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Thursday, January 5, 2017

A museum that's perfect for the book lover, just make sure you plan to come to the Florida Antiiquarian Book Fair, too

So, there's this happening in the world of letters in America, and frankly, we're intrigued. We haven't seen an exact date yet but apparently it's opening in April, the same month we're doing the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair. We want you to come to the book fair, of course, so don't go getting any ideas about skipping us. We're only once a year. After the American Writers Museum opens, it'll be around permanently so you'll have plenty of time.

Take a look at the video above. It gives you some insight into the plans for this amazing place. Also, visit the the website for the museum. You'll be glad you did.

Here's what Dave Eggers, who wrote the best-selling A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, had to say about the museum: "This is such a great idea. Museums make history three dimensional, and museums bring people together into that three-dimensional space to learn about and celebrate that history. This is needed for American literary history –– a communal space to celebrate our rich legacy of prose and poetry. And maybe I'm biased, but I think Chicago, home of Bellow, Brooks and Terkel, is the perfect place for such a museum."

And if you decide to go, here's something else to remember about Chicago.There's a whole collection of literary watering holes in the Windy City, but then, you knew that. Here's a link to an article in Lonely Planet that can serve as a refresher.

So, here's the plan for April. Put it on your calendar and make sure you're in St. Petersburg April 21-23 for the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair, earlier if you're going take in the SunLit Festival (more about that later). Then be on the lookout for the date the American Writers Museum opens. If it's early April (it's supposed to be), go to Chicago first. But don't miss the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair. We're planning to visit the American Writers Museum, too, but later in the year. We'll meet you there.

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