THE BOOKSHOP OF PANAMA
How a bunch of ex-pats and Electric Lemonade helped transform a bookworm's life for the better
Burned-out charity worker and self-described 'stick-in-the-mud, Kate Lewis, has been left high and dry in Panama by her UN action man boyfriend who dumps her just days after they relocate there to start a new life together. No wonder Kate is depressed and lacking direction. But just around the corner is an oddball bunch of ex-pats, a completely random encounter in New York, and a cocktail called Electric Lemonade. Could these be instrumental in turning her life around? Is there any possibility of going back to her old life in London? Only kate can decide...
A lively cast of characters and hot tropical nights in teh melting pot of Panama City are ready to be discovered. So what are you waiting for?
THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE BOOKSHOP OF PANAMA
Panama is a country on the isthmus linking Central and South America and Panama City is at it's heart. It's a city of modern skyscrapers, bars and nightclubs contrasted with the colonial buildings in the Casco Viejo district and the rainforest of Natural Metropolitan Park. The Panama Canal, a famous feat of human engineering, cuts through the center of the country, linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to create an essential shipping route. Due to its fascinating history Panama is a melting pot of many cultures converging in one place making it truly unlike any other.
We all have our favorite bookshops and The Bookshop of Panama is a homage to them - They're places we never forget. Places where we discovered our favorite authors or books (Or perhaps even discovered we like reading at all!) Places to browse. Places to reflect. Places to get inspired. Places housing thousands of doors to 'other worlds'... Places to dream.
The Bookshop of Panama - Because wonderful things happen in bookshops .
In 1671, after the Privateer Henry Morgan attacked, looted and destroyed the Old City, Panama Viejo, its residents and settlers, desperate for a safer and easier location to defend themselves, decided on what is now Casco Viejo (The Old Quarter). Today, Casco Viejo (also known as Casco Antiguo, San Felipe or El Casco) is a vibrant community consisting of a old and new, local and foreign. Wander its streets. Soak in the atmosphere. Get to know the community. You’ll have made friends on every corner in minutes and will never want to leave.
A city like New York needs no introduction with it’s tough, high octane, gritty yet glamorous persona. And it's a city full of potential - If you’re tough enough and have a dream worth the trying. After all, it's the quintessential city where dreams can be made - or broken. The Lower East Side Bookshop, as featured in The Bookshop of Panama, is actually inspired from a bookshop in Morecambe, UK called The Old Pier Bookshop, but it’s not hard to conceive of a similar place - on the Lower East Side, full to the brim of books, discovered by chance on a stroll, on a crisp, bright, New York November morning.
Mix the cocktail that inspired Kate Lewis in The Bookshop of Panama
1 oz Vodka
1/2 oz Blue Curacao