This month I’ve collected some of my favorite literary links! Read on for stories about a true space book, the mysterious ‘book ripper,’ the best literary memes, and a gone but not forgotten bookseller.
THE TINY BOOK THAT WENT TO THE MOON
It’s been 50 years since the moon landing! And while we know all about Buzz and Neil, I bet you didn’t know that a book traveled on Apollo 11 too! This week, the Lunar Module Timeline Book that traveled to the Moon and back is up for auction. Spoiler alert: bidding is expected to be astronomical.
THE LITERARY VANDAL
This sounds like a case for Sherlock. The so-called ‘book ripper’ has targeted more than 100 volumes at a library and charity bookshop in the English town of Herne Bay. I’ll be following this one closely to see if they catch the crook!
THE MEMES YOU NEED IN YOUR LIFE
Remember Sparknotes? The hero of high school homework? (I was a geek and actually read all the books.) Well, turns out they have their own twitter account and their memes are AMAZING. Here are a few of my faves:
THE LEGENDARY BOOKSELLER
Michael Seidenberg, the bookseller who launched a not-so-secret literary salon in his Upper East Side apartment, died July 8 in Connecticut. He was 64.
After being forced out of several locations, he opened his third and most notable bookstores in 2008, in his apartment.He lined the walls with shelves of books and piled them on top of his furniture, and held literary events and author readings.
“People always relate to bookstores in a romantic way. As I grew up, that’s all I really wanted to go to, was bookshops,” Seidenberg told The New Yorker in a 2015 video.
What a legend.
And that’s all for now. Stay cool, everyone!