I guess it’s fitting that for our back-to-school issue I have all things literary on the mind.
First, I am honored to join the Grosse Pointe Library Foundation Board of Directors. I have long had the joy of writing stories about our stellar library system and we are proud to publish Book Buzz, a regular series featuring Grosse Pointe Public Library librarians’ latest book recommendations.
What I’m especially excited about this year is the upcoming Foundation fundraiser, Books & Bubbles, on Oct. 26 at Ford House. Many of you are familiar with the annual Masquerade. This year, the Foundation is switching it up. We will be hosting a sparkling celebration of books with a more laid-back atmosphere and some bubbly activities and drinks to match. The price will also be dropped to $100 a ticket. Bring a date, bring a friend, bring your neighbor. I so hope to see you there!
Second, I am newly returned from the Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario. This year the Festival is celebrating its 70th anniversary of producing some of the best theater in the world. Of the three we saw, Much Ado About Nothing was my favorite. I haven’t laughed that loudly or continuously in a long time. My aunt and uncle will tell you — there were folks howling behind us. I imagined it was a bit like being at The Globe during Shakespeare’s time.
In my chat with the Festival’s Publicity Director, Ann Swerdfager, I was happy to hear that the season is back to normal after a few devastatingly low years. The season runs through mid-October and I can’t recommend it highly enough. Since I regret not snagging tickets to Rent or A Wrinkle in Time and Stratford is just two and a half hours away, I am considering a quick return.
Finally, I had the joy of attending a soft opening of Flyleaf. By the time this goes to print, the bookshop, bistro and bar will have been open for weeks, but I am still in awe.
As we gear up to go back to school, I am grateful to live in a community with three library branches, Flyleaf, Coreander’s Children’s Bookshoppe and Shaw’s Books. Here’s to a wonderful fall chapter!