In an era where traditional bookstores are more or less vanishing and e-books and audiobooks are replacing physical books, I’m grateful for the continued existence of Tronsmo. It is my favourite place to discover new books. Unlike typical bookstores, Tronsmo won’t overload you with stacks of bestsellers upon entering the store. Rather, the bookstore prioritizes niche books over only selling commercial ones that solely contribute to publishers’ sales statistics.
Established in 1973, Tronsmo is an independent cultural bookshop located in the heart of the city. Its speciality encompasses a wide spectrum of literature, including foreign and Norwegian fiction, children’s books, crime novels, science fiction, and poetry. They also offer a rich selection of English-language books. You’ll find a treasure trove of non-fiction titles spanning politics, philosophy, history, globalization, urbanism, gender studies, and travel. When you head downstairs, you’ll discover a treasure trove filled with comics and graphic novels.
But Tronsmo is more than just a place to purchase books; through the years it has become a vibrant hub frequented by prominent figures in Norwegian culture and intellectual life. Renowned international authors have also graced its premises. Allen Ginsberg, the American beat writer, has been quoted for calling it “The best bookstore in the world,” and Patti Smith has returned multiple times for book signings. Tronsmo is not just a bookstore; it’s a cherished cultural institution.