MEINE WUNDERVOLLE BUCHANDLUNG/
MY WONDERFUL BOOKSTORE
ca. 200 pages
Nobody has written funnier or more poetically about the love of books
A woman, a family and dream come true
Petra Hartlieb tells her own story in this book. It is the story of a coincidence and the decision to leave one’s old life behind in order to fulfil one’s dream, namely become the owner of a literary bookstore. A bookstore that turned into the living room for her family and the meeting place for the whole neighbourhood. With regular customers that become friends and friends that become regular customers.
Petra Hartlieb tells this story in a snappy and humorous frame of mind, making every line a pleasure to read and every chapter a declaration of love to the world of books.
lives together with her family in and above a book store. Her own. Originally a crackpot idea while on vacation. She and her husband turned their attention to a recently closed Vienna bookstore with a long tradition. From one day to the next she quit her job and started a new life in a new city without knowing what she was getting herself into. Petra Hartlieb is still a hippie at heart; officially however she has been a businesswoman for ten years.
Rights sold to: Ciela (Bulgarian), SOLBITKIL (Korean), Periferica (Spanish World), Tima? (Turkish)
Petra Hartlieb is a bookseller with a heart – and a wonderful writer
Petra Hartlieb, born in Munich in 1967, grew up in Upper Austria. She studied psychology and history and subsequently worked as a press officer and literary critic in Vienna and Hamburg. In 2004, she took over a traditional bookshop in Vienna’s Währing district, now called Hartlieb’s Books. This is the story she tells in her book ‘Meine wundervolle Buchhandlung’ (My Wonderful Bookshop), published in 2014 by DuMont. The same bookshop plays a central role in her novels ‘Wenn es Frühling wird in Wien’ (When Spring Comes to Vienna), and "Sommer in Wien" (Summer in Vienna).