Friday, October 31, 2008

Crew of Abeona rolled down Oak Street

A little shoutout to the little ones at Oak Street in all their Halloween cuteness.

Changing it up

Switching the hours around a bit. Used to be Tues-Sat. 9 - 5:30.

Now business hours are Tues. - Sat. 10 - 5:30 and Sunday 11-4.

Though somehow I wound up here working by 9 again this morning. Ahh, a booksellers work is never done.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Trouble in Fiction

Book organization and categories go with the bookselling territory. I decided long ago that when it came to fiction, I would place all fiction in one section, alphabetical order by author, and leave it at that.

Well, the Mister, who really really likes Sci Fi/Fantasy/Speculative Fiction was aghast. So, there goes a different section for Sci Fi, et al.

Now, not a day goes by without a lovely customer asking for my "mystery section." When I explain my, may I say, well-conceived system, I watch his/her face fall in disappointment and then I feel bad.

The thing is, I don't really need the added trouble. Fiction was supposed to be the easiest shelving system. Don't even get me started on the Religion/Spirituality/Self-Help/Motivational/Occult/Atheism, ugg. But I am supposed to do what the customer wants, right?

So, starting next week, I'll start a "Mystery" section. But do I include Crime/Thrillers? What about True Crime? Crud.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Shelves of Ignorance

First, congratulations Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio.

That said, anyone have any of his work? I had to stumble to the computer at the crack of dawn to get on online and order Clezio's work. And I have a whole shelf of French language literature, for crying out loud. Every year the same thing, another winner I don't have. But it wasn't like I didn't see this coming:

Permanent secretary Horace Engdahl said it's no coincidence that most winners are European.
"Of course there is powerful literature in all big cultures, but you can't get away from the fact that Europe still is the center of the literary world ... not the United States," he told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview Tuesday. Speaking generally about American literature, however, he said U.S. writers are "too sensitive to trends in their own mass culture," dragging down the quality of their work. "The U.S. is too isolated, too insular. They don't translate enough and don't really participate in the big dialogue of literature," Engdahl said. "That ignorance is restraining."

Okay, well then, thanks again Nobel for highlighting an author whose works I don't have.

Open Letter

Dear Tom,

Thanks for stopping in on Wednesday. It is always awesome to see you.

Sorry I went all fangirl on you but thanks for signing all the books. I'm glad you thought I was kidding about the picture. Next time, for sure.