I Trapezisti is a newborn bookshop in Monteverde, a district of Rome. Here you stay in balance between several shelves of books, mostly originating from independent publishing. Before being a bookshop, it was a toy shop and trapezes – literally - hung from the ceiling of the store. The library’s name was inspired by the Osho tarot card called Totality and indicates the need to be totally focused on what you do and it is symbolized by three trapeze artists. But the word also encompasses - as told by one of its founders, Maurizio Zicoschi - somersaults that booksellers are forced to do because of the laws that govern the world of publishing.
In addition to this, booksellers must know how to grab attention, entertain and entice to reading. Basically, here the booksellers fly and do somersaults to cheer afternoons of children and adults. I Trapezisti was born thanks to Maurizio Zicoschi, founder of SatelliteLibri - a platform that aims at building a network of publishers and independent bookstores – and to Barbara Salsetta, Claudio Madau and Martina Dini: 4 independent booksellers "with more than 40 years of experience in this industry ".
Among the completed projects of the booksellers there is Dottor Libro, an initiative bringing the presentation of the books within hospitals. The project came to life at the hospital San Giovanni, and now the idea of the founders is to extend it to the nearby hospital San Camillo. The bookshop isn’t only a place for books; I Trapezisti want to be also a place for cultural events, presentations and workshops. The new bookshop is also a literary cafe where you can taste real ales and wines and where you can attend writing classes for adults and children. It’s a place to meet, exchange and knowledge that is worth it.