As Wigtown celebrates becoming Scotland’s National Booktown 20 years ago it’s apt that Alex Johnson’s lovely new coffee table book ‘Book Towns: Forty Five Paradises of the Printed Word’ hits the bookshops. This love letter to some of the world’s loveliest places features information and photography from town’s transformed by books and publishing. The author has very kindly named Wigtown as one of his favourite book towns in the world during interviews for the launch of the book. In one interview Alex said: “I think Wigtown, in Scotland, is a good example of a place that’s really regenerated. Twenty years ago, it was having a really tough time—shops and industries closing, people moving out. And they’ve absolutely turned it around. The guy who runs the biggest secondhand bookshop there, he’s just written a book called The Diary of a Bookseller. They’ve gone from nothing to doing a big literary festival and spin-offs, as well. And it’s a beautiful setting.

https://www.amazon.com/Book-Towns-Alex-Johnson/dp/0711238936

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/what-is-a-book-town

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2018/apr/26/10-worlds-best-book-towns-france-spain-south-korea-usa

https://www.forbes.com/sites/loisaltermark/2018/04/23/if-youre-a-reader-youll-want-to-book-a-trip-to-these-book-towns