Decades ago I had the experience of helping to move a library – actually the substantial library of the institution formerly known as the College of St. Catherine. The move was from the basement of Jeanne d’Arc Chapel to a magnificent new facility across the campus.
The operation was masterminded by Sister Marie Inez (aka Alice Smith) with the precision of the Normandy Invasion. We trudged up what felt like 100 narrow steps from the basement then trekked across campus toting a meticulously ordered and labeled stack of tomes to a pre-determined destination determined on the shelves of the new library. The rewards were irresistible – time out of class and a cookie/bar at the end of each delivery. It was a grand experience – and to this day I doubt that a single volume was lost or mis-shelved upon arrival!
All of this comes to mind in vivid detail as I anticipate the forthcoming move of Eat My Words!, my favorite indie bookstore in Northeast Minneapolis. Proprietor Scott VanKoughnett and his assistant Jennifer Bailey press on with the unflappable spirit of Sister Marie Inez. Though I’m not privy to the details, I share their optimism for the Grand Relocation, if not for the move per se. (I suspect Scott has lined up real movers not college students and that their pay will be more negotiable than cookies….)
It’s an upward move – i.e. EMW will be moving about a block up 13th Avenue Northeast to a gracious setting heretofore the home of Two 12 Pottery. More than ever, visitors will be able to relax and relish the used book selection in the environment described thus on the EMW website: “Spending an hour at Eat My Words is like going to the home of friends – friends with 20,000 books to show you and share with you.”
The relocation setting is well known to denizens and visitors to the Northeast arts community. For many years Two 12 Pottery has been a favorite haunt of discriminating shoppers with a yen for high quality goods at real people prices. Times change, Bob Sorg, the potter and proprietor of Two 12 Pottery, will be exploring other options while EMW will inherit the lovely site and the residual good vibes that Two12 has long emitted. Learn more about Two12 here: (http://www.two12pottery.com/about/4590772963)
EMW is not only a bookstore, it is a gathering place of people with ideas. For example, EMW is is one of the several entities in Northeast that continues to welcome and support community initiatives to engage in civil discourse during these troubled political times.
(https://marytreacy.wordpress.com/2016/11/10/heeding-the-clarion-call-to-civil-conversation/) Somehow the staff will continue to host their robust calendar of events during and after The Move. You can check these out here. http://www.eatmywordsbooks.com/events/?view=calendar&month=June-2017 (Tip: You really want to sign up to be on the distribution list for forthcoming events.)
Personally and selfishly I am delighted that we have been assured that there will continue to be space and a welcome mat for Voices of Northeast, the series of videotaped interviews with Northeast writers and literary artists that we have produced in the EMW “parlor” for the past many months. (https://marytreacy.wordpress.com/2016/02/06/hungry-for-a-good-read-try-eat-my-words/)
We thank the proprietors of Two 12 Pottery for the many ways in which the unique merchandise and gracious staff have met the wishes of artists and visitors to the shop. It’s a beautiful hand-off from Two 12 Pottery to Eat My Words. The Northeast arts community has been and will be enriched by both enterprises and by the customers who appreciate and frequent shops that have