Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Thomas Swick

Books & Books is a small country with a population of approximately 100,000 volumes. It is blessed with an intellectual climate, a rich and colorful typography, a number of increasingly far-flung colonies, an ever-expanding cafe society, a modest but intoxicating outdoor life, a dedicated and highly literate work force, and a visionary leader who welcomes everyone - from famous dignitaries to sun-burnt tourists - with long open arms. Visitors come from around the world - it is a popular place of pilgrimage for writers - but the vast majority are day-trippers from neighboring lands who explore the many dust cover-ed cliffs, sample the edifying local cuisine, and luxuriate in a bookishness unavailable back home. Entry is through either door.

-Thomas Swick, travel editor of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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