1814 • Poet Percy Bysshe Shelley elopes to France with 17-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin on this day, despite the fact that he’s already married. oops.

thursday’s birthday boys •
1870 –
Hilaire Belloc, English writer (d. 1953)
1908 –
, American writer (d. 1996)

friday’s birthday boys •
1909 – Malcolm Lowry, English novelist (d. 1957)
1927 – John Ashbery, American poet

audio •
NPR reports on the Archimedes Palimpsest which resides at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore.

more audio • NPR’s Susan Stamberg gives a nifty piece on a Parisian Art Supply Store open since 1887.

beat scrolls on • The version of On the Road that Kerouac wrote on a 119-foot scroll of nearly translucent paper three-week frenzy of creativity in spring 1951 will be published for the first time in book form next year.

blog of note • a new blog worth watching called The Fifth Carnival of Children’s Literature
in from Win Schaeffer

banktoaster • for those senior moments in life, a reverse dictionary.

Bullpen Events Calendar July 28-29
CA •
San Francisco Center for the Book 10th anniversary Exhibit opens.
TN • begins
MA • Antiquarian Book Fair At Searles Castle
TX • The Latino Book & Family Festival

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