Ubud Classics: Ganesha Bookshop

One of the constants of Ubud in Bali is Ganesha bookshop, which is now situated along the main street of the town, opposite the Ubud Post Office.

The moment you step in, you will feel a subtle influence encouraging you to stay and browse, or even daydream. It is one of the charmed things visitors experience in Bali, especially in parts of the island a fair way from the beaten path.

Ganesha was the first bookshop in Ubud, a labor of love of Australian Anita Scheeres and her husband, Balinese writer Ketut Yuliarsa Sastrawan. They have also moved into the Internet era, with a very active website.

"We also now sell Indonesian books that we purchase directly from the publishers. I purchase our Indonesian studies books around the world via the Internet and then bring them to Ubud each time I come. It is now a very solid part of our business," Anita recounted.

Read on what Melbourne based Indonesian writer Dewi Anggraeni has to report from her recent visit to the shop during Ubud's writers and readers festival, where the Ganesha bookshop had it's own booth displaying the best what Indonesian writers have to offer.