The horror in Paris reminds us that the crime and murder we deal in for entertainment are pale colors compared to what goes on in our world. We don’t think it is much of a step from those who censor what you can read, to those who will burn books so you can’t read them, to slaughtering those whose writings you abhor.
As people who adore writing and books and resist any attempts by anyone to tell us what to read or think, we support Stephané Charbonnier when he said “Maybe it’s a little pompous to say, but I’d rather die standing than live on my knees.”
M. Charbonnier was the chief editor of “Charlie Hebdo” and was murdered in the attack.
Sat, Jan 10th - we'll be closing around 2:30pm (ish- if not before - the game starts at 5:15 so we'll play it by ear. Call if in doubt.)
Fri Jan 2 – Our Regular Hours have changed!
The 5-6pm hour doesn’t see much action – very few sales. So, from Jan 2nd to maybe sometime in March, if then (depends on tourist season and over-all sales):
Sunday stays the same, noon – 5
Mon – Sat: 10 to 5
If there are people in the shop at 5pm, we won’t kick them out. By the same token, if you can be here by just a few minutes after 5, call and we can see if someone can stay. But Call First!
Links of Interest:
From the New Yorker - Pulp’s Big Moment: How Emily Brontë met Mickey Spillane
While we specialize in mystery and crime books, we can order virtually any new book that you might want, no matter what its topic.
New Signings (with authors who will be visiting the shop):
Friday, Mar 27, noon, J.A. Jance signs Cold Betrayal (Touchstone hc, $25.99). Now happily married, Ali Reynolds is faced with two crises: her new daughter-in-law’s grandmother is being stalked and threatened by someone whose actions are increasingly dangerous; and her friend Sister Anselm is guarding a young runaway from a cult that refuses to allow members to leave.
See the calendar of all 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.
Tracy Weber & M.A. Lawson, Jan 10
Jeanne Matthews, Jan 14
Thomas Perry, Jan 16
Pamela Christie, Jan 17
Tessa Arlen, Jan 24
Yasmine Galenorn, Jan 31, drop-by, time uncertain
Gigi Pandian, Jan 31, drop-by, time uncertain
Burt Weissbourd, Jan 31 at 3:00pm
Cara Black, Mar 2
Glen Erik Hamilton, Mar 3
C.S. Harris, Mar 7
Leslie Budewitz, Mar 10
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!
They’re available in Whatever Denomination You Want; They Don’t Expire; You can Order Them by Phone, e-mail or through the Website, and we can Mail them directly to the Recipient if you’d like. Perfect for all sorts of occasions.
Word of the Week:
Abomination: From the early 14th C., "abominable thing or action;" late 14th C., "feeling of disgust, hatred, loathing," from Old French abominacion "abomination, horror, repugnance, disgust" (13th C.), from Latin abominationem (nominative abominatio) "abomination," noun of action from past participle stem of abominari "shun as an ill omen," from ab- "off, away from" (see ab-) + omin-, stem of omen (see omen). Meaning intensified by folk etymology derivation from Latin ab homine "away from man," thus "beastly."
(thanks to etymonline.com)
You can browse our collectable and hard-to-find books, as well as signed copies from earlier author events, on Biblio.com. You do not have to place an order through them, especially if you’re a long-time customer and we have your ordering info. Just email us to order.
What We’ve Been Reading:
Amber’s project for 2014: My 52 Weeks of Agatha Christie. Here’s her explanation.
This Week: My Faves, and a glimpse into what's ahead for Amber's blogging this year.
Things are getting a little out of hand at the D'Artigo residence with Yasmine Galenorn's latest installment in the "Otherworld" novels. In Panther Prowling (Jove, $7.99, signed copies available after Jan. 31st, so reserve yours now!), Delilah finds herself at the center of a couple of unsettling events.
At Camille's birthday party, the sisters' cousin, Daniel, makes a spectacular entrance when he's thrown into the party by a Viking ghost. Turns out Daniel's acquired a sword, and it seems to have it's own inhabitant, a bloody king who's desperate to be released. But then there are the three other ghosts that attend the sword, and while they don't seem to be hostile, they're obviously not just for show either.
But all the ghosts in the world may be easier to deal with than some of the personal things that Delilah has to face among her close friends and even her own sisters! And it's possible her own relationship is about to undergo a massive change. It's no wonder that she contemplates retreating into her Tabby form!
One of the things that makes this series so great is that Yasmine Galenorn is not afraid of shaking things up among the characters. In the past - without giving anything away - she's damaged some main folks, transformed several, put the sisters through violent and brutal assaults, and has even killed off people we've come to care about. And she has a gift for making us care. If you read the previous book, Priestess Dreaming (Jove, $7.99, signed copies available), you know how Morgaine has changed, and how important Tenne has become. That was one of her most powerful books, I think.
But Panther Prowling brings a new depth of character as well as nuance and subtlety to the relationships that, to my mind, makes this one of the richest of the entire series. Things blow up, true - the house is definitely going to need a new coat of paint! - and there's plenty of action, but the true heart of this installment is, in my opinion, the growth and challenges we see among our intrepid crew. I just loved it.
We have two Tumblr blogs, in addition to our regular shop blog:
Hardboiled, maintained by JB – pulp covers, film noir and other images of crime and mystery, and
Reviews and Events – just what it sounds like!
On This Date:
Jan 11, 1905 - Manfred B. Lee (half of the cousins who wrote as ‘Ellery Queen’) was born in Brooklyn
Jan 11, 1943 – Agatha-award winner Jill Churchill was born in Kansas City
Jan 11, 1949 – Mexican mystery writer Paco Ignacio Taibo II was born in Gijón, Spain
Jan 11, 1961 – funny man and genius promoter Jasper Fforde was born in London
Jan 11, 1972 – ABC airs “The Night Stalker” with Darren McGavin as investigative reporter Carl Kolchak
Jan 12, 1891 – John Masterman, an author remembered for one great classic mystery novel, An Oxford Tragedy, was born in Surrey. But he was also the head of the Twenty Committee, the group that ran all of Britain’s double agents in WWII
Jan 12, 1949 – Criss Cross premiered
Jan 12, 1952 – the multi-talented Walter Mosely was born in NYC
Jan 12, 1966 – “Batman” premiered
Jan 12, 1976 – Dame Agatha Christie died at the age of 85
Jan 13, 1901 – western mystery writer and Pulitzer Prize winner A.B. Guthrie, Jr., was born in Bedford, IN
Jan 13, 1918 – Ted Willis – member of the House of Lords and suspense writer – was born in Tottenham, Middlesex
Jan 13, 1919 – future Untouchable Robert Stack was born in LA
Jan 13, 1926 – creator of Monsieur Pamplemousse, Michael Bond was born in Newbury, Berkshire
Jan 13, 1929 – Wyatt Earp died in LA at the age of 80. He never suffered a bullet wound
Jan 13, 1933 - editor and novelist Ron Goulart was born in Berkeley
Jan 13, 1938 – the actor who played the shadowy and menacing Cancer Man on the “X-Files”, William B. Davis, was born in Toronto
Jan 14, 1898 – half of the team who wrote under the name Francis Beeding – Hilary Aidan St. George Saunders – was born. Their crime novel The House of Dr. Edwards (1927) would be adapted by Hitchcock into his 1947 Spellbound
Jan 14, 1926 – academician and mystery writer Carolyn Heilbrun was born in East Orange, NJ – the mysteries carried the name Amanda Cross
Jan 14, 1941- the luminous Dorothy Faye Dunaway was born in Bascom, FL
Jan 14, 1948 – legal thriller writer John Lescroart (LesKWAH) was born in Houston
Jan 14, 1949 – director and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan was born in Miami. Body Heat comes out 32 years later
Jan 14, 1955 – Rear Window premiered
Jan 14, 1957 – passing of a legend: Bogart died
Jan 14, 1963 – future film director Steven Soderbergh was born in Atlanta
Jan 14, 1998 – a pair of mobsters, with the help of a couple of guys, hold up a Brinks delivery on the 11th floor of Tower One of the World Trade Center
Jan 15, 1844 – future outlaw Cole Younger was born Jackson County, MO
Jan 15, 1924 – Dennis Lynds – known for his pseudonym Michael Collins – was born in St. Louis
Jan 15, 1947 – the brutalized body of Elizabeth Short was found in a vacant lot in LA and the Black Dahlia case is born
Jan 15, 1981 – “Hill Street Blues” premiered
Jan 16, 1887 – John Hamilton – Perry White in the 1950’s “Superman” - was born in PA
Jan 16, 1918 – film and TV writer Stirling Silliphant was born in Detroit
Jan 16, 1935 – Fred and Ma Barker were shot and killed by the G-Men in Ocklawaha, FL
Jan 16, 1936 – child-murderer Albert “the Cannibal” Fish gets the juice in Sing Sing. In anticipation of the electric chair, he called it ‘the only thrill I haven’t tried yet’
Jan 16, 1947 – future writer of Italian mysteries Magdalen Nabb was born in Blackburn, Lancsashire
Jan 16, 1961 – western mystery writer Craig Johnson was born in Huntington, WV: Boy Howdy and Early Happy Birthday!
Jan 16, 1973 – ABC airs “The Night Strangler”, the 2nd TV movie with Darren McGavin as investigative journalist Carl Kolchak working now in Seattle (the scenes that were supposed to be in the Seattle Underground were filmed in the 3-storey Bradbury Building in LA)
Jan 16, 1981 – “Nero Wolfe”, with William Cannon as the great detective, premiered
And Have a Relaxing and Book