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Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.

I first found out about the National Poetry Library whilst studying at Library School; a fellow student told me about the library when they found out I dabbled in poetry. Could such a library really exist! I followed the net and ball carpet through Royal Festival Hall to Level 5, became a member, and would pop in on my way home from work (as a cataloguer at other libraries) to look at the magazines and decide which ones to send my poems to. I never imagined I’d get the chance to work here until a cataloguing job came up. Eleven years later I’m still here doing a bit of everything. An early memory of using the library is reading a poem in an anthology by Alden Nowlan, wanting more, and lo and behold there on the shelves were his books from Canada.

The Best Cities in the World for Book Lovers

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We see lots of beautiful literary pictures on the web every day. Book sculptures, book fountains, beautiful old libraries, or cozy bookshops. The thing is these literary places exist not only on photos. They are real. You can see them. And sometimes they are surprisingly close to major attractions of the city you are going to visit quite soon.

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Here are the top 12 based on Reader's Digest:
1. Buenos Aires, Argentina
2. Tokyo, Japan
3. Dublin, Ireland
4. San Francisco
5. Paris, France
6. Hay-on-Wye, Wales
7. New Orleans
8. London, England
9. Portland, Oregon
10. Washington, D.C.
11. Edinburgh, Scotland
12. Berlin, Germany
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Have you been to these cities? What other cities do you recommend to fellow book lovers?
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agree with the list. Dublin was awesome with the nature, buildings and the music.
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I would add Mainz to the list. Every book-lover should head to the German city of Mainz to pay homage to Johannes Gutenberg, the man who invented the printing of moveable type, thus giving us the book we know today.
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I would add Mainz to the list. Every book-lover should head to the German city of Mainz to pay homage to Johannes Gutenberg, the man who invented the printing of moveable type, thus giving us the book we know today.
Yes, it has the Gutenberg Bible, the very first book made with moveable type.
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Yeah, Buenos Aires has more bookshops per person than anywhere else in the world, including 102 rare and second-hand shops. El Ateneo is probably the most beautiful in the world.
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Why is Rome not included? You can get guided tours of the Biblioteca Casanatense, the National Institute of Archaeology library, the Vatican Library, and the Angelica and Vallicelliana libraries.
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Why is Rome not included? You can get guided tours of the Biblioteca Casanatense, the National Institute of Archaeology library, the Vatican Library, and the Angelica and Vallicelliana libraries.
You can also visit Goethe’s house on the Via del Corso, the Caffé Greco when Shelley, Dickens and Byron drank, and the Keats-Shelley House where Keats died in 1824.
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Bookworm here! A house with a library as big as this and a bar in the corner. Good books and good wines are too good to be together.
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I love reading books so much , Amusing!!!!
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I remember the American sweet heart Tom Hanks n Meg Ryan ,,you got a mail movie,,,
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In San Francisco, there’s a bookshop called City Lights. It’s a wonderful, wonderful bookshop, one of the great independent bookshops. It’s also a publisher.
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