For the folks at Tell a Story, books are living, breathing entities that need to be shared with as many people as possible. But instead of tucking themselves away in a dusty store on a lonely Lisbon corner, the team decided to let their collection of Portuguese literature live out loud in a beautiful blue van converted into a roving bookstore that drives around the capital spreading major word love.
Libraries and bookstores have evolved in recent years, moving away from the tired old model of crowded shelves and a little hermit behind the retail counter. In New York, old phone booths are being converted into neat pocket libraries and in Berlin, a tiny libraries are built into fallen trees. Now in Portugal there’s Tell a Story – a wonderful mobile bookstore that brings the love of reading to the street.
The project’s genesis is one that may resonate with many of today’s nomadic seekers. “Once upon a time there was a country born with the gift of writing, an author that wanted to tell a story, a book that wanted to be read, a tourist that did not speak Portuguese, and a book shop that did not know how to remain in the same place. All of them joined together and wrote a new story.”
If you’re in Portugal, why not look them up and immerse yourself into the intriguing world of Portuguese literature.