Title: Book Towns: Forty Five Paradises of the Printed Word
Author: Alex Johnson
Hardcover: 978-0711238930, $22.99
Imprint: London: Frances Lincoln, 2018
“The so-called “Book Towns” of the world are dedicated havens of literature, and the ultimate dream of book lovers everywhere. Book Towns takes readers on a richly illustrated tour of the 40 semi-officially recognized literary towns around the world and outlines the history and development of each community, and offers practical travel advice.
Many Book Towns have emerged in areas of marked attraction, such as Ureña in Spain or Fjaerland in Norway, where bookshops have been set up in buildings including former ferry waiting rooms and banks. While the UK has the best-known examples at Hay, Wigtown and Sedbergh, the book has a broad international appeal, featuring locations such as Jimbochu in Japan, College Street in Calcutta, and major unofficial “book cities” such as Buenos Aires.”
“In the forthcoming Book Towns, journalist Alex Johnson catalogues these most charming of tourist destinations.”
– Sarah Laskow, Atlas Obscura“If you’re and ink-and-paper loyalist, Alex Johnson’s Book Towns: Forty-Five Paradises of the Printed Word (Frances Lincoln, $23), out this month, will soon be your favorite travel guide.”
– Travel & Leisure
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.