Resources for Bookstores
“Closer yet I approach you,
What thought you have of me now, I had as much of you—I laid in my stores in advance,
I consider’d long and seriously of you before you were born.”
—Crossing Brooklyn Ferry
Bookstores are ideal venues for participating in our project. 2019 will bring any number of new Whitman books to your shelves, and Happy Birthday Walt Whitman provides an easy and accessible template for celebrating the bicentennial year of one of your perennial bestsellers. Sharing in a reading of Crossing Brooklyn Ferry will serve as a powerful reminder of Whitman's place on your bookshelves. As Whitman scholar Ed Folsom has written:
“No American writer has been more influential, nationally and internationally, than Walt Whitman. Poets from his time to our own, in the United States and around the world, have talked back to Whitman, carrying on the conversation that he initiated over 150 years ago—a dialogue about democracy, poetry, love, death, and the endless permutations of life that he believed would define America and eventually produce a republic equal to its ideals.
It is difficult to become a poet in the United States without at some point coming to grips with Whitman, answering the challenge that he issued to future generations, to the “Poets to come”: “I myself but write one or two indicative words for the future,” he said, “Expecting the main things from you”
For those bookstores who follow bookseller media please help us in promoting our project throughout 2019 by sharing our project to other bookstores. And set up your own reading of Crossing Brooklyn Ferry for your local Whitman fans.
Below are some of the Whitman books that we encourage you to keep stocked throughout 2019.