It happens probably fifteen times a week: “Are you connected to the Shakespeare & Co in Paris?” The answer is no no NO. But we’re very impressed. And actually, chances are the Paris bookstore you went to is not connected to the original Paris bookstore. That’s right. One closed and a different one opened…completely unconnected, though it was a brilliant marketing move.
Here is a photo from the original Parisian Shakespeare&Co:
No— ideas are free. But the book that inspires your costume could be 10% off— if you get it from Shakespeare & Co! In fact, we’ll go ahead and give you 10% off anything that you can argue is related to Halloween! Costumes, witches, magic, makeup, the novel Frankenstein. Be clever— but please, no tricks for this treat!
Hmmm. Not sure exactly what the outfits above would pass as, at a Halloween party, but they’re fun to look at!
A regular friend of ours visits the store every week to talk about food and books. Sometimes we get distracted with other topics— but mostly it’s food and books. Knowing I love a culinary challenge, he has been asking me to attempt congee, a Chinese soup dish also known as juke. Congee, or juke is traditionally pretty bland, with hundred years’ duck eggs. Though I didn’t go to the trouble to seek out the special egg, I did improvise a recipe from this big recipe book that we have available:
The cover is pretty beautiful, even if you don’t like the recipes.
I just cleaned up the foreign language section Sunday. Well, actually, I didn’t clean up the entire section, but I did sort out my favorites on the bottom shelf: Arabic, Farsi, Hindi, Bengali, Punjabi, Nepali. The French, Spanish and Chinese (Mandarin? Cantonese— I can’t read the script honestly!) sections are especially extensive. Our collection is pretty well-respected, says Yelp.
I’ll get to the rest soon. I promise. If you’ve ever worked at a used bookstore of this size, then you know that organizing one is a never-ending task. And besides, the misplaced treasures add to our dusty charm.
I’m not one for craft books, though I find them pretty inspiring. Recently i found one (which I’m still not sure if should not be placed in the art regular art section) while I was shelving. Its called The Century of Artists’ Books by Johanna Drucker. It’s a study of artists’ books in the twentieth century.
I think I was drawn to it because of all the fun I had experimenting with altered books while substituting a high school art class in Kokomo, Indiana. Yeah, I got paid to cut up books all day. It seems terrible, come to think of it. But it was a lot of fun.
Though this book has inspirational ideas and images for such a project, it’s actually a study of how the book-as-canvas has developed. At $12.50, it could be nicely paired with one of our hundreds of books by the door that cost anywhere from 40 cents to $3.00. Actually, quite a few students use these books for art projects. Here are some illustration examples from the book:
I was struck by three volumes of Philistine:A Periodical of Protest that came in this week. Volumes IX, XI, and XV of the nineteenth century texts drew me in with their textured binding.
They have fuzzy gold spines with page edges that remind me why the Grand Junction landmarks are called the “Book Cliffs”. The books’ leaves smell as yellow as their changing colors, and the font makes me feel like I should have good posture and clean nails…as if a school mistress were expecting me to dictate the text.
The editor, Elbert Hubbard, was impressive enough to have a PBS documentary made of himself and the little publications.
The publication, which piqued at a circulation of 100,000, was begun as a caustic retaliation towards editors who had rejected his submissions. He once said, “We are going after the ‘Chosen People’ in literature. Contributors to his bibelot included widely respected authors like Stephen Crane, Leo Tolstoy and many others.
Maybe because we’re crazy, or maybe because we love you…
Our calendars are already half off. So for all of you who stopped coming in for 2010 calendars last month…just go ahead and get next year’s now. Because they can’t get much cheaper. We have quite a variety, but here’s a sample:
And these are just the beginning of our selection.