Booktrader Turns 20 — In Literary Costume

by Molly Montgomery | Oct 29, 2018 1:50 pm | Comments (1)

MOLLY MONTGOMERY PHOTOThree years ago, during the long New Haven winter, I shuffled down Chapel Street to Booktrader Café. I was homesick for New Mexico and scanned the tall, room-length literature section of the bookstore for a trace of the Southwest. I spotted Cormac McCarthy’s The Crossing and began reading it in the café area, soaking up the light that poured through the glass walls and ceiling, pretending I was beneath the New Mexican sky.

But the details of Booktrader were hard to ignore –  the conversations over fresh-made sandwiches and coffee at the crowded tables, the pedestrians who peered in as they wandered by the glass walls, and, of course, the shelves with more books. With all its banter and browsing, the café/bookstore quickly became one of my favorite spots in the city.

It turns out many other people in New Haven feel the same way about the place. That was clear as staff and community members celebrated the independent used bookstore’s 20th birthday with wine, candy apples, and a literary costume contest.

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Books, Then Sundaes

by Allan Appel | Jul 10, 2018 12:07 pm

Allan Appel PhotoSpirite Watson led the way helping to read an inspirational book about a powerful hat and what it means to be a foreigner.

Jayden Bolden thought the sundaes were particularly good with chocolate sauce and a ton of sprinkles.

And Valentine Moore was so comfortable with the reading and the event, he fell fast asleep on Marge Wiener’s leg for 15 minutes.

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Canal’s History Recounted

by Carly Wanna | Jun 12, 2018 6:45 am | Comments (1)

Carly Wanna PhotoBob Madison did not know that a canal built in the 19th century had run near his childhood home in Westfield, Mass., until he became an adult. Yet he walked across what had once been a canal almost every day in high school.

Land spanning parts of Connecticut and Massachusetts has been home to the canal, a railroad, and now a paved pedestrian bike trail, the Farmington Canal trail Madison has made it his mission to disseminate the history of the canal across the two states.

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A&I Draws Strength From City

by Brian Slattery | Apr 30, 2018 11:18 am | Comments (1)

Jazz heavyweights and artistic emissaries from Africa will mix with New Haven’s finest talent at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas this year. That’s just the way Chad Herzog, co-executive director of the festival and director of programming, wants it, as the festival continues to deal with a tighter state budget by sinking its roots deeper into the Elm City.

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