Cool idea of the day. First Books & Books opened a store in the Cayman Islands--a location we still believe needs onsite inspection. Now the store has come up with another venture we want to cover: it's co-sponsoring a film and literary cruise August 2-14 that sails from Amsterdam to St. Petersburg with stops in Stockholm, Helsinki, Copenhagen, Tallin (Estonia) and Berlin (with a little land travel involved). On board the Celebrity Constellation: Debra Dean, author of The Madonnas of Leningrad, who will lead a tour of the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg and discuss its role in her novel; her husband, poet and actor Cliff Dean; and Shelly Isaacs, film expert and commentator who will host a series of contemporary and classic foreign films that will be shown during the cruise. Books & Books hopes to co-sponsor two cruises a year, owner Mitchell Kaplan said. - from today'shttp://www.shelf-awareness.com/.
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