Crisis Antidote: Neighborhood Bookshops

Cecilia Fanti, owner of the Céspedes bookstore, curates the books that appear on her shelves daily. Credit… Magali Druscovich for The New York Times.

The small shops are sprouting where their readers are, in residential areas, keeping alive the rich literary scene that made Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital, one of the cities with the most bookstores per capita in the world.

Readers at the Malatesta bookstore in Parque Chas. Small neighborhood stores became lifelines under pandemic restrictions. Credit… Magali Druscovich for The New York Times.

“Argentina may always be in crisis but there are a lot of readers,” said Cristian De Nápoli, author and owner of Otras Orillas, a small bookstore in the Recoleta neighborhood. “And they aren’t just any readers, but readers who are always in search of what’s new.”

Nurit Kasztelan at her bookstore, Mi Casa, in Villa Crespo. Credit… Magali Druscovich for The New York Times.

(Daniel Politi, “Through a Recession and a Pandemic, the Book Business Is Thriving in Buenos Aires,” NYTimes, 5-26-22)

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About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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2 Responses to Crisis Antidote: Neighborhood Bookshops

  1. This is a very welcome good news story. Thank you!

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