Independent bookshops fill the gaps left by high street chains, stocking thoughtful and idiosyncratic choices of books rather than market-driven selections. They sustain local interests and offer different ways for communities to participate in a range of cultural activities. They are crucial platforms for alternative publishing.
Featuring new work by poet Holly Pester the 2016 map is now available! Collect your free copy from one of the participating bookshops.
You can view stories created by the project here, http://twentythreemillionstories.tumblr.com
The London Bookshop Map was founded in 2011 to promote independent bookshops and to commission and distribute new work by artists and writers. The map is printed annually and previous print issues have featured David Batchelor (2011), Katrina Palmer (2012), Hannah Rickards (2012) Dora García (2013) and Camilla Wills (2014–15).
Founding and Commissioning Editor: Louise O’Hare
Managing Editor: Jay Drinkall
Creative technologist: Henry Cooke
Website: The Fantastic Mr Franks
Special thanks to Sarah Auld, Louisa Bailey and Luminous Books, David Batchelor, Book Works and Eastside Projects, Jonathan Bryan, Henry Cooke, Gavin Everall, Dora García, Simon Goode, Kit Hammonds, Mat Jenner, James Langdon, the London Centre for Book Arts, LUX, Poppy Moroney, Katrina Palmer, Holly Pester, Kate Phillimore, George Polke, Carrie Rees and all at Rees & Company, Hannah Rickards, Jane Rolo, Paul Sammut, Camilla Wills, Caroline Woodley and Ira Yonemura.
The iPhone app and commission by Dora García was funded by the Elephant Trust. The printed map is funded by donations from participating bookshops.
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