Books for Idle Hours:  Nineteenth-Century Publishers and the Birth of the Beach Read

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Date(s) - July 9, 2019
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Sturgis Library


A prominent nineteenth-century preacher branded summer reading as “literary poison in August.” Today, though, the practice is celebrated as lists like O magazine’s “Best Summer Reads” take center stage. Based on the new book, Books for Idle Hours: Nineteenth-Century Publishing and the Rise of Summer Reading (February 2019), this talk explores the birth of the “beach read” and the practice of summer reading in the nineteenth century, tracing the ways in which readers, authors, and publishing houses came to frame summer reading not as a disreputable indulgence, but as a respectable pastime especially for the woman reader.

The talk will be given by Donna Harrington-Lueker, a professor in the Department of English and Communications at Salve Regina University.

Free to the public. Registration is appreciated! Email, call 508-362-6636, or online at
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