The Art of the Bookstore

The Bookstore Paintings of Gibbs M. Smith

By Gibbs M. Smith; Gibbs Smith (Illustrator)
(Gibbs Smith Publishers, Hardcover, 9781423606437, 152pp.)

Publication Date: October 2009

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the December 2009 Indie Notables
“Art of the Bookstore is a great gift idea for every bookstore aficionado. Fifty-eight bookstores are profiled, with colorful full-page paintings of each store done by publisher/artist Gibbs Smith himself, a passionate fan of indie bookstores. (Disclaimer: our store is among the 58 painting/profiles)”
-- Kerry Slattery, Skylight Books, Los Angeles, CA


The Art of the Bookstore is romantic, poetic, charismatic, and enduring, and independent booksellers around the world thrive on creating this unique culture and ambiance. In this lavish limited-edition gift, the words of many of these booksellers are paired with 40 bookstore paintings chronicling the passion and respect for books, booksellers, and the publishing industry.

Gibbs Smith, founder and president of his namesake publishing company, started the business with his wife, Catherine, in Santa Barbara, and later moved the company to their hometown, Layton, Utah. This year Gibbs Smith, the company, celebrates 40 years as an independent publisher.

A celebration of bookselling in paintings and with independent voices.

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