Matras Bookshop

Matras in 1947, pic. Tygodnik Ilustrowany, Biblioteka Jagiellońska

Matras Bookshop

Matras is not only the oldest bookshop in Europe, but also a place of discussions on books. Meetings with authors are organised, during which readers can obtain autographs from their favourite writers. Anyone who fails to attend such a meeting can buy a book with an autograph; the bookshop’s friendly staff always takes care of this. The main window of the bookshop also arouses interest and admiration – it contains carefully designed displays, which refer not only to newly published books. Until today books have been placed on old solid shelves of alder wood with marquetries dating back to World War II, which create an inimitable climate.

Carlos Fuentes called this bookshop the ‘cathedral of the book’. The bookshop has organised meetings with writers such as: Jaume Cabré, Clive Cussler, Norman Davies, Michael Houellebecq or William Wharton, and Polish authors: Joanna Chmielewska, Rev. Michał Heller, Ryszard Kapuściński, Sławomir Mrożek, Jerzy Pilch, Andrzej Sapkowski or Andrzej Stasiuk.

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