One of our favorites, Rose-Mary Rumbley was a hit closing out the 2014 Spring Book Review Series!
Irene Sandell, Dallas author and historian, Opens 2014 Book Reviews and Speaks to SRO Crowd.
Friends want your unwanted Books! Lakewood Library Seeking Donations for Annual Sale. LibraryFest and Sale coming in September!
Batman & friends stopped by fresh reading material.
The Lakewood Library Friends is seeking donations of gently used books, paperbacks, audio books, CDs, DVDs and other media items for its Annual Book Sale to be held on Saturday, Sept. 7 in conjunction with Libraryfest. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Lakewood Branch Library, 6121 Worth St., Dallas, 75214.
Donations may be brought to the Lakewood Library Tuesday – Saturday during regular business hours. For more information, call 214-670-1376 or email: email@example.com
Best Story Teller in Dallas
This story appears courtesy of Melissa Embry. This entry was posted Wednesday, April 4, 2012. Click on melissa embry's blog to read more from Melissa.
Wordcraft -- The best books you'll never read
With Goodreads and Shelfari sending plaintive inquiries for my reading list, I thought I knew how Rose-Mary Rumbley would handle the topic “Books You Never Get to Read” last week. I was sure Ms. Rumbley would, like my conscience, berate me over all the books I’d been too busy to read.
I should have expected more from the woman Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Dave Lieber calls “the best speaker in North Texas bar none.”
“You’ve never heard Rose-Mary Rumbley?” friends asked unbelievingly, when I pleaded the demands of a work schedule that made Ms. Rumbley’s appearance for the East Dallas Lakewood Library Friends my first exposure.
Truthfully, the question should have been, how had I avoided hearing Ms. Rumbley (with a first name spelled variously “Rose-Mary” or “Rosemary”). She’s made public appearances for more than forty years, giving six hundred talks a year, to most of the seventy-five book review clubs in Dallas -- and then some.
She has no website. I couldn’t find her on Facebook. Twitter? Doubt she’d consider. But fans packed the community room of the Lakewood Library for her discussion.
Near the beginning of her presentation, Ms. Rumbley, a former drama teacher, quoted the opening of a speech textbook, “If you’re going to make a speech, please have something to say!” An apt quote for this election year, although I wondered -- how is she going to talk about books that don’t exist, in some cases never existed?
Rumbley being Rumbley, she did, in a comedic monologue about an actually existing volume, The Book of Lost Books, subtitled An Incomplete History of All the Great Books You will Never Read. And written by Scottish author Stuart Kelly, whose sense of humor must rival Ms. Rumbley’s.
Kelly’s book, according to the New York Times review of Book of Lost Books, is about “works of notable authors that have been lost, destroyed, or never completed over the course of history.” In some cases, the only traces of their existence are references in the work of other writers.
Take a moment to mourn, for instance, Margites, the lost comic epic of Homer. Wait -- we’re talking about a lost epic by the poet who, according to modern scholars, never existed as a single person.
But maybe you’re passionate about Jane Austen. Wasn’t she the author of the classic Pride and Prejudice and Zombies? Can there be any doubt of her existence?
“I’ve been to England and seen Jane Austen’s house,” Ms. Rumbley assured her audience. “There’s a sign in front that says, ‘she is not home.’”
When Austen died in 1817, leaving three chapters of an unfinished novel behind, her family destroyed it. Perhaps they were afraid it was all about them. And so the stories went.
If you want to read them all, you’ll have to see The Book of Lost Books. It’s available at www.amazon.com/ and through the Dallas Public Library.
LibraryFest draws record crowd
LibraryFest and Book Sale 2012: A Community tradition with music, fun, and bargains on books continues all this week!
On Saturday, September 8.... the doors of the Lakewood Library opened early as the Friends prepared for the crowd, they hoped had heard about the Twelfth Annual LibraryFest.
The neighbors came in droves. They came and listened to music; AND they shopped and shopped then shopped some more. They bought raffle tickets and enjoyed snacks provided by Whole Foods Market Lakewood. Read more here.