Last year I wrote a blog post about five of my favourite bookshops in Torino, which you can find here. But one of the great things about this city is that its beautiful bookshops are almost unlimited, and so this year I thought I should add a few updates. Featured this week, Libreria Il Banco, one of Turin's most particular and unusual bookshops:
Originally, Il Banco was set up just as a summer bookstall along one of the city's busiest shopping streets, Via Garibaldi. But apparently the other local shops noticed a drop in sales when the bookshop was taken down in the winter, and so they asked for it to be reinstated permanently. Thirty-seven years later, it's still here. It's Turin's (and probably Europe's) longest bookshop, with one single corridor of books stretching about sixty metres along the street. The bookseller, Lina, is very helpful and passionate about books, and it's even air-conditioned in summer! I'd definitely recommend it.
This week I thought I'd show you some of the international cover designs for The House at the Edge of Night. Here are the ones that have arrived with me so far!
Recently I've been sorting through them and marvelling at the many different and beautiful ways the cover designers have imagined the island of Castellamare. But there are a few to spare, and this got me thinking that I would like to share some of them with readers. As some of you already know, I'm currently on Day 332 of 365 in my 'Year in the Life of a Writer' project on Instagram. That project is all about sharing my daily view with readers, and recently its picked up quite an international community of followers. So I got thinking that since I'm going to be at my desk this month, working on my next book, I'd love to see pictures from wherever my readers are in the world.
To enter, follow me on Instagram at www.instagram.com/catherinebanner, and post a photo of your favourite view from where you live (it can be any view, no matter how 'picturesque' or untraditional, so long as it means something to you!). So I can see your entries, tag me or @ me in the Instagram comments, using the hashtag #thehouseattheedgeofnight. If you want to tell me a little bit about your view, in English or your own language, I would love that, but you don't have to. At the end of July, I'll pick a few of my favourites and mail the winners a book as a gift (you can pick the language!). I thought this would also be a nice way for me to get to meet some of the readers who are following my Instagram. I look forward to seeing your posts...
News, updates, photos and occasional long-form essays from my writing desk in Turin.
Notizie, foto e scritti provenienti dalla mia scrivania a Torino. (Ogni tanto anche bilingue.)
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