fight to make it happen.”
Instead of hiding with hot chocolate, hand-knitted socks and all things hygge, read December’s uplifting profile of Bookmarks, and get ready to change the world in 2017.
I doubt I am the only print-addled American hopelessly addicted to British charity bookshops. Continue Reading ›
Books in nine languages? Check.
Travel books? Check.
Cookery books? Check.
Illustrated porn? Erm, check.
This month’s bookshop, Hedengrens Bokhandel, takes a very Swedish approach to bookselling. They have to choose stock carefully to appeal to the tastes of their multi-lingual, liberal-minded customers. Like other retailers, Christmas is an important time for Hedegrens, but as the festive season approaches, they won’t be bringing in lots of extra merchandise or festooning the shop with baubles and bows. That’s just not the Swedish way of doing things.
Read more about their approach to bookselling here.