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Saturday, January 09, 2010

Department of Book Reports: This.. and then there's That

I heard yesterday that Garth Stein would be on KUOW's Weekday with a couple other authors to discuss The Future of Indie Bookstores. We decided to stream the radio at Lacamas Reading Hall and invite folks over for discussion. I really only had time to twitter and send a couple notices. Still, there's good proof that our social medias do work. The book discussion starts at 24 minutes and Garth gives a shout out to virtual Jackson Street Books at 48m. You can't see it in the picture, but w00ts filled the air!

University Bookstore is celebrating 110 years by asking 110 authors to write 110 word essays. You can see a sneak peek pdf at their website and attend the party on Sunday to get a copy of the book with the purchase of a contributor's book.

My favorite is from Maria Dahvana Headley, one of Garth's co-panelists today

Pulp Romance

He saw her across a crowded shelf.

Her deckle-edge was seductively deep, her endpapers velvety. She was a first edition, probably autographed. Any man would want to write his name in a book like her.

She noticed him perusing her pages, and blushed. He had a hard spine, and a crisp dust jacket. His eyes were capitalized, and in an obscure font designed in Amsterdam in 1768. She caught herself glancing at his flyleaf, and looked away, mortified.

They were in the YA section, and she was acting like a common galley.

"Can I have your ISBN?" he whispered. He could nearly see her addendum.

"Yes," she cooed, helpless. "Yes."

The 2010 Pacific Northwest Book Awards have been announced, and they are fine books this year! The Big Burn topped the list, and I will be telling you about the others soon.

My pledge for the new year is to figure out a plug-in for you folks who can't do SL, so that you can listen to the authors at Lacamas. Stay tuned.

Kinda cross-posted from Jackson Street Books. You can order books 24 hours a day!

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  1. MY favorite book, "Al Fresco Dining With The Donner Party--The Other White Meat", is--at 1426 pages (including eye catching full color photos!)--far too long for consideration, but this bit of doggerel from many years ago (the auto models would be the "tell"), otoh:

    Hot Rod

    Whilst he slavered over her quivering Volvo,

    she dreamily caressed his throbbing Pinto.

    Then he rammed his Pantera into her Vega,

    until they both had a shuddering Omega!


  2. nice one....

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