Friday, July 15, 2016

Henry Bemis has a Sally Field Moment.

When one of America’s greatest comedians made his radio appearance on radio in 1932, he said, "Hello, everyone. My name is Jack Benny. There will be a short pause for everyone to say, 'Who cares?’'"

In that spirit, I’m pleased to tell you that tomorrow, a little after 2.30 pm EDT, I’m going to say, "Hello, everyone. My name is Lindsay Thompson. There will be a short pause for everyone to say, 'Who cares?’'"

I’ve been asked to join the Florida Antiquarian Booksellers Association’s weekly Internet broadcast, Rare Book Cafe’, as a cohost.

The show began a little over a year ago on a new, interactive video broadcast platform, Blab makes possible a panel of four individuals broadcasting, with interactive and social media options for an unlimited number of viewers. It’s a great format for talking about books, because we can not only talk about them, we can show them.

I’ll be dragging down the level of the show’s three distinguished cohosts: Steven Eisenstein, who’s been a rare book dealer for over forty years and hosts the weekly “Bucks On The Bookshelf” program on; Thorne Donnelly, owner of Liberty Book Store in West Palm Beach, Florida, rare book scholar, Grolier Club member, and member of the R.R. Donnelly clan (publishers of The Lakeside Classics); and T. Allen Smith, bookseller, tech whiz and FABA eminence.

My role will be similar to that of Dennis Day’s on the Jack Benny Program: “sweet but not very bright.” I will not, however, sing.

Rare Book Cafe appears live on Saturdays, 2.30-3.30 pm EDT. Archived programs appear on the Florida Book Fair blog and on YouTube.

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