About This Blog

Don't get me wrong. It's not that I'm not on board with the whole ebook thing. I enjoy books in all their formats. But there is nothing quite like a bookstore with its neatly arranged shelves of books and artfully created displays of new arrivals, best sellers, and suggested reading. I especially enjoy discovering small, independent bookstores and have made it my mission to visit and report back on as many of these gems as I can. That is my focus, but there is really nothing that is off limits as long as it is about books or reading. Hope you enjoy my blog and come back often.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Intersection of Art and Books

“What most attracts you to a book's construction? The dust jacket? The binding? The end papers, paper or font? The inside illustrations, a ribbon place holder, a colophon? The scent of fresh ink, the crispness of the paper, the texture of a deckle-edge? Each part of a book's anatomy contributes to our sensual delight as readers and as artists.” These words are from a call to artists by Three Pines Studio for its exhibition, Anatomy of the Book, Deconstructed/Reconstructed, a special display in support of the Harbor Springs Festival of the Book. When last I left you (see previous post), I had just reached the apex of a glorious drive along M-119, the Tunnel of Trees, and on the recommendation of Katie Capaldi Boeckl, I was about to visit this art installation. And an impressive visit it would be.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Scenic Beauty and a Bookstore

Suddenly it was mid September. As with most summers, the weeks had flown by faster than the Road Runner escaping the clutches of the Coyote. Beep beep! It's gone. Before I even had a chance to take a road trip, it was over. But wait. This year summer decided to hang on for a few extra weeks. What luck.
Since I'm retired, my summer is dictated by the weather, not the calendar. So when September 19 arrived with the promise of sunny skies and temperatures in the mid 70's, I decided it was the perfect opportunity for a road trip after all. For quite some time friends had been telling me about scenic Michigan Highway 119, otherwise known as the Tunnel of Trees, and this was the perfect day to do it. And on my way, I decided that this would also be a great time to stop in Harbor Springs and revisit a lovely little bookstore, Between the Covers.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

My Bear Encounter

Flying Bear Books
79 State Road
Newaygo, MI 49337

Lions, tigers, and bears.
Oh my! Okay, so we don't actually have lions and tigers. But we definitely have bears. In the wooded northern Michigan area where our cottage is located, there have been numerous sightings. Some of my neighbors have reported bird feeders being destroyed, and some have reported scary close encounters. But in the town of Newaygo, about 40 miles south, there is a bear of another sort—a friendly, literary bear—one that encourages close encounters . . . with books that is. I recently enjoyed such an encounter at Flying Bear Books.

Friday, August 18, 2017

@Your Sparty Library

What do the gals do when their men have gone away for a guys weekend? Well, if you're three intelligent, book-loving nerdy types, you go to the library, of course. Specifically the Michigan State University library in East Lansing. Apologies to my Wolverine friends, but I am a Spartan at heart. I follow their football team. And the basketball team. Tom Izzo is my favorite coach ever. I even hung a “Sparty @ Your Library” poster in the high school library where I worked. I took it with me and hung it up at home when I retired. I never actually attended MSU, but I lived vicariously through my son while he was in graduate school there.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

A Very Special Writer

Robert Redd--March 14, 1926-August 2, 2017
I'd like to take a moment to post a few lines about a writer near and dear to me, my father-in-law, Robert Redd, Bob to most people. He moved on to another blogosphere last week at the age of 91. 

Like me, he didn't take up writing until later in life after having successful careers in industrial engineering and accounting. When he retired as a partner from a storied career at BDO Seidman, he finally got around to writing. 

His book Achievers Never Quit provides a guide to opportunities that life after retirement offers and was utilized by companies like Weyerhaeuser, Amway, and AT&T in educating their retiring employees. Whimsy, Wit, and Wisdom provided a lighthearted look at the stresses of retirement on marriage. Always the dramatist, Bob later penned books designed for senior theater, writing several collections of skits based on his life experiences. Senior centers around the country are still making use of his scripts today. He also wrote a resource book on writing, Synaps-cercise, Exercise Your Brain. This workbook includes humorous writings as well as exercises to help improve creativity and thinking.

Bob led a full and interesting life. There was never a dull moment with him around. He was a son, husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He was a golfer, an artist, a sculptor, and an avid collector of antiques. And yes, he was an author. He will be missed.  

Shameless plug that Bob would appreciate: You can still buy the senior theater publications online at: seniortheatre.com.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

We Want Books

In past lives I have had various occupations, most notably a librarian and also an English teacher. It's already pretty evident how much I like books. But my undergraduate degree in English actually shared double-major billing with history. It stands to reason then that I enjoy historical literature and learning about history. World War II is of particular interest to me. This summer I had occasion to experience a special exhibit encompassing both World War II history and literature.

Muskegon, Michigan, is rich with special exhibits this year. After my sister Sue and I took in the Edward Curtis display (see previous post), we went on to visit the nearby USS Silversides Submarine Museum where visitors are afforded the opportunity to actually descend into the bowels of a real WWII submarine. What an experience.

“But what does this have to do with literature?” you may be wondering. Well, this summer the museum is hosting a special exhibit entitled, “When Books Went to War—The Power of Literature and the Press in Wartime.” What a historical learning adventure it was.