The Cambridge Public Library is pleased to announce a new poetry series this fall, in honor of Louisa Solano, owner of the Grolier Book Shop from 1974 to 2006 and patron of the poetry community. Poets will read from their selected works at the Main Library, 449 Broadway in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Each reading will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Lecture Hall Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Ms. Solano has made a significant donation to the Cambridge Room, the Cambridge Public Library’s Archives and Special Collections, including a substantial collection of signed first editions from members of the Cambridge poetry community as well as material related to the Grolier Book Shop. The Grolier Book Shop, founded in 1927, is the oldest continuously run bookstore devoted to selling poetry and poetry criticism. Under Solano’s ownership, the Grolier sponsored an annual national poetry contest, the Grolier Poetry Prize, launching the careers of new poets. During her tenure, Solano also founded a popular reading series at Harvard University’s Adams House. Solano’s knowledge of poetry and her philosophy of stocking the shelves with difficult-to-find publications and small, avant-garde presses made the Grolier a destination for established and emerging poets, and lovers of literature.
The Louisa Solano Poetry Series at the Cambridge Public Library will feature the following poets:
Tuesday, Oct. 1t
Robert Pinsky, Poet Laureate from 1997-2000
Gail Mazur, Founding Director of Blacksmith House Poetry Series in Cambridge
David Ferry, 2012 National Book Award Winner for Poetry
Frank Bidart reads from Metaphysical Dog: Poems, his latest collection
“Louisa’s donation is a wonderful addition to the Cambridge Public Library’s Archives and Special Collections,” said Alyssa Pacy, the Library’s Archivist. “Many of these publications are rare and out of print. I know that they will be a valuable resource for researchers for generations to come. As I have been going through the signed editions, nearly every inscription reads ‘For Louisa, in gratitude and admiration.’ Those words are a testament to Louisa’s lifelong support of poets and show her impact on the poetry community.”