Archives for category: Random & Interesting

We’re constantly passing around galleys at the store, and some are hotter than others. Our current favorite is Hannah Pittard’s debut novel, The Fates Will Find Their Way. I don’t want to speak for everyone at the store — and my guess is that we all will like this book for different reasons — but I think one thing we’re responding to is how unique and fresh her writing is. A lot of books just feel the same right now, and this doesn’t. In a somewhat slow season for fiction, this book is exciting us.   — Jennifer


Christmas is right around the corner! Don’t forget that we have a great selection of not only books, coffee table favorites, journals, stationery, and other great surprises!

We have great personal shopping services available and great gift bundle suggestions around the store!

Happy Holidays!

Woody Allen says, “there is no substitute for reading and there never will be…” in his interview with the New York Times.

Read the full interview HERE

Henning Mankell, the Swedish author of the Kurt Wallander mystery series and other titles, was aboard one of the ships of the “solidarity flotilla” that tried to break the blockade of Gaza and was attacked by Israeli forces yesterday. According to Boersenblatt, he has cancelled planned events in Zurich, Switzerland, last night and today in Constance, Germany, and may not make events in Berlin, Duesseldorf and Braunschweig scheduled the rest of this week.

AFP reported that along with eight other Swedes, Mankell is being held in Israel, which is giving him the option of being deported or arrested.

–from Shelf Awareness, June 1, 2010

When booksellers gathered at the American Booksellers Association convention in 1990, they faced significant censorship threats. Salman Rushdie was still in hiding following the publication of The Satanic Verses; Waldenbooks was challenged by a national boycott organized by the American Family Association in an effort to stop the sale of Playboy; and Michigan booksellers were threatened with 12 censorship bills in the state legislature, including one that imposed a four-year prison sentence and a fine up to $100,000 for a first offense of selling an obscene book.

At a press conference at the convention, the American Booksellers Association announced that it was creating the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE) to fight on behalf of the First Amendment rights of booksellers. Twenty years later, while many things have changed, censorship remains a threat. “Rushdie is free, but fear of violence recently led Yale University Press to censor a book about the controversy over the publication of cartoons of Muhammed,” said ABFFE President Chris Finan. “Alaska and Massachusetts have just enacted legislation censoring the Internet, and the FBI still has the power to search the records of any bookstore or library customer in a terrorism investigation, including people who are not suspected of criminal conduct, much less terrorism.”

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The iPad, the Kindle, and the future of books:

Robert Irwin, one of the major artists of our time. And a personal favorite of The Book Works.

Robert Pincus (Union Tribune) wrote about Robert Irwin’s new work at Quint Contemporary Art in La Jolla. His show ends May 1st so if you haven’t been… make sure you go. If you have been, go again, because the exhibition changes every other week.

“Robert Irwin’s new work at La Jolla’s Quint Contemporary Art — his first show in a commercial gallery space on the West Coast in three decades — consists mainly of fluorescent light tubes. But it’s important to know that it’s not about the lights.
Sound like a contradiction? On the surface, yes. But not if we take into account the dramatic evolution of Irwin’s art since the 1960s — a body of work that has made him one of the major artists of our time.

Irwin, 81, has worked with an impressive array of media. There are the painted and shaped acrylic surfaces of his ethereal, wall-mounted discs of the late 1960s. Or, the tinted fence he employed in works like “Two Running Violet V-Forms” for UCSD’s Stuart Collection in 1981. Then, there is the vast array of plant life in what is arguably his most famous work for a public place: the Getty Garden in Los Angeles.”

Read the full article.