It’s been an eventful book week here at WildmooBooks. First of all, I finally made the leap from Blogger to WordPress. It’s been fun to play around with all the themes, widgets, and other bells & whistles. Now to figure out the difference between categories and tags, and what to do with the mess of imported tags from Blogger.
Here are a few other things that happened this week:
Author Event at Book Club Bookstore
New Bookstore in Middletown, CT
R.J. Julia Booksellers opened a second location in Middletown in partnership with Wellesley University. The store is located on Main Street and is just beautiful. The soft opening was on May 23 and the grand opening will be June 3. Like its sister store in Madison, CT, the Middletown location plans to host regular author events. I visited the store with my Book Cougar co-host, Emily, on Thursday and we met up with writer and review John Valeri. Here are some pictures.
Reading This Week
I’ve been reading around in Lawrence Block’s new anthology, In Sunlight Or In Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper (Pegasus Books, 2017). I first heard about this anthology because Block won the Edgar Award for Best Short Story for “Autumn at the Automat,” which is included in this collection. It’s a wonderful short story –clean and clever–and I can see why it won.
Each story in the anthology is inspired by a different painting by Edward Hopper. It’s been fun to see each painting and then go along for a ride in the author’s imagination based upon it.
New Book In The House
I can’t believe this evil book is in my house. Thirty years ago I quit reading IT because it freaked me out so badly. Clowns in the sewer? Way too fucking creepy for me! But it has crossed my mind over the years. And there’s a new movie adaptation coming out. And my friend John bought a copy when we were out together and the bookstore just happened to have another copy. Call me a glutton for punishment, but I’m going to read IT sometime before the movie comes out in September.
Bookish News This Week:
The United States Postal Service issued a new stamp celebrating the life and legacy of Henry David Thoreau. Read my post here.
A forgotten/lost play by Edith Wharton has been rediscovered. Read The New Yorker article here.
You may have heard about tiny books and there’s a meme about liking big books, but have you heard about the Klencke Atlas? Published in 1660 it is almost six feet tall and spans over seven feet wide when opened. Read about the British Library digitizing this colossal book here.
How was your bookish week? Inquiring minds want to know! If you’ve read a great book or gone on a biblio-adventure, please share it in the comments.