University Book Store
30 Sep

On sale today, The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher, a collection of short stories from Booker Prize-winning author Hilary Mantel. When the eponymous story appeared in The Guardian earlier this month, it created a furor amongst Conservative Party idealogues; you can read about the controversy here and here, and read about Mantel’s inspiration behind the story and her views on the late PM here. In the meantime, readers now have ten new stories to tide us over while we await, The Mirror and the Light, the third volume in the Cromwell Trilogy.

29 Sep

Released tomorrow, The Zone of Interest, the new novel from the always intriguing Martin Amis. Never one to shy away from difficult subject matter, Amis once again explores the the horrors and madness of the Holocaust with his characteristic wit, compassion, and vivid prose. Now would also be the perfect time to pick up, or reacquaint yourself, with Time’s Arrow, the Booker Prize short listed thematic predecessor to The Zone of Interest, available, along with his complete back list, from Vintage Books. And, finally, coming in November, the Everyman’s Library edition of Amis’s masterpiece London Fields, a blackly comic murder mystery about a murder that has yet to happened, just in time to celebrate the novel’s 25th anniversary.



Happy National Coffee Day!This graphic gives you an easy way to celebrate.
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Happy coffee day, book lovers!
29 Sep



Happy National Coffee Day!
This graphic gives you an easy way to celebrate.

((Image found here))

Happy coffee day, book lovers!

28 Sep

Here’s a lovely book from John Lane and The Bodley Head LTD, published in this illustrated edition 1931. The reputation of novelist Anatole France (1844 - 1924) was made by The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard, 1881, for which he won the Academe francaise prize. Anatole France would go on to win the Nobel Prize for literature in 1921. This early novel, in which an aging scholar struggles to save a beautiful young girl from her dastardly guardian, Maitre Mouche, was said to have been an influence on Nabokov’s Lolita. Here translated by Lafcadio Hearn, “with illustrations and decorations by Zhenya Gay,” this now neglected masterpiece deserves another reprint.

27 Sep

Here’s a handsome — and thick — new volume from Contrasto, Writers: Literary Lives in Focus. 500 pages of great portraits of great writers by great photographers (mostly, all we have of Thomas Pynchon is a passport photo, for instance.) Fascinating faces, with brief biographies, in a beautiful book.

27 Sep

Fall weather makes us long for cozy things like warm socks and hot cocoa. Conveniently, we sell both. Stop by our gift shop and cafe after you pick up that next book.

Ode to My Socks
by Pablo Neruda

Mara Mori brought me
a pair of socks
which she knitted herself
with her sheepherder’s hands,
two socks as soft as rabbits.
I slipped my feet into them
as if they were two cases
knitted with threads of twilight and goatskin,
Violent socks,
my feet were two fish made of wool,
two long sharks
sea blue, shot through
by one golden thread,
two immense blackbirds,
two cannons,
my feet were honored in this way
by these heavenly socks.
They were so handsome for the first time
my feet seemed to me unacceptable
like two decrepit firemen,
firemen unworthy of that woven fire,
of those glowing socks.

Nevertheless, I resisted the sharp temptation
to save them somewhere as schoolboys
keep fireflies,
as learned men collect
sacred texts,
I resisted the mad impulse to put them
in a golden cage and each day give them
birdseed and pieces of pink melon.
Like explorers in the jungle
who hand over the very rare green deer
to the spit and eat it with remorse,
I stretched out my feet and pulled on
the magnificent socks and then my shoes.

The moral of my ode is this:
beauty is twice beauty
and what is good is doubly good
when it is a matter of two socks
made of wool in winter.

26 Sep

Out September 30th from Da Capo Press, Easy Street (The Hard Way) by Ron Perlman, a memoir about his unusual career (even by show business standards) in Hollywood. Despite having performed most of his roles under heavy prosthetic make-up, Perlman is now a recognizable star and an icon for fans of Sci-Fi/Fantasy films and television. To celebrate the book’s release, we’ve compiled a few pics from Mr. Perlman’s appearances in cinematic literary adaptations—the good, the bad, the weird, and sometimes all three.