Hello, My Name Is Jane, and I’m a Book-a-Holic

E-readers make you cringe. You wax rhapsodic about the way books smell. Borders declaring bankruptcy was the first sign of the coming apocalypse. If you nodded to yourself while reading any of these statements, you might have a condition called bibliophilia. Fortunately, there’s no cure, but you can treat the symptoms with a liberal application of words. With bookstores closing everywhere and libraries packed with World of Warcraft players scamming free Wi-Fi, it can be hard for a true bibliophile to get one’s fix in peace. Alan and Danielle Whatley are offering book addicts a second chance by reopening the Second Edition Bookstore (6812 Stirling Road, Davie) starting Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The children’s section has been expanded, and Dippy Debbie the clown will be painting faces from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. We know, it’s distracting, but it’s only to lure the children close to the books. Then, while they’re waiting to get their faces painted, the batteries die in Gameboys and iPods and they’ll be forced to pick up a book! Of course, 20 years from now, they’ll be waxing rhapsodic about the smell of e-readers and cringing at the idea of having books beamed telepathically into their brains, but at least they’ll be reading. Regular store hours will be Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. And from June 10 to August 10, educators from Broward and Palm Beach counties can buy three books and get the fourth one free when they show their school ID. For more information — or to just say hi to Alan and Danielle — call 954-961-5063.
Sat., June 4, 10 a.m., 2011
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Rebecca McBane is the arts and culture/food editor for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. She began her journalism career at the Sun Sentinel's community newspaper offshoot, Forum Publishing Group, where she worked as the editorial assistant and wrote monthly features as well as the weekly library and literature column, "Shelf Life." After a brief stint bumming around London's East End (for no conceivable reason, according to her poor mother), she returned to real life and South Florida to start at New Times as the editorial assistant in 2009. A native Floridian, Rebecca avoids the sun and beach at all costs and can most often be found in a well-air-conditioned space with the glow of a laptop on her face.
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