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Bookworms flock to pop-up store

SHANGHAI: A temporary bookstore hosting book talks in the grounds of a historic Shanghai villa has become one of the city’s latest attractions.
The over 30sq m store, housed in a futuristic wooden structure built in the courtyard of the renovated 19th-century Sinan Mansion, has 3,000 books of different genres.
The project organisers – Shanghai Century Publishing Group, Youye Group and Shanghai Authors’ Association –-have said they will invite famous authors to talk to readers.
“We want this place to become a bridge between writers and readers, and to promote people’s interest in reading by talking to their favourite writers face to face,” said Feng Jie, a spokesman for the store.
Visitor Wang Naiyu, 66, said: “This is a novel project and I like it. I’ll wait for the author to come and listen to their reading suggestions.”
Tian Yazhu, 19, came to the store with her mother and was eager to meet author Zhou Xiaofeng. She had bought Zhou’s book, Like a Migratory Bird.
“Choosing a book is always difficult for me, but listening to a famous writer’s opinion solves the problem,” she said.
The pop-up bookstore is part of Sinan Modern Age Season Two, a two-month event held at Sinan Mansion to recreate the old city through attractions such as vintage restaurants and costumed photo studios.
Organisers also want the store to act as a pilot project for Sinan Seowon, a concept bookstore they are planning for another historic mansion nearby.
According to Feng, Sinan Seowon will follow the style of the temporary store, with book talks by published authors and a cafe.
“Bookstores are not just for buying books. They are also places for learning and communicating,” Feng said.
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