In the News: Supporters of Library Benefit Thanked at Worth Avenue Book Store Reception.

In the News: Supporters of Library Benefit Thanked at Worth Avenue Book Store Reception.

By James O'Donnell | May 24, 2024 | Comments Off on In the News: Supporters of Library Benefit Thanked at Worth Avenue Book Store Reception.

The following article appeared in the Palm Beach Daily News on May 22, 2024. The people who made the West Palm Beach Library Foundation‘s signature fundraiser possible were thanked at a reception hosted by Matthew and Adrienne Raptis.     The event took place Feb. 7 at Raptis Rare Books on Worth Avenue.    …

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In the News: Meet Adrienne Raptis of Raptis Rare Books

In the News: Meet Adrienne Raptis of Raptis Rare Books

By James O'Donnell | April 25, 2024 | Comments Off on In the News: Meet Adrienne Raptis of Raptis Rare Books

The following article appeared in Voyage MIA on May 24, 2023. Today we’d like to introduce you to Adrienne Raptis. She recently shared the story of how she and her husband, Matthew, started their business, Raptis Rare Books, with us below:     Matthew and Adrienne Raptis are the proud proprietors of Raptis Rare Books.…

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William F. Buckley: Architect of Conservative Thought and Defender of Tradition.

William F. Buckley: Architect of Conservative Thought and Defender of Tradition.

By James O'Donnell | April 9, 2024 | Comments Off on William F. Buckley: Architect of Conservative Thought and Defender of Tradition.

In the annals of American conservatism, few names resonate as profoundly as William F. Buckley Jr. A towering figure in the intellectual landscape of the 20th century, Buckley’s influence transcended politics, leaving an indelible mark on society, literature, and media. From his seminal works like “God and Man at Yale” to his engaging commentaries and…

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In Memoriam: Daniel Kahneman – A Tribute to a Pioneering Mind.

In Memoriam: Daniel Kahneman – A Tribute to a Pioneering Mind.

By James O'Donnell | March 28, 2024 | Comments Off on In Memoriam: Daniel Kahneman – A Tribute to a Pioneering Mind.

World-famous psychologist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics Daniel Kahneman will leave an indelible mark on psychology, economics, and beyond. With heavy hearts, we bid farewell to a brilliant mind whose work continues to influence and inspire generations. One cannot delve into the realm of behavioral economics without mentioning the groundbreaking concept of…

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Unveiling the Electric Kool-Aid Acid Tests: Tom Wolfe’s Journey into the Psychedelic Counterculture

Unveiling the Electric Kool-Aid Acid Tests: Tom Wolfe’s Journey into the Psychedelic Counterculture

By James O'Donnell | March 26, 2024 | Comments Off on Unveiling the Electric Kool-Aid Acid Tests: Tom Wolfe’s Journey into the Psychedelic Counterculture

In the annals of literary history, few works have captured the zeitgeist of an era as vividly as Tom Wolfe’s “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.” Published in 1968, this psychedelic odyssey serves not only as a documentation of the vibrant counterculture of the 1960s but also as a testament to the adventurous spirit that swept…

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An Evening with Winston Churchill at Churchill Cigar Lounge.

An Evening with Winston Churchill at Churchill Cigar Lounge.

By James O'Donnell | March 20, 2024 | Comments Off on An Evening with Winston Churchill at Churchill Cigar Lounge.

Raptis Rare Books and Churchill Cigar Company and Lounge were honored to host renowned Churchill expert Lee Pollock for An Evening with Winston Churchill at Churchill Cigar Lounge.     Lee Pollock is Executive Director and a Trustee of The International Churchill Society, the world’s leading member organization dedicated to preserving the historic legacy of…

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Behind the Carousel Horse: Delving into ‘Catcher in the Rye’ and Salinger’s Legend.

Behind the Carousel Horse: Delving into ‘Catcher in the Rye’ and Salinger’s Legend.

By James O'Donnell | March 14, 2024 | Comments Off on Behind the Carousel Horse: Delving into ‘Catcher in the Rye’ and Salinger’s Legend.

J.D. Salinger’s “The Catcher in the Rye” stands as a towering monument in the literary landscape, its influence spanning generations since its publication in 1951. Through the lens of its protagonist, Holden Caulfield, the novel explores themes of alienation, innocence, and the search for authenticity in a world that often feels phony. Yet, beyond its…

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Celebrating the Birthday of Gabriel García Márquez, and exploring the Magical Realism of his fascinating work.

Celebrating the Birthday of Gabriel García Márquez, and exploring the Magical Realism of his fascinating work.

By James O'Donnell | March 6, 2024 | Comments Off on Celebrating the Birthday of Gabriel García Márquez, and exploring the Magical Realism of his fascinating work.

Gabriel García Márquez, often hailed as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, is celebrated for his mastery of magical realism. Born in Colombia in 1927, García Márquez infused his works with a unique blend of reality and fantasy, captivating readers worldwide with his vivid storytelling and rich narrative tapestries. In this blog…

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Celebrating the Timeless Legacy of Dr. Seuss: A Tribute on His Birthday.

Celebrating the Timeless Legacy of Dr. Seuss: A Tribute on His Birthday.

By James O'Donnell | March 2, 2024 | Comments Off on Celebrating the Timeless Legacy of Dr. Seuss: A Tribute on His Birthday.

In the vast landscape of children’s literature, there exists a realm where imagination knows no bounds, where whimsy dances hand in hand with wisdom, and where the fantastical becomes tangible through the power of words and illustrations. This realm is the enchanting world of Dr. Seuss, a world that continues to captivate and inspire readers…

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Preserving the Art of Bookbinding: A Journey through the History of the Harcourt Bindery

Preserving the Art of Bookbinding: A Journey through the History of the Harcourt Bindery

By James O'Donnell | March 1, 2024 | Comments Off on Preserving the Art of Bookbinding: A Journey through the History of the Harcourt Bindery

In the bustling streets of turn-of-the-century Boston, amidst the flourishing arts scene, the craft of bookbinding enjoyed a certain prominence. This was an era marked by the private press movement, with figures like Daniel B. Updike and Frederic W. Goudy making significant contributions to typography and book design. Associations such as the New England Bookbinders…

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