We introduced you to publisher JoAnn Locktov in this post about her thinking when she was strategizing publishing her book Dream of Venice in Black and White. Today, she is sharing with Sharktooth Press readers her thoughts on her favorite indie bookstore Libreria Studium, the first in our series of avid readers across the globe sharing their treasured locales for purchasing books.
JoAnn Locktov on Libreria Studium
Close to the Piazza, just around the corner from the Piazetta dei Leoncini, and over a bridge, you will find Libreria Studium in Venice. In the large calle-facing store-front window, you can peruse seductive titles, gorgeous tomes, and classic authors. There are books about art, history, architecture, cuisine, culture, and (being in Venice), ghosts. These include heavy books that you will lug home in your suitcase because they perfectly mirror your enchanting visit and will help sustain your memories. There are books in every language along with photography books, which have no need for any language.
When Dream of Venice was first published, I didn’t have a foreign distributor. It seemed a bit incongruous to have a book on Venice and not have that book be available in Venice. During my first trip as a new publisher, I packed books instead of boots, and upon my arrival in Venice, I went to Studium to show them my labor of love. They took all the books I had brought with me. After delivering them, I went and bought a new pair of boots!
The next time I walked by Studium, on my way to somewhere, I glanced at their enticing front window display, and out of the corner of my eye I saw a small square book. It had a bright cover, and it spoke of a dream. It was familiar and it was not familiar. I stopped in my tracks. My dream of Venice was now available in Venice. Propped up with all those other books, there it was: a sapling in a forest of alders.
Time went on. I found a foreign distributor. I no longer had to fill my suitcase with books when I went to Venice (though that did not stop me from buying more boots!). Although there are many other book stores that now carry my trilogy, none have been as consistent, loyal, and successful as Studium. When my second book Dream of Venice Architecture was published I wanted to gather with friends to celebrate. Gianluca, the manager of Studium, never hesitated. He implored, “Bring all your friends. I will supply the prosecco.” And he did. Libreria Studium will welcome you when you visit Venice. Chances are they will have the perfect book to accompany you on nocturnal wanderings, expand your knowledge of Venetian renaissance textiles, or revel in the poetry of Tiepolo clouds.