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Best Way for a Book Nerd to Say Goodbye to Summer? A Day at the National Book Festival

It started in early fall 2001, on September 8, just before the numbers 9-11 would become burned into US history. But on that sunny Saturday, tragedy had not yet struck and the bookish excitement of the very first National Book Festival swallowed up the Library of Congress and stretched out onto the National Mall. 

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Friday Five: The Book Is Dead & More Crazy Bookish Articles From This Week

It's Friday Five time again. Time to review my five favorite bookish articles or stories floating around in the last week or so. This week includes a sampling of stories both serious and fun, ranging from racism in books to book festival mania.

Friday Five: 5 Completely Unique and Perfect Books for Your Independence Day Reading Needs

It's getting close to 4th of July and, in the US, that means it's time for the yearly summer celebration of Independence. Of course, it's not just a day. No, no. America sort of invented over-the-top, consumer-filled celebrations...It must be a whole weekend. A whole weekend in which you might find some time to read.

Beach Read Recommendations From an Art Installation

Fun and books may be around any corner, if you pay attention. Or if you just follow someone into a strange place.

Friday 5: New Tolkien! And Other Best Bookish Articles from this Week

Book-related stories and articles always catch my attention and I read dozens or more during the week. In case you don't have time to read all the book stories every week, here are my favorite top 5 condensed down for you!

Animals Are People Too: Digging into Dog Lit

Like with books and movies about children, I cannot watch a movie or read a book where a dog gets hurt or dies. For those of you who feel the same way, here are some safe dog-based lit books I found that should not make you cry (at least not because a dog dies) and you will be very happy that you read.

T-shirt Tuesday: Fierce Women Who Inspire

I just got a t-shirt with a Shakespeare quote that reads, "And though she be but little, she is fierce." It inspired today's blog about fierce women who inspire.

Getting a “Read” on a Town From it’s Local Bookstore: Traveling with the Travelers in NJ’s Brooklyn

New Jersey is often overshadowed by its neighbor, New York. However, the times are changing in many ways and cities in New Jersey are now making Manhattan and other NYC boroughs work for their "cool" status. How do you know if a Jersey city is cool? Well, like everywhere else, just take a look at it's bookstore.

International Children’s Book Day – Growing A Worldly View of Children’s Books

April is such an awesome month, I can almost barely stand it. First, it's National Poetry Month. April also means spring and flowers and warm weather. And, today, April 2, is International Children's Book Day. Just another reason to love April.

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