Why Bookstores Matter – Stories from Around the World

Books about bookstores are always a treat, especially large coffee-table books with loads of pictures. But this one set to be released this month is an extra special treat.


Publisher’s Weekly recently noted this forthcoming book produced by New Yorker cartoonist Bob Eckstein, who illustrated and gathered stories from bookshops around the world.

Below is his description of the book, plus a few of his illustrations. Looks to be a good read and browse book! 🙂

For my forthcoming book, Footnotes from the World’s Greatest Bookstores (Clarkson Potter, Oct.), I spent two years lovingly illustrating shops across the globe, working from a list based on recommendations, research, and personal experience. During this time I also collected stories about each store from owners, employees, customers, and my favorite people—a list comprising today’s greatest artists and thinkers. Some inspired me growing up, and some, like David Bowie and Robin Williams, recently left us.

In the end, I had 150 shops and more than 300 stories to choose from: tales of romance, stories of scandal, hilarious anecdotes—too much to fit in my book. Cutting the list in half to 75 bookstores was heartbreaking and difficult, so here I share a couple of great bookstores that wound up on the cutting-room floor, along with one that made it in.

Source: Why Bookstores Matter

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