ianrico Carofiglio's protagonist, Guido Guerrieri, sometimes visits a bookstore called Osteria Caffe Latte when he can't sleep. That establishment is a Bari bookshop run by an insomniac who opens his doors around 10 at night, closes them around six in the morning, then finally falls asleep in the apartment upstairs as the rest of Bari is well into its daily business.
At times in my life I'd gladly have lived in such a place, and the prospect is still enticing. Alas, unlike the midlife crisis and legal detail so much parts of the Guerrieri novels, this bookstore/coffeeshop/nocturnal refuge is fiction, Carofiglio says. I'd have been ready to make pilgrimage, if not to sign a long-term lease.
What sort of commercial establishment do you most wish were open twenty-four hours a day?
was a member of my panel "A QUESTION OF DEATH: HOW IMPORTANT IS WHODUNIT?"
at Bouchercon 2011
© Peter Rozovsky 2011
Labels: Bouchercon 2011, conventions, Gianrico Carofiglio