Sunday, May 19, 2013

A Place of Reading: Three Centuries of Reading in America

Neilson Library at Smith College in Northampton, MA is currently featuring an exhibit called A Place of Reading: Three Centuries of Reading in America.

This exhibition illuminates the rich history of reading in America that showcases—through books, broadsides, woodcuts, etchings, lithographs, watercolors, etc.—the places and events that particularly prompted the act of reading. By exhibiting these material and visual objects of the past, and in exploring the geography of reading, we hope to raise new questions—and answers—about readers and reading in America. A Place of Reading is a collaboration between the Smith College Mortimer Rare Book Room and the Center for Historic American Visual Culture at the American Antiquarian Society , which has loaned most of the items on display. Main themes of the exhibition include: the Colonial Home; Revolutionary Taverns; North/South/East/West: Newspapers, Periodicals, and the Popular Press; and Reading at the Front: The Civil War. In addition, a section called “Caught in the Act” highlights other places of reading, such as the kitchen, bedroom, bath, prisons, and public spaces.

To find out more, please visit A Place of Reading

There is also a corresponding on-line exhibition:

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Library Wishlists

I received the Friends of the East Longmeadow newsletter via email a few days ago. In it was a link to their Library Wishlist. This new site allows libraries to create "wish lists" and solicit donations for improvements they would like to make to their library. Check out to search for your favorite library and ways that you can help!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

More Adventures in Cemetery Exploration

Last week my explorations took me to the Springfield (MA) Cemetery where I came across this stone. I'm pretty sure that this is the oldest one I've ever found - it dates from 1664.

Another stone truly caught my interest however. It was almost as old - unfortunately the sun was very bright and the deep shadows wouldn't allow me to capture a good photo, but in front of it was a very modern statue with some flowers. Someone remembered that person - after all these years. I wonder what that story is.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

How (Not) to Record an Audio Book

If you'd like to read all the mistakes I made while trying to record an audio version of The Rose Ring, please read my post for the Catholic Writer's Guild: How (Not) to Record an Audio Book

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

An Audio Version of The Rose Ring

The saga of how this audio book got made is quite the comedy of errors, which I am sharing on the Catholic Writer's Guild blog this weekend. The best laid plans as they say . . .

But, here it is, The Rose Ring, read by yours truly. It's a huge file, but it works!

The Rose Ring Audio Version