There is a great romantic attraction to bookstores. Or at least there is for me. I still love browsing bookstores – even the big ones – but have a special place in my heart for the quaint independent ones. The romance and aesthetic of the bookstore is captures beautifully in the paintings of illustrator Gibbs M. Smith in Books & Mortar.

About Books & Mortar by Gibbs M. Smith

“The local bookstore, a place of wonder, refuge, and rejuvenation for book lovers the world over. Books & Mortar is a celebration of these literary strongholds. Sixty-eight oil paintings capture these storefronts at a moment in time, and pair the artwork with anecdotes about the shops and reflections on bookselling by many of the owners themselves. A delightful gift for an avid reader, an inspiration for any bookstore owner, Books & Mortar is the perfect keepsake for anyone’s personal library.”

Books & Mortar by Gibbs M. Smith is available (ironically) from Amazon and (thankfully still) from independent booksellers everywhere.