Grolier Poetry Book Shop Turns 90


Grolier Poetry Book Shop is celebrating its 90th birthday with a celebration and fundraiser at Oberon on Tuesday, November 14 at 8:00pm. According to their event page, the evening will feature the work of two distinguished poets with deep ties to the Grolier: Donald Hall and E.E. Cummings. Tickets start at $20. More information can be found here.

Grolier Poetry Book Shop was founded in 1927 by Adrian Gambet and Gordon Cairnie, and focused on small press books and avant-garde literature, as well as poetry. Taken over by Louisa Solano in 1976, the shop became a place exclusively for poetry. Solano's outreach into the community created a better awareness for poetry; she hosted readings, a poetry prize, poetry street festivals, and established an undergraduate reading series. In 2002, Grolier was listed as a "poetry landmark" by the Academy of American Poets. The shop was sold in 2006 to poet and Wellesley professor Ifeanyi Menkiti, who still runs it at its location on Plimpton Street off of Harvard Square. Visit their website to find out more.