Welcome to the blog for Lighthouse Books, ABAA. My name is Michael Slicker. We are a family-owned and operated antiquarian bookstore that has been open more than thirty-five years, located in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. Please have a look around the blog. Bookmark us or subscribe to an RSS feed so that you will be alerted when we make updates. Please follow the links to our spot on AbeBooks and our online bookstore for listings of some of what we have available. Thank you for visiting us online. You can visit us in person at 1735 First Avenue N in downtown St. Petersburg. We specialize in rare books, unusual books, antique maps, vintage photographs and more.
Here are selected literary birthdays and some of the events we'll be attending in the coming weeks. We'd love to see you there. Click on the event for details.
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Monday, April 16, 2012
Happy birthday, Anatole France
It is the birthday of French novelist Anatole France (1844), who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1921. France's first popular novel was The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard (1881), a comic story of a skeptical old literary man obsessed with finding and acquiring a manuscript by his personal hero. It is populated with a succession of bizarre characters, such as the wealthy couple who collect matchboxes. Among his most notable works are Monsieur Bergeret in Paris (1901), which deals with the famous Dreyfus Affair, an episode in French history in which a Jewish army captain was falsely accused of espionage. In France's Penguin Island (1908), penguins are transformed into humans after they have been baptized in error by a nearsighted abbot. It is a satire on the Catholic Church, which, along with other works, earned him the enmity of church leaders. It's small wonder that France grew up with an interest in literature. His father was a bookseller, so he spent much of his life surrounded by books, working in his father's store.
Our specialties include Floridiana (Florida History, Florida Authors, Florida Related Ephemera), American History, Literature of the South, Military History (including, but not limited to, Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, Vietnam, Korean War), Children’s Literature, Maps, Leather Bindings and Rare & Unusual items.
We also have a wide variety of general stock, including a large Landscape/Gardening section, a great selection of Christian/Church History/Bible Study titles, Beat Literature, and much more. Please browse our extensive category list.
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