Friday, April 29, 2011

At the Wilton Library May 4th, 7:00pm

At the Wilton Library,
137 Old Ridgefield Road Wilton, CT 06897
Tel: 203-762-3950 reservations

May 4th @ 7:00pm

"One Man's Serendipitous Journey to Find the Trees That Inspired Famous American Writers from Faulkner to Kerouac, Welty to Wharton"

featuring author Richard Horan

The Orchid Thief meets Botany of Desire meets Driving Einstein’s Brain in Richard Horan's Seeds, the chronicle of one man’s quest to understand the influence and impact of trees in American life and literature—and his mission to collect seeds from the homes of Kerouac, Welty, Wharton, Kesey and twenty other authors, to preserve the literary legacy of American forests for generations to come.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Tom Holland's New Book

Tom Holland's new book "Beat the Gym" is out in time to shape you up for beach weather. What a great book. It basically shares all the tips personal trainers use with their clients. Tips for using machines better, preventing injury and succeeding with your fitness goals. Tom is a wonderful motivator. He'll be doing an event for us in the near future so watch your emails.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

April is Poetry Month

I started today off by reading a few of Billy Collins' latest poems in his new volume titled "Horoscopes for the Dead."

As always Billy spins words into melodies and puts a smile on the reader's face. Here is a good one for an early Spring morning. Enjoy.

A Question About Birds

I am going to sit on a rock near some water

or on a slope of grass

under a high ceiling of white clouds,

and I am going to stop talking

so I can wander around in that spot

the way John James Audubon might have wandered

through a forest of speckled sunlight,

stopping now and then to lean

against an elm, mop his brow,

and listen to the songs of birds.

Did he wonder, as I often do,

how they regard the songs of other species?

Would it be like listening to the Chinese

merchants at an outdoor market?

Or do all the birds perfectly understand one another?

Or is that nervous chittering

I often hear from the upper branches

the sound of some tireless little translator?

Mention our blog and we'll extend a 20% discount on any poetry in the month of April.

Happy Morning.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

A Terrific Bookstore!

Patricia Wells new cookbook "Salad as a Meal" is a walk into the spring summer months. The Provence on a Plate recipe is easy and so delicious.. plus looks great. I'm just about to sit down and enjoy it.This week I plan to try the marinated shrimp salad for a girls night in..looks yummy, I'll keep you posted.

Elm Street hosted a wonderful event tonight at the New Canaan Library, Amy Chua, author of "The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" and Jed Rubenfeld, author of "The Death Instinct" were kind enough to spend the afternoon discussing each of their books. How lucky we are as a small independent bookstore to be able to provide such terrific events to our community.

Another amazing author will be at the New Canaan Libray tomorrow night. Conor Grennan, author of "Little Princes" a fantastic read that will move your heart. I can't wait to meet him and listen.