If you want to celebrate literary pursuits of any kind--anything from Banned Books to Adult Puppet Shows--Old Books on Front Street is the place to be. Owner Gwenyfar Rohler helps our community make note of the gems our distracted culture might let slip by, gems like poetry.
Poetry requires time and reflection and a dash of focus to enjoy. If you feel you've been too busy to roll around in the delightful rays of verse, this weekend (April 18 & 19) is a wonderful opportunity. The heavy lifting has already been done.
Monday, June 16th is Bloomsday, on which James Joyce fans around the world celebrate the book Ulysses and its protagonist Leopold Bloom. At Old Books on Front Street at 7pm, a portion of the play-within-the-book will be performed by marionettes! Jazz pianist/composer James Jarvis has written music for the show; Gina Gambony and Christy Grantham will work the marionettes created by Nina and Bryan Cournoyer. Bookstore owner Gwenyfar Rohler and musician James Jarvis tell us all about it.
Carol Pendergrast was very close to her Norwegian grandmother, who had come to the U.S. alone from Norway at age 19 to live in Chicago where she had older brothers. Carol has written and will perform a one-woman show called From Norway to America with Love on Friday, January 24 at 7:00 at Old Books on Front Street, 249 N. Front. The show is about 45 minutes long, followed by Q & A and refreshments.
Christy English, a successful local author who is working on her fifth novel, will be at Old Books on Front Street at 4pm on Sunday. She’ll talk about her latest book, Love on a Midsummer Night, inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Actors Gray Hawks and Christy Grantham will present a scene from Shakepeare’s play and English will read from her novel.
Couplet: Two Days of Verse kicks off Saturday, February 4th and runs through Sunday the 5th. It's the first poetry festival of its kind in Wilmington, and organizers say they hope to see it become an annual tradition.