University Book Store
17 Apr

New from the University of Oklahoma Press and Jacilee Wray, an anthropologist with the National Park Service at Olympic Penninsula, Washington, come a fascinating study, From the Hands of a Weaver: Olympic Peninsula Basketry Through Time. (Some examples taken from various museums, including the Burke on the campus of the University of Washington.)

17 Apr

In Memoriam
Gabriel García Márquez

University Book Store is saddened by the by news that Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez, one of the 20th Century’s greatest writers, passed away today in Mexico City, at age 87. Achieving both widespread critical acclaim and commercial success, he was a beloved figure throughout the Spanish speaking world, particularly in South America and his native Columbia. His two most popular novels, One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera, are modern classics in every sense of the word and will endure for many more generations to come. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1982 “for his novels and short stories, in which the fantastic and the realistic are combined in a richly composed world of imagination, reflecting a continent’s life and conflicts.” The world today seems a little less magically real.

"What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it."

17 Apr

Happy Birthday Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen)

Born this day in 1885, she is best known for Out of Africa (1937), her memoir of living on a coffee plantation in British East Africa (now Kenya). After her divorce from her husband, Baron Bror von Blixen-Finecke, in 1925, she managed the farm on her own until forced to sell it six years later. She returned to Denmark and began writing. Her first book, Nine Tales (now published as Seven Gothic Tales) was published in 1934. Following WWII, her literary star skyrocketed, particularly in America, where she toured in 1959 being received on her visit by the likes of e.e. cummings, Pearl Buck, Gloria Vanderbilt, Truman Capote, Arthur Miller and Marilyn Monroe. Recently released ballots from the Swedish Academy show that she was shortlisted for the Nobel Prize in both 1961 and 1962, the year of her death. She remains one of Denmark’s great literary lions, and her portrait has been featured on the front of the Danish 50-krone banknote as well as Danish postage stamps.

"When in the end, the day came on which I was going away, I learned the strange learning that things can happen which we ourselves cannot possibly imagine, either beforehand, or at the time when they are taking place, or afterwards when we look back on them."—Out of Africa

17 Apr

New from Penguin Press, Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War, by Mark Harris. The five being American master-filmmakers, John Ford, George Stevens, John Huston, William Wyler and Frank Capra.

16 Apr

The announcement must have crashed Simon & Schuster’s site, because we can’t get there to find out all the details on Naomi Klein’s new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. Apparently we’re not the only ones who read No Logo and The Shock Doctrine and know her words have tremendous value. Bring on September!

Note: site’s up! Here’s an excerpt:

The most important book yet from the author of the international bestseller The Shock Doctrine, a brilliant explanation of why the climate crisis challenges us to abandon the core “free market” ideology of our time, restructure the global economy, and remake our political systems.

In short, either we embrace radical change ourselves or radical changes will be visited upon our physical world. The status quo is no longer an option.

"Never saw so many books in my life," the big man said. "I never thought I’d see the day when I’d just walk into a bookstore and buy up all the books I always wanted to read."
“It’s a good feeling.”

- Shirley Jackson, Seven Types of Ambiguity
16 Apr

"Never saw so many books in my life," the big man said. "I never thought I’d see the day when I’d just walk into a bookstore and buy up all the books I always wanted to read."
“It’s a good feeling.”

- Shirley Jackson, Seven Types of Ambiguity

16 Apr

Season’s started. A selection of some of the new baseball books up to bat: Jackie Robinson: An Intimate Portrait, by the great man’s widow, Rachel Robinson, with Lee Daniels, new from Abrams, now in paperback from Simon and Schuster, Long Shot, by superstar Mike Piazza, new from Doubleday and major sportswriter, John Feinstein’s new one, Where Nobody Knows Your Name: Life in the Minor Leagues of Baseball, and finally, Just Tell Me I Can’t: How Jamie Moyer Defied the Radar Gun and Defeated Time, by Moyer himself, with Larry Platt, new from Grand Central Publishing.

16 Apr

For National Poetry Month—

Caligari by Dreamlight

In the willow garden the silent wraith
drifts by like a lonely blot of steam.
Eyes like cigarette burns.

Now we plunge the cruel diagonals,
the ancient town layered like an artichoke.
Shadow sleeps on the skin of light.
Always some of us are mad,
sometimes all of us are mad.
There is one of us who never wakes.

Help help I am in the black box
Mouth stuffed with deadly truth
Another me who cannot speak

Within the gnawed book the secret crawls,
like a silverfish; when the doctor grins
darkness slathers the windows.

I carry over the rooftops my white bride.
I shall lie in my coffin with folded arms.
I will not do what you say.
Put the Doctor away.

—Fred Chappell

16 Apr

Northwest native, Charles R. Cross was in to sign his new title, Here We Are Now: The Lasting Inpact of Curt Cobain, from Harper, as well as Cobain Unseen, from Little Brown, and Nirvana: The Complete Illustrated History, from Voyageur Press.

15 Apr

Across the Used Desk today, Atlas Major of 1665, Joan Blaeu, from Taschen. Gorgeous.