In 2013, A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin purchased the Jean Cocteau cinema, and to this day it screens the latest films and serves as a hub for those who enjoy sci-fi and fantasy. While the cinema obviously primarily deals with film, it has also been used as a platform for authors to host events and signings. With this in mind, Martin has now purchased the building next door to his cinema, and opened it as a book store called Beastly Books.
Announcing the store on his official blog, Martin said: “Dozens of terrific, award-winning, bestselling writers have appeared at the JCC to speak, read, and sign their books… SF writers, mystery writers, historical novelists, romance writers, thriller writers, mainstream literary writers, YA authors, non-fiction writer and journalists… the list goes on and on. And all of them have signed stock for us. The only problem was the Jean Cocteau lobby was far too small for us to display all of these wonderful autographed books. With that in mind, on 30th November, we opened our own bookshop right next to the theatre.”
It’s named “in honour of Cocteau’s most famous film… and a certain TV show I worked on in the 80s”, he added, referencing his time working on the 80’s TV show Beauty and the Beast.
The store will feature many great sci-fi and fantasy books, including Martin’s, many of which have been signed by their respective authors. You can get a better look at it from the pictures below:
Beastly Books is open from 8am to 9pm from Tuesday and Sunday and also offers tea, coffee, and pastries. If you’re in Santa Fe then it certainly sounds like a store worth visiting.