Literature literally loves lovers.

Of all ages – from those first flushes of Romeo and Juliet to middle aged lovers such as Antony and Cleopatra – love across human life has always been a focus of plays, poetry and novels.

There is an entire genre of, in my opinion, trashy romantic novels which seem to still sell.

At the more literary end of this genre is Bridgett Jones and her diary (I only made it about 2/3 of the way through the first one before I had to put it down) which appeal to so many.

There is also the slightly darker end of the market, popularised by 50 Shades of Grey.

There is love in many areas of literature, including unrequited love, The Great Gatsby being a tour de force in the lengths some will go to for their unrequited love.

Well, whatever type of literary love you love, today is the annual day of love, so think about those literary lovers and show your real lover just how you feel about them (maybe with the gift of a book about love)…

if you are interested in the Beat Generation of writers, particularly Allan Ginsberg, take a look at this video which relates to his time in Paris.

Felix Dennis, poet

October 4, 2010

A publishing genius – behind my one time fav mag Maxim – is also a poet and he is on tour now!

Felix Dennis built up a publishing empire and his stable of mags now includes Viz, Maxim and Computer Shopper.

His month-long poetry reading tour (called: “Did I mention the Free Wine?“) runs until Oct 21 at various locations across the UK (tonight he plays The Birdcage in Leeds).

Tickets for all the nights are £10 in advance, £12 on the door / £5 concessions.

The tour is promoting his latest poetry book: Tales From the Woods.

Felix runs a charity which plants trees in England, called Forest of Dennis and the website says he usually donates a sum equal to the tour proceeds to the charity.

So good poetry and a good cause.

Bookstore blues

September 23, 2010

I love book shops.

I really, REALLY do.

When I was a teenager I used to go to the one in the shopping centre near where we lived as often as I could – nearly every day in school / sixth form hols.

I went to Waterstones in Bristol this week.

About a year ago, I went in there and saw they had inserted a stand selling eReaders and the like. I wondered to myself about how long they would remain needing so much space for books when they were already selling the digital replacements.

And yesterday I went in and discovered a huge space to the right of the main door as you go in is now a CARD shop. Seriously, cards and wrapping paper in the area which I believe (if I am remembering correctly) used to hold poetry, bioography and it was certainly where I got the books on pregnancy / early years we purchased ahead of having our child.

I worry how little space will be used for actual book selling in this book store a year or two from now?

(The Broadmead area of Bristol is well served by coffee shops, but I guess as the mall this store is in has a food hall, they couldn’t have a coffee shop even if they wanted too)

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