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Waterstones to open Russian "bookshop"

Waterstones is to open a Russian-language "bookshop" within its flagship London Piccadilly store in February.

The high street bookseller was bought by Russian oligarch Alexander Mamut’s A&NN Group in June last year, and the businessman was behind the idea to open the new bookshop—which will be called "Slova", Russian for "words".

It will be based on Piccadilly’s ground floor mezzanine level and contain nearly 5,000 titles, taking up 1,200 sq ft of space. The books will be sold by Russian-speaking booksellers.

James Daunt, Waterstones m.d, said the idea for the Russain bookshop was "perfect" for the Piccadilly branch.

"For Russophiles, and the large, vibrant Russian community in London, we aim to make Slova an irresistible literary and cultural destination," he said. "One won’t be surprised at the source of the idea, given Waterstones’ ownership."

Mamut also has a stake in Azbooka-Atticus, a Russian publisher, whose titles Waterstones will stock in Slova along with other Russian-language titles and Russian books in translation, covering areas such as history, art, poetry, fiction, biography and children’s.

Waterstones said the Russian-language titles stocked by Slova have been sourced directly from Russia with the assistance of Boris Kupriyanov, owner of Moscow’s Falanster, Falanster and Tciolkovskiy bookshops.

Slova will also be working closely with Academia Rossica, the Russian culture and arts foundation based in London, in planning author events, book launches and other activities.
 

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I am so happy! I won't have to pay for overweight luggage on the flights from Russia anymore. Hopefully they will store a good book selection!

Amusing internet memes aside, this is pretty awesome news - plus it's being properly sourced and curated by Russian booksellers, which considering the skills I and no doubt other (but not all) booksellers possess for languages in Cyrillic are somewhat lacking, should make this venture work...

No Polish books? :(

There are lots of places where you can get Polish books in london. You will be fine. It will surely be interesting to have this new store.

Let's hope they can source some of the Soviet-published hardbacks. My мастер и маргарита fell apart after a single (careful) reading. And that was after poring over smudged script that showed through the el cheapo paper on the other side. An Azbooka paperback, of course.

Has Waterstones updated their computer system yet? Will be interesting to see how Phoenix copes with Cyrillic...

Sorry: Has Waterstones updated *its* computer system... I'm becoming illiterate since leaving their auspices.

@ Screaming Dave. Careful with those apostrophes now! It could make the differnce of a compnay surviving and being successful :)

I always found Grant and Cutler quite good. They "sourced" books from Moscow (where else?) and would order books for you. they even had Russian assistants. Seems a lot of fuss about nothing.

Have you tried the European Bookshop? We stock Polish -and Russian- books, just around the corner from Waterstones!

Actually it's in Charing Cross Road Foyles now...

I'm a Russian graduate and have been using the European bookshop for Russian books for a long time now. They are able to source any requests I have ever had for literature and language learning books and have lovely and helpful staff.

I am a Russian living in London and I love the EUROPEAN BOOKSHOP in Warwick Street. They always have everything I want or can order it in directly from Russia...I also attend events and book launches at their bookshop.

Great! So once the new Russian Bookshop opens inside Waterstones Piccadilly you will be able to buy a decent selection of books from them too!

I am so happy! I won't have to pay for overweight luggage on the flights from Russia anymore. Hopefully they will store a good book selection!

Amusing internet memes aside, this is pretty awesome news - plus it's being properly sourced and curated by Russian booksellers, which considering the skills I and no doubt other (but not all) booksellers possess for languages in Cyrillic are somewhat lacking, should make this venture work...

No Polish books? :(

There are lots of places where you can get Polish books in london. You will be fine. It will surely be interesting to have this new store.

Have you tried the European Bookshop? We stock Polish -and Russian- books, just around the corner from Waterstones!

Let's hope they can source some of the Soviet-published hardbacks. My мастер и маргарита fell apart after a single (careful) reading. And that was after poring over smudged script that showed through the el cheapo paper on the other side. An Azbooka paperback, of course.

Has Waterstones updated their computer system yet? Will be interesting to see how Phoenix copes with Cyrillic...

Sorry: Has Waterstones updated *its* computer system... I'm becoming illiterate since leaving their auspices.

@ Screaming Dave. Careful with those apostrophes now! It could make the differnce of a compnay surviving and being successful :)

I always found Grant and Cutler quite good. They "sourced" books from Moscow (where else?) and would order books for you. they even had Russian assistants. Seems a lot of fuss about nothing.

Actually it's in Charing Cross Road Foyles now...

I'm a Russian graduate and have been using the European bookshop for Russian books for a long time now. They are able to source any requests I have ever had for literature and language learning books and have lovely and helpful staff.

I am a Russian living in London and I love the EUROPEAN BOOKSHOP in Warwick Street. They always have everything I want or can order it in directly from Russia...I also attend events and book launches at their bookshop.

Great! So once the new Russian Bookshop opens inside Waterstones Piccadilly you will be able to buy a decent selection of books from them too!