Circle City Books in Pittsboro, N.C., has just completed an eye-catching mural: a side of a building covered in books. Huge, oversize books, with titles that even this myopic passerby could read.
What's on it? Forty-eight titles, some of which are widely known: "Light in August" by William Faulkner, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou, and "Cold Mountain" by Charles Frazier.
Others are harder to recognize. "The Hope of Liberty" by George Moses Horton, who lived near the store, was the first book by an African American author published in the South when it appeared in 1829, writes bookstore owner Myles Friedman on The Bookshop Blog (via Shelf Awareness). The complete list is below.
"More than anything else," Friedman writes, "the wall reflects my bookshelf at home."
Pittsboro is a small town -- population 3,764 at last count -- not far from Chapel Hill and Raleigh. The store is one of its newer residents; it held its grand opening celebration Nov. 3, 2012. Friedman has decades of experience selling books and music in the region.