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Tea Time With Katina and Leah

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Attention!!  Let’s start writing  about libraries everywhere – not just the US but Canada, the UK, France, Italy, China, Etc., Etc. Send suggestions – editors@charleston-hub.com

A growing number of bookstore/bars offer literature and wines by the glass, a combination that can add up to far more than the sum of its parts—and some surprisingly well-priced pours.

Lettie Teague

See this charming article by  Lettie Teague in the  Wall Street Journal (Aug. 31, 2023) 

A Wine Bar? A Bookstore? At these 7 Popular Spots Around the Country, Have It Both Wsdays – WSJ. What a great way to entice people to come buy and read a book! Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar in Asheville, N.C. run by Thomas and Deborah Wright is just one of the bookstore/bars explored in this article. There is a sign that says something like “put down our laptop or iphone and talk to others!” Sounds like a great idea! 

There’s more! This article from The New York Times (Jan 12, 1983) talks About Alfred Knopf Jr, oenophile and bibliophile and how he published P. Morton Shand’s classic “Book of French Wines” in 1928 during Prohibition.

There were actually two Alfred A. Knopfs, father and son. Sr started Alfred A. Knopf with his wife. They both liked books and agreed to start a publishing company. Jr. started Atheneum! 


A version of this article appears in print on Jan. 12, 1983, Section C, Page 1 of the National edition with the headline: WINE TALK; THE GREAT VINTAGES OF ALFRED KNOPF Jr, 90. 

Patricia Flatley Brennan

Did you notice from the eagle-eyed Ramune Kubilius that Patricia Flatley Brennan has announced her retirement as Director of the National Library of Medicine as of September 30, 2023. You will all remember that Dr. Brennan was our keynote speaker at the 2019 Charleston Conference. Her ground-breaking paper and interview is online at the Charleston Hub and ATG and The podcast 083. Dr. Brennan is interviewed by Meg White, a Charleston Conference Director. The interview spans the landscape of access to all sorts of data, the growth of bigger datasets, the NLM new discovery platforms. Dr.Brennan, though not a trained librarian, applauds library principles like cataloging and metadata. She points to the move from the library as a custodian to a director of datasets and facilitator of new forms of discovery. She calls for new initiatives in library services for data science and the need to create new jobs. Especially startling at the time was her  discussion of relevant space ranking for citations, version control, and the preprints deposited at pubmed.

I had to chuckle at this Peanuts cartoon. Charlie Brown: I can’t believe it, summer’s almost over. Where did it go? Says Linus: Summers always fly! Winters walk. 


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