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Shakespeare’s American home

For all things Shakespeare in England, scholars and devotees go to Stratford-Upon-Avon or London (see The Shakespeare Globe experience). But in the United States, they come to Washington, DC, to the Folger Shakespeare Library, situated behind the Library of Congress. A gift…

The Shakespeare Globe experience

“All the world’s a stage,” but I think the best one has to be at the re-constructed Globe Theatre on the south bank of the Thames River in London, England. The Globe experience re-born Erected near where the original 1599 Globe…

Hidden treasures

The New York Public Library is one of the biggest libraries in the world, with a vast branch system offering circulating materials to millions of people and a series of comprehensive research collections that scholars from around the world come to…

Re-roofing the library dome

The Bangor Public Library in Maine has a beautiful home in a Classical-style structure built in 1913. It has high-ceilinged rooms with fireplaces, lots of wood trim around doors and windows, built-in shelving tucked into all the walls, and great seating…

Books still alive and well in Victoria

When I lived in Hamilton and Toronto, one of my favourite things to do was to visit bookstores, both new and used. The hours scanning the shelves of the many book shops that used to line Queen Street was time well spent. Sadly, they are…

A shrine for the Brownings

When you mention the names Robert Browning or Elizabeth Barrett Browning these days, most people don’t know who these writers were, let alone what they were famous for. But toss around the following phrases, and people recognize them instantly. “How…

Encouraging a city to read

How do you get everyone in a city to read? It’s not an easy thing to do, but two programs in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas are providing different ways of encouraging residents to crack open a book (or download an e-book…

Fashion in fiction

Do you ever wonder what your favourite characters from classic fiction might have had in their clothes closets? How would Jane Eyre have dressed herself to impress Mr. Rochester in Charlotte Bronte’s novel? Or what would Anne of Green Gables have looked like…

A tea shop mystery

I’m a fan of a series of cozy mystery novels called the Tea Shop Mysteries by Laura Childs. They are about a tea shop owner and amateur sleuth named Theodosia Browning who has a curious streak that gets her involved…

The Margaret Mitchell connection

It’s hard not to connect Atlanta, Georgia with that ultra famous Southern saga, Gone with the Wind, and its Pulitzer prizewinning author, Margaret Mitchell (especially as 2014 is the 75th anniversary of the 1939 movie). If you are a fan…