by Molly Montgomery | Oct 29, 2018 1:50 pm | Comments (1)
Three 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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by Staff | Oct 17, 2018 11:00 am | Comments (1)
This article was submitted by Bob Caplan.
The New Haven Police substation at 329 Valley St. is sandwiched between the West Hills school and the community center. And when school is closed the newest Little Free Library at the substation will still be open.
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by Allan Appel | Jul 10, 2018 12:07 pm
Spirite 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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by Markeshia Ricks | Jun 27, 2018 8:25 pm | Comments (48)
A feel-good event marking the inclusion of a coffeehouse and maker space in the public library morphed into a protest raising the question of who gets to sit in the chairs.
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by Carly Wanna | Jun 12, 2018 6:45 am | Comments (1)
Bob 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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by Paul Bass | May 14, 2018 1:59 pm
Jonathan Lerner was lucky. He didn’t end up killing anybody.
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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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by Staff | Apr 27, 2018 7:05 am
The Dwight police substation at 130 Edgewood Ave. is sandwiched between a school and the “A Walk In Truth” bookstore — two places where a kids can find a good story. Now substation, too, will be a hub that encourages the love of reading.
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by Staff | Apr 17, 2018 6:59 am | Comments (1)
James Forman Jr., who wrote a powerful book documenting the roots and unintended tragedies of drug-war mass incarceration, and Jake Halpern and Michael Sloan, who told the story of a local Syrian immigrant family’s resettlement in the New Haven area in the Age of Trump, won journalism’s highest honor Monday: the Pulitzer Prize.
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by Allan Appel | Apr 5, 2018 11:13 am
You may know the Connecticut state bird (the American robin). And perhaps the state flower (the mountain laurel).
You may even know the state fish (correct: the shad).
How about the official Connecticut state hero? Who even knew we had one!
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