We've had a great reaction to our wooden boxes from Poland. At first my idea was to put them on various display tables--Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, blue boxes on our Sacre Bleu table (coming from Christopher Moore, event is April 11, 7 pm). We've already gone back for a second order, with several more Boswellians perusing the catalog and picking out their favorites to try in the store. Who knew that Greg would be a particularly big fan? But these are pretty cool boxes and the pricing is quite reasonable.
The more I thought about it, these boxes are a great centerpiece to a table on Polish writers and culture.
We gathered a collection of contemporary and classic writers, such as Czeslaw Milosz, Wislawa Szymborskia, Zbiegnew Herbert, and Andrzej Stasiuk. We had a copy of the lovely contemporary novel Pears on a Willow Tree, and a few copies of one of my favorites, Brigid Pasulka's A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True. And then Jane came in and reminded us that we had a copy of one of her favorite Polish historicals, Push Not the River, already on our shelf as well.
And this reminded me of another opportunity. About half a year ago, Darlene (Lolly) Rzezotarski had mentioned she'd had a book published that combined images of her ceramics combined with classic Polish folktales. The first printing went to a local gallery, but I told her to keep us in mind if she reprinted. The next time I saw her after the display went up, I asked if there were books available as we now had the perfect display to feature her book, Encountering Poland: Trick a Witch, Wed a Hedgehog, Save Your Soul.
And so we are now carrying her book as well. Hooray!