Today’s Critical Linking is sponsored by Bas Bleu Booksellers.
The classics of contemporary literature are like pillars that provide the creative structure and frame of reference that other works of excellence may be built upon. They can also make quite the investment, according to a rare-book index compiled by the United Kingdom’s Stanley Gibbons Group last year.
Jamilah Gabriel, who works at Purdue University’s Black Cultural Center Library, will launch a monthly literature subscription box with work exclusively from black authors. Gabriel told the Layfayette Journal and Courier that inspiration for her box came after she bought a similar subscription service that promoted black authors of children’s books for her niece. When she realized there wasn’t a service like this for adults, she decided to create Call Number.
Last week, after failing to receive a lease-renewal offer from the owner of the property on which the store sits, Barnes & Noble announced that its Bronx location will shut down by the end of 2016.