Thursday, April 13, 2006

Remembering Skeate Books

Yesterday I mused on remembering old acquaintances... yet there was one tangent that I couldn't remember... what was the name of the bookstore in Decorah when I was at Luther?

I recently started re-reading parts of How to Dream, a gift from David many years ago, before going to sleep. It definately is increasing dream recall, but last night it helped regular recall. The answer to my question above is Skeate Books, run by Jeffrey and Elizabeth Skeate, though many years out of business. The answer popped into a night full of dreams.

They connect with the previous post in that Jeff Skeate encouraged me to go hear Seamus Heaney read in Iowa City by giving me the store copy of Heaney's collected poems to have signed. He said whether or not I bought the book, it'd be a good experience. It was a good experience, I bought the book, and it is the first book I had signed by the author. I often think of that exchange when I have books signed.

I had Charles Simic sign some books when I saw him with Jay, and Seamus Heaney was mentioned in the Writers Alamanac to mark his birthday.


Blogger Nancy Drew said...

Don't forget, we went to the reading together in my old Ford Escort. :)

Thursday, 13 April, 2006  
Blogger Sam Teigen said...

I was hoping you'd comment, because I couldn't remember for sure, but I was mostly certain. Your Escort made it difficult to listen to Beatles tapes since the one speaker didn't work.

Thursday, 13 April, 2006  
Blogger Nancy Drew said...

The speakers were the least of that car's problems. RIP Escort...

Friday, 14 April, 2006  
Blogger Steve said...


To the best of my recollection, I believe you were the one who first introduced me to Seamus back during my star-crossed return to Decorah. You also introduced me to T.V.P., and a variety of other things I shan't mention.


Saturday, 15 April, 2006  

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