Abraham Lincoln Book Shop
In-person browsing is in a state of suspended animation. No worries, Dan Weinberg brings his bookshop to the browser each Friday at 1 p.m. Central time. Take a Break With History interviews are streamed from Abraham Lincoln Book Shop’s Facebook page. Missed an episode? Come back later and watch the recordings. Among the author interviews posted are Ted Widmer on Lincoln on the Verge, Lucas Morel on Lincoln and the American Founding and Carl Guarneri on Lincoln’s Informer, Charles A. Dana.
American Antiquarian Society Virtual Programs
AAS virtual public programs highlight the work of historians, artists, writers, and performers who do research at the society. Join biographer Nicholas A. Basbane. Topics range from women’s suffrage to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
Virtual Book Talks feature authors of new titles about book history and print culture. One recent talk showcased Amy Hildreth Chen, author of Placing Papers. Coming up: Rodrigo Lazo on early Latino literature (November 12) and Brigitte Fielder on interracial kinship in 19th‑century America (December 3). For a dive into the archives, check out occasional webinars on AAS collections and a four-part series on using the society’s catalog.
Kenneth Gloss of Boston’s Brattle Book Shop joins co-host Jordan Rich for a new podcast every couple of weeks. Together they take “a firsthand look at secondhand books.” (Check out Brattlecast #84 on facsimiles.) Find their conversations on the bookstore website or at Apple Podcasts and Google Play.
Fine Books & Collections | Video Fridays
Video Fridays, a new feature of the online magazine, shares videos from the world of rare books. Among the first entries: “How to Value Old & Rare Books: Secrets from a Rare Book Dealer,” by ABAA bookseller Adam Weinberger.
Getty Museum | The Iris
The Iris is a blog that goes behind the scenes of the Getty’s collections, exhibitions, and such. Going back to 2010 some of the topics are weighty. For example: the Florentine Code, first indigenous encyclopedia of the New World. Others are lighthearted, “Which Disney Movie Is the Most Medieval?” But all bear the scholarly touch of the Getty’s experts. Pro tip: For Manuscripts and Books posts, go to http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/tags/manuscripts-and-books/.