Our rare books specialist Elihu found me some amazing whale books! You can’t buy them, I already did, but FYI, we have cool stuff here.
It’s backwards, they are: Of Whales and Women, by Frank B. Gilbreth Jr. and The Great Story of Whales by Georges Blond.
"Just because you love a writer’s books doesn’t necessarily mean they would be great company. I’d love to meet Oscar Wilde, because they all say he was so much more wonderful in person than on the page. From reading the journals of Tennessee Williams, I’m almost positive that if Tennessee and I had ever met, we would have been friends. And if it was a dinner date? Albert Camus. That trench coat! That cigarette! I think my French is good enough. We’d have a great time." —Donna Tartt - By the Book - NYTimes.com
Did you know we have a podcast of bookstore events, and it’s pretty amazing? Subscribe, rate us 5 stars: iTunes - Podcasts - Housing Works Books by Jenny Nelson and Amanda Bullock also on Soundcloud.
"Lolita is about obsession and narcissistic appetite, misogyny and contemptuous rejection, not only of women, but of humanity itself. And yet. It is also about love; if it were not, the book would not be so heart-stoppingly beautiful."
Jean-Christophe Valtat was in San Francisco talking about Jules Verne and steampunk this weekend.
Sorry, wait, that doesn’t need to be a hashtag. What I mean to say is: DAPPER AS FUCK.
Don’t worry if you missed him, he’s back for a full blown tour later this month. Details here.
Including here, on October 31 — that’s right, we’re doing a steampunk Halloween extravaganza with Melville House.
In On Stage at Housing Works episode 16, Art Spiegelman talks about the San Francisco comics hierarchy and his time in communes, Timothy Donnelly reads from Roald Dahl’s “Little Red Riding Hood" in celebration of banned books, Juan Gabriel Vasquez sits down in conversation with fellow author Richard Price, and Judy Batalion reads from an essay about Cape Town in a piece from issue 1 of travel journal [wherever].
Ladies tickets are SOLD OUT but we’re still in want of some fine literary lads for I Like Your Glasses: Literary Speed Dating, Hosted by CoverSpy. This is the third speed dating we’ve done and it’s so. much. fun. It’s very focused on books, so you’ll definitely have something to talk about and hopefully, at the very least, walk out with some book recommendations. Use the code “GATSBY" for $3 off your ticket.
Notes: This particular speed dating is designed for M4W and W4M, 21–39 years old. We have done a queer ladies event in the past and hope to do another, and we hope to also have events for different age ranges if the demand allows.
Poster design and illustration by Andrea Sparacio.
"In this novel, the young are dull and clueless, but the elderly, despite their infirmities, are brilliant. Even demented, they make more sense than the absurd world they’ve stumbled into." (via ‘Half the Kingdom,’ by Lore Segal - NYTimes.com)
Lore Segal will be here TOMORROW, in conversation with James Marcus. Free drinks courtesy of Melville House!
New Podcast!! With recordings from:
- A Walk On the Wild Side: Downtown Stories with Brendan Jay Sullivan and More with WORD Bookstore
- McSweeney’s Night of One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses
- Tales of Cacophony: How To Make Your City a Playground
- (vintage track from summer 2k12) Vol 1 Brooklyn’s Best 3-Minute Punk Stories Part Two