The golden age of bookstores may have passed, but even in this digital era, the world is home to more than a few bookshelf-lined shops that beg to be browsed for hours on end. After all, nothing can replace the feeling of getting lost in a beautiful bookstore. Whether you’re looking to pass the time on a rainy afternoon or see what the locals are reading, these spots demand a visit if you happen to be nearby. From an opulent former theater in Buenos Aires to a secret location in a New York City apartment, here are 20 of the world’s most stunning bookstores.

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The golden age of bookstores may have passed, but even in this digital era, the world is home to more than a few bookshelf-lined shops that beg to be browsed for hours on end. After all, nothing can replace the feeling of getting lost in a beautiful bookstore. Whether you’re looking to pass the time on a rainy afternoon or see what the locals are reading, these spots demand a visit if you happen to be nearby. From an opulent former theater in Buenos Aires to a secret location in a New York City apartment, here are 20 of the world’s most stunning bookstores.

Fodors knows what we like.

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The rules of Midnight Murakami are as follows:
Definitely talk about Midnight Murakami.
Make sure to leave room for snacks and drinks, because there will be snacks and drinks.
Get EXTRA excited because attendees will get the chance to go home with a signed copy!
Be sure to be here by 11 p.m. at the latest — we’ll be starting around 10:30 and then sending all staff downstairs at 11 to take part in the fun.
See you tonight?

DO YOU GUYS KNOW ABOUT #MIDNIGHTMURAKAMI?!

wordbookstores:

The rules of Midnight Murakami are as follows:

  1. Definitely talk about Midnight Murakami.
  2. Make sure to leave room for snacks and drinks, because there will be snacks and drinks.
  3. Get EXTRA excited because attendees will get the chance to go home with a signed copy!
  4. Be sure to be here by 11 p.m. at the latest — we’ll be starting around 10:30 and then sending all staff downstairs at 11 to take part in the fun.

See you tonight?

DO YOU GUYS KNOW ABOUT #MIDNIGHTMURAKAMI?!

When you spot an allusion/homage to another book in the Magicians trilogy — and there are a lot of them — what you’re seeing is me having a conversation. I’ve always loved the way Tom Stoppard — for example — talks back to Shakespeare in ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD. In a different way you can see Philip Pullman in conversation with C.S. Lewis in HIS DARK MATERIALS. If I echo another book in the Magicians trilogy, it’s because I felt I needed to respond to it — to say, I love it as much as it is possible for a reader to love a book, but I’ve also got a bone to pick with you.

Except for the cacodemons. Those I just stole, from Larry Niven.

Lev Grossman, author of The Magician’s Land, out today. (Read the full interview over at Suvudu!)