The Exchange

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“I am the author of this book,” I told the nice man who looked Official. “Why is it in the Architecture section?”
“Oh, it says Architecture, but really it’s not.”
“I can see that. But people will not look for it here.”
“This is Biography, Journals, and Autobiography.”
“But it says Architecture.”
“It says that, but it is not.”

Pause.

“If someone is looking for my book, why would they check Architecture?”
“The sign is wrong.”
“Ok. Can we have it changed?”
“We might move the books.”
“Sir, I know it is not your fault, but I would like people to be able to find my book. And you might also – since you could sell a few.”
“And it’s right here. Everyone can see.”
“In the Architecture section.”
“Yes.”

Pause.

“So,” I said, “you will not do anything about this?”
“I could call the Manager…”
“Why don’t you just tell him that the author has complained.”
“About what?”
“About having my book in Architecture when it should not be!”
“But this is NOT the Architecture section. This is Biography, Journals, and Autobiography.”
“But it SAYS Architecture here, on the sign.” I pointed.

“It says Architecture, but it is not.”

Dear Readers, I hope you will still go out and join what seems to be a scavenger hunt for Grumpy in Belgrade. You can find it in any bookshop. Check under Tourism. Or Travel. Or Architecture. Or Teenage Paranormal Romance. Or Origami. Or you could ask this kind gentlemen.

He knows what all the signs mean.

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