Several notes of interest:
I recently wrote a short synopsis of George Steiner's excellent book of long essays, My Unwritten Books (2008) for Eighth Day Books in Wichita, Kansas. Eighth Day is more a friend than a sponsor of the blog and I have written about them in the past. They are a book store who appeals to a certain clientele, those with serious interests in philosophy, literature, religion, and the arts. I wish I could get the word out more to the Atlanta community especially the students and faculty at Candler School of Theology at Emory University School of Theology and Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur. You don't have to be a divinity student to appreciate Eighth Day Books, but you do have be willing to take on a more challenging read from time to time (like the Steiner book).
A couple of months ago, I wrote about the Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur book art exhibit entitled Wallbound, which featured 23 local, national and international artists who accepted the challenge of creating of book art that had to be hung on a wall. One of the faculty members at the Art Institute, Alicia Griswald, sent me an email letting me know that there is now an organization called the Atlanta Book Arts Collective which “provides opportunities, through programs, workshops, and sharing, to learn more about both paper and book arts.” And my wish? I think it would be cool, if the Art Institute did their next book art exhibit during the Decatur Book Festival. The school is located in the heart of the festival already. Just a thought.
Speaking of this weekend's festival, Miranda Parker, author of the Angel Crawford series of novels will be on the "Housewives of Literature" panel, Saturday, September 1 at 5:30 p.m. at the Decatur Convention Center. Through social media, Miranda keeps me informed on books that I would not necessarily know about and I appreciate her input. I wish that more blog readers would shoot me an email or comment – especially local writers. You can find the blog on Facebook, (facebook.com/thebookshopper) which is probably the easiest way to get updates.