Howdy bookworms, nosy internet spies, and those wondering what a Monte Cristo is…(sandwich? island? cigar?)
I love reading books. I also like other things like music, exercising, mindless cellphone games, playing with the baby, the Red Sox and posting long nonsensical Facebook posts.
A big thank you to the editors at the New London Day, our local independent newspaper, for their very gracious editorial urging readers to support local independent bookstores. Being in working class downtown New London certainly presents challenges but our own outside-the-box thinking and everlasting community support keeps these lights on. Of course is there weren’t such amazing books being put out by incredible authors, local and national, this effort would be for nothing.
As I am typing there are passerbys pointing at our signs in the window. This one has a Kanye West quote “I am not a fan of books” is almost as popular as our “I like big books and I cannot lie.” Tourists and residents take photos of themselves next to the sign.
The dog days of winter business are behind us. While there wasn’t a single day we went without a customer, we needed something extra to give us a boost. We survived with the support of events. Such as the Cat in the Hat Ball at Mitchell College, Ari Shavit at Beth-El Congregation Synagogue, Jane Green at the Waterford Public Library, Allegra di Bonaventura at Waterford Library, New London Landmarks, East Lyme Historical Society, and Groton Public Library. We look forward to the upcoming Storytelling Festival at Connecticut College, and the Coast Guard Museum opening ceremony in May.
Speaking of May, Suzanne Palmieri, one of my favorite Connecticut human beings…and author, will be doing an event in our shop to kick off our spring event series. It doesn’t get any better than Suzanne. If you’re in a book club and you haven’t read Witch of Little Italy, your book club just ‘ain’t with it, man’
The coffee shop is taking some more time to fully be installed into the store. We have to renovate many more things before we can pipe in that delicious goodness. The front of the store is still setup ready for us to take the next step. Things are complicated and cost money but we will get there. We always get there!
Some cool new books I’ve read recently.
(obviously I’m a nonfiction nerd)
One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson
War of the Whales by Joshua Horwitz
The Future of the Mind by Michio Kaku
Gulp by Mary Roach
Natchez Burning by Greg Iles
The Returned by Jason Mott