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Ernest Hebert: The Holiness of Bookshops

Ernest Hebert posted this reflection on bookshops on Facebook on Feb. 20. When I asked him if he’d let me reprint it on the Howe blog, he gave me the green light. I told him that the gang at Howe shares his enthusiasm and reverence for books, authors, bookstores, and libraries. I’ve known Ernie since the 1980s when he wrote a long article about Lowell and Jack Kerouac for YANKEE magazine. He lives in western New Hampshire, the location for his seven novels set in the fictional Darby. All of these titles will come back into print this summer when Wesleyan University Press issues the full Darby series. He’s also got a new novel, Whirlybird Island, due this summer from Plaidswede Publications in Concord, N.H. Great news.–PM.