Featured Bookshop: Sherman’s Opens a Store in Portland, Maine
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Featured Bookshop: Sherman’s Opens a Store in Portland, Maine

  Sherman’s, Maine’s oldest bookstore, is part of a happy trend:  an increasing number of independent bookshops are opening.  In this case, Sherman’s expanded to open a fifth store in Portland in April, rounding out its other locations in Bar Harbor, Camden, Freeport, and Boothbay Harbor. Sherman’s is located on Exchange Street, a browsing, dining … Continue reading »

James Howard Kunstler’s Post-Apocalyptic Village: The Witch of Hebron
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James Howard Kunstler’s Post-Apocalyptic Village: The Witch of Hebron

Like Emily Barton’s The Testament of Yves Gundron, another novel that looks at technology and culture – through a decidedly opinionated eye – is James Howard Kunstler’s The Witch of Hebron. The second in a series of post-apocalyptic novels (the first being World Made by Hand), Kunstler’s mythic novel imagines a remote upstate New York … Continue reading »

Modern Researcher Stumbles Into Medieval Village: In Emily Barton’s Wildly Imaginative Novel, Cultures Clash
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Modern Researcher Stumbles Into Medieval Village: In Emily Barton’s Wildly Imaginative Novel, Cultures Clash

Emily Barton’s elegant and innovative novel The Testament of Yves Gundron explores an imagined collision of past and future. The remote island nation of Mandragora is a medieval village untouched by the modern world until yeoman farmer Yves Gundron  invents a rudimentary, but critical technology, and young Cambridge anthropologist Ruth Blum stumbles into the village. … Continue reading »

Imaginative Possessions:  Tusiata Avia, Fiona Farrell, and Other New Zealand Poets in JAAM
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Imaginative Possessions: Tusiata Avia, Fiona Farrell, and Other New Zealand Poets in JAAM

While browsing through the bins at The Paper Nautilus, came across an unfamiliar publication: JAAM, which stands for Just Another Art Movement, an annual journal of writing published in Wellington, NZ. This particular issue – #29, published in 2011 shortly after the devastating earthquakes in New Zealand, includes pieces that reflect the upheavals, and suggest … Continue reading »

Featured Bookshop:  Books on the Square, Providence, Rhode Island
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Featured Bookshop: Books on the Square, Providence, Rhode Island

Books on the Square is a fine place to find a gift for your favorite reader (and that might be you, yourself). Located on the east side of Providence, RI, (steps from three different cafes, and the Paper Nautilus Bookshop), this commodious and welcoming shop is also extremely well-organized:  the internal signage will quickly orient … Continue reading »

Featured Bookshop: Paper Nautilus Books in Providence, Rhode Island
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Featured Bookshop: Paper Nautilus Books in Providence, Rhode Island

Paper Nautilus Books in Providence, Rhode Island, is a fine destination for devoted readers. Located in the East Side’s Wayland Square neighborhood among restaurants, cafes, and boutiques, its unprepossessing storefront barely hints at the pleasures inside. But before you step through the door, take a few minutes to rummage through the crates of bargain books … Continue reading »

Featured Bookshop: The Old Professor’s Bookshop in Belfast, Maine. Where you find the answers to “What Is? And What Matters?”
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Featured Bookshop: The Old Professor’s Bookshop in Belfast, Maine. Where you find the answers to “What Is? And What Matters?”

There’s an international organization founded by Richard Booth in Hay-on-Wye, Wales, which promotes “Book Towns.” The idea behind the organization is to promote sustainable rural development and tourism, by recognizing communities like Hay-on-Wye that are known for their literary culture. The group also organizes biannual book festivals. The 2016 Book Town festival will be held … Continue reading »

Twelve Timely Excerpts from Wendell Berry’s 1971 Essay, “Discipline and Hope”
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Twelve Timely Excerpts from Wendell Berry’s 1971 Essay, “Discipline and Hope”

Read the following excerpts, and remember, Wendell Berry wrote this essay, “Discipline and Hope,” in 1971. For perspective, this was a decade before IBM introduced its first personal computer in 1981. 1) Nearly all the old standards, which implied and required rigorous disciplines, have now been replaced by a new standard of efficiency, which requires … Continue reading »

A Tribute to George (Saunders). No Reading 2014′s Best Until You Read 2013′s Best.
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A Tribute to George (Saunders). No Reading 2014′s Best Until You Read 2013′s Best.

We’re well into 2014, but perhaps you still have some of last year’s reading left. Stop and do not pass Go until you catch up with this one. “The best book you’ll read this year,” that 2013 New York Times Magazine assumption in search of rebuttal, introduces George Saunders’ Tenth of Dec.  So….anyhoo, let’s get … Continue reading »

The Gimme: What to Read this Week, May 31
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The Gimme: What to Read this Week, May 31

ICYMI, News to Read: The New York Times reports that beleagured Veteran’s Administration chief Erik Shinseki resigns, and many of the comments provide insight. Also resigning, White House press secretary Jay Carney, and Huffington Post’s Katherine Fung posts some of his epic clashes here. Vigorous gender discussion and commentary continues (#yesallwomen v. #notallmen), precipitated by … Continue reading »