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Strawberries & May Wine

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My first classroom had no windows. Perfect for movies. There was a screen with a curtain that opened like in a theatre. There were speakers on both sides of the screen. In the back, there was a projection booth that wasn't much more than a closet with folding doors to lock in the 16mm projectors. The floor was flat which imposed a lot of rubbernecking on the part of the class. Once, I neglected to secure a reel of film and it fell off the projector while it was being projected and it spin wheel tumbled off and rolled down the isle toward the screen.

The first author I knew from Simmons was Maggie Kimmel. She taught in the Graduate School of Library Science. I love her book. The reception for the publication of Magic In The Mist was held outside my classroom. Actually it was held inside my classroom, but re fresh mints were on a table outside my classroom. I remember that Maggie was the size of a cute Hobbit, although since it was 1975 back then, my memorie may be clouded. I do know that it was May.

Maggie stood at the table ouside L-109, oh my goodness parenthetically I recall the number, and she arranged wine glasses and offered her guests strawberries and May Wine. It was ever so perfect. Her book is as romantique and delicate as the fine line drawings of Trina Schart Hyman which serve as illustrations.

Maggie signed it for me, this the only story book that she would ever publish. Margaret Mary Kimmel was the first author I knew from Simmons.

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I know a new author at Simmons. Her book comes out soon. Her reception takes places not very far as the crow flies from the site of L-109 which is gone reconfigured transpixed under the new Library in the new Green Monster Green Glass Tower very soon now. I very much enjoyed her first novel. I am sure I will enjoy the next.

In the passing of a generation and some change, someone will remember Alisa Libby and the reception for The King's Rose, mark my words . . . Mark My Words and Her's.


Posted by Bob White on March 13, 2009 3:29 PM