Hello, Bookstore Opens in the UK

Bob Eckstein

Artwork for the Hello, Bookstore documentary by Bob Eckstein, author of the book Footnotes from the World’s Greatest Bookstores which features The Bookstore.

Hello, Bookstore, the well-received fly-on-the-wall documentary focusing on Matt Tannenbaum's The Bookstore in Lenox, Massachusetts, has announced details of cinema showings and streamings in the UK.

Adam Zax's film celebrates the popular small town bookshop owned by Tannenbaum, including how it coped during the covid lockdowns. Here's how the producers describe it:

In the shadow of adversity, a small town rallies to protect a beloved local bookstore in its hour of need. A landmark in Lenox, Massachusetts, The Bookstore is a magical, beatnik gem thanks to its owner, Matt Tannenbaum, whose passion for stories runs deep. Presiding at The Bookstore for over forty years, Matt is a true bard of the Berkshires and his shop is the kind of place to get lost in. This intimate documentary of The Bookstore and the family at its heart offers a journey through good times, hard times and the stories hidden on the shelves.

Hello, Bookstore is available from Amazon Prime Video and Apple TV, in addition to a range of cofirmed dates throughout the summer and into autumn around England and Wales (more may well be added) including London, Manchester, Newcastle, Aldeburgh, Aberystwyth, and Swanage. Check with your local independent cinema for details. 

The film also features a reading list in its credits: 

The following are read from in the film:

Wendell Berry, Prayers and Sayings of the Mad Farmer

Willa Cather, My Ántonia

Leonard Cohen, Beautiful Losers

Billy Collins, On Turning Ten

John Crowley, Little, Big

Gustave Flaubert, November

Robert Frost, Good Hours

Donald Hall, String Too Short to Be Saved

Laurie Lee, Cider with Rosie

Edna St. Vincent Millay, Souvenir; Travel; My Heart, Being Hungry

Philip Roth, The Human Stain

Maurice Sendak, Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life

William Shakespeare, Henry V

Elizabeth Smart, By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept

Jane Smiley, The Worth of a Bookstore

Richard Zukowski, Dragonfly Days