Two posts in one day!
And what a mix of topics and inspiration the A to Z Challenge has instigated! So far this week, we’ve talked about fear surrounding mental illness and motherhood, my inability to speak German, and a marvelous B&B in Harrisburg, PA. To continue with the Harrisburg theme, let’s move further north from City House to Midtown Scholar Bookstore.
What a view as soon as you walk in! I loved seeing this expansive space, but what I loved even more was what I couldn’t see right away. Reading nooks, a second-level indoor/outdoor balcony, and a lower level that led to a labyrinth of even lower levels all endeared this bookstore to me even more.
One one of the underground levels, in Robinson’s Rare Books, was a great exhibit on Eastern European bookplates. From Robinson’s Facebook page: “Book plates are graphic productions that go far beyond the bare function of identifying the owner of a book in hand. These tiny essays of type and ornament have been made by able artists since the mid-15th century, the time of Gutenberg’s first books. Oddly, it took until the late 19th century for these beautiful designs to become objects of collection in their own right.”
Being the huge reading nerd that I am, I had a bunch of bookplates when I was a kid, and was instantly intrigued when I saw the sign for this exhibit. Here is a shot of the Czech bookplates:
Independent bookstores are perfect for cheap or hard to find books– especially Midtown Scholar. I walked away happy: I bought a great book on travel writing for only $5. Yessssss.
In my hometown of Huntington, the Book Revue has been in business since 1977 and is Long Island’s largest independent bookstore. Shakespeare and Company in Paris is nothing short of magical. NYC’s The Strand is not to be missed if you’re in Manhattan, akin to Powell’s in Portland, OR. I’d love to hear about your favorite bookstore! Maybe I’ll even put it on my spring/summer travel itinerary if it’s in the Northeast 🙂
I wouldn’t have discovered Midtown Scholar if not for our hostess at the B&B– thank you for helping me promote another wonderful Harrisburg business, Eva!
This post is part of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge, and today is I for Independent. Some topics coming up include journaling, love, Maine, and unforgettable Harrisburg eats.