links, teaching

Some cool “book places”

One of my students sent me these links, one showing a 15th-century cathedral turned into a bookstore, and another about an abandoned Texas Walmart turned into a public library: a brilliant juxtaposition of the sacred and the profane, meeting with books in the middle.

We are creating an exhibit in my “Novels in America” class looking at places that foster book- (especially novel-) reading (it’s tentatively called “Book Places: Reading and Selling Books Before Amazon.com,” and will be up in the Loyola library in early 2014). Wish we had places like this here in Bmore! Well, here’s one: the Baltimore Book Thing :-), where all the books are free–take as many as you like!

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