Critical Linking: July 25th, 2014


The brick-and-mortar survivors — and brave newcomers — have adapted to the Age of Amazon in their own ways, from opening 24 hours to undergoing spectacular design renovations or stocking books that aren’t sold by the online giant. Old or new, all with fascinating stories, the bookstores below serve as historic sites, sanctuaries, salons of culture and must-visit entries in any travel itinerary.

That is one gorgeous group of bookstores.


Although, to be strictly accurate, crime writer Val McDermid was actually talking to “Robert Galbraith”, Rowling’s pseudonym (broken far more quickly than she had hoped) for two mystery novels about one-legged, ex-army private eye Cormoran Strike. In honour of her male alias, Rowling wore a suit and tie.

Maybe I am just never going to get the point of continuing the Galbraith charade.


The Evanston Public Library’s new Book Bike took its first spin into the community on July 16 to enthusiastic response, checking out books and making new library cards by the City’s lakefront. This librarian-driven initiative will bring books, library card sign-ups, and program registration to parks, neighborhoods, and events around town. 

Good job, Evanston Public Library.


Still prefer real books to e-readers—but hate having to lug them in your suitcase? Shutters on the Beach, the iconic Santa Monica hotel, is introducing a new Beach Book Bag program, allowing guests to order their beach reads before stepping foot on the plane. Just call the front desk up to 24 hours in advance of the scheduled check-in time, and the books will be bought at a local Barnes & Noble and waiting upon arrival.

I heartily approve of this service.


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