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Social media, and art pertaining to books

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giant bookBatman library

bird,book photo

books butterfly pic

cat and library

This week I’m posting some cool photos/art about books and reading – which I took mostly from Facebook. I have mixed feelings about social media — I’m uneasy particularly about our lack of privacy and all the undisclosed Big Brother-ish information-gathering about us behind the scenes. But Facebook is undeniably good for current jokes, endless cat pictures and beautiful photos and artwork of all kinds. I started a FB page for my press because that’s how a lot of people, especially young folks, get their information – not from a website, though I will continue to update mine with readings and events, and of course the Moon Pie Press catalog.
(www.moonpiepress.com) If you could LIKE the Moon Pie Press page on Facebook and add it as a “friend”, that would be greatly appreciated. The press runs on a shoestring budget and anything free that helps spread the word is wonderful.

More reading-related art and photos will follow in future blogs.

Happy reading !

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Books from Maine poets, everywhere you look

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lavendar field

Now that National Poetry Month with its many events has wound down, we poets all have a bit more time to get back to reading and writing. I opened the Sunday Telegram this morning and, as always, checked the Books section and the best seller list, this week from Nonesuch Books, indie bookstore in South Portland. How gratifying to see that Maine poet Richard Blanco (who read his poem at President Obama’s second inauguration) has THREE poetry books on the paperback list this week. That is astounding! Mr. Blanco is riding a wave of fame that few American poets, especially outside academia, ever enjoy, and I hope it continues for a long time. I’m also pleased to see that Maine poet laureate Wes McNair’s anthology TAKE HEART, from his series of Maine poems in newspapers statewide, is #8 on the top 10 hardcover books list. Wes and Down East did a nice job on this book. Wes plans a second anthology eventually, too.

So what’s the relevance of the photo ? I love purple, so this lavender field is one version of paradise for me – but only if there is a library or bookstore around the corner, with an attached bakery/cafe, naturally.