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William Gladstone is an internationally acclaimed bestselling novelist (The Twelve) as well as the founder of Waterside Productions Inc., one of the world’s pre-eminent literary agencies. He is the father of actress Tara Rose Gladstone, film producer Cyrus Jay Gladstone and grandfather to his amazingly playful grandson Titus Jay Gladstone.
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Are you someone who refuses to believe the theory that “print is dead”? Who always makes room in a suitcase for a paperback? Who finds it easy to spend more time at a charmingly ramshackle bookstore than a crowded tourist attraction? You’re not alone.
The organizers of Independent Bookstore Day celebrate book havens and book lovers everywhere each spring, and what better way to mark the occasion than to seek out an indie book shop on your next trip?
“The idea of Bookstore Day, first and foremost, is to celebrate indie bookstores and the symbiotic community of authors, readers, booksellers, and book lovers of all stripes,” Bookstore Day Program Director Samantha Schoech told me via email. Participating bookstores in the United States celebrate Bookstore Day by offering up special collectables, limited edition novels, and hosting author signings and other events for one day only—but there are plenty of picturesque, print-hoarding spots around the world that are also worthy of a visit in spirit of the day year-round, even if this holiday doesn’t formally broaden its reach beyond the U.S.
“We’ve already had a lot of contact with our counterparts in the U.K. and Canada and know that both Australia and New Zealand also have their own takes on bookstore day,” Schoech says.
Here are some of the most storied bookstores to celebrate the bookworm in all of us.
Shakespeare And Company, Paris
One of the most famous and photographed independent book shops in the world, Shakespeare and Company sits along the Seine River in Paris and was an expat-author watering hole of sorts for some of literature’s biggest names—James Baldwin, Allen Ginsberg, Anais Nin, Wiliam Burroughs—in the 1960s.
Prior to its reopening at its current location, Shakespeare and Company was a Sylvia Beach-owned shop just a few blocks away that hosted some even more storied names, like F. Scott Fitzgerald, James Joyce, Earnest Hemingway, and T.S. Eliot.
There’s no denying the historical importance of this place, but it’s also simply a comforting spot to escape busy Paris and read a heavily used novel free of charge, hear a stranger expertly play piano, or stumble upon a famous writer. New and used titles fill this two-story shop to the brim, and it’s the perfect place to pick up a worthy souvenir to read on your flight home. For a peek at its charming art-covered walls, packed shelves, and matted armchairs, watch the second film of Richard Linklater’s Oscar-nominated Sunrise trilogy,Before Sunset.
Livraria Lello & Irmao, Porto
Harry Potter fanatics of all ages should make the pilgrimage to J.K. Rowling’s former home away from home, Porto, if only in pursuit of the story’s Muggle-world origin. Rowling taught English in Portugal‘s second city, and wrote some of the now-famous series around the time that she frequented Libraria Lello & Irmao‘s stained-glass upstairs cafe. The shop boasts breathtaking Gothic Revival and Art Nouveau architecture, and is suspected to be part of the inspiration for the Harry Potter series’ settings.
Ler Devagar, Lisbon
South of Porto in Portugal’s bustling capital, Lisbon’s most versatile livraria is aptly named Read Slowly, and is equal parts cafe, local art gallery, concert/event venue, and brimming bookstore. Pop in for an espresso, to buy a new title, to take a peek at the long-standing art on both floors, or for an exhibition or poetry reading.
For a taste of rare used books and new titles alike, the 86-year-old Strand in New York’s East Village is frequented by both tourists and locals for its rare book room, deal bins, and “Strand”-branded memorabilia like tote bags and T-shirts. The Strand has no shortage of events, from readings and conversational classes to art shows and book signings. It prides itself on housing 18 miles of books—about 2.5 million, not counting a warehouse in Brooklyn that holds another quarter million.
The far-reaching price range hits upwards of $45,000 for rare titles like a Matisse-illustrated copy of James Joyce’s Ulysses signed by the author himself. Those looking for a (slightly) more affordable souvenir can grab first-editions like Virginia Woolf’s The Waves for $200, or, for die-hard readers with padded wallets, a first-issue copy of Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms for $2,000.
If New Zealand’s seafront city of Christchurch does one thing well, it’s sustainability. Buildings made out of alternative materials ranging from cardboard to shipping containers popped up here after the region experienced a massive earthquake in 2011.
One example of these shipping-container buildings is Scorpio Books, home to the largest selection of fantasy and science-fiction books in New Zealand—more than a million titles—making it a perfect stop for Lord of the Rings-inspired tourists.
Every existing photo of this canal-side shop in Venice is Pinterest-worthy. Liberia Acqua Alta is piled high with enough books to create the store itself—featuring steps created from stacks of hardbacks tied together by string, their colorful spines deteriorating in the humidity. The shop is only about a decade old and houses four cats, who will likely judge you from their comfortable perches as you skim the shelves.
Boston’s esteemed literary scene boasts plenty of must-see book sites, from the historic public library’s John Singer Sargent murals to the bronze Make Way for Ducklings statues of the Public Gardens. But local bookworms will tell you that the bookstore in the city with the most character is “The Brattle,” an antiquarian bookseller with an outdoor sale lot that sits under the watchful eyes of authors like Toni Morrison and Franz Kafka—in mural form.
A local institution since its founding in 1825, Brattle Book Shop‘s mural-lined lot came after its former space burned to the ground in 1980. What took its place is a treasured space for outdoor title browsing, next door to where the three-story shop now stands. Brattle proprietor Ken Gloss inherited the Brattle from his father, and the family business’s outdoor
Another hand-painted outdoor gem of a bookstore that draws tourists is Santorini’s Atlantis Books, a tiny, white-washed bookseller that belongs on a postcard.
The cramped shop sits upon Santorini’s picture-perfect seaside cliffs and hosts a book festival every November—offseason—full of writers and artists, with ticket prices ranging from 25 to 250 euro to attend. Visitors come in hoards for the views from this tiny island, but Atlantis Books is without a doubt a special part of Santorini’s many authentic surprises.
If you’re looking for the grandest of bookstores, look no further. Quaint, cozy, crowded shops shine in their own way, but not quite as bright as El Ateneo Grand Splendid. This publishing company-owned institution may not exactly be independent, and boasts a palace-meets-library vibe thanks to the ritzy, Italian-style theater that it originally was. Where balcony and orchestra chairs once sat are now thousands of rows of book spines throughout two floors.
The space attracts upwards of 3,000 people per day. Just look up at the hand-painted ceilings and gold classical decor to find out why.
Lutyens & Rubinstein Book Shop, London
What better way to celebrate Shakespeare 400 years after his death than at a bookstore in London after a show at the Globe? Better yet, Lutyens & Rubenstein is the closest you’ll get to a real-life version of the Notting Hill book shop Hugh Grant’s character owns in the 1999 rom-com. The white store and apartment fronts of the neighborhood are as charming on the outside as this chic bookstore is on the inside, with paperback birds and mobiles hanging from the ceiling and two floors of glossy covers to keep you shopping for hours.
Bookstore Day-worthy recommendations wouldn’t be complete without a store from the city where this holiday originated—San Francisco. As San Fran bookstores go, City Lights (a Bay Area institution since 1953) is a can’t-miss for its timeless storefront and historic past. The combination bookstore and non-profit publisher focuses on progressive works and has printed locally authored collections like Allen Ginsberg’s famous Howl and Other Poems.
Stop in to purchase one of their many recommended titles or to hear a reading. Supporting City Lights means supporting stores committed to keeping print publishing alive.
Beauty & Gratitude
Day 2: The Only Prayer You Need…
by William Gladstone
It may seem preposterous to those trained in traditional sciences to believe that gratitude can heal the earth but recent scientific studies as well as practices of indigenous peoples provide strong evidence that expressing gratitude on a daily basis can improve individual, community and global health.
Today’s planet is not healthy. It is not just climate change which is a cause for concern. The depletion of natural resources, the degradation of pristine forests, mountains and coastal ecosystems, and the often intolerable pollution of air and water in major urban centers are all signs of the stress human beings have created for ourselves and all living creations on our planet. It would be wishful thinking to believe that the mere expression of gratitude will magically solve these significant challenges.
But expressing gratitude is a start, perhaps the essential first step towards creating positive resonance among the seven billion plus human beings whose collective behavior can for good or ill determine the future health of the planet. Expressing gratitude puts each of us in the state of awareness of how much we have to be grateful for and how much our actions can impact not just those we love but all those with whom we interact.
The German Dominican Theologian Meister Eckhart(1260-1328) stated, “the only prayer you ever need is “Thank You.” Indigenous peoples incorporate “thank you” in their spiritual rituals as do all major world religions. There is a reason “thank you” is at the basis of all spiritual practices. That reason is that expressing gratitude aligns your energy with the higher frequency energy which both spiritual as well as scientific experts believe is connected to the source of creation and evolution.
For those less concerned about the philosophy and science of gratitude, it is enough to realize that you just feel better when you say thank you. You feel better and the person you thank feels better. Try it, you’ll like it. You will be making the first step toward healing the earth.
How better can you celebrate Earth Day?
And why wait for Earth Day? Make your thank yous and expressions of gratitude part of your own daily rituals. After thirty days or less you will see improvement in many aspects of your life.
Thank you for contributing to the grand adventure of life.
Lovingly offered to you by,
I first met Nancy when she made her first big movie at MGM, “THE NEXT VOICE YOU HEAR”, a Dore Schary production in1950, when I was doing extra work. I was her newspaper boy on a bike. Nancy was very close to my uncle Sam Zimbalist, MGM producer of “Ben Hur” and “Quo Vadis”. I also represented Ronnie’s daughter Maureen, whose mother was Jane Wyman in the late 60’s.
And I knew Ronnie when he was our SAG president (twice). Also, my first wife, actress Ruth Roman and Ronnie dated for a long time when they were under contract at Warner Brothers. Years later I mentioned that to Ronnie and he smiled big about it. And my client Gary Coleman was one of Nancy’s favourite spokespeople for the anti-drug JUST SAY NO campaign.
Even as an agent for over 50 years, I was always overwhelmed to be in the presence of great entertainers. To be in the same room with them at the Kennedy Center and then in the White house at dinner was one of my most memorable evenings I have ever had. The Honors that evening were: Broadway icon George Abbot, film legend Lillian Gish, Benny Goodman, Gene Kelly and conductor Eugene Ormandy. To have the opportunity to talk with Gene Kelly, Benny Goodman, and the great Lillian Gish in one evening was stunning I must say. Carolyn and I spent a few minutes with Nancy and Ronnie, just like we were with them at their Rancho del Cielo in the Santa Ynez mountains near Santa Barbara.
What great memories.
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