Every Tuesday, I round up six stories about literature, writing, the world of publishing—stuff that might interest you folks who haunt the website of a bookstore. Welcome to Six @ Six!
One. Happy 100th Birthday, Beverly Cleary! The acclaimed author brought us Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins and other childhood heroes.
Two. America’s First All-Romance Bookstore, The Ripped Bodice, Opens in California. It’s run by two 20something sisters and it’s already thriving.
Four. Want to travel to Scotland and run a bookstore while you’re there? You can!
I asked a friend once about returning some books to an ex, and she said no, you must keep them; then I asked about tearing out the inscriptions, and she said no, again; they are all talisman, she told me, and so they would have their power even if I threw away their inscriptions. She was right. Whether or not I ever open the page, I know the words are there, and even if I had torn them out, I would still remember what they said.
Six. And your good news of the day: Librarians on bikes are delivering books and WiFi to kids in “book deserts.”