On Jan. 14, 2020, the New Jersey State Library hosted an author talk featuring Eric Maywar and Ilene Dube, contributing writers to The Bookshop on Lafayette: Stories and Poems. Maywar, the book’s editor, and Dube read excerpts from the collection. The Bookshop on Lafayette reads like a love letter to book lovers. Each piece in the collection represents one thing that we all love about bookstores: the sense of wonder and discovery, the cozy clutter, other idiosyncratic book lovers, and the understanding that bookstores feel like a magic haven.
During the talk, Maywar answered audience questions and detailed the serendipitous meeting he had with the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa at Maywar’s bookstore, Classics Used Bookstore in Trenton. There, the two writers decided they would write and curate pieces for a collection. The other contributing writers include a columnist, a Dodge poet, and a playwright.
Eric Maywar received his Master of Fine Arts from Western Michigan University. He is the author of the novel Running Flat. Eric and his wife own Classics Books and live in Trenton.
Ilene Dube covers the arts scene in Mercer and Bucks counties for The Artful Blogger. Her writing has appeared in Hyperallergic, Sculpture Magazine, Princeton Magazine, and many others. She makes her home in Princeton Junction.