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New Castle’s Spirit of Christmas

December 13, 2011 Leave a comment

James and I had the privilege of representing Oak Knoll at Historic New Castle’s Spirit of Christmas event on Saturday evening. We set up a table in the historic courthouse, displaying and selling copies of our new book on the history of Oak Knoll’s hometown: New Castle, Delaware: A Walk Through Time. It was a beautiful evening, with historic reenactments, candlelight tours of the historic buildings, and Christmas carolers. Tomorrow Danielle and I will be on hand at the signing of the new book, so stay tuned for pictures from that event as well.

Laura

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Book signing of New Castle, Delaware: A Walk Through Time

December 12, 2011 Leave a comment

This Wednesday, December 14, from 6pm to 8pm, Oak Knoll and the New Castle Historical Society will hold a book signing of the new publication New Castle, Delaware: A Walk Through Time. Held at the New Castle Public Library at 424 Delaware Street, the book will be available for purchase as the authors sign copies. Light refreshments will be served, and brief remarks will be made by the authors.

Written by well-known Delaware authors Barbara E. Benson and Carol E. Hoffecker, the new book traces the entire history of New Castle, Delaware from its seventeenth-century settlement to today. It studies the city’s development, its current neighborhoods, and its historic architecture. The book is generously illustrated with maps, drawings, and photographs.

The authors have worked together on several projects in Delaware history. Current chair of the New Castle County Historic Review Board, Barbara Benson was also executive director of the Delaware Historical Society until 2003, overseeing its collection, exhibitions, education, and programs. Carol Hoffecker taught at the University of Delaware until 2003 and has written books and articles about Delaware and two volumes on the history of the city of Wilmington.

Click here for more information on the book, and we hope to see you at the signing on Wednesday!

Boston Book Fair Recap by James

December 8, 2011 Leave a comment

You know you’re off to a good start when the van refuses to. So after waiting over an hour to get a new, non-corroded battery (in which time a dog’s life was saved; his owner was very thankful), we were off. I could give a play by play of the van ride up, but it amounts to a lot of searching for a good radio station and sitting. Anyway, it was a good thing we left and arrived the day before the unloading was scheduled. Otherwise, we probably wouldn’t have made it in time. Oh well, at least the view from the Sheraton was nice.

The glamorous life of a book dealer.

In the evening after the unloading there was a reception for exhibitors at the Boston Athenaeum, which by all accounts is a lovely building. Unfortunately, due to the worst traffic I’ve ever seen (exaggeration) we didn’t get to look around much, but instead floated amongst people and mingled. That was still a nice time.

Friday, it was work time. The books were all in the exhibition hall, but they had to be unpacked and put up on display. It took a little longer than it probably should have, but we received compliments throughout the show about how nice our setup was.

The pictures don’t really do our display justice since we were shifting books throughout the weekend. Sadly, there wasn’t much time to take pictures while the fair was open, so there are no pictures of how crowded our booth got at times.

All in all this fair was a good experience talking to our customers face to face, sometimes bringing in new customers, and meeting some other dealers. It’s definitely something I would do again given the chance.

-James

Pictures of the New Castle Exhibition!

December 7, 2011 Leave a comment

Check out pictures of our new exhibition on the historic town of New Castle. All publications in the exhibition are available to view and purchase.

Click here to see a list of all books in the exhibition.