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Book Review: Virgil Wander

book cover

5 Stars (out of 5) I started reading Virgil Wander on loan from the library and before I had completed the first page, I knew that I was going to purchase my own copy. I was already in love with Virgil based on his name, Virgil Wander, and the beautiful star-filled cover evoking small-town America…

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A Visit to the Twin Cities Book Festival

Earlier this month, I attended the Twin Cities Annual Book Festival which I had talked about in this blog post as a prelude to the event. We had other plans going on that Saturday so I was only there for about an hour and didn’t get a chance to see any authors who were speaking…

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Twin Cities Book Festival

The 19th Annual Twin Cities Book Festival is this Saturday, October 12. Held at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, this annual event is the largest single-day book event in the area. There are hundreds of exhibitors including authors, illustrators, and publishers. Some of the bigger names this year: Faith Sullivan (Cape Ann, Ruby & Roland) Leif…

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Write Back Soon: Adventures in Letter Writing

For an interactive, colorful, and engaging book on letter writing, consider picking up a copy of Karen Benke’s Write Back Soon! Adventures in Letter Writing (2015). Benke offers a plethora of ways to send mail including: Remember when (reliving a memory shared with a friend) A list of fun things to include with your letter…

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Bookstore Postcards

picture of the box set of 100 bookstore postcards

I hadn’t planned to get the World’s Greatest Bookstores: 100 Postcards Celebrating the Most Beloved Bookshops as I have so many postcards already. But when the set of 100 postcards went on sale for $10, how could I resist? Apparently, I couldn’t and now I am sending out more postcards than ever to justify my…

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Halloween Stamps 2019

  The USPS has four  stamps coming out for Halloween. The Spooky Silhouettes stamps feature digital illustrations with black silhouettes in differently colored backlit windows. The images include a cat, two ghosts, a spider, and three bats. These stamps will be for sale on October 11 and are first class forever stamps (currently .55). For…

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Walt Whitman Stamp

The USPS releases the new Walt Whitman stamp today as it celebrates the 200th birthday of this American poet. This stamp is used for 3 oz mailings. I think it’s a beautiful stamp – the colors, the background, the lone bird.  The Whitman stamps is part of the Literary Arts series by the USPS. Others…

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State Fair Stamps & State Fair Postcards

Last week I wrote about my annual search for the newest postcard from the Minnesota State Fair. What I didn’t think to include was the 2019 release of the State & County Fair Stamps from the USPS this July. There are four images included on this sheet of 20 first class postage stamps. Here’s some…

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Roald Dahl Postcard Set

I recently purchased this collection of Roald Dahl Postcards on Amazon and am having fun sending cards to people of all ages. This set of 100 Phizz-Whizzing postcards was created and published by Penguin – Random House (UK) and sells for $16.97 on Amazon. Many of the illustrations, including the one on the cover of…

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Minnesota State Fair Postcards

Postcards from the Minnesota State Fair are fun to find! I make a point of finding the featured postcard which is created from a poster used to promote the fair. Each year they commission a new print from a different artist. Here is this year’s print and a link to artist info. Like any state…

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