Now that’s a wall of books
Circle City Books in Pittsboro, N.C., has just completed an eye-catching mural: a side of a building covered in books. Huge, oversize books, with titles that even this myopic passerby could read.
What’s on it? Forty-eight titles, some of which are widely known: “Light in August” by William Faulkner, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou, and “Cold Mountain” by Charles Frazier.
Others are harder to recognize. “The Hope of Liberty” by George Moses Horton, who lived near the store, was the first book by an African American author published in the South when it appeared in 1829, writes bookstore owner Myles Friedman on The Bookshop Blog (via Shelf Awareness). The complete list is below.
“More than anything else,” Friedman writes, “the wall reflects my bookshelf at home.”
Pittsboro is a small town -- population 3,764 at last count -- not far from Chapel Hill and Raleigh. The store is one of its newer residents; it held its grand opening celebration Nov. 3, 2012. Friedman has decades of experience selling books and music in the region.
As for the mural, it’s not finished. Friedman has decided to add a couple more books across the top of those already shelved (as you do; or at least, I do). Visitors to the store this winter and spring are invited to suggest three titles to be added. “It will be especially interesting to me to see if the choices favor local authors or nationally known authors,” he writes, after noting that local authors had asked how they might find a place on the wall. The victorious book titles will be painted on in June.
The books on Circle City’s wall:
- “The Lost Colony,” Paul Green
- “Only in America,” Harry Golden
- “Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal,” William Leuchtenburg
- “Look Homeward, Angel,” Thomas Wolfe
- “From Slavery to Freedom,” John Hope Franklin
- “Raney,” Clyde Edgerton
- “Big Fish,” Daniel Wallace
- “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” Doris Betts
- “The Hope of Liberty,” John Moses Horton
- “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” Maya Angelou
- “Tantalus in Love,” Alan Shapiro
- “Cold Mountain,” Charles Frazier
- “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter,” Carson McCullers
- “Light in August,” William Faulkner
- “A Gallery of Southerners,” Louis Rubin
- “With the Lightnings,” David Drake
- “The Light in the Piazza,” Elizabeth Spencer
- “Woodrow’s Trumpet,” Tim McLaurin
- “Gather at the River,” Hal Crowther
- “Children of Heaven,” Roxanne Henderson
- “Old Southern Apples,” Lee Calhoun
- “Lusty Wind for Carolina,” Inglis Fletcher
- “Silk Hope, N.C.,” Laurence Naumoff
- “Bootlegger’s Daughter,” Margaret Maron
- “Literary North Carolina,” Richard Walser
- “Accidental Birds of North Carolina,” Marjorie Hudson
- “Kate Vaiden,” Reynolds Price
- “Biodiesel Power,” Lyle Estill
- “Proud Shoes,” Pauli Murray
- “Dagon,” Fred Chappell
- “Oldest Living Confederate Woman Tells All,” Alan Gurganus
- “The Conjure Woman,” Charles Chesnutt
- “They Called Him Stonewall,” Burke Davis
- “Debby,” Max Steele
- “The Parchman Hour,” Mike Wiley
- “The Four Million,” O. Henry
- “Clash of Angels,” Jonathan Worth Daniels
- “Blood Done Sign My Name,” Timothy Tyson
- “The Mind of the South,” Wilbur J. Cash
- “Oral History,” Lee Smith
- “Still Valley,” Manly Wade Wellman
- “Dragonbreath,” Ursula Vernon
- “Literary Trails of North Carolina,” Georgann Eubanks
- “The Cheerleader,” Jill McCorkle
- “Ellen Foster,” Kaye Gibbons
- “Winter People,” John Ehle
- “Seeking the Hook,” Lou Lipsitz
- “Mural Painting,” Friedman and Kerscher
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