This fascinating article appears on the BookAddition website and focuses on the second hand and antiquarian book dealers of the Seine in Paris, the so-called Bouquinistes of Paris – Seductive Merchants of the Minds.
Also known as ‘libraries forains’ these open air booksellers have a tradition that stretches back to the 16th century and continues to the present as “240 bouquinestes occupy 10 meters of railings long the Seine for an annual fee, making use of 900 distinctive bottle green boxes (the size of the boxes was fixed in 1930) to house hundreds of thousands of books…”
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.