Short story distributorViva la France!

If we hadn’t reach that conclusion alone in these weeks after the events of Paris last month, we would have arrived there by the admirable appreciation of culture and literature in that country.

France – and specifically the pretty, southeastern mountain city of Grenoble – is the first city ever to offer automatic distributors of short stories.

How fabulous is that?

A number of the machines have been installed in the city, and readers can select from a  choice between one, three or five-minute stories to be printed for them on a receipt-type paper.

I’ve already written about the nice initiative I saw this summer in Salzburg, Austria, inviting people to get off their phone and to sit with a  good book in the center of the city. This seems another invitation to rethink our habits and get people reading again.

Let’s hope it takes off and starts a trend in other cities. Rome, anyone?

Happy reading to all!