National Boston Cream Pie Day and the Omni Parker House's Literary Past

National Boston Cream Pie Day and the Omni Parker House's Literary Past

Last week was National Boston Cream Pie Day, the official dessert of Massachusetts that originated at the Omni Parker House. There was another sweet, rich contribution to American society that came out of the Omni Parker House: It was one of the hubs of Boston literary society. Read more about the Saturday Club, the Dickens Door, Twain, Wharton, Cather, and more.

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The Club of Odd Volumes

The Club of Odd Volumes

On January 29, 1887 The Club of Odd Volumes was formed on Mr. Vernon Street in Beacon Hill, with the objectives being “…to promote an interest in, and a love for whatever will tend to make literature attractive as given in the form of printed and illustrated volumes, to mutally assist in making researches and collections of first and rare editions, and to promote elegance in the production of Odd Volumes.”

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The First Bookstore in Boston

The First Bookstore in Boston

The Town House thus became the centre of the printing publishing and book selling business of the town. About thirty booksellers were located in its immediate vicinity some of their shops being under the Town House itself others opposite either on the street in which the Town House stood or on the Corn Hill between Prison Lane and the meeting house which stood where the Rogers Building on Washington Street now stands.

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