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FilmStubs: Hello, Bookstore (2022)

In the shadow of the pandemic, a small town rallies to protect a beloved local bookstore.
(NR, 86 min.)


Wednesday, November 8, 2023

7:00 PM

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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,]

Starring: Matthew Tannenbaum, Shawnee Tannenbaum, Sophie Tannenbaum
Director: A.B. Zax
Genre: Documentary

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"A valentine to human creativity, of both the literary and entrepreneurial kind."

— Karen Cooper, Director, Film Forum

"Zax’s wholesome depiction of community and literature makes me smile just to think about."

— Robyn Quick, Little White Lies

"'Hello, Bookstore' is a documentary on an independent bookstore’s battle to survive the pandemic."

— Joe Fryer, NBC News NOW

"Its soul-affirming enough just to spend time with this tight-knit community and its beloved literary refuge."

— Elizabeth Weitzman, TheWrap

"Richly moving and almost transcendental. a salute to the sacramental qualities of art that are threaded through everyday life."

— Owen Gleiberman, Variety

"A tribute to the love of reading and the pleasures of a smartly stocked bookstore. Tannenbaum’s fondness for his store and its wares is a beautiful thing to behold."

— Lisa Kennedy, The New York

"Hello, Bookstore is ultimately a profile of a man as much as it is a document of a place; Zax knows that the man is the place. And vice versa. What a thrill to root for an everyday hero."

— Dan Mecca, The Film Stage