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  • This week Libreria kicks off it’s all new arts and culture newsletter. We’ll be going beyond books with articles, reviews and interviews across film, art, music & much more. Sign up (see link in bio) and let us know what you think 👀 #libreria #art #music #culture #newsletter #bookstagram

  • You’ll be surprised at what lies beyond our doors… 📸 @lyndon_pix #bookshop #secretroom #bookstagram #visitlondon #spitalfields

  • On Thursday @cityquitters is joining us to launch her new book City Quitters: The Post-Urban Pioneers – deets in bio 👀 #libreria #booklaunch #bookstagram #cityquitters #bookworm #bookshopsoflondon

  • There’s something for everyone on our shelves… 📚📸 @owl_and_dog_playbooks #bookshop #visitlondon #bookstagram #londoncool #bookworm

  • September blues? We’ve got lots of colourful treats to pick you up 😊 #librerialondon #bookstagram #bookworm #newbooks #bookshop

  • Through the looking glass 👀📸 @booksandquills #libreria #bookshop #bookstagram #bookshelf #visitlondon

  • We are super excited to announce third @prideofarabia book club is happening on 2nd of October at 19:00. We’ll be meeting, reading and mise-en-abîme/ing with Azar Nafisi’s Reading Lolita in Tehran. #bookclublondon #poabookclub #azarnafisi #readingtogether

  • Perfect weekend getaway 😍Thanks to @stchostels for naming us one of the ‘Best Cosy Spots in London for a Rainy Day’ (link in bio) 📸 @sarahgargano29 #libreria #bookstagram #bookshop #thisislondon #visitlondon #weekendvibes

  • ‘Say something awful, say “She leaned on the fork”/Say something beautiful, say “Eyes smudged with soft kohl”…’ – new Maggie Nelson poetry has just arrived. #poetryofinstagram #poetrybooks #bookstagram #poetrycommunity #spitalfields

  • Don’t forget to look up 👀 📸 @sentiandazi #bookstagram #bookshelf #visitlondon #bookshop #shoreditch #thisislondon

  • Weekend plans? Come and see us on Hanbury Street 📚 📸 @rebeccahope #spitalfields #bookstagram #visitlondon #weekendvibes #bookshop

  • A selection of this week’s new arrivals, including a Booker Prize nominee, a poet, a political editor, a psychologist and a bestselling historian. #bookstagram #bookworm #bookshop #spitalfields #librerialondon #visitlondon

  • Throwback to our Vinyl Weekender with @jonrust_ 🎵 #libreria #vinylweekend #analog #bookshop #bookstagram #bookstore #londonlife

  • Can’t make it down to the shop? Check out our new online store with limited editions and signed copies 👀 (link in bio) 📸 @jolybeandiary #bookshop #bookworm #bookshelf #limitededition #spitalfields #visitlondon

  • Last week Ottessa Moshfegh paid us a visit to record a podcast & sign a few books – come down and grab a copy 👀 #bookstagram #womenauthors #bookworm #signedbooks #londonbookshops #spitalfields

  • We might be unassuming from the outside, but it’s a whole other story inside… 📸 @phanuphan.v #bookshop #bookstagram #bookworm #londonbookshop #shoreditch

  • ☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️💜💜#Camus

  • ‘She who is my original has forwarded me to you, and although you see her drawn, you will never see her withdrawn; completely transformed in me, she hands you the conquest: her love; do not wonder at the calm and silence you find in me: my original, for your sake, I believe has lost her soul’ #decimas #rhyme

  • ‘Pyramidal, funeral, a shadow born of earth, aspiring to highest heaven, the haughty tip of its great obelisks striving in vain to climb up to the stars’ 🌟✨🌘🌛🌒🌚 #poetrylovers

  • Gotta do it, now @penguinbooks @greenpeaceuk #environment #plasticfree

  • Cool #fisheye shot of Libreria by @arwaflemban

  • @secondhome_io x @librerialondon 📸🎥💜👁

  • Stunning piece goo.gl/m3T2T4 in the @guardianreview by @jamesbridle on AI/tech emergence, such a remarkable talent – goo.gl/m3T2T4 @VersoBooks VersoBooks

  • Basement synth workshops with producer Cy An in full swing! @SECONDHOME_IO #moog #roland Libreria Analog Weekend

  • A pick of the freshest titles just in – pop in to get you hands on these books by brilliant authors, prize-winners and Booker Prize nominees. #bookstagram #bookworm #bookshop #spitalfields #librerialondon

  • Today’s weather is perfect for settling down with a great book. Whether you are curling up at home or in the haven of our bookshop, enjoy your day! Thanks @szeyuin for your great photo ✌
    #books #librerialondon #londonbookshop #spitalfields #eastlondon

  • The new edition of Lily Cole’s magazine “Impossible To Print” has arrived as part of our refreshed range including Monocle, Dazed and Confused and Delayed Gratification
    #libreria #magazine #magazinedesign #spitalfields #zine #londonbookshop

  • A reflection of @helprefugeesuk #chooselove mural in the windows of @secondhome_io #viewfromthebookshop #hanburystreet #spitalfields

  • Happy 😃 📸💜 Friday! #weekend #bookstagrammer

  • Super 😎 cool #debeauvoir edition #colour #londoncool @pantheonbooks

  • We are excited to be supporting #laurencescott at the launch party for his excellent new book Picnic Comma Lightning. Thanks @penguinrhuk and @wmheinemann for the invite! #bookstagram #booklover #hotoffthepress #newrelease

  • #humidnightbluefruit Libreria 🌛🌙⭐️🌚

  • We rarely use ‘radical’ but a language fatigued, sex-less Joan of Arc/Christine de Pizan in the year 2049, works. Knock-out deco/sci-fi cover art, too #lydiayuknavitch @canongatebooks #metropolis

  • Beautiful book project by #DonatellaBernardi from @anagrambooksdistribution published by #humboldtbooks – Design by #nodenods #environment

  • David Bowie shelf at Libreria #alternative reads

  • Make your way down to Libreria this weekend and get your #alternative summer reads #Camus #stranger #summerreading

  • Highs in the high 20s in London and Libreria is #hot #heatwave

  • Happy #independentbookshopweek . #bookshoplove #bookshoplondon #thingstodoinlondon

  • Join us on this crucial conversation this Thursday (14th June). #feministeventsinlondon #fightingpatriarchy #consensualpleasure #powerequality

  • Fierce discussion last night at @prideofarabia bookclub, drawing in insights from the academic postcolonial to psychology to the personal. #bookclub #seasonofmigrationtothenorth #postcolonialliterature

  • Our pop-up poetry table at @secondhome_io today, to get you in mood for next week’s #poetryfestival. #poetry #thingstodoinlondon #londonpoets #orangetable

  • May 30, 2018 (9:10 pm)

  • We are celebrating today’s powerfully disruptive poetry scene with a week long Poetry Festival at @secondhome_io kicking off June 5th, with Libreria favourites @yrsadaleyward & @anthony_anaxagorou check out the the amazing headlining and get your tickets through the link in bio #poetryfestival #londonpoets #poetrycommunity

  • Our May subscription picks – Find out about our future subscription titles by signing up today through the link in bio. #giftideas #booksubscription #creativefix #readingnow

  • We are super excited to announce we will be hosting the second @prideofarabia book club on the 7th June at 19:30. We will be discussing Tayeb Salih’s post-colonial novel, Season of Migration to The North.

  • Plans for the long weekend? Come down for serendipitous discovery of you next read! #longweekendvibes #londonbookshops #creativity #thingstodoinlondon

  • We do love these Calvino editions…and some new ones have arrived #italocalvino #bookgram #londonbookstores

  • The grande dame of American letters, Didion’s limpid prose burns with controlled force, ever true. #bookgram #bookworms #joandidion #nowreading

  • Theft by Finding: David Sedaris
    If you haven’t discovered David Sedaris reading on Radio 4 yet then do it right now, without delay.
    This new collected edition of his diaries will have you snorting on the tube and reading aloud to your colleagues during lunch break. Annalisa Quinn explains why for NPR reviews: “It’s relentlessly interesting to read about daily life in a time that’s within memory but somehow also impossibly far away — not only the wildly different attitudes towards homosexuality, but all the weird stuff they (we) ate, the fact that people were named things like ‘Ronnie,’ that typing was considered a skill, that people were always just calling each other up and stopping by, without texting first…It could be dull, but instead it’s mesmerizing, like watching spinning chickens. Since many of the things he describes happen in his stories, reading Theft by Finding feels like watching a favorite play from behind the scenes, in the company of a friend who can identify what is absurd and heartbreaking and human about every person on stage.”
    #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #davidsedaris #nprreviews #thekingofmeanandfunny

  • No One Belongs Here More than You: Miranda July
    Although July’s first collection of stories was published a decade ago, these odd little tales still feel as funny and fresh as when we first read them.
    Sheelah Kolhatkar writing for the New York Times back in 2007 identifies what makes them so compelling, funny and raw: “This volume isn’t a comfortable place to be: July specializes in awkward encounters, cringe-inducing moments that play out between co-workers, lovers or strangers on the street. A handful of these stories are sweet and revealing, although in many cases the attempt to create ‘art’ is too self-conscious, and the effort comes off as pointlessly strange…Then there are stories like ‘Something That Needs Nothing,’ about two girls who run away together. This is July at her best — funny and insightful, offering moments of utter heartbreak through deeper, more sophisticated storytelling. The exploits of the narrator and her girlfriend, Pip, who ‘saw herself as a charming street urchin, a pet for wealthy mothers,’ as they cope with a roach-infested apartment, break up and reconnect, are both tender and gripping. Even as the narrator discovers a talent for peeling off her clothes in a grimy peep-booth, one can’t help rooting for her, awkwardness and all.”
    #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #nytimesreviews #mirandajuly #whenlolstillmeantlotsoflove

  • Sudden Death: Alvaro Enrigue

    If you’re in to Mexican history, literary conversations and tennis then this funny, complex and absorbing book is the perfect match for you.
    Argentinian writer, translator and all round smart guy Alberto Manguel writes up Sudden Death for the Guardian: “Sudden Death is a complex historical pageant of astonishing richness that portrays the imperial ambitions of Spain and the power struggles of the Italian states, the cultural clashes between the Catholic church and the people of the new world, the conflict between the creative arts and the political and religious dogmas of the time. It is also a history of the game of tennis. And beneath all this, like an undercurrent, runs the troubled question of Mexico’s identity.” #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #guardianreviews #albertomanguel #threestrikesandyoureout

  • Hopscotch: Julio Cortazar
    We always find something new and surprising in Cortazar’s brilliant and bizarre novel that uses the game of hopscotch as a
    template for its jumpy structure.
    Author David Flusfeder explains for The Independent why, for him, it’s a book of a lifetime: “Hopscotch (originally published in 1963; translated into English in 1966) is probably a young person’s book. Argentinian émigrés in 1950s Paris have long arguments about art and philosophy. It rains. They fall in and out of love to a jazz soundtrack. The book itself is in love with the modern city and chance collisions. The narrator returns home and disintegrates over the course of the increasingly fragmented novel, whose form provides a more reliable cohesion than consciousness.

    There’s an exhilaration of structure, a deadpan formal playfulness that still thrills. And while the young-man yearning doesn’t have the same significance for me now as when I first picked it up, I still love Hopscotch. It’s the book that taught me most about reading. And, not entirely coincidentally, it’s the book that made me realise I was going to become a writer.” #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #independentreviews #juliocortazar #amazingbookmazes

  • The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays: Albert Camus
    Camus’ essays are brilliant philosophical enquiries into life written through complex literary frames and drawing on human warmth and wit.
    This write-up in the Telegraph for the centenary of his birthday explains his play with the absurd: “The essays are some of the clearest expressions of Camus’ arguments. The Myth of Sisyphus, which at around 130 pages is similar in length to The Outsider, introduces Camus’s interest in the absurd: the futility of a search for meaning in an incomprehensible world, and how humans might deal with the hostile realities of life.
    Camus’s theories on the absurd became so widely admired that he reportedly stopped using the phrase ‘that’s absurd’ in conversation, as people kept thinking he was making a subtle philosophical point.”
    #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #camusreview #telegraphreviews #sisyphushadahardtime

  • The Plague: Albert Camus
    We were so happy to have found this gorgeous copy of ‘The Plague’. It’s an important read and one of the greatest allegorical portraits of small-town contagion and fear.
    Acclaimed writer Marina Warner recounts her return to the book and its timeless ability to comment on human nature: “Far from being a study in existential disaffection, as I had so badly misremembered, The Plague is about courage, about engagement, about paltriness and generosity, about small heroism and large cowardice, and about all kinds of profoundly humanist problems, such as love and goodness, happiness and mutual connection. Camus published the novel in 1947 and his town’s sealed city gates embody the borders imposed by the Nazi occupation, while the ethical choices of its inhabitants build a dramatic representation of the different positions taken by the French. He etches with his sharp, implacable burin questions that need to be faced now more than ever in the resistance to terrorism. Perhaps even more than when La Peste was published, the novel works with the stuff of fear and shame, with bonds that tie and antagonisms that sever.” #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #marinawarner #camusreview #guardianreviews

  • Other Minds: The Octopus and the Evolution of Intelligent Life: Peter Godfrey-Smith
    We’ve always had a thing for cephalopods at Libreria. Godfrey-Smith’s detailed examination finally gives these fantastic creatures the attention they deserve.
    Acclaimed biographer and aqua enthusiast Philip Hoare reviews ‘Other Minds’ for the Guardian:“Godfrey-Smith’s interest in octopuses goes beyond the academic. An experienced scuba diver, his empathy is a product of personal observation, mostly in the Pacific Ocean close to Sydney, where he teaches. It is this that makes him ask what it feels like to be an octopus. Consciousness is required to perform novel acts – beyond routine or instinct. Octopuses will manipulate half-coconut shells in ways that suggest they are investigating the shapes as much as using them. They play; they recognise individuals (both human and octopus); and, like us, they exhibit qualities of caution and recklessness as they intuit the world.

    Returning again and again to his many-armed friends in their Octopolis off the Australian shore, Godfrey-Smith evokes a cephalopod utopia. In the process, he proves that, like all aliens, these strange, beautiful creatures are more like us than our hubris allows. Only evolutionary chance separates us. After all, as he concludes, ‘When you dive into the sea, you are diving into the origin of us all.’” #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #guardianreviews #cephalopodsareprobablylordsofusall #deepbluesea

  • 10:04: Ben Lerner
    Ben Lerner’s skill lies in his brilliant marriage of external and internal human interactions. Anyone who has read Lerner’s clever second novel remembers the opening chapter and the narrator’s fraught description of eating baby octopuses.
    This review for NPR explores the octopus image as central to the structure of the novel: “Here is a snippet where our narrator describes New York City girding for Hurricane Irene. Note how octopuses and aortas swirl into the hurricane update in this passage: ‘From a million media, most of them handheld, awareness of the storm seeped into the city, entering the architecture and … inflecting traffic patterns … I mean the city was becoming one organism, constituting itself in relation to a threat viewable from space, an aerial sea monster with a single centered eye around which tentacular rain bands swelled. There were myriad apps to track it … the same technology they’d utilized to measure the velocity of blood flow through my arteries.’ … The final scene of this novel, where our narrator and his pregnant close friend walk through a blacked-out Lower Manhattan as Hurricane Sandy bears down, is as beautiful and moving as any of the tributes to New York written by other famous literary ‘walkers in the city,’ like Walt Whitman and Alfred Kazin, who are presiding presences here. 10:04 is a strange and spectacular novel. Don’t even worry about classifying it; just let Lerner’s language sweep you off your feet.” #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #benlerner #nprreviews #ivegottostopeatingdeliciousdeliciousoctopus

  • Democracy, A Life: Paul Cartledge
    Paul Cartledge shares his abundant knowledge and love of ancient Greece in this informed and engaging book. No bookshelf should be without it.

    The review from Kirkus Reviews shows how insightful and surprising Cartledge’s study is:
    “The author stresses the difference between the direct and representative forms of government, noting how population numbers preclude direct participation in modern times. By 30 B.C.E., the Romans had engulfed the Hellenistic world, stamped out her democratic institutions, and set the tone for political life until the 18th century. Democracy was effectively shunted aside as the Catholic Church and feudalism dictated the divinely ordered power of kings and lords. Moving onward toward the Enlightenment, we find so many of the same arguments among Rousseau, Voltaire, Burke, and Thomas Paine, where men want equality, as long as some are more equal than others.” #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #kirkusreviews #welovedemocracy #votingmakesyousexy

  • Addlands: Tom Bullough

    Bullough’s novel is a loving portrait of loss, change and the bitter-sweet nature of ‘progress’. Stuart Kelly reviews it for the Spectator: “The novel has an elegant structural conceit. It begins in 1941, with Oliver being born and his father telling the midwife that ‘I had best fodder the beasts, I had’, then cycles through the decades to conclude in 2011. At the same time, the individual chapters inch through the seasons, from ‘cloud-scratched skies’ back to the ‘pearl-like’ mistletoe. Newspaper cuttings intersperse the text, as neat little indicators of social change. […] One of the most impressive features of the book is how language changes. It is like an incarnation of the argument put forward in Robert Macfarlane’s Landmarks. In the opening chapter we get ‘whilcar’, ‘fescue’, ‘copps’, ‘reens’, ‘glat’, ‘tump’ and ‘flem’. ‘Addlands’ itself means the border of a ploughed field, the part done last — and this is a novel of last things. In the final chapter we get ‘Whazzup (-;’. The lilt and timbre of spoken voices is handled beautifully, but even here what is distinctive is gradually eroded.”
    #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #spectatorreviews #beautifulborderlands #countrybumpkins

  • Commonwealth: Ann Patchett

    By turns funny and furious, we loved how Patchett swept us along with her deft prose and brilliant dialogue.

    Ron Charles, writing for the Washington Post, explains Patchett’s skill with narrative form: “In someone else’s hands, ‘Commonwealth’ would be a saga, a sprawling chronicle of events and relationships spread out over dozens of chapters. But Patchett is daringly elliptical here. Not only are decades missing, but they’re also out of order. We’re not so much told this story as allowed to listen in from another room as a door swings open and closed. When that door opens again in Chapter 2, Franny is taking her elderly father to chemo. By now, the divorces sparked by an illicit kiss at her christening are history, but the adult children of the Keating and Cousins families are still living amid the wreckage of their parents’ broken and reconstituted marriages.”
    #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #washintonpostreviews #annpatchett #theyf**kyouupyourmumanddad

  • The Editorial Magazine

    Our friends at @antennebooks introduced us to the wonderfully whacky Editorial magazine. This independently published, Montreal based magazine is jam-packed with original content, riotous colour and comes with a riso insert by @clayhickson What’s not to love?

    Here’s what VICE’s Amelia Abraham had to say about the magazine: “The Editorial Magazine’s message is cryptic. They publish almost every kind of work conceivable, from fashion editorials to amateur photography to excellent photography to poetry to essays to interviews to paintings to that CGI art everyone’s always arguing about. There are very few adverts. They’re open to subscriptions but without guidelines.
    One of the best Editorial features I read was in Issue #12 , and it was an interview with Hollywood stuntwoman and photographer Hannah Kozak, who talked about throwing punches and leaping out of buildings. Kozak had been sneaking onto sets and shooting the world of Hollywood make-believe since before she was actually invited onto them as a stunt double, and shared some of her candid portraits with Editorial, including those of Nicholas Cage and Isabella Rossellini on the set of David Lynch’s Wild at Heart.
    This got me thinking; The Editorial Magazine is kind of Lynchian. And maybe that’s all it needs to be, an intriguing series of timeless images with no collective thread.”
    Background image credit: Tan and Loose Press / Clay Hickson
    #Theeditorialmagazine #editorialmagazine #Libtriptych #libreriarecommends #magazines #independentpublishing