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The rise, fall and revival of the modern bookshop

21 November, 2017, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


A few years ago it appeared that bookshops were in a state of terminal decline. Between 2005 and 2011 nearly 2000 bookshops had closed in Britain, a sign that the days of physical bricks and mortar bookshops were coming to a close. However, in 2015 the American Booksellers’ Association announced a rise in the number of new independent bookshops, and boldly claimed that the word ‘endangered’ could be decoupled from the word ‘bookstores’.

This discussion, led by Professor Andrew Thacker, will explore how independent bookshops such as City Lights in San Francisco (publisher of Allen Ginsberg’s Howl) and Shakespeare and Company in Paris (publisher of James Joyce’s Ulysses) have been important institutions in the development of modern literature and culture. The discussion will consider what the modern bookshop can learn from looking at these earlier examples of book selling, and what the future prospects are for the independent bookshop.


This event is part of the series How to lose and find yourself in words.
For event information, please contact Sally Bowden at sally.bowden@nottingham.ac.uk.

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21 November, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


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Five Leaves Bookshop
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Prof. Andrew Thacker


Five Leaves Bookshop
14a Long Row
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG1 2DH United Kingdom
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