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Summer books!

Two new local history books and a local guide for kid’s activities! First, a new book on Concord in Arcadia Publishing’s “Images of America” series: Concord By Joel A.Harris $21.99 The book traces Concord’s history from the Spanish land-grant days … Continue reading

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Strange Bedfellows, or at least Shelfbuddies

I went by Half Price Books today and went immediately to the hardcover Science Fiction section, as I usually do. They’d moved it! They didn’t move it far, but they switched it with hardcover Romance. Then they moved the Horror … Continue reading

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Kitsch or Classic?

I’ve been scanning some of the sleazy, I mean vintage paperbacks we have in the shop. The idea being, pictures of these goofball, I mean colorful covers and ridiculous, I mean unusual titles would make people laugh, I mean, reach … Continue reading

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November NaNoWriMo Write-Ins

What is NaNoWriMo? NationalNovelWritingMonth is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to start with a blank page and a plot (or in a pinch, just a blank page) and write a … Continue reading

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I’m trying to get into the habit of posting here more regularly. But since I don’t have anything actually written, I thought I’d scare you all with this: (Click for a larger view, if you dare!) If you’re Of A … Continue reading

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Book Signing – Nilda Rego & Robert Tatam – December 1

Local History Book Signing Saturday, December 1 1:00 – 3:00 Nilda Rego Robert Tatam Author of Days Gone By Author of Old Times in Contra Costa Berkshire Books is hosting a book signing and discussion with two popular local history … Continue reading

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Book Signing!

Local History Book Signing with Dean McLeod, author of Port Chicago Saturday, October 27 1:00 to 3:00 Dean McLeod has a new book out in Arcadia’s “Images of America” series, Port Chicago. He will be in the shop to sign … Continue reading

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Upcoming Events at the Shop!

We’ve got lots of events coming up in the next few months. I’m putting them all in this post for handy reference. There’ll be more details on each even as they get closer (note: dates on calendar are closer than … Continue reading

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Website: Beauty for Commerce: Publisher's Bindings 1830-1910

A friend pointed me to this wonderful online exhibit of nineteenth century book covers, Beauty for Commerce, at the University of Rochester Library – Rare Books and Special Collections website. It reproduces hundreds of decorative bindings (and some early dust … Continue reading

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Harry Potter and the After-market of Doom

Millions of copies of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be sold this weekend. Millions. And yet booksellers will make very little money on the book. They’ll put DH into the hands of the ravening hordes customers, stay open … Continue reading

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