Title: Footnotes from the World’s Greatest Bookstores: True Tales and Lost Moments from Book Buyers, Booksellers, and Book Lovers
Author: Bob Eckstein; Forward: Garrison Keillor
Hardcover: ISBN: 978-0553459272, $22; Kindle: $11:99
Imprint: New York: Clarkson Potter, 2016
“From beloved New Yorker cartoonist Bob Eckstein comes this New York Times bestselling collection of paintings and stories from some of the world’s most cherished bookstores.
The collection of seventy-five evocative paintings and colorful anecdotes invites you into the heart and soul of every community: the local bookshop, each with its own quirks, charms, and legendary stories.
The book features an incredible roster of great bookstores from across the globe and stories from writers, thinkers and artists of our time, including David Bowie, Tom Wolfe, Jonathan Lethem, Roz Chast, Deepak Chopra, Bob Odenkirk, Philip Glass, Jonathan Ames, Terry Gross, Mark Maron, Neil Gaiman, Ann Patchett, Chris Ware, Molly Crabapple, Amitav Ghosh, Alice Munro, Dave Eggers, Garrison Keillor and many more.
Page by page, Eckstein perfectly captures our lifelong love affair with books, bookstores, and book-sellers that is at once heartfelt, bittersweet, and cheerfully confessional.”
“Enchanting paintings…colorful quotes and anecdotes, a testimony to the continuing vibrancy of print books.” – USA Today
“Flat-out lovely. This might be a perfect book for holiday giving. But you might want to buy two copies, and keep one for yourself.” – Star Tribune
“Bibliophiles will rejoice at this beautiful collection celebrating the history and lure of independent bookshops worldwide.” – Shelf Awareness
“Footnotes visually illustrates why these shops are so beloved. Eckstein, a cartoonist for The New Yorker, has beautifully painted 75 of the most storied purveyors from around the world.” – The Globe and Mail
“New Yorker cartoonist Eckstein has created a love letter to independent bookstores around the world.” – Kirkus Review
“In a time when it seems that brick-and-mortar bookstores are closing at a rapid clip, this book celebrates those very places, giving us an inside look into the cherished community of local bookshops.” -Smithsonian Magazine
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.