Tidepool Bookshop recharged and celebrating with April events

This indie bookstore is back — and busy with a full schedule. Tidepool Bookshop, 372 Chandler St., Worcester, has increased activity, after a long COVID era of reduced operations, by holding an open house and a 2 pm ribbon cutting on Saturday, April 23. Owners Jo and Huck Truesdell, Worcester area natives, have scheduled speakers and activities throughout the month.

The bookshop opened months ago on a muted basis, but resumes full action with a public invitation to its April events.

jeff lantos

Launching events include an evening dedicated to Longfellow, with Jeff Lantos of California, author of “Why Longfellow Lied,” and Nick Basbanes of North Grafton, author of “Cross of Snow: A Life of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.”

Lantos’ segment of the 6:30 pm April 14 session includes a look at fictional “facts” written into Longfellow’s famous “Paul Revere’s Ride.” A fifth-grade teacher, Lantos has created a presentation that is also of interest to younger readers. “Why Longfellow Lied” came from a question one of his students asked him, seeking to learn how much of the poem could be considered true. True or false, the poem made by Paul Revere an American Colonial history icon.

Nicholas Basbanes

Basbanes’ “Cross of Snow” came from many years of research, drawn out of access to never-before-examined letters, diaries, journals and notes. Basbanes, author of 10 works of cultural history — many based on books and book culture — reveals the life, the times, the work and thoughts of the man who shaped literature in a new nation through poetry, sonnets, stories, essays and translations.

At that time of his life, Longfellow’s renown was so wide-reaching that he formed friendships with Charles Dickens, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Julia Ward Howe and Oscar Wilde. In his presentation of him, Basbanes explores his literary life.

Nicholas Basbanes will present a lecture on his latest book,

Basbanes has a long career in such exploration. “A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes and the Eternal Passion for Books,” Basbanes’ first book, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction in 1995, and a New York Times Notable Book. His “On Paper: The Everything of Its Two Thousand Year History,” published by Knopf in 2013, was a finalist for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction and was named a best book of the year by seven major publications.

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