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Bookish matters

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Opponents of the conversion of Simpsons into a flagship Waterstone's store will have to swallow their pride, or at least some white wine, during Architecture Week. The store will see the launch on 10 November of a book about John McAslan by Kenneth Powell, director of the Twentieth Century Society, which was one of the sternest critics of the way that Waterstone's had dealt with the Simpsons signage. Powell seems to be engaged in a one-man campaign to keep Waterstone's supplied with new architectural titles: three monographs by him are launched this autumn, on Richard Rogers Partnership, McAslan, and John Lyall.

Browsers in the architectural section at Waterstone's, incidentally, have the advantage of being immediately next to the bar.

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