The Literary Tourist

I tripped over  Literary Tourist , Nigel Beale’s website at the weekend – do take a look. Full of interesting bookish links to talks, bookshops and events, fairs and writers’ workshops, with a flickr photo-stream of bookish pics, it opens up the literary landscape.

It’s not afraid to put it out there that books are worth talking about, reading and preserving, not just conserving or selling, though that’s there too.

I love the unstuffy but knowing tone; the sheer pleasure of bookishness oozing out is intoxicating. I want to hop on a plane this morning and go to Boston to browse the bookshelves and wallow in the atmosphere of Brattle Books.

The listing of UK [English] bookshops is pretty sparse just now as the focus is on US and Canada, but it’s exciting to imagine a global literary tourist and the possibilities open to small presses and virtual presses to make fruitful connections with bookshops and readers …

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