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Robert Kipniss will read from his book, “A Working Artist’s Life,” at a reception and book signing hosted by Susan and Tino Galluzzo and Dan Dwyer at The White Gallery in Lakeville, Oct. 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. For information, call 860-435-1029.

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Making History Live and Breathe

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The first thing you notice about Jennifer Donnelly is her passion. Whether you’re reading one of her novels or talking to her about them, expect the experience to be intense.
Donnelly, who lives in the Hudson Valley, will be at Oblong Books and Music in Rhinebeck, NY, Saturday, Aug. 20, at 7:30 p.m. to read from her most recent novel, “The Wild Rose.” The book is the third in a series about an English family in 1914 London.
Another thing her books all have in common is their historical backdrop.

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Love, War And Literature

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Among the writers coming to the annual Hotchkiss Library book signing in Sharon this Friday is Deb Olin Unferth — just Deb Olin back in 1987 when she showed her parents what’s what, quit college and ran away to foment revolution in Central America with her boyfriend.
George was a strange boyfriend, not always there, but there enough to keep Olin bound to him and to this restless, sometimes dangerous and often demoralizing adventure.

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Stranger Than Fiction, and More Rewarding

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When St. John’s Episcopal Church held its annual book sale last fall during Salisbury’s Fall Festival, organizers unexpectedly found themselves in the unique ­— and dazzling — world of rare books.
While sorting volumes in a box of ordinary contributions, Gaile Binzen noticed a pair of slipcases, each containing a Lewis Carroll book “prettily bound” in leather.
Perhaps they were worth more than the usual five dollars, and probably Dan Dwyer, owner of Johnnycake Books, would know.
And so opened a mystery and a “once-in-a-lifetime” experience for both Dwyer and St. John’s.

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E-ternally Yours, More or Less

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It turns out that a love of reading seems to require an inevitable fondness for real estate. Face it: If you love books, you want to own them. It’s just part of the experience of knowing a book. It’s as predictable as toast making crumbs.
And owning books, my friends, takes space. Real estate. It even explains the abandoned, book-filled trailer my husband discovered in a field one day. He found it odd.
OK, he found it really weird.
I, however, needed no explanation. My only question was what was going to happen to all those books?

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An Artist’s Take on an Institution

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On and off for two years, Anne Day, bearing cameras, lights, lenses, stands and once even shovels, traveled from Salisbury to The New York Public Library. Her mission was to photograph, inside and out, the massive and ornate building on Fifth Avenue for a centennial edition of Henry Hope Reed and Francis Morrone’s book: “The New York Public Library: The Architecture and Decoration of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.”

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A Place Of Grandeur

Books: ‘The New York Public Library: The Architecture and Decoration of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building’
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This is not a book you take to bed, nor read cover-to-cover: “The New York Public Library: The Architecture and Decoration of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.” Rather, this new edition of Henry Hope Reed’s 1986 magisterial book is for leafing through, for admiring Anne Day’s glorious photographs of the materials, symmetries and details that give the library its grandeur, and for stopping here and there to learn more about a staircase, a hanging lantern or a flagpole base.

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Two Fine Artists . . . Working Together

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Matthew Patrick Smyth lives in the rarefied world of high interior design where rooms often say more about the designer than the clients. You know a Buatta or Donghia room when you see it. Yet Smyth’s style — restrained, unpretentious, more classical than baroque, filled with small details rather than grand statements — gives clients spaces to live as they want, not as he wants.

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The Reading Life

This story, the second on Lily, chronicles Jennifer Kronholm’s efforts to read with her daughter, as part of the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program at the Scoville Library in Salisbury.
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Lily owns 68 picture books. We have read 34 of them. The other half may take a while to get through.
Turns out, all picture books are not created equal. Some are short, some are long. Some have bold, simple shapes while others feature lush illustrations. Some have sturdy, thick pages and others might as well be written on typing paper.
In short, some are baby-friendly and others are aimed at older children.

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Readers’ Picks

For most Americans, Henry VIII is remembered for his six wives. But during Henry’s reign — 1509-1547, the state took on a new, oppressive meaning, beheadings and burnings signaled frequent shifts in royal interests, monasteries were closed and priests and nuns turned out to beg for survival.

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