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Monday, August 19, 2013

 three standing books

“People don’t realize how a man’s whole life can be changed by one book.”
Malcolm X

pearl glasses

Welcome back to the Village Book Shop blog. Chronic health and computer issues have caused a few hiatuses and, in all honesty, may cause another at some point in the future but we are doing our best. The social media and blog are done by a volunteer, but be assured that inventory is not only continually added to our Amazon storefront but orders go out daily with loving care by Deborah Gould, owner of our favorite community book shop. Enjoy today’s trivia and be sure to check out our Deal of the Day near the end of this post.

doll reading

Happy Birthday!

Some of the writers born August 19th include:

Eustace Budgell (1686), Samuel Richardson (1689), C. I. Scofield (1843), Gontran de Poncins (1900), Ogden Nash (1902), James Gould Cozzens (1903), Peter Kemp (1913), Ring Lardner, Jr. (1915), Gene Roddenberry (1921), Claude Gauvreau (1925), Bernard Levin (1928), David G. Compton (1930), Frank McCourt (1930), Zahir Raihan (1935), Jack Canfield (1944), Bodil Malmsten (1944), Jennie Bond (1950), Sudha Murty (1950), Peter Gallagher (1955), José Rubén Zamora (1956), Li-Young Lee (1957), Jonathan Coe (1961), Tammy Bruce (1962), and Russell Kane (1980).

Today in history

gold book

The New York Herald broke the news to the East Coast of the United States of the gold rush in California on August 19, 1848. The rush had begun the previous January.

Today’s Observances and Holidays

flying on book

Today is National Aviation Day. This special day was created by a presidential proclamation by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939. It is sometimes called Wright Brother’s Day. The date was chosen in honor of the birthday of aviator Orville Wright. The Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, were pioneer aviators in the United States. Orville was the first person to successfully fly an airplane. His first flight was December 17, 1903 at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.


World Humanitarian Day is a time to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others. The day was designated by the General Assembly to coincide with the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq. August 19, 2013 marks ten years since that tragic event, which claimed 22 lives. This year, the international community will pause to remember those who died, as well as the dozens of aid workers, who have died in the years since. But World Humanitarian Day is also an opportunity to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the globe. This year the UN and its humanitarian partners are launching a ground-breaking campaign called The world needs more… This is a first-of-its-kind project that will quite literally turn words into aid. To get involved and to learn more about the campaign visit:

Three Cups of Tea Young readers edition

Our deal of the day is in honor of Humanitarian day. We are reducing the price on Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Journey to Change the World… One Child at a Time (Young Reader’s Edition).The Young Reader’s Edition is appropriate for children as young as eight but can be enjoyed by adults as well. We have the adult version in stock as well.

Trailer Vamp love bites cover image

We still have our giveaway going until the end of the month. Be sure to enter for a chance to win $10 Amazon gift card, Jim Grayson’s new humorous book Trailer Vamp-Love Bites, and a lovely bookmark.


Much of the information in this blog is taken directly from Wikipedia, Amazon, and other sources such as, which are directly linked to within the text.  Images have been taken from various sources found via Facebook, and Google.
Village Book Shop and the blogger claim no credit for the information above and no copyright infringement is intended


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