Guess what’s coming up this weekend? That’s right. My favorite library sale. Even though it’s cold at 8:00 a.m. when the tickets are distributed, I’ll be there, because I am addicted to books and I love the quiet hours (compared to my own house, anyway) that a library sale filled with hundreds of people offers. And I’m hoping for a couple little finds for the upcoming San Francisco Antiquarian Book, Print, and Paper Fair. The sale opens at 11, and I’ll have to be fast, because I have to take Huck to attend a friend’s birthday party at 12:30 (Thoughtful Husband will be taking Tom to a different friend’s birthday party at the same time.)
I forgot to mention that I had a visit from fellow bookseller and Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar classmate Penny Van Kirk of Vandello Books (Seattle) last week. It was so fun to have lunch with someone who likes to discuss books and bookselling as much as I do. It was good to rehash the great week in Colorado, also.
In other bookish news, Michael Elmer (like Penny, from Washington), also an alumni of the Colorado Seminar (1987) has started a new blog, BookZing. Here’s a description from his store website: “Michael’s Books has been a fixture in downtown Bellingham for 20 years. Michael Elmer started the store in June of 1983; it has since grown into a labyrinth of shelves in a 5,000 square foot store with over 200,000 volumes. In the mid-90s Michael’s began to serve customers worldwide with Internet sales. Michael’s has a Rare Book Room containing over 8000 items to accommodate our always-growing selection of hard-to-find titles.”
Michael’s blog has several informative posts on describing books beyond the basics. If you’d like to know more, you can start here.
I’m going to keep this post short tonight. I’ll conclude by telling you that one of my Christmas gifts was a gift card to Border’s. Sometimes my family is afraid to buy me actual books. They have this perception that I’ve already read everything. Since I have been very busy raising small children for the past decade, nothing could be further from the truth, but as I am the lone English major in a family of accountants and engineers, I am perceived as “the reader”. In reality, there are lots of good books out there, just waiting for me to discover and read them. So, I went to Border’s today and here I sit now, enthralled with the new book I selected. Stunningly, it is not a book about books. It’s a book about my other favorite subject: what it would be like to be a pioneer woman and live on a farm. It is Jean Marie Laska’s Fifty Acres and a Poodle: A Story of Love, Livestock, and Finding Myself on a Farm,, and it is hilarious (somewhat remniscent of The Egg and I). It’s easy reading, smart writing, and just a joy. Though I really can’t afford the sleep deprivation, I sense an all-nighter coming on. I’ll let you know tomorrow if it was worth skipping sleep for.
See you in the stacks!