Independent American bookstore Otherwise opens near Rome's Piazza Navona.
Otherwise, a new, independent, English-language bookshop will be inaugurated at its central Rome location with a party at 18.00 on Thursday 30 November.
The new venture is a collaboration between well-known Roman independent bookshop Altroquando, and Europa Editions, the New York-based publishing house which is owned by Italian publisher Edizioni E/O.
Located on Via del Governo Vecchio 80, near Piazza Navona, Otherwise takes over the recently-vacated premises of Altroquando whose other outlet continues to operate across the street.
Otherwise takes its cue from American independent bookshops which are involved heavily in cultural life in the US. The store will stock North American editions of novels, non-fiction titles, essay collections, and literary journals in English, in addition to hosting cultural events and acting as a meeting place for the English-reading community in Rome.
Otherwise joins a handful of English-language bookshops in Rome, such as the Almost Corner, the Anglo American and the Open Door. Over the last 15 years Rome has seen the closure of several English-language bookstores such as the Lion Bookshop on Via dei Greci, the Economy Book and Video Center on Via Torino, and the English Bookstore on Via di Ripetta.
However the opening of Otherwise comes at an opportune time as it coincides with proposals by Italian culture minister Dario Franceschini to introduce tax breaks of up to €20,000 per year for independent bookshops.
For more details about Otherwise see website.