Part of Open Pen’s focus has always been to support the second-hand and independent bookshops of London. It’s with this ethic in mind that from Issue 5 on you’ll find a column somewhere amongst the back pages devoted to a different bookstore each month.
We’ve got to know quite a few bookstores in the time Open Pen has been in print (a solid year, now!); the likes of Sebastian at LXV Books providing us with support and enthusiasm by the bundle load.
In Issue 5 of Open Pen, out in stores across London by the weekend of May 19th, we’ll be turning our attention to the North (of London, obviously), and in particular a star that has burnt brightly in its short time since it opened its doors. Wood Green’s Big Green Bookshop has provided those local to the area with a hub of literature – much needed since the closure of the Waterstones in the area. But you can read more about that in our first edition of Stinky Little Bookshops, provided by Wood Green inhabitant Adam Luria.
Luria writes, “Everyone should have a local bookshop,” and, in London, most do. But without the continued support of those with an undying affection for the paperback, high street perusers and the great and many passionate and dedicated people who run these shops, like Sebastian, and like Tim and Simon at Big Breen Bookshop, we might one day fall short of that lovely sentiment.
To find out more about Big Green Bookshop, check out their website here.