Rhody Gem: November 2019

Paper Nautilus Books -– Providence Monthly

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We’re on the hunt for Rhody Gems! Every neighborhood has that secret, hidden, cool and unusual, or hole-in-the-wall spot that locals love. Email or tag us on social media using #RhodyGem to suggest yours, and we might just feature it!

What it is:

A bookstore specializing in used, rare, and scholarly volumes, as well as fine art and other surprises.

Where to find it:

Right in the heart of Wayland Square, Paper Nautilus is kitty-cornered to L’Artisan Cafe. There’s plenty of street parking nearby, and the store has two dedicated spaces for customers.

What makes it a Rhody Gem?

Kristin Sollenberger opened Paper Nautilus in 1996, not far from its current location. Trained as a painter, Kristin has arranged her store with an artist’s flare: Books are stacked on antique structures, curios pop up everywhere, and the walls are decked with Kristin’s own artwork. The store houses more than 25,000 volumes, including an impressive collection of art books, mystery magazines, and foreign-language literature. You could spend a whole day browsing the bookcases, only to discover that there’s a whole separate trove in the basement.

Paper Nautilus Books
521-5533 • PaperNautilusBooks.com
Instagram: @PaperNautilusBooks