The 31 best places to be if you love books
Go here to visit a photographic collection of 30 stunning book places from around the world (although books seem to be pretty thin on the ground at the library in Beijing. It’s clear that some bathrooms can do better…) I can’t offer any pictures for the 31st best place. I can’t even name it. I was only there for an hour or so in September 1983 on the first night of autumn when the sizzling temperatures in Washington were finally beginning to fall.
I was staying in Georgetown with friends. We had borrowed an apartment for the weekend from a young attorney in the Ronald Reagan administration. (My first experience of a walk-in wardrobe – my soul has yearned for one ever since.) After visiting the Kennedy graves at Arlington, dinner in Alexandria, (a small town across the Potomac that, despite being only a few miles from the Capitol, was always in Southern hands during the civil war) and drinks with a trade unionist against the Reagan administration we went to a bookshop to buy some books, have another drink and listen to a cool jazz pianist.
Now that’s a bookshop. That’s the bookshop I’d like to run.
Had any interesting book buying experiences?
Got a bookshop fantasy?
Photograph by Phillip Capper of a theatre
converted into a bookshop in Buenos Aires