Building the new Booth’s Bookshop Reading Room
For the past few weeks, the Folio offices have been a tangle of Papier Mâché, wood shavings and glue as we prepare to open the new Folio Society Reading Room at Booth’s Bookshop in Hay.
The idea for a dedicated Folio space at Booth’s first came up when Toby, Folio’s managing director, met with the organisers of the Hay Festival earlier this year. We were introduced to the bookshop’s owner, Elizabeth Haycox, and immediately fell in love with the space she’s created in one of Britain’s literary hotspots. After adding a café and a cosy 48-seat cinema, Booth’s is now at the heart of Hay’s reputation as a town of books, and a serious contender for Folio’s favourite independent bookshop. If we were to create an outpost of our beloved Holborn shop, Booth’s is definitely the place to have it.
The Folio Society Reading Room is more than just a place to buy our books. We wanted to create a real experience, the feeling of sitting in an old library, with all the sense of anticipation that comes from being surrounded by books. The joy of reading as a child comes with the hope that, just like your toys, your favourite characters pop out of the pages of your books and have a life of their own when your back is turned. It was with the aim of capturing that feeling of impending magic that we got to work.
The Folio Society Reading Room is open now, and with a wide selection of Folio titles and a Wizard of Oz themed trail for children, we hope our fans in the area will enjoy this new space. Click here for directions and to find out more about Booth’s Bookshop.