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Check in frequently to read the behind-the-scenes scoop on the Newberry’s popular Book Fair. The blog is maintained by “Uncle Blogsy,” otherwise known as Dan Crawford, Book Fair Manager.

Seven Years and Still No Pulitzer

So here we are, seven years after the first blog in this space, and no letter on the desk from either the Nobel or the Pulitzer folks. I reject all and any downheartedness at the reflection: the letters are probably stuck somewhere in the post office.

By the way, I apparently allowed a notable moment to pass unobserved earlier this year. At some point, according to my math, I seem to have posted my thousandth bit of bloggery. I’ll have to go back and see which one it was: someone will surely want to engrave it on a titanium block for permanent preservation. (With any luck, I was complaining about paper bags and their perfidy: let future generations know what we suffered!)

I was going to write an entirely different song for this occasion, but the following anthem for the end of July came unbidden to me mind, and I present it for your musical pleasure. It can more or less be sung to The Teddy Bear Picnic. (More or less, because the song itself is apparently sung a different way by just about every performer. In case you needed to know this, the music, sometimes called The Teddy Bears’ Picnic, appeared around 1907 but the lyrics were not written until a quarter century later. Here endeth the educational part of the column.)

If you go to the Near North today, one thing you must understand:

You’ll need your card and your checkbook, too, and better have cash in hand,

For every book that ever there was

Is gathered there for certain because

Today’s the day the Newberry has its Book Fair!

At the Newberry books stand up on tables and shelves today;

There’s hundreds of people around to shop and get in each other’s way:

For days and nights beneath dimming lights,

The readers come to gaze on the sights:

For now’s the time the Newberry has its Book Fair!

Book Fair time at Newberry!

The Ya-Ya Sisterhood is having a lovely time today;

Watch the readers spend their time

To find enough to spend their every dime!

See them grab the books they want; look at the ones they flaunt

That make them stand up and cheer:

At eight o’clock their spouses and children will march them home to bed

Because they’re flat broke until next year.

If you go to the Book Fair today, you’d better not go alone;

To carry all those DaVinci Codes, you’d best plan to bring your clone

Pack what you’ve caught but haven’t yet bought

On shelves behind the squirrelling spot

Spend all your dough: the Newberry has its Book Fair!

Book Fair time at Newberry!

The Ya-Ya Sisterhood is having a lovely time today;

Watch the readers spend their time

To find enough to spend their every dime

See them grab the books they want; look at the ones they flaunt

That make them stand up and cheer

At eight o’clock their spouses and children will march them home to bed

Because they’re flat broke until next year

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