Yesterday, President Obama nominated Avril Haines to be deputy director of the CIA. Most people who have heard of Haines know her as a lawyer in the White House Counsel's office who has often served as a bridge between the president and the intelligence community. Here in Baltimore, we know her as the founder and co-owner of the once-awesome Fells Point bookstore, Adrian's Book Cafe, which was located at 714 S. Broadway, where CapitolMac is now. The place won
's "Best Independent Bookstore" in 1997. Here's an excerpt of what we said then (sadly, not online):
in the Daily Beast today points out, Adrian's also held a regular "Erotica Night," hosted by Haines, which included dinner, readings, and red candles. Adrian's and Haines were mentioned several times in
. The deserts at Adrian's were praised in our
. And in a 1998
about onetime Fells fixture Steven Bunker, Haines was flagged as a potential local leader.
She hasn't returned to Baltimore yet, at least , as far as we know (she
work for the CIA), but maybe she'll come back when she's done with the cloak-and-dagger gig and reopen Adrian's. Fells could use a good bookstore.