All Shiny and New

June 27, 2015 at 12:03 am (Events) (, , , , , , , )

The Bookshop Hotel has a new face! And back. And inside for that matter.  It’s been re-edited and fine tuned and re-published by the marvelous Grey Gecko Press.

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And right now, you may download this updated version for FREE: http://store.greygeckopress.com/products/the-bookshop-hotel

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Adventures of an Independent Bookseller

August 25, 2014 at 11:52 pm (Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

kings-englishTitle: The King’s English
Author: Betsy Burton
Publisher: Gibbs Smith
Genre: Books on Books
Length: 302 pages

In 1977, Betsy Burton opened a little independent bookstore in Salt Lake City, Utah. The rest is history, captured elegantly and passionately within the pages of The King’s English, a book named after the store it chronicles.

I love books about books and bookstores.  Burton’s passions speak of my own as she details the pleasures of getting the right book into the right hands at the right time.  She breaks up chapters with lists upon lists of must haves for people searching specific genres or moods.  She tells the tale of a store’s life blood, its employees, customers, and ultimately all the people who have made it the world renown establishment it has become.

The store has been molded by dreams, authors, legal battles, and the patrons who have kept walking through the doors.  The book industry, American history, and religious nuances of Utah have shaped what TKE has – through time – chosen to stand and fight for.  It’s been a beautiful life, and to this day it continues through politics, economics, and the ever changing publishing practices.

I loved every minute of it, every word, and I’m a little ashamed to say that a few other titles were put on the back burner for this reading whim when they deserved my full attention.  The experience has been fulfilling and the store has now been added to my places to visit before I die.  Even more fulfilling would be to see one of my own books perched on their shelves, knowing what great care they go into selecting their inventory.

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The Bookshop

November 23, 2009 at 3:41 am (Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , )

MC  bookshopThe Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald:

“In 1959 Florence Green, a kindhearted widow with a small inheritance, risks everything to open a bookshop – the only bookshop – in the seaside town of Hardborough. By making a success of a business so impractical, she invites the hostility of the town’s less prosperous shopkeepers. By daring to enlarge her neighbors’ lives, she crosses Mrs. Gamart, the local arts doyenne. Florence’s warehouse leaks, her cellar seeps, and the shop is apparently haunted. Only too late does she begin to suspect the truth: a town that lacks a bookshop isn’t always a town that wants one.”

The blurb above was provided by shelfari.com.  The quote below is from the book itself:

“A good book is the precious life-blood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life, and as such it must surely be a necessary commodity.” – P. Fitzgerald’s The Bookshop

Fitzgerald’s work is cozy, depressing, beautiful, and romantic – if you’re a booklover.  I became so infatuated with the growth and decline of this little shop, I had to read every book mentioned by its characters.  Of course, Lolita by Nabakov is the work up for the most debate in this little village, and until my encounter with Florence Green, Lolita had never been high on my list of must read books.  I thank Fitzgerald for introducing me, it has been quite an experience.

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