Retro Costume Giveaway

I'm giving away two copies of the anthology Retro Spec: Tales of Fantasy and Nostalgia in which appears my story "Dreams Like Snowflakes".

To enter this contest you must post a photo of yourself in a retro costume OR a picture that perfectly captures an earlier era. For example: skinny leather tie from the 1980's; poodle skirt from the 1950's.

The deadline is November 7th, plenty of time to get your Halloween pics online. Post your photo on your blog, facebook, Flickr page, etc. and let me know where it is. I'll pick my favorites and award the prizes.

South Berwick Public Library

Most libraries start out as a form designed for a function. In South Berwick, Maine, there is an example of function shoe-horned into a historic home.

Thanks to local citizen effort, the South Berwick Public Library re-opened in 1971 in a rented room in the Jewett Eastman House. In this building and in the one next door, writer Sarah Orne Jewett lived and wrote most of her works.

One can tell upon entering that the library is special, not only for books but as a community gathering place.

What was once the dining room now holds the children's collection, the built in shelves re-purposed.

Just imagine curling up with a picture book on this window seat (with 20 over 20 window panes!)

The parlor has reproduction wallpaper and very much original Delft tiles around the fireplace.

Unfortunately, this neat form cannot sustain the function. The floors are reinforced to manage the weight of books. Those beautiful windows with wavy glass panes are very drafty during the long winters. Again local citizens are rallying to move the library, but not to a new building. Their aim is to renovate St. Michael's Church. I hope they succeed; that would be a wonderful library to visit.

Retro Winners

First, if you happen to be in the Los Angeles area on Saturday, 9/25, head on over to the Flintridge Bookstore to attend the Retro Spec Book Launch Party. I won't be able to attend myself, but host/editor/author/poet/person-of-awesomeness Karen Romanko and a bunch of other great writers will be to read their stories.

Second, many thanks to Camille, Gustavo, Jessica, and Lauren for participating in the Retro Reminiscence contest. It was difficult to choose just one, so I narrowed it down to two. Congrats to Lauren for her wonderful Facebook memoir and Camille for her very cool poem!

I'll post another contest in October with a theme appropriate for that month (hint hint).

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