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Discoveries, news, and entertainment chosen capriciously by rare book dealer Rebecca Romney
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Rare Book News
 "One Central Valley Man’s Obsessive, Expansive Quest"
Chicano Research Center shelf
The Los Angeles Times featured the Chicago Research Center, a library devoted to Chicano history that was built through the vision and work of a single collector, Richard Soto. He created everything from the organization method to actual the bookshelves.
The Booksellers Documentary Premiers at the New York Film Festival
Booksellers Doc
I had the pleasure to attend the premier at Lincoln Center of D.W. Young's documentary on the New York rare book trade, The Booksellers. It's a wide-ranging snapshot, and I'm delighted to play the role of optimism in the film. You can still try for a stand-by ticket to its third sold-out showing. Some reviews: Variety, Hollywood Reporter, Lit Hub.
Bookish Links
 Reading Books on Instagram
Insta Novels on phones
Katharine Schwab writes for Fast Company about how the New York Public Library has been using Instagram Stories to upload strikingly designed versions of short classics for anyone to read with a simple swipe. It's called Insta Novels. It's brilliant, innovative, and beautiful. Kafka, Gilman, and Carroll are among the authors currently available.
(Image: Insta Novels)
Interactive Dracula
Dracula Kickstarter set
Beehive Books is doing a Kickstarter for a new edition of Dracula: "an actual physical research file full of ephemera, correspondence, clues and artifacts. It's the entire original text of Dracula, presented as a gorgeously designed and curated briefcase full of maps, letters, diaries, newspaper clippings, telegrams, and phonograph records." 
The Lost Books of Jane Austen
"During the latter half of the nineteenth century, cheap and shoddy reprints of Jane Austen’s novels brought her work to the general public," says Janine Barchas. "These inexpensive volumes were sold at Victorian railway stations for one or two shillings and targeted to Britain’s working classes. Few of these hard-lived books survive, yet these versions of Austen’s novels substantially increased her early readership. These books were bought and read widely, but due to their low status and low production values they remain largely uncollected by academic libraries and unremarked by scholars." I want to quote this whole article at you, which describes Barchas's part in the Ransom Center exhibition Austen in Austin. Her book, The Lost Books of Jane Austen, came out this week.
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