Lakefield Station Bookshop, Lakefield, ON
I’m guessing that this is the best used/rare bookstore in Alicante, Spain,
So. What to look for when you’re in a used/rare bookstore in Spain and don’t read the language? I got some answers from Emilio Gil last year when I interviewed him for The Biblio File. Content is out, but design can be universally appreciated. So Emilio identified four important Spanish book designers to go after:
Ricard Giralt Miracle and his Filograf studio work
Jordi Fornas and his covers for the La cua de palla ‘man of straw’ crime series published by Edicions ’62 from 1963 – 1970 (71 titles in all)
Manolo Prieto and the covers he designed for Novelas y Cuentos, a series of weekly paperback magazine-type books he produced each week for 14 years, starting in 1942.
Daniel Gil and his covers for Alianza Editorial (notably the Marcuse titles) 1968-1980
Here’s a nice Gil number I picked up this evening at Librería Raices.
Here’s a photo of the owner:
We made a point of beetling off the beaten path the other day to visit Down in Denver Bookstore in Stephentown, roughly an hour’s drive East of Albany N.Y. I’d spotted a Robert R. Reid-designed book online, published by McGill’s Redpath Press, and figured this was reason enough to make the trip.
Very happy I was that we did too. Lots of
here. Smallish shop, but with some interesting titles. The owner, Daniel Lorber
in addition to favouring The Beats, also shares my new-found, Richard Minsky-inspired interest in illustrated American book covers 1875-1930; and I found a beaut here for only $5.95. Unfortunately, seeing as I gifted it to Richard shortly after buying it, I can’t show you what it looked like because I forgot to take a photograph…still, fear not, for we do have more haul shots, this Alvin Lustig New Directions jacket, for instance
and this funky little Coach House Press number:
All in: a most enjoyable detour.
For more info on Down in Denver Books check out the Literary Tourist listing here.
“We do get a lot of business from tourists…”
Thinking of visiting Providence? Check out Literary Tourist’s listing map here.
“Armchair Books……ekes out its intense and blustery existence on Edinburgh’s hallowed West Port…ancient home of booksellers. In view of the castle, above the Grassmarket, it bakes under the torrid Scottish sun. The dangers are manifold; Our overburdened shelves groan like masts in a squall, our threadbare and quasi-oriental rugs may distractingly catch the eye or foot. Books in the window may spontaneously burst into flames, and the Manager must be kept locked in at all times… Sporadically under feeble but sinister attack by the government, we struggle under goad of Fear, towards Beauty.”
A new used bookstore has opened its doors in Vancouver on ‘Book Row’ near McLeod’s
Books. Now there’s another great reason to make this part of town a Literary Tourist must-visit destination.
Here’s how Rod Clarke and Kim Koch, owners of The Paper Hound describe their stock: “We don’t specialize in one particular kind of book, but we favour the curious, unusual, beautiful, visually arresting, scholarly, bizarre, whimsical, and classical.”
Working my way through our Literary Tourist database of Used Bookstores again this week, I came across this rather delightful ‘about’ description:
Johnnycake Books is an Internet and storefront bookseller of rare and collectible books. We were one of the first several hundred booksellers to put their collections on the Internet in 1996. Our storefront, which resulted from our Internet success, is located in the small Connecticut town of Salisbury. Nestled in the foothills of the Berkshires, our shop is housed in a 19th-century farmer’s cottage. Surrounded by perennial gardens, Johnnycake Books is a place for relaxation, perusal, and acquisition of the fine volumes in our collection.
what’s a johnnycake?
It’s a simple corncake that harkens back to old New England Yankee kitchens.
why Johnnycake books?
There are two reasons, one personal, and the other literary. There is a Johnnycake Hill that overlooks the harbor in New Bedford, Massachusetts, where the store’s owner Dan Dwyer grew up. Johnnycake Hill is also the place in Herman Melville’s Moby Dick where Ishmael finds lodging, worships, and from which he departs to go a-whalin’.
Dan Dwyer brings a varied background to rare-book selling. After graduating from Georgetown University in 1974, he worked on Capitol Hill and Jimmy Carter’s 1976 campaign. He then served at the White House, traveling worldwide with the press corps. Next, he worked for CBS both in Washington and New York. When he moved to Salisbury, he sold real estate and ran for public office before discovering the happy pursuit of rare books.
Delightful, I say, because it shows the Internet as an enabler of the Brick and Mortar – a heartening message that stands out as I busily delete dozens of such stores from our lists. Delightful because it describes its location with such persuasion that I now really want to go there; conveys just the kind of information that would interest a literary tourist – in just the right tone; and shares enough personal information to make me want to make the acquaintance of its author.
Considering how sick I feel about this, I can’t even image what Tom Williams is going through.
His basement-level bookstore on 17th Ave S. E. in Calgary was caught in the deluge that hit the city recently. Gone in a matter of hours was his collection of 200,000 rare, second-hand books and ephemera, buried under a river of dirty water and mud.
As the Calgary Sun put it “For Williams, 77, his life’s work was gone in a flash.” Because the books were used, Williams couldn’t begin to estimate the worth of his collection, which was uninsured.
Here’s a photo I took of the store sign several winters back. As I noted in the Literary Tourist comment section for the place, was just the kind of used bookstore I love – big, slightly disheveled, and filled with interesting titles from a wide range of different publishers, British, Canadian and American.
What a blow.