Remember Griffin, my fellow American Joburger who cruises the streets selling books from a suitcase? Well, he’s not just selling from a suitcase anymore. Griffin now has his own bookshop, Bridge Books, right in the middle of downtown Joburg. I visited the shop last weekend and it’s awesome.
I am so excited about this shop. It’s on one of downtown Joburg’s most iconic streets, Commissioner Street, just around the corner from the Johannesburg Public Library. The shop is located in a beautiful building, 85 Commissioner Street, which used to be the headquarters of Barclay’s Bank and will soon house a trendy food court (to be called the City Central Food Hall) and a high-end restaurant. This is an exciting, historic, and very safe section of downtown Joburg. Bridge Books is on a balcony overlooking the ground floor of the building, with floor-to-ceiling windows and great light.
Bridge Books has an amazing selection of new and used, mostly African books, at great prices — much cheaper than those sold at mainstream bookstores in the Jozi suburbs.
Perhaps best of all, Bridge Books is selling a series of Joburg-themed postcards featuring the photography of…me.
I even witnessed an actual person buying two of my postcards. I found this exciting.
This is Deborah. She bought these postcards to send to her family overseas. When she realized I was the photographer, she asked me to sign them! This might be the first time, other than at the SandtonPlaces book-signing, that someone has asked for my autograph.
Seriously though, you should go, and not just to buy my postcards. (Although you should definitely buy my postcards.) Bridge Books is a great excuse to get into town and have a different kind of shopping experience. The shop also has an excellent coffee bar, selling single-origin coffee from Bean There.