Critical Linking for August 21st, 2015


Nestled into the pristine lowlands, The Open Book is a charming bookshop with apartment above in the heart of Wigtown, Scotland’s National Book Town. Live your dream of having your very own bookshop by the sea in Scotland…for a week or two.

Would you go on vacation to run a bookstore? Now you can.


From Puritan Bible-study groups to Parisian salons, there are many forerunners to the contemporary women’s book club. Perhaps most significant among these predecessors are the women’s clubs of the late-19th century. Predominantly comprised of white women from the middle and upper-middle classes, these “culture clubs” emerged out of the era’s progressive movements, but instead of social reform, the women met to discuss literature, history, and the fine arts.

I have been looking for an overview of the cultural history of book clubs for a long time.


The Traveling Library hashtag was started last October by Kristyn Pankiw, 23, a jewelry designer. Pankiw had recently moved from Tampa to Charleston, S.C., and longed to replicate the sense of community book clubs can offer. Three fellow Instagrammers agreed to sign on. Originally they called it #theStrangeLibrary, but a follower who lives in Brighton, Alexandria Byer, suggested a change to #TheTravelingLibrary, “because we’re all in different locations and anyone can join,” she said.

Speaking of book clubs, I am continually surprised about about book lovers are using new media and technology, and Instagram has a vibrant book-loving community.

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