Doylestown Saturday Trip, and Meeting Toi Derricotte

I hope everyone is having a good week so far!

Last weekend I had a fun trip to Doylestown Bookshop! Andy and I decided to make Saturday a ‘bookish excursion’, since we were also attending a poetry reading in Frenchtown that evening.

Photo is from The Doylestown Bookshop site

It’s been a couple weeks since I last visited Doylestown, so when we arrived I enjoyed browsing all the books! I admire the wide selection of diverse titles that’s always available. The selection rivals that of the Bank Street Bookstore in New York City, which also a diverse selection of reading material tailored to both patrons and teachers.

I picked up a couple interesting reads at Doylestown!

Girls in the Front by Sara Marcus is a tell-all featuring the rise of the Riot Grrrl movement in the 90s. Skimming through the book brought back so many memories of my grunge-fanatic days back in high school!

I also picked up a light read, No Judgments by Meg Cabot. This is a Contemporary Romance that involves a young woman that moves to Key West and tries to reinvent herself by running an animal rescue service.

Later that evening, Andy and I traveled to ArtYard in Frenchtown, NJ to see Toi Derricotte present a poetry reading from her recent poetry collection “i”: New and Selected Poems. Toi Derricotte is a writing professor from the University of Pittsburgh and co-founded the Cave Canem foundation. She’s also a finalist for the National Book Award (we will all find out the winner on November 20). I couldn’t wait to see an experienced poet displaying her art. I also recall seeing a Cave Canem performance in Newark a few years ago and loving it!

Toi Derricotte gave an amazing poetry presentation. The stories she shared about her early life as a young mother truly touched my heart. After the performance, I purchased a copy of Derricotte’s book and had it signed. As nervous as I was about having my copy signed, I felt determined to meet her and compliment her amazing poetry. Toi Derricotte was very sweet, and she made sure that my name was spelled correctly. I’m so happy that I met her, and I hope that she wins the National Book Award!

That’s it for now! I hope everyone is having a great Wednesday!

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