24 hour bookshop

Travel Between The Pages

I’ve never visited Guangzhou City, but when I do my first destination will be the wonderful 1200 Bookshop. The only 24 hour bookstore in China’s third largest city was the brainchild of architect Liu Erxi. After a long backpacking trip, he realized that he felt most welcome and at home in the bookshops that he visited. Modeled on another 24 hour bookstore in Taipei, Taiwan, the 1200 Bookshop has become a community center, meeting place, and safe space in the city of 13 million people.

Liu has also make a commitment to hire people with disabilities to staff the bookstore café. The crowdfunded shop has also become famous throughout China for its egalitarian atmosphere and welcoming vibe.

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Bookstore Tourism London

Travel Between The Pages

One of my favorite places to escape the tourist madness of central London is Hatchards Bookshop. The third floor, with its comfy sofas, is a great spot to spend a rainy afternoon. The popular Londonist blog recently profiled the city’s oldest bookshop and offered an insider’s tour of the Piccadilly shop. Although the bookstore has been operating since 1797, it has only been in this location for 200 years. You can take the tour right here.

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Brown Bag Book Exchange

I like this idea 🙂

Cafe Book Bean

16711971_1778298172489682_3883182582501892248_nThis is a brown bag book exchange. You bring a book and you get a book, but you do not reveal what you bring. The book you bring must be disguised and briefly described. So bring your book covered or in a brown paper bag, write the genre on the outside and/or a few tidbits about the book, but keep it a mystery!16649565_1778214235831409_8198701075672050166_n

Books should be in really good condition. Bring up to 2 (different) books. There will also be awesome coffee and pie available for purchase via the delicious Bipartisan Cafe. So come and join the fun, meet new people, and read a new bookdownload!download (1)

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