Summer is on the way for sure. The peas in the garden are growing along with all of the blooming spring plants to chase away the last vestiges of the gray winter. The azaleas, the lilacs, the daffodils, and the redbuds just provide a bounty of color on which to feast your eyes. Even the bonsai trees push their new growth to assure you that they have made it through the cold winter season.
The MBS Conclave XXXV will be held in Oakland, California this August 11-14. As always, it will be a grand time for fellowship and books, books, books. You can get all of the details via the organization’s website, www.mbs.org.
We have made some tweaks to this website, one of which is aligning the cover pictures so that they will advance as you roll over an image. Also, I am requesting your help in providing content that would be informative and instructional for young bibliophiles. Feedback and suggestions are welcome at your convenience.
Our May issue of The Microbibliophile provides three new miniature book reviews, two from Plum Park Press, and one from Bo Press as well as a very diverse set of interesting journalistic contributions for your reading enjoyment.
While doing a quick bit of research about Barbara Raheb for the last issue, I came across some of her words of wisdom: “Those who take flight on the magic carpet of the written page gain some of the best traveling companions for this human journey and they too partake of the legacy.”
That sort of stuck in the back of my mind and over the next several weeks began to form a reflection for me as an editor. My job is certainly interesting and it does afford me the luxury of meeting and talking to many different people. Summer is traditionally a time for travel, so my message is that we are all gatherers of information and writers at heart. As you travel through life, take stock of all of the life around you and the people and places that make up our world, learn and grow from the experiences, share your thoughts and make someone happy each day.
You know my feelings about the high value of diversity and all of the special benefits that can be brought alive through the pages of The Microbibliophile with some strokes of your pen. Keep sending me your feedback and suggestions as well as articles. I would especially like to request some information about you ‘the collector’ and specifically, "your first miniature." There is nothing like the conversations around the Sunday dinner table. “Pass the potatoes and why do people collect miniature books and how do we share this great gift with our young bibliophiles?"
Share The Microbibliophile with a friend - we all like to talk about miniature books, which is our passion. Take a look at your bookshelves, there most certainly is a story there that you will want to share. How about "My Conclave Keepsake?" Thank you for the opportunity to bring The Microbibliophile into your life.
Next issue to be published on July 1, 2017.