Libreria Fahrenheit 451 and Other European Bookstores

BookendsLibreria Fahrenheit 451Cindy: Lynn and I love travel, and especially love visiting libraries and bookstores when we do. We thought it would be fitting to close out Booklist‘s dual spotlights on romance and travel with our LOVE for TRAVELING, showing you some of the books we found in Europe this summer and fall. It is especially fitting that I start the post during Banned Books Week with photos from Libreria Fahrenheit 451, which I stumbled upon in Rome. It was located in the Campo de’ Fiori square, a place with a history of executions that now hosts many demonstrations along with throngs of tourists and a lively market.

The bookstore Paper Townscarried almost exclusively adult titles, heavy on politics and revolution, and I overheard a lively argument (or maybe it was just a discussion) between the shopkeeper and a customer, the only other people in the small shop with me. I so wished I knew more Italian! It was June and I did spot one familiar teen book on their shelves: Paper Towns, by John Green.

The train station in Rome had a three-story glass bookstore (one floor was belowground) and I had plenty of time to browse while waiting for our train. Here are some familiar children’s and teen book “faces” from that stop, including some sacrilegious “Potter Stinks” buttons:

Rome train station

More books in Roman train station

Hogwarts & Hufflepuff T-shirts; Potter stinks

Books, books, books!

Lynn is due home this week from a trip to Germany and France and recently sent these photos from her trip. First up is a photo of the ancient library in Heidelberg:

Library in Heidelberg

At the post office in Ribeauville, France, she found a European version of a Little Free Library:

Le Little Free Library

And in Colmar (also France), she browsed a large bookstore with many familiar youth books:

Familiar titles in a French bookstore


And here are a  few photos from the end of my trip in Zagreb, Croatia. If you have a bookstore, library, or book story related to travel, please share it in the comments!

školska knjiga bookstore in Zagreb, Croatia

Školska knjiga, the largest publisher in Croatia.

The Brilliant World of Tom Gates books, in Zagreb bookstore

The Brilliant World of Tom Gates by Liz Pichon







About the Author:

Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

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  1.' Sue Lay says:

    Kenny’s Bookstore in Galway.
    The bookstore started at an estate sale. Mom and Dad came home to find the kids around the table, anxiously awaiting the books. Each child would create a stack of their favorites. When I visited, it was a series of rooms and hallways, but very intriguing. They also create booklists and send out stacks to avid readers. Be sure to ask for the tour!

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