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Thursday, July 9, 2009

News in Brief, Thursday

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.)


Anonymous said...

Wow, that's Portland bookseller's story makes quite a statement. And on the opposite end of the spectrum, what a beautiful photo of Northport.

P. J. Grath said...

One of these days I'll have to remember to take a good close look at that tree and see if it's an American elm. Sure looks like one from afar, with that vase shape--so striking. There used to be an enormous cottonwood down in front of the Galley, which, if it were still there, would block the view of the lovely tree you see as you look down the hill to the harbor.

Gerry said...

Is the Petoskey stone puzzle "Rising Sun" from Matt & Lisa's Puzzles that Rock? I hope so, because I love the little connections that tie the region together.

Dunno what to say about the bookseller. There are plenty of systemic problems in this country, and I blame Bush when I can't find my glasses, but there's a point where a person has to say "what is, is" and move on through the dark woods.

P. J. Grath said...

It is from the Puzzles That Rock people, Gerry, and you can thank your own blog for bringing them to my attention. Just another option for the rainy day or the shady porch on a sunny day.