Nigel Beale, Literary Tourist in Madrid
In addition to tapas, churros and tinto de verano – a wonderfully refreshing drink of wine mixed with
Sprite that goes down particularly well after a rough day trolling Spanish bookshops – I also found Emilio Gil in Madrid, an award-winning graphic designer, author of Pioneers of Spanish Graphic Design and founder of Tau Design.
I wanted to know more about Spanish book design so that I could slake my thirst for buying something – anything – at Madrid’s used bookstores. Emilio was the man. Turns out he studied under Milton Glaser.
We sat down together in his offices, with my Spanish-speaking wife, and had this conversation
During our discussion Emilio mentioned the prolific Manolo Prieto (1912 – 1991), who I’d encountered the day before at Javiar’s bookstall (#28)
plus Ricard Giralt Miracle, and Daniel Gil (no relation). I subsequently went out and bought a bunch of Gil covers:
Next time you’re in a Spanish bookshop
you might want to do the same.
Literary Tourist in Madrid
We flew into Madrid.
Gotta love an airport that has one of these out front of it
Parked ourselves at the AC Hotel Carlton Madrid, Paseo de las Delicias, 26. A good choice. Close to the train station: we were able to walk from it to the hotel, pulling our luggage, in about 10 minutes. It’s right downtown, a similar ten minute stroll to the Prado, where, across the street, you’ll find loads of good tapas restaurants. Not far off there’s Cervantes’s
burial place, and around the corner from it, a museum located in the house where Lope de Vega lived. Back to the hotel: the breakfast buffet is unbelievably good.
Making our way past the train station toward the Prado we came to the bottom of Calle de Claudio Moyano, off Paseo del Prado (one of the most beautiful streets in Madrid). The former is lined with vending stalls, most of which sell
books – albeit not that
aggressively. Spaniards are evidently great
readers; unabashedly so
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