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Fun With Will & Jane

New show from August 6-November 6 at the amazing Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. It's called "Will & Jane: Shakespeare, Austen and the Cult of Celebrity." It features the very shirt Colin Firth emerged from the water with in the 1995 Pride And Prejudice movie. A lock of Jane's hair. And a bundle of sticks from Shakespeare's birthplace, how about that.  If you are a part of either author's Cult of Celebrity, you will certainly want to identify yourself by buying and prominently displaying a Shakespeare or Jane sticker. 

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A Block in Maine, Chockablock With Bookstores

LiteraryLocations.com illustrator Isabella Bannerman and I were recently staying in Bath. What a beautiful city, right on the Kennebec River. It is a city that makes ships and has for centuries. It still looks prosperous, and has preserved its beautiful Front Street, which has bookstores bumping into one another. I counted four, and there's another one around the corner on Centre Street. This is a very good sign. There is also a huge public library, the Patton, another very good sign.  Open Door Books. 178 Front Street. How are you going to resist this place? You aren't.  The Library Bookstore. 194 Front Street, right across the street from the Patton. And actually part of the Patton, I believe. The Mustard Seed Bookstore....

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Charlotte Brontë Visits New York City

Charlotte Brontë's day dress. Photo credit: Graham Haber, The Morgan Library & Museum, Brontë Parsonage Museum The NY Times reports on a fantastic new Brontë show opening today at the Morgan Library, "Charlotte Brontë: An Independent Will." It includes the wool and cotton dress above, totally amazing miniature manuscripts she used to write and illustrate, and the manuscript to Jane Eyre itself, one of literature's greatest treasures. The museum is also being loaned the famous portrait of Charlotte, Emily and Anne, painted by their brother Branwell.   A must-see show. I bet it will be a sensation among the general public as well as those who "option u" before typing the "e." It is open through January 2, 2017.  Do we...

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