Who says that print is dead? Right now we are scurrying around news boxes, office lobbies, and reception areas, trying to scare up the last remaining copies of our annual Summer Fiction issue.

We will need them, of course, to distribute at our annual Summer Fiction reception, to be held this year at Tre Piani restaurant in Princeton Forrestal Village Thursday, August 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. Our editor, Richard K. Rein, will introduce the authors and poets; poets will be invited to read their works; and the two initial readers of the submissions, E.E. Whiting and John Symons, will offer insights on how they pared an initial pile of more than 100 submissions down to the 45 or so that were finally printed.

It’s one of the more unusual social events of the year, it’s free of charge, and you are invited (though our accountant does want us to note the cash bar). Best of all it demonstrates the continuing interest in fiction and poetry.

Speaking of fiction and poetry, we are reminded of our July 19 cover story on "little bookstores that could" survive in competition with big box stores. It drew some reactions from our readers:

Bookworm Readings

It’s not altogether true that small book stores don’t offer book signings. In 1981 Ralph Schremp, the founder of the Cranbury Book Worm, ahead of his time, offered me a book-signing opportunity for my just published book, "Environmental Decision Making in Rural Locales: The Pine Barrens," (Praeger, NY).

He delighted in my environmental theme and set up an old fashioned writers’ desk with a quill pen on the second floor of the bookstore. I recall a few customers climbing the stairs to meet the author. Because of the hard cover price, not many were sold, (I am still hoping to re-publish this, my first book in paperback.)

Joan Goldstein, Ph.D.

Editor’s note: Goldstein is also author of "The Politics of Offshore Oil," Praeger, 1982 and, "Demanding Clean Food and Water: The Fight for a Basic Human Right," Plenum, NY, 1990.

I loved the story about bookstores – I didn’t know about the one in Trenton at all. But I wish you had included Cloak & Dagger, the mystery book store on Nassau Street.

Ann Waldron

Editor’s note: Why didn’t we include this intriguing store? In part because we focused on used bookstores that we had not previously profiled, but to omit the mention completely? It’s a mystery, and we apologize. Ann Waldron’s fourth Princeton murder mystery, "A Rare Murder in Princeton," was published this year,


The article you did in the July 19 issue for my Jobseekers presentation was outstanding. I believe it influenced turnout. I had been told to expect 10 to 12 attendees, but 23 came. It was a productive evening.

Unfortunately, you stated that I’m a volunteer for the Princeton Area Community Foundation. That is incorrect. My organization is Housing Initiatives of Princeton, as stated in my bio. Thank you for a great job and for encouraging attendance.

Ruth Thurmond Scott

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