later in the Fall, Boston book fair

No denying it’s Fall. We’ve been waking to frost most days lately.  Cold weather breakfasts of oatmeal with apples, toasted nuts and our own maple syrup to start the days warming.   I went down to the garden to do some clean up last week and discovered a crop of beets I had missed.  Sweeter still for a little frost.  Don made a delicious borscht the other night that we’ve had for a couple of meals. The obnoxious snow came while we were in Toronto. So there was no last minute harvesting of the chard or the last green onions.  This weird weather makes the garden that much more challenging.  I haven’t planted any garlic for next year yet.  Think I should still have some time but who knows.

Rabelais is going to Boston.  This weekend is the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair at the Hynes Convention Center.  Details can be found at their website.  Don has been pouring over inventory, picking just the right books to bring. Our short list for the fair is in the form of a menu. We’ve got some quirky ideas for display that I will photograph for those who can’t make it. To kick off the baking season I made some Brown Sugar Butter Cookies to give out in the booth. (ah, the smell of butter and sugar on my hands…)  If you are in the Boston area this weekend (Friday-Sunday) please do come by and say hello.  If you’ve ever been to a book fair, this is a top notch experience, one of the few international book fairs in the US.  If you are a book fair neophyte, this would be a great place to enter this fascinating subculture.  A huge room filled with some of the best booksellers in the world displaying their beautiful books. Hope to see many of your familiar faces.

Raleigh in the loft

In our last missive we announced our new plans for Rabelais.  We are very excited about the move and all the potential for our work with rare and Antiquarian books, as well as select new titles and imports. We are including some photos here of the space for you to see where we will land.  To clarify, we will be open at 86 Middle street through the Holidays. The official move to the Mills won’t happen until late January.  So please keep us in mind for your holiday gifts.  Cookbooks, in book form, make great gifts!  We will be participating in the East End Holiday Stroll again, and there will be another Cookie Swap!  Stay tuned for details.

light in the loft

Samantha

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