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.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

In A Country Shire

Northon's Shire Bookshop
110 N. Main Street
P. O. Box 31
Evart, Michigan 49631
231-734-3752

Once again I find myself in the annual interim between Christmas and New Year's, the perfect time for introspection and review of the year about to end. In 2016, I reached a milestone—my fifth year of retirement from my job as a high school librarian. I am only now just beginning to actually think of January, rather than September, as the start of a new year. It's hard to believe I have been doing this blog for five years. When I began, I really had no idea that I would still be finding new bookstores to write about. Part of me expected to find that brick-and-mortar bookstores would be scarce by now. Happily, quite the opposite is true.

Quite by accident I happened upon the last bookstores I visited in 2016. On a drive through rural central Michigan, my route took me through the small town of Evart. Now, I have made it my habit when passing through any unfamiliar town to drive slowly along the main street just in case the community might be home to a bookstore. You never know. In the case of Evart, the main downtown street runs perpendicular to the two-lane highway on which I was traveling, a fact which I noted only after I had already passed through the intersection. As the afternoon was waning, I debated for about a quarter mile as to whether or not to take the time to turn around. Evart is but a small country town after all. Of course my bookstore curiosity got the better of me, and I did indeed turn around. Thankfully. For low and behold, I did indeed find a bookstore in this country hamlet, Northon's Shire Bookshop, and there was still about half an hour before closing time.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Imbibing books! Literally!

I know plenty of bibliomaniacs who devour books, figuratively that is. Now thanks to The Book Nook and Shelf Awareness, I have learned that it is possible to literally imbibe books. The Columbia Room, a cocktail bar in Washington D. C., has created a drink that literally uses pages from old books as an ingredient. This creation, served in a flask inside of a book, is called "In Search of Time Past" and is part of a three- or five- cocktail tasting flight. Don't expect happy hour prices for this concoction. The three-course option is $79. I guess that's to be expected when pages from a 100-year-old book constitute a key ingredient. For more on this literary cocktail, see this article from Washingtonian.