Author Talk, Online Event, Public Program Books for Idle Hours: Nineteenth-Century Publishing and the Rise of Summer Reading 11 June 2020.Thursday, 5:30PM - 6:30PM This is an online program Donna Harrington-Lueker, Salve Regina University Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Winter_2020/booksforidlehourscropped_1000.jpg

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The publishing phenomenon of summer reading started in the nineteenth century, as both print culture Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Winter_2020/81oEvBsQUOL__AC_US218__.jpgand tourist culture expanded in the United States. Drawing on publishing records, book reviews, readers’ diaries, and popular novels of the period, Donna Harrington-Lueker explores the beginning of summer reading and the backlash against it. Countering fears about the dangers of leisurely reading—especially for young women—publishers framed summer reading not as a disreputable habit but as a respectable pastime and welcome respite. Harrington-Lueker works to shed new light on an ongoing seasonal publishing tradition.

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