It is easy these days to feel overwhelmed by world events - and underwhelmed by the powers that be; easy to succumb to fears and frustrations. The eye of the storm is indeed a disorienting place to be. It was therefore truly inspiring last week to be reminded of the value and simplicity of choice and the strength of conviction. When asked by a reporter if his quest for sustainability was driven by a desire to be trendy, chef Matt Orlando of restaurant Amass in Copenhagen calmly replied, “I do it because it is the right thing to do” -plain and simple.
We were recently treated to a behind the scenes look at the ideas and ideals of Matt Orlando and Amass. The evening was peppered with inspirational, mind-blowing, fun and quirky ideas of how a business - in this case a restaurant - can have an impact on the environment and the community within which it lives and works. As inspiring as the ideas themselves was the humility with which they were presented. In a world where self promotion is increasingly “the name of the game” it was a welcome breath of fresh air to meet someone who was all about the work and the desire to improve life.
The world stage may be dominated by a cacophony of booming voices of doom, but listening to Matt Orlando was a poignant reminder of the many calmer, yet equally strong voices out there conducting a quiet revolution on behalf of us all and in return merely “hoping for the afterthought”.
And the afterthought is also what we hope for with our events at Books & Company. We would therefore like to take this opportunity to thank all the incredible speakers who give so generously of their time, knowledge and expertise to expand our horizons, challenge our beliefs and make us smarter about the world we live in. Thank you!
Spring Has Sprung!
Spring is here and with it lots of new and exciting books. Novels and non-fiction alike seem to reflect our need to make sense of our lives, our times and our place in history. It may be a coincidence, but this year, it seems, authors, publishers and readers all agree that literature is the place to go not just for answers and explanations, but also for calm, for reason and for sanity.
We look forward to seeing you at the shop and showing you our selection of books to weather the storm!
Isabella & the Staff of Books & Company