Before working with American Studies University students today in Bucharest, I stopped by the local English Language bookstore, Anthony Frost. It’s in a beautiful location, tucked near the Kretzulescu Church on Calea Victoriei. I felt a little sheepish as I don’t know the author Anthony Frost. Turns out, there’s a good reason: Anthony Frost was a truck driver, not an author.
Talking to Vlad, the owner, I found out Anthony Frost is the first Brit he met when Anthony showed up in Romania after the 1989 revolution with twelve trucks full of donated supplies. He was a normal guy who, on seeing news stories, went door to door knocking and collecting donations. That’s whose name this bookstore has. That’s who the owner thinks is important to be remembered.
And he’s right. And it’s a beautiful shop. I bought a bunch of books (some for Lucia and Sophia, a couple for me), some great locally-made notebooks on hand-made paper, and had a fine cup of tea while talking to Vlad.
So if you are ever nearby, stop in and browse. Support a beautiful spot worth your time.
45 Calea Victoriei, Sector 1, Bucharest 010062, Romania