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The Art of the Bookstore: Bookstore Paintings of Gibbs M. Smith
     

The Art of the Bookstore: Bookstore Paintings of Gibbs M. Smith

by Gibbs Smith (Artist)
 

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A celebration of bookselling in paintings and with independent voices.

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

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A celebration of bookselling in paintings and with independent voices.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423606437
Publisher:
Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date:
10/01/2009
Edition description:
Limited Edition Slipcased Hardcover Signed and Numbered
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
7.92(w) x 10.38(h) x 1.05(d)
Age Range:
16 Years

Read an Excerpt

What gives a bookstore a personality? Is it the books organized on the shelves? Is it the character of the building that houses the bookstore? Is it the owner? Is it the staff? I can’t answer the question I pose. All I can say is I can feel a personality in each store that I visit. It’s more than an individual. It’s more than the physical location. It’s almost magical. The store develops a personality. The store itself becomes an old friend. You’re glad it’s there, glad you can visit, glad that you can have the connection through the varying moods of your own life. That’s why it’s very sad when a great store ceases operation—it’s like the loss of an old friend. There’s an emotional connection. It hurts when a store closes.

Meet the Author

Gibbs M. Smith always wanted to be a history professor. But while in pursuit of his master’s degree, Smith wrote a dissertation on Joe Hill–American labor martyr, proletarian folk hero, and songwriter–that profoundly changed his life. After the book was published by the University of Utah press and made into a movie, Gibbs started entertaining the idea of starting his own publishing company. While riding a cable car in San Francisco and contemplating this venture, he wrote Alfred Knopf a letter. "In my view, he was the greatest publisher in America," reflects Smith. Knopf wrote back with words of encouragement; later they spoke over the phone. Gibbs now had the inspiration needed to embark upon this extraordinary entrepreneurial adventure. In 1969, Gibbs and his wife, Catherine, started the company known today as Gibbs Smith, Publisher. With $12,000 in cash earned from the Smiths’ work on the movie Joe Hill, the company published four initial books, which would be used as supplementary texts in college history classes. The first few years were tough, as Gibbs and his wife, Cathy, ran the company out of their studio apartment in Santa Barbara.

In 1973, the company relocated to Utah, where Gibbs and Cathy reinvested profits back into the business and lived on savings. They spent the first summer there converting an old barn (built in 1916) on the family farm into offices. It was a race against time, as the barn had no roof and winter was rapidly approaching. During that summer they also managed to publish a new textbook, Utah’s Heritage. This proved to be a very wise decision, as the company’s textbook division provided financial stability during the early years.

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