Rose Kennedy, a photographic history
At a gathering for Rose Kennedy’s 100th birthday, Senator Edward M. Kennedy described his mother as “the quiet at the center of the storm, the anchor of our family, the safe harbor to which we always came.” Rose, who died in 1995 at the age of 104, had strong ideas about child rearing. Reading and religion were important but so was having fun together as a family — whether it be sailing, skiing, or playing football.
The new book “Rose Kennedy’s Family Album” (Grand Central) features excerpts from letters and a selection of images from the thousands in the archives of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. The photographs date from 1878 to 1946 when John F. Kennedy won the Democratic nomination during his first campaign for Congress. In the final picture, Rose, already a veteran campaigner, is at her son’s side. Decades earlier she had accompanied her father, John F. “Honey Fitz” Fitzgerald, on his rounds of Boston’s neighborhoods as he campaigned for mayor.
An event at the Kennedy Library in Dorchester to celebrate the book that had been scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 8, has been postponed because of the federal shutdown and will be rescheduled. Rose’s nephew Thomas Fitzgerald and her granddaughter Kathleen Kennedy Townsend were set to share family stories. Former Boston Globe columnist Eileen McNamara was scheduled to moderate. Register at www.jfklibrary.org.
A plea for small presses
Newtonville Books, co-owned by Jaime Clarke and Mary Cotton, will celebrate its 15th anniversary with a gathering from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday. Special guests include novelists Claire Messud, Jonathan Lethem, and The Boston Globe’s Meredith Goldstein as well as Dr. Atul Gawande, a writer for The New Yorker.
A champion of independent publishers, Clarke has launched a personal campaign asking people to avoid buying his new novel, “Vernon Downs,” a tale of literary obsession being published by Roundabout Press in April, on Amazon. The online retailer’s deep discounts mean that less money ends up in the pockets of publishers, making it hard for small presses to survive. He’s donating any royalties earned between now and April to Roundabout. Details at pleasedontbuymybookonamazon.com.
More than a love of books
What is it about marriage and owning a bookstore? There are now at least three married couples who own local bookstores. Besides Clarke and Cotton of Newtonville Books, there’s Jeff Mayerson and Linda Seamonson, who bought Harvard Book Store in 2008, and Cambridge residents Dina Mardell and David Sandberg, who recently bought Porter Square Books. The new owners are celebrating with a party at the Cambridge bookstore from 4 to 6 p.m. on Oct. 13. There will be refreshments as well as an art activity for children and a literary trivia contest at 5. First prize will be $100 in Porter Square Books gift certificates ($25 for each team member). Mardell is a former elementary school teacher, and Sandberg is a lawyer who used to work at Google.
■ “Old Mars” edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois (Bantam)
■ “Lighthouse Island” by Paulette Jiles (Morrow)
■ “My Story” by Elizabeth Smart with Chris Stewart (St. Martin’s)
Pick of the Week
Jean-Paul Adriaansen of Water Street Bookstore in Exeter, N.H., recommends “Nightmare Range: The Collected George Sueño and Ernie Bascom Stories” by Martin Limón (Soho): “Sergeant George Sueño and his pal Ernie Bascom are agents for the US Army Criminal Investigations Division in South Korea during the 1970s. They are asked to solve all kinds of crimes from minor black-market operations by Korean spouses of US military personnel to murder. Limon, who was stationed in Korea for the Army, writes with empathy for the Korean people as well for the young GIs dropped into a foreign culture.”
Jan Gardner can be reached at JanLGardner@yahoo.com.
Correction: An earlier version of this article said an event was scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Kennedy Library in Dorchester to mark the new book “Rose Kennedy’s Family Album.” The event has been postponed because of the federal shutdown and will be rescheduled.