The so-called Book Towns of the world are dedicated havens of literature, and the ultimate dream of book lovers everywhere. Book Towns takes readers on a richly illustrated tour of the 40 semi-officially recognized literary towns around the world and outlines the history and development of each community, and offers practical travel advice. Many Book Towns have emerged in areas of marked attraction, such as Urea in Spain or Fjaerland in Norway, where bookshops have been set up in buildings including former ferry waiting rooms and banks. While the UK has the best-known examples at Hay, Wigtown and Sedbergh, the book has a broad international appeal, featuring locations such as Jimbochu in Japan, College Street in Calcutta, and major unofficial book cities such as Buenos Aires....
|Title||:||Book Towns: Forty Five Paradises of the Printed Word|
|Number of Pages||:||192 pages|
|Url Type||:||Home » Book » Book Towns: Forty Five Paradises of the Printed Word|
Book Towns: Forty Five Paradises of the Printed Word Reviews
Alex Johnson's charming book actually has a subtitle. The book is Book Towns: Forty-Five Paradises of the Printed Word. His book, with its colorful photos, is actually a travelogue for those of us who probably won't get to Australia or France or Spain, or a dozen other countries to visit the book towns. But armchair travelers who appreciate bookstores will enjoy the book.
The book towns Johnson covers are not towns devoted only to bookstores. Most of them are "A small town usually rural and sceni ...more
Gorgeous little book about book towns around the world (although they’re mostly in western Europe). I wish there had been more photos, particularly of the insides of the bookshops - what reader doesn’t love seeing bookshop interiors? It’s still very sweet though, and now I want to visit every place mentioned in the book. A great gift for a bookish friend.
A lovely, and fascinating book that delves into towns around the world that have a special heart for books - and look like proper pilgrimage sites for the book lover. The pages are beautifully laid out with exquisite photographs. A really lovely treat.
If you truly love books you will not be able to fault this book.
I know this is a bold statement and I have no wish to court controversy or cause offence. My point is this. Here is a book that that encourages the promotion of all things booky and sees that focus through the dedicated individuals who have tirelessly worked to regenerate their towns and communities by encouraging the promotion of books.
In the process these communities have reached out through selling books, attracting other arts an ...more
Do you love books and travel? Then this is the book for you! This book takes you to 45 book towns around the world giving you some of the basic information (if their books tend to follow a certain genre, if they have certain festivals, etc.), each town has a summary box with websites for more information, directions, etc., and each town beautiful pictures of the town and surroundings.
This book put several new goals on my bucket list including:
• Climbing the Tower of Babel (built entirely from bo ...more
This was a fantastic, beautiful and informative book that I would recommend to all book lovers! I always wanted to travel one day to all the beautiful places that revolve around literature. It's amazing all the unique and beautiful places. I can't wait to the day I can travel to these places like Hay-On-Wye but for now it was fantastic to travel to all these beautiful bibliophile centered places via this book!
This book was sooooo fun to look through! I was a little annoyed because I thought all the Book Towns would be in Europe but they aren't! Beautiful pictures of book stores, book wagons, book sales, make me want my town to be a book town too!
I want to make sure and take pictures of all the cool book stores and tables and wagons everywhere I travel!
Thanks to netgalley for the read! I loved it!
Shamefully, I didn't know much about book towns. I think I had vaguely heard about them before, but that was the extent of my knowledge. Alex Johnson does an amazing job of telling us what they are, along with the history and development of each town as a book town, along with gorgeous photographs. He also gives you the addresses of the most notable buildings for each town, so it turns into a travel guide at times, which is great as I now want to go and visit all the towns! Book Towns is full of ...more