Here we are, now officially in Autumn, getting dark by the time you finish dinner, dark when you get up to walk the dog, time to hunt for your sweatpants and make sure the windows are not wide open in case it rains while you’re away from home. Time, too then, to make sure you have lots of piles of books around so you have choices for whatever you’re gonna read next!
No more leaks from above, but we have been left with ceiling tiles that certainly do look as if a coffee boiler exploded up above them. Those, we’re assured, will be replaced.
The 2014 Seattle Antiquarian Bookfair is coming up. It is the weekend of Oct 11th and 12th. Admission is $5, which is good for both days. It’s always fun and interesting, and worth the time and Five Spot even if you have no intention of buying anything. Ya never know what you’ll see!
Along with the move – or due to the move – there are a couple of shop fixtures with which we need to part: the street-scene sculpture, and our antique desk. Photos, details and prices are on our blog. Now’s your chance to own a significant chunk of the shop’s history, lighten the load of the move, and fund the lunacy.
Rest In Peace
Let us note the passing of Polly Bergen (b. July 14, 1930, d. Sept. 20, 2014) for her role as the mother terrorized by the evil Robert Mitchum in the 1962 film version ofCape Fear. She was a multi-talented woman and an award-winning performer. In addition to her acting, she founded a cosmetics company and published three books on fashion, beauty and charm.
In the film adaptation of John D. MacDonald’sThe Executioners, she played Peggy Bowden, wife of lawyer Sam Bowden (Gregory Peck). They and their daugher Nancy are targeted by Max Cady, a rapist who went to prison for 8 years on Sam’s testimony. If you’re never seen it, it is a deliciously creepy film noir and one of the few times to see Telly Savalas with hair. Bergen is ferocious as a threatened woman protecting her own.
Ms. Bergen died at the age of 84 of natural causes – she’d dealt with emphysema and other health issues since the late 90s. She was surrounded by loved ones when she died on the 20th.
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Links of Interest:
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While we specialize in mystery and crime books, we can order virtually any new book that you might want, no matter what its topic.
See the calendar ofall currently-scheduled events on our website. The website calendar contains plot synopses. At the bottom of it is the updated, complete list of signed copies that we’ll be getting from other sources. Click Here.
Yasmine Galenorn, Oct 4
Hank Phillippi Ryan, Oct 10
Urban Waite, Oct 21
John Connolly, Nov 10
Fuminori Nakamura, Nov 12
Maia Chance, Nov 15
F. Paul Wilson, Nov 19
Bernadette Pajer, Nov 29
Phillip Margolin, Dec 11
Jayne Ann Krentz, Jan 6
Tracy Weber, Jan 10
Pamela Christie, Jan 17
Yasmine Galenorn, Jan 31
Burt Weissbourd, Jan 31 at 3:00pm
And there are always more on the way!
Remember, too, that while it is always fun to come in and meet the author in person, that isn’t always possible. So reserve a signed copy to be mailed to you or for you to pick up later. Those who reserve in advance get the copies in the best condition!
Our website has a Wish List capability. If folks want to know what you’d like for a given holiday or birthday, it is easy to point people to our website. Amber has put together a dandy blog post explaining it and how it works.
Word of the Week
barbarian (adj.) mid-14c., from Medieval Latin barbarinus (source of Old Frenchbarbarin "Berber, pagan, Saracen, barbarian"), from Latinbarbaria "foreign country," from Greekbarbaros "foreign, strange, ignorant," from Proto-Indo-European root*barbar- echoic of unintelligible speech of foreigners (compare Sanskritbarbara- "stammering," also "non-Aryan," Latinbalbus "stammering," Czechblblati "to stammer").
Greekbarbaroi (n.) meant "all that are not Greek," but especially the Medes and Persians. Originally not entirely pejorative, its sense darkened after the Persian wars. The Romans (technically themselvesbarbaroi) took up the word and applied it to tribes or nations which had no Greek or Roman accomplishments. The noun is from late 14th C., "person speaking a language different from one's own," also (c.1400) "native of the Barbary coast;" meaning "rude, wild person" is from 1610s.
barbarous (adj.) C.1400, "uncivilized, uncultured, ignorant," from Latinbarbarus, from Greekbarbaros. Meaning "not Greek or Latin" (of words or language) is from c.1500; that of "savagely cruel" is from 1580s.
(thanks to etymonline.com)
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What We’ve Been Reading
Amber’s project for 2014: My 52 Weeks of Agatha Christie. Here’s her explanation.
This Week: The Butler Did It!
It takes me a while sometimes, but I do learn. When Amber strongly recommends I read something, she knows I'm going to like it. Ernest Cline'sReady Player One (Broadway Books, $14.00)? Favorite for that year. Jasper Fforde'sThe Last Dragonslayer (HMH Books, $7.99)? Read it in one sitting. Holly Black'sThe Coldest Girl in Coldtown (Little Brown, $10.00)? Absolutely brilliant.
So when she started vibrating about Anne Bishop'sWritten in Red (Roc, $7.99), I didn't even fight it. I waited until I had a plane trip ahead of me and snagged it. And again, she was absolutely right.
The land is nominally the United States, an alternate universe perhaps. And in this land, humans are simply clever meat to the were-creatures, vampires and Others that control the land. But it's by being clever that humans have survived and have established cities, trading goods and innovative creations for a chance to live. But make no mistake, humans are still food, and in the Courtyard, where the Others and humans interact, if a rule is broken by a human, the penalty is swift, permanent and without recourse. In the cities, human law prevails (mostly, and at the whim of the Others), but in the Courtyard and away from human cities? Humans are prey.
Meg Corbyn stumbles into the Lakeside Courtyard one winter evening, fighting her way through a blizzard looking for shelter. Werewolf and leader of the Courtyard, Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to take her in, but he's intrigued. She doesn't smell like prey; in fact, she seems to decidedly be "not-prey" even though she’s human, and he's puzzled. Besides, the Courtyard needs a human liaison, so he hires her, figuring to sniff out her secrets in time.
But Meg's no ordinary human, and the people she's running from are powerful. You see, Meg's a "cassandra sangue", a blood prophet. When her skin is cut, she can prophesy the future, and Meg's one of the best. She's managed to escape from her Controller and the compound where the blood prophets are kept "for their own good", and they want her back. And they're willing to challenge the Others for her, no matter what the cost.
This is the first in a series, and it's fantastic. Anne Bishop manages to capture how truly different the Others are, how completely alien their thought processes can be while still making them sympathetic and relatable, which is no small feat. The vampires, the shapeshifters (not just wolves but all kinds of creatures), the Elementals, all the other types of Creatures - and I suspect there are many yet to meet - are fascinating in their own rights. The relationships Bishop has created between the Others and humans is intricate, a political dance on a knife's edge, and is complex and fascinating.
I can't wait to read more in this series, and once again, Amber has suckered me into a new author whom I love!
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Books and Decay, maintained by Amber – interesting photos with literary quotes to match
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On This Date
Sept 28, 1888 – Herman Cyril McNeile was born in Bodmin, Cornwall. Writing as Sapper, he created Bulldog Drummond in 1920
Sept 28, 1913 - Edith Mary Pargeter was born in Horshay, Shrophire. The trained historian would create Brother Cadfael 64 years later and publish her novels under the pen name Ellis Peters
Sept 28, 1943 – the late, great character actor J.T. Walsh was born in San Francisco
Sept 28, 1944 – creator of the modern female private eye, Marcia Muller was born in Detroit
Sept 28, 1953 –Witness for the Prosecution staged for the first time in Nottingham. This was actually the second performance, as it was done as live TV in the US on CBS with Edward G. Robinson making his debut, Sept 17, 1953
Sept 28, 1984 – “Miami Vice” premiered
Sept 29, 1829 – the Metropolitan Police formed in London but it’d be forever called Scotland Yard due to the street out its back door at Whitehall
Sept 29, 1913 – director Stanley Kramer was born. He was at the helm ofThe Defiant Ones with Curtis and Pointier
Sept 29, 1922 – actress Lizabeth Scott was born Emma Matzo in Scranton
Sept 29, 1927 – Barbara Mertz, Barbara Michaels and Elizabeth Peters were born at the exact same moment
Sept 29, 1930 - Colin Dexter was born in Lincolnshire
Sept 29, 1934 – the late, great Stuart M. Kaminsky was born in Chicago
Sept 29, 1942 – Donna Leon was born in Montclair, NJ
Sept 29, 1942 – Ian McShane was born in Lancashinre
Sept 29, 1948 – Siodmak’sCry of the City, with Victor Mature, Richard Conte, premiered
Sept 29, 1967 – “The Prisoner” first aired in England
Sept 29, 1971 – “McMillan & Wife” premiered
Sept 30, 1888 – Elizabeth Stride and Catherine Eddowes, the 3rd and 4th victims of Jack the Ripper, are found murdered
Sept 30, 1906 - Michael Innes was born in Edinburgh. While an Oxford scholar, he’d create Insp. John Appleby, whose cases often took him into academia
Sept 30, 1924 - Truman Capote was born. While perhaps best known forIn Cold Blood, many people don’t realize that the little boy Dill inTo Kill a Mockingbird was based on him
Sept 30, 1931 – Angie Dickinson was born Angeline Brown in Kulm, ND
Sept 30, 1933 - Jonathan Gash was born in Lancashire
Sept 30, 1935 - “Dick Tracy” is first published. While his wrist radio was the stuff of science fiction at the time, today it is not so far from a cell phone. (We also have a source that lists this premiere as Oct 4th)
Sept 30, 1960 –Happy Birthday to local novelist Nicola Griffith!
Sept 30 – “Naked City” (1958) and “Murder, She Wrote” (1984) premiered
Oct 1, 1888 – Scotland Yard received the “Saucy Jack” postcard, postmarked that day
Oct 1, 1910 - Bonnie Parker was born. She was 24 when she and Clyde were ambushed
Oct 1, 1911 – a writer of intense political thrillers, Fletcher Knebel was born in Dayton, OH
Oct 1, 1920 - Walter Matthau was born.The Laughing Policeman, Charlie Varrick, The Taking of Pelham 123 and one of JB’s all-time favorites,Charade
Oct 1, 1928 – the suave George Peppard was born in Detroit and the suave Laurence Harvey was born in Lithuania
Oct 1, 1936 – Estelle Caro Eggleston was born in Yazoo City, MI. Her screen name was Stella Stevens
Oct 1, 1940 – first a ghostwriter, now a bestseller under his own name, Michael Gruber was born in Brooklyn
Oct 1, 1947 - the timeless Jo Dereske was born.Happy Birthday, Jo!
Oct 1 - “Remington Steel” (1982) and “Dexter” (2006) premiered on TV
Oct 2 – a big day for author’s birthdays and Hollywood: Edmund Crispin (1921, Buckinghamshire), Graham Greene (1904, Berkhamstad), Jack Finney (1911, Milwaukee) Colin Cotterill (1952, London), Moses Gunn (1929, St. Louis), Avery Brooks (1948, Evansville, IN) , and Loraine Bracco (1954, Brooklyn)
Oct 2, 1949 -White Heat starring Jimmy Cagney premiered
Oct 2, 1955 – ‘Alfred Hitchcock Presents’ went on the air, fittingly for this time of the year! And William Wyler’sThe Desperate Hours, with Bogart and March, premiered. Hayes wrote the screenplay and won the Edgar Award for it
Oct 2, 19?? – the luminous and irreplaceable Gail D – driver of authors and friend of the shop – was born.Happy Early Birthday!
Oct 2, 1959 – “The Twilight Zone” premiered
Oct 2, 1974 – the originalThe Taking of Pelham One Two Three premiered
Oct 2, 2002 – the DC Beltway sniper attacks began
Oct 3, 1879 – Warner Oland was born in Sweden but gained fame portraying the great Oriental detective Charlie Chan in the movies
Oct 3, 1925 – Gore Vidal was born in West Point, NY. He published three mysteries under the pen name Edgar Box
Oct 3, 1937 – Robert Goldsborough was born in Chicago.
Oct 3, 1941 –The Maltese Falcon – the stuff from which dreams are made – premiered
Oct 3, 1955 – “Highway Patrol”, starring Broderick Crawford, premiered
Oct 3, 1964 – British actor Clive Owen was born in Coventry, Warwickshire
Oct 3, 1976 – “Quincy, M.E.” premiered
Oct 3, 1995 – proving that sometimes you can get away with murder, the jury acquits OJ
And Have a Relaxing and Book-Filled Weekend!