Dedication of Louisa Solano Square, corner of Bow and Plympton Streets, June 21, 2008. From Left to Right: Mary Bonina, Elsa Dorfman, David Ferry, Lloyd Schwartz, Harris Gardner, Joe Kelly, and Evelyn Mirren.
“For Louisa in Gratitude and Admiration”
Exhibition Location: 2nd Floor of the Main Library
The second in our series of exhibitions in honor of Louisa Solano, former owner of the Grolier Poetry Book Shop and patron of the poetry community, features signed first editions and ephemera from David Ferry, who is reading at the Main Library on Tuesday, November 5th at 6:30 p.m.
One of American poetry’s great poet-translators, David Ferry has published eight collections of poetry and one volume of literary criticism. He has won numerous prestigious poetry awards, including the 2012 National Book Award for his latest publication, Bewilderment.
Ms. Solano has made a significant donation to the Cambridge Room, including a substantial collection of signed first editions from members of the Cambridge poetry community as well as material related to the Grolier Poetry Book Shop. The Grolier, founded in 1927, is the oldest continuously run bookstore devoted to selling poetry and poetry criticism. Many of the signed editions donated to the Cambridge Room read, “For Louisa, in gratitude and admiration.” These inscriptions are a testament to Solano’s lifelong support of poets and show her impact on the poetry community.
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