Community Night on First Friday
Please join us on the first friday of each month at 7PM for community night at Longfellow Books. We have become disturbed by the policies being enacted by the new administration, and feel strongly that, if nothing else, we need to provide a space for all in our community to come together and work to reverse some of these trends. Read on for more details, and we look forward to seeing you Friday night.
The policies that are now being put in place by this administration are completely antithetical to our values as an organization, and what we believe as a community.
Let us be clear: The singling out of any group based on race, gender, sexuality, religion, birthplace, etc, for discriminatory treatment or for use as an excuse for the economic or social malaise of others, is extraordinarily dangerous. Sadly, we have seen this before, both in our own country and abroad. The results, as we all know, are disastrous.
We refuse to silently allow policies to be put in place that marginalize segments of our society for the sake of a nationalistic foreign and domestic policy. We believe that America’s greatness lies in its diversity, not in homogeneity. Our future greatness lies in acceptance, not hatred. Xenophobia and racism are small-minded, but we continue to believe in the bigness of America.
Right now across the country families are being torn apart by aggressive immigration orders, Jewish cemeteries are being vandalized, students are being maltreated for their differences, and, sadly, those that look, speak, or believe differently have been murdered.
This is not the America we know and love. The elevation of hatred and discrimination into the folds of a national political party cannot be accepted.
We feel strongly that an engaged citizenry is the most powerful counterweight to these misguided and dangerous policies. We believe that empowerment is the greatest opportunity for any individual hoping to affect change.
To that end, we will be keeping the store open every First Friday from 7- 9 PM, for community use. We will supply postcards and stamps free of charge for anyone wishing to reach out to our elected officials either at the federal or local level. We will have tables and chairs out for people to meet and share ideas, organize, etc.
If you represent a group that would like to have a representative present to speak or distribute materials, please contact us.
One important note--we’re happy to have all political viewpoints join in this very important conversation. Debate and disagreement are the hallmarks of our society. But so are respect and decency, inclusion and love. We will not tolerate messages or actions of hatred and discrimination in our store, in our community, or in our country.
If one night/month is insufficient, we’ll add a second, and a third, fourth, and so on.
For nearly 20 years, Longfellow Books has proudly stood for diversity—diversity in our community, and a diversity of ideas on our shelves. We will continue to honor that legacy in any way possible. For as long as Longfellow Books has a place in this community, this community will have a champion for equality and the protection of everyone’s rights.
We have real problems in this country—problems that deserve thoughtful debate and well-conceived solutions. No political party has a monopoly on those ideas. But when the discourse is poisoned with xenophobia and racism, we can no longer stand by and watch.
Please join us this Friday, March 3, and for First Fridays to come. Fill out a postcard, meet your neighbors, learn how you may be able to get involved, and together we can all work to ensure that we continue building a truly Great America.
In Books We Trust,
The Longfellow Books Family
Coming Up at Longfellow Books...!
Join us Tuesday Evening, April 11th to meet Gloria Norris and discuss her memoir, KooKooLand!!
Gloria Norris's KooKooLand is a memoir written on the edge of a knife blade. Chilling, intensely moving, and darkly funny, it cuts to the heart and soul of a troubled American family, and announces the arrival of a startlingly original voice.
Gloria Norris grew up in the projects of Manchester, New Hampshire with her parents, her sister, Virginia, and her cat, Sylvester. A snapshot might show a happy, young family, but only a dummkopf would buy that.
Nine-year-old Gloria is gutsy and wisecracking. Her father, Jimmy, all dazzle and danger, is often on the far side of the law and makes his own rules--which everyone else better follow. Gloria's mom, Shirley, tries not to rock the boat, Virginia unwisely defies Jimmy, and Gloria fashions herself into his sidekick--the son he never had.
Jimmy takes Gloria everywhere. Hunting, to the racetrack, to slasher movies, and to his parents' dingy bar--a hole in the wall with pickled eggs and pickled alkies. But it is at Hank Piasecny's gun shop that Gloria meets the person who will change her life. While Hank and Jimmy trade good-humored insults, Gloria comes under the spell of Hank's college-age daughter, Susan. Brilliant, pretty, kind, and ambitious, Susan is everything Gloria longs to be--and can be, provided she dreams big and aces third grade like Susan tells her to.
But, one night, a brutal act changes the course of all their lives. The story that unfolds is a profound portrait of how violence echoes through a family, and through a community. From the tragedy, Gloria finds a way to carve out a future on her own terms and ends up just where she wants to be. Gripping and unforgettable, KooKooLand is a triumph.
Check out Longfellow's Top 25 Bestsellers and see what your neighbors are reading!
1. The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel
2. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
3. Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
4. The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman
5. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
6. Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit
7. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
8. KooKooLand by Gloria Norris
9. Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler
10. White Trash by Nancy Isenberg
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