Saturday, Sept. 8 – Bash for Books: Celebrating The Great Gatsby
Rachel D. Murrah Civic Center
1050 W. Morse Blvd.
Last year, in response to tech writer Farhad Manjoo’s article arguing against the continuing survival of indie bookstores (itself a response to novelist Richard Russo’s New York Times rant against Amazon.com), New York Times Magazine writer Emily Bazelon threaded the needle between the anti-Amazon purists and the anti-indie-bookstore rationalists and came up with a third option: Save the public libraries, instead! “[Libraries] are truly public institutions just as capable of inviting authors and supporting literary culture [as independent bookstores, which Bazelon calls “fetishized”] and they’re free.” We’ll refrain from stepping into the reconsideration of independent sellers – that never goes well – and second Bazelon’s point. This week, the Winter Park Public Library makes it easy to support them with this fundraising bash styled after F. Scott Fitzgerald’s jazz-age celebration/condemnation The Great Gatsby. OK, so the concept’s a little played-out and always seems slightly ghoulish – if we remember correctly, the book’s West Egg bashes were mere preludes to scandal, murder and suicide – but the $100 ticket price includes food and drink and, most importantly, will make you feel better about that next “one-click” Amazon binge. – Justin Strout