Flipping through Fine Books & Collections magazine

It’s not that often that I get to physically flip through the seriously glossy, colorful pages of Fine Books & Collections. Today it was the perfect go-to after coming in from a frigid, slap-you-in-the-face New York City Winter day. When you’re ready to venture out to your local magazine stand/bookshop, I must insist you pick up a copy (or order one online)!

To entice you further, here are some of the highlights:

Ian McKay’s overview of the earliest editions of the Book of Hawking, Hunting and Fishing (The Boke of Hawkynge and Huntynge and Fyssynge)

Jonathan Lethem’s book history, and new future in rare and collectible bookselling

Martha W. Steger’s overview of movie and television book/ephemera props in the collectibles marketplace (featuring items from Beetlejuice, Deadwood, Boardwalk Empire, and National Treasure)

Joel Silver looks towards other collecting fields in order to better understand the whys and hows of  book collecting

Nicholas G. Merriwether introduces and highlights the amazing special collections at the UC Santa Cruz Grateful Dead Archive



Let’s all read some comics outside tomorrow!

August 28 is Read Comics in Public Day!


Well, its not a registered holiday fit for greeting cards, but it’s an important day nonetheless. When I read comics outside I get the opportunity to talk to people on a personal level about reading comics in a non-judgemental, constructive fashion! People get to bypass the antiquated stress associated with walking into a comic book shop and ask simple questions about the joys of reading.

Grab a comic and join in the conversation! Take a photo of yourself reading outside and submit it to encourage others! 

Twitter:  @comicsinpublic
Flickr:      flickr.com/groups/readcomicsinpublic


Books That Shaped America

The Library of Congress, the world’s largest repository of knowledge and information, began a multiyear “Celebration of the Book” with an exhibition on “Books That Shaped America.” The initial books in the exhibition are displayed below.

“This list is a starting point,” said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. “It is not a register of the ‘best’ American books – although many of them fit that description. Rather, the list is intended to spark a national conversation on books written by Americans that have influenced our lives, whether they appear on this initial list or not.”

We hope you will view the list, nominate other titles, and most importantly, choose to read and discuss some of the books on this list, reflecting America’s unique and extraordinary literary heritage, which the Library of Congress makes available to the world.

For the complete list, refer to the JUMP below, or shoot right over to the original posting on the LoC website.

How many have you read? How many have you always wanted to read? Let’s share!

Continue reading “Books That Shaped America”

Bizarre Objects Used as Bookmarks

ABE asked, and their members (and Facebook friends) responded!

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Courtesy of Abebooks.com

-a toothpick (because the straw kept falling out of the book);
-toe tags I take from work;
-a handful of grass I pulled from beside me;
-a fork;
-some toilet paper;
-an unused maxi pad;
-a baby’s sock;
-a scorpion I found flattened in one of my moving boxes;
-a clerical collar;
-an unused and unwrapped tampon;
-a cell phone;
-an iPad;
-a smaller book;
-a necklace;
-money (various denominations);
-a piece of palm frond;
-a slice of French sausage (although this wasn’t intentional);
-I’ve used one of my nipples while I answered the phone (this from a male contributor);
-a rasher of bacon;
-a comic strip;
-bumper stickers;
-a clump of cat’s fur;
-an actual cat (technically I didn’t put the cat there – she decided to save my place);
-a clothes peg;
-wine bottle labels;
-guitar picks and guitar strings; and
-a sunny-side-up fried egg.