A Bunch of “Cool” Bookstores

August 5, 2015

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CNN’s website posted some photos of some groovy bookstores around the world, most of which most booklovers have seen photos of before. Still.

Found via a Facebook posting by DC-based book blogger Thomas Otto

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Unusual New York City Libraries

May 6, 2014

Hispanic Society Library

Attention all you New York City residents (or bibliophiles bound any time soon for New York City): Atlas Obscura has posted a list (with photos) of some of New York City’s less well-known libraries.

Some of them are available to the Great Unwashed Public (via day passes), others are available only to members.

Found via a Facebook posting by librarian Leslie Kahn


Gaining Entry to LC’s Main Reading Room

January 28, 2014

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There are few booklovers who wouldn’t find absolutely thrilling – and certainly worth the trouble to arrange – the experience of sitting down in the Library of Congress’ Main Reading Room, even if it means inventing up a bit of research (or faux research) to justify doing so.

True, any casual visitor to the Libary of Congress can peer down into the awe-inspiring Reading Room from a glass-walled public gallery far above the room, but that’s different than actually sitting down for a spell at one of the Reading Room desks.

At Book Riot, Becky Cole tells you how to actually get in there next time you visit Washington, DC.

And, speaking of visits to DC, Rachel Manwill – also at Book Riot – previously posted a booklover’s guide to that city.


Ten Southern Literary Pilgrimage Sites

September 18, 2013

Faulker's housePublishers Weekly, in publicizing Trish Foxwell’s guidebook A Visitor’s Guide to the Literary South, recently highlighted various sites in ten cities depicted by famous writers born in Southern States.

Found at Book Riot


Literary Tourism: Pro and Con

May 6, 2013

Some of us booklovers enjoy (or fantasize about) visiting the haunts of some of our favorite authors.

According to this 2011 book written by Simon Goldhill, literary pilgrimages have been common at least since Victorian times. The book is a description of visits to several authors’ homes (or, in Freud’s case, offices), with reflections on what such pilgrimages “mean.”

The Amazon.com treatment (book description plus reader reviews) is here.

Found via Literary Tourist


Atlanta’s Robert Burns Cottage

November 1, 2012

Did you know that the only replica of Robert Burns’ house in Scotland is located in Atlanta – and that it’s been here since 1911?

In the late 1800s, Robert Burns was a lot more popular than he is today. The Burns Club of Atlanta was the 58th such club to be established worldwide, with dozens more formed later.

Who would’ve guessed that The Burns Club of Atlanta is the city’s oldest surviving literary institution?

The “clubhouse” is located in East Atlanta’s Ormewood Park neighborhood. It’s not open to the public, but it’s still being used for the club’s monthly meetings. (Club membership is limited to a hundred people – which is as many as the clubhouse can accommodate at once.)

Another interesting factoid: the Burns Cottage was built on property bought by one of the Club’s co-founders, Joseph Jacobs – the same guy whose drug store introduced Coca-Cola to the world.

For more information about the Club and its clubhouse, you can read (among other things) Georgia Tech professor Nick Marino’s account of his December 2009 guided tour; Frank R. Shaw’s essay; the profile posted by the National Park Service (the Burns Cottage is on the U.S. Historic Register); and/or the Wikipedia entry.

The photo above was taken by Ken Alpern, who posted it to The Atlanta Time Machine.

 


A Bookstore-Based B&B!

June 19, 2012

Now here’s a bibliophile’s fantasy: spending a few nights – and/or days – in a bookstore!

True, The Sanctuary Bookshop is located in Lyme Regis, England, but the description on this bookstore-based B&B’s website of its amenities (such as the book-stocked bedroom pictured here) sound delightful…and affordable, even.

If you know of other bookstores renting out rooms (with or without breakfast), let us know so we can alert other traveling booklovers.

Found at Shelf Awareness