Books etc. – with the emphasis on etc.!

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Sao Paulo is never short on culture of any kind, and one of their best “livrarias” (bookshop) is the “Livraria Cultural”. The name gives you a pretty good idea of what to expect, and their main branch (Av. Paulista, 2073) offers a maze of several floors stacked high with books magazines, journals and other literature (including audio/visual). The strange design contributes to a quiet and secretive atmosphere, where you can curl up on one of the giant bean-bags and thumb through a paperback or three. In addition they have a coffee shop and a small theatre for plays, talks and conferences. Recently Jean Wyllys was there for a sell-out interview with Drauzio Varella and a book-signing, complete with complimentary drinks and canapes. Just as well, as the queue was practically out the door!

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