I nipped off yesterday down to visit Rebekah at Coelacanth Books in Norwood – who took me a short tour of the local book pushers. One worth mentioning is Walpole Center Books run by a fella named Jim James (i kid you not) – an unassuming little store that was alarmingly clean and very well organized. I would deem it a ‘readers’ store and really really really wish it was within a reasonable distance of my hovel. About 40% of the stock are gently used children’s and young adult books at very reasonable prices – which comes in handy at this time of the year. Between xmas gifting and personal whims I manage to blow a huge chunk of change. If this store were any closer, my piles of books to be read would be higher than my piles of books I need to sell to pay the rent.
1878 – The Harpers Brothers publishing company throws a breakfast for their illustrator Edwin Austin Abbey at Delmonico’s in New York City.
1929 – Hart Crane gives a party for his publishers, Harry and Caresse Crosby of Black Sun Press (publishers of Crane, Kay Boyle, James Joyce, Rene Crevel, and T.S. Elliot, among others). William Carlos Williams, Malcolm Cowley, e. e. cummings, and a group of drunken sailors attend. The euphoria doesn’t last: the thirty-one-year-old Crosby kills himself and his mistress, Josephine Bigelow, three days later.
1921- James Joyce gave a reading of his works at Sylvia Beach’s book store Shakespeare & Co. on the Left Bank in Paris.
1968 – Richard Dodd returns a library book his great grandad took out in 1823
1873 – Willa Cather, American novelist (d. 1947)
1807 – John Greenleaf Whittier (d. 1892) Quaker poet and abolitionist (Haverhill, MA)
1888 – , Anglo Irish writer (d 1957)
1928 – Noam Chomsky, Philadelphia, PA
1932 – Rosemary Rogers novelist
1943 – Susan Isaacs novelist
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