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The Open Book in Wigtown, Scotland
Let’s travel back in time to winter, 2016.
My husband David and I were living in White River Junction, Vermont; he was studying for his master’s degree in cartooning. There was a lot of drawing going on, but we were also working on Well Fed Weeknights and dreaming of the day when we would eventually move to Prague.
I remember him calling to me from his office with an excited tone in his voice. He’d been reading an online story about an Airbnb in Scotland that’s a bookstore. It’s called the Open Book, and when you rent the flat for a week, you also run the bookstore. Located in Wigtown (pronounced wig-ton), the shop is one of about a dozen bookstores in what’s officially Scotland’s Book Town.
In the mid-1990s, the Scottish government decided the country should have a book town, modeled after Hay-on-Wye in Wales. Six small towns with economic needs submitted bids and an international panel chose Wigtown—there were empty and dilapidated buildings, but the natural setting is beautiful and the area is rich in history. By 1999, Wigtown was hosting its first Book Festival, and was solidifying its reputation for being a bookish nirvana.
We fell in love with the idea with the idea of being bookshop keepers in a town by the sea, and went to the Airbnb site to book it immediately.
The bookstore flat was completely booked until December 2018.
I was very disappointed, but after pouting for a bit, we decided to just go ahead and book the first available date. “We’ll figure it out somehow between now and then, ” we assured each other.
And so we did.
We’re leaving for Edinburgh, Scotland tomorrow, where we’ll meet up with some of our favorite people and head to Wigtown for our adventures as book sellers. I’ll be sharing photos on my Instagram and Twitter—and we’ll probably update this blog that’s written by the guest booksellers at The Open Book—so you can keep up with our exploits.
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These two first-hand articles about staying at The Open Book are awesome; I can’t wait to add my own to the list.