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Summer Reading Special: A Bibliophile’s Miscellany of France

July is the month when many countries celebrate their national day: it was Canada Day on the 1st, America’s birthday (of course) on the 4th, but also Algeria’s and Venezuela’s Independence Day celebrations on the 5th, Malawi’s ...
 
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Hay Castle, with the open-air "Honesty Bookshop" below (Photo credit: Michael Graham [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons).
Hay Castle, with the open-air "Honesty Bookshop" below (Photo credit: Michael Graham [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons).
Hay Castle, with the open-air "Honesty Bookshop" below (Photo credit: Michael Graham [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons).

Book Towns: A Bibliophile’s Paradise

My love affair with the kingdom of books began in 2003, when I first read Paul Collins’s delightful memoir, Sixpence House: Lost in a Town of Books, his account of his family’s attempt to make a go at life in Hay-on-Wye, the or...
 
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Henry David Thoreau's grave in Concord, Massachusetts.
Henry David Thoreau's grave in Concord, Massachusetts.
Henry David Thoreau's grave in Concord, Massachusetts.

Literary Grave Hunting

A curious hobby Graveyards are some of my favorite places to explore. Not for any morbid reason, mind you. I don’t find them spooky (though I don’t tend to walk through them at night) or even melancholy. Instead, I browse the g...

 
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Edible Book Festival 2013

April 1st marked not just April Fool’s Day but also the International Edible Book Festival 2013 . This was the first year the tradition was celebrated on campus at the University of Maryland. Art librarian Judith A. Hoffberg an...