Morning broke sunny and clear over town and country. Cherries are coming on, gaining color, looking good.
Up at Northport Nursery, now part of S&J Landscaping, annuals are on sale at 30% discount. One shopper buying a colorful hanging basket said, “They just make me happy.” I splurged on some perennials for the sidewalk garden at home that I’m adding to bit by bit, as funds permit.
Here’s a story from this morning’s “Shelf Awareness” newsletter:
When Twenty-third Avenue Books, Portland, Ore., closed suddenly last January, Stephanie Griffin lost more than her business. Willamette Week reported that the owner "became homeless after the store closed. Startled neighbors discovered this in June . . . Griffin had started panhandling outside her old store, which was still empty at the time."
"Most people would ignore me and then say 'Oh, the bookstore used to be there,'" she said. "I would say, 'I used to own that store,' and they would keep walking."
Do I need to comment on this story?
Finally, at Dog Ears Books: The new Dunes Review is here—new book of poetry by Jim Harrison—and a new, challenging Petoskey stone jigsaw puzzle. We have Aaron Stander’s and Bob Underhill’s new murder mysteries and should have Dead Floating Lovers, the new Emily Kincaid mystery by Elizabeth Buzzelli, next week. (Elizabeth will be a presenter in the Leelanau Township Library summer series on Tuesday, July 28, 7:30 p.m.) There are postcards this year of Northport harbor that say Northport on them (by popular and frequent request). We have Chief Waukazoo: From Roots to Wing, by William Van Appledorn. And, as always, much, much more, so come in and browse and buy and keep your Up North bookseller off the streets. (Ha! Just couldn't resist.)