Jun 6, 2023
The Umberto and Elisabetta Mauri
Booksellers School was founded in 1983 by Luciano Mauri in memory
of his father and his daughter, who died prematurely.
"In the course of almost thirty years of teaching activity it has
trained new generations of booksellers and has become a laboratory
for experimentation and discussion on the possibilities of the
book. The first example in Italy, second in Europe, after
Frankfurt, the School promotes a discussion that does not remain
limited to the organization and management of the point of sale,
but which extends to all aspects involving the activity of the
bookshop: distribution, marketing and promotion."
I met with the head of the School,
Nana Lohrengel, at her offices in Milan. We talk,
among other things, about what's taught at the school, about
Germany's bookseller apprentice program, and about the importance
of curiosity in bookselling and keeping current; also, about
exchanging knowledge with fellow booksellers, "handselling" books
via Instagram and Facebook, about Libraccio's bookstores in Milan,
and about bookstores and democracy.