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November 20, 2007

NYTimes: "The Valley of the Literate"

This past Thursday, the NYTimes' Escapes, their weekday travel section, had an article in three parts about everything books in our beloved Pioneer Valley, with the reporter noting that "The Pioneer Valley is arguably the most author-saturated, book-cherishing, literature-celebrating place in the nation."

Titled In the Valley of the Literate, this section covers book life in the Valley, as the author, Roger Mummert, makes stops in South Hadley, Amherst, Northampton, Smith College, Mt. Holyoke, a rare and antiquarian books auction at the Hotel Northampton, and a variety of bookstores, including Broadside Books here on Main St.

The companion piece to this, Well-Marked Trails for Bibliophiles, is a suggested path of strolling for independent bookstores in area, with notes and information on nine such stores within walking distance of downtown Northampton.

In the third part, Rarefied World, the author discusses a more exclusive book culture in Northampton and the area, when he writes about "rare and antiquarian book dealers and collectors...academic institutions with literary archives...private-press industry that produces limited-run artist books and poetry broadsides, as well as a wide range of book artists and workers (illustrators, fine binders, letterpress printers) producing handmade works that are often bound for galleries and private collections."

There is a slide show that accompanies the online version of these articles, featuring great photographs of Pride and Joy bookstore on Crafts Ave., Henry Walz, owner of the Old Book Store on Masonic St., Half-Moon Books on Pearl St., and many other stores in the area.

Interestingly, the article also made reference to the Town of Northampton's website.
Interesting because Northampton is a city, not a town, but more interesting was the website the author noted to go along with his reference, www.noho.com. As you all know, that is not the City of Northampton's website, though I imagine it very well could be the 'Town' of Northampton's website, if their is such a town nearby. However, the City of Northampton's website resides here, at http://www.northamptonma.gov

How did the Times mistake that site for the official site, a site they must know would end in .gov? Did www.noho.com once serve as the City's official website? I wonder how best to go about offering this correction to the author or to the editors at the NYTimes. I imagine one could send an email directly to the editor or some such at the paper...I just went and looked at the site, and here is a link to a page where the NYTimes invites you to send in corrections. I am going to do that, just to see what happens. Maybe they will send me a card of thanks?

Links to all three articles at the NYTimes online are below.
In the Valley of the Literate
Well-Marked Trails for Bibliophiles
Rarefied World

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