This time my tour of the booksellers next door arrives in Vigevano , at Ludovica and his “Le Notti Bianche”.
A few years ago I happened to chat on the phone with a girl with an enthusiastic voice who was about to realize her dream of opening a bookstore and who wanted to confront the other crazy woman (myself ed) who had just done it. That girl is called Ludovica Giuliani and I’m sure you have already heard of her, if not, here is the post to fix it! And then, I have a weakness for the color chosen by Ludovica for the walls of her library … I know I’m biased, but what can I do?
We have never met in recent years, but thanks to social media it is as if we knew each other anyway, then finally at the Marcos y Marcos literary show she was there too and the virtual became real. There is nothing more beautiful than being able to confront in person.

On Sunday 4 October his bookshop blew out the first candle with many friends and readers, therefore, best wishes to Le Notti Bianche!
Keep it up…

Library name : Le Notti Bianche
year of opening : 2014
sqm : 80
employees : none
gender : varies
region : Lombardy
city : Vigevano
address : Via del Popolo, 8

What did you do in your “previous life”?
The bookseller student, my first job was in an independent bookstore when I was 20 while I was studying Criticism of Contemporary Literature at university. Then when this bookstore closed I continued to study Culture and History of the Publishing System, collaborated with a newspaper and after graduation I worked for a children’s publishing house for 4 months.

When did you decide to join the crazy world of books?
At 8 my favorite game was to play bookseller, so probably always. In a concrete and rational way at 21 when I tried it on the field and I realized that it was the job for me.

What’s the question customers should never ask you?
“But don’t you make discounts?”

And what is the thing that pleases you most they tell you?
“What a beautiful library, you can see that there is passion and competence, you have books that you can’t find in chains.”

The strangest request that was made of you?
A customer showed up at the checkout with the giant pinwheel I had in the children’s showcase and an Ikea soft toy made available to play, demanding to buy them.

The first book you read?
Little women at 6 or 7 years old.

I know it’s difficult, but if I asked you for a podium, what would be the 3 books you would tell me?
Almost impossible question, but I tell you, in no particular order:
The hours of Michael Cunningham (Bompiani)
Speech in the Lost Property Office: Poems 1945-2004 by Wisława Szymborska (Adelphi)
Very Strong Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer (Guanda)

If you could submit a request to those in charge of supporting and helping libraries, what would you ask?
A discount law worthy of the name, whether it takes France or Germany as an example.

What book are you reading at the moment?
Children in the time of Ricardo Menéndez Salmón (Marcos y Marcos)

Which book would you recommend instead?
Blessing by Kent Haruf, NN editor

Digital book, true enemy of paper?
Absolutely not. Strong readers who read digitally do not abandon paper. The real enemy of the book are the discounts that demean and the absence of serious promotions for reading.

Is there a bookseller next door that you recommend I contact?
Marta Santomauro, of Gogol & Co. of Milan

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