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Summer Picks for Kuer's Radio West


On Wednesday I joined my fellow booksellers Ken Sanders and Betsy Burton in the KUER studios for our annual summer reading show. It was as much fun to prepare for as to do. Below is a shot of us all in studio as I'm singing praises for The Weirdness, a spring release by Jeremy P. Bushnell.

 

     In KUER studios

                  

                                                                                                                                                    

And here is my list of Summer Reading recommendations for adults. Kids books will follow.

 

ADULT FICTION

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Euphoria by Lily King                                                                                                                                                       

Shotgun Lovesongs by Nicholas Butler                             

Us Conductors by Sean Michaels

Weirdness by Jeremy P. Bushnell

 

ADULT NON-FICTION

Art of Neil Gaiman by Hayley Campbell

Badluck Way: A Year on the Ragged Edge by Bryce Andrews

Blood Will Out by Walter Kirn

Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast

Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty

Carsick by John Waters

Egg: A Culinary Exploration of the World's Most Versatile Ingredient by Mark Ruhlman

How About Never -- Is Never Good Enough For You?: My Life in Cartoons by Bob Mankoff

How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking by Jordan Ellenberg

Joseph's Temples: The Dynamic Relationship Between Freemasonry and Mormonism by Michael Homer

Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away by Rebecca Goldstein

Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert

There Goes Gravity by Lisa Robinson

Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food by Dan Barber

 

 

 

It's Spring and Great Books are Upon Us


Oh Spring! The season when publishers put out some of their finest authors, especially new ones. Some great books have just been or are about to be published. Here are a few of my favorites:

 

Weirdness

 

The Weirdness by Jeremy P. Bushnell. Published March 4.

What would you do if you woke up hungover in your apartment, alone except for the devil who has brewed you a great cup of coffee? This farce, a paperback original, will remind you of Christopher Moore and maybe Good Omens by Neil Gaiman. The Weller Book Works crew loves this one.

 



 

Blood Will Out

 

 

Blood Will Out by Walter Kirn. Published March 10 

Kirn is such a good writer and in this book he turns his keen eye for detail and unflinching honesty upon himself. How could anyone be conned into believing a criminal was really a Rockefeller? Read this non-fiction book and find out.

 

 

 

 

Shotgun Lovesongs

 

 

Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler. Published March 11

This first novel is a favorite of indie booksellers across the nation and it's one of my favorites too. A quiet book about four midwestern men figuring out how to be in the world. And a lovely meditation on how settling down isn't necessarily settling.

 

 



     Capital

 

Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Picketty. Publishing April 15

A bracing book re-examining the role of capital in economic equality, especially in democracies. Ambitious, rigorous, and politically unorthodox. I'm still thinking about this one.

 

 

 

 

All the Light We Cannot See



All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Publishing May 6

Oh my goodness I don't know where to start or how to stop praising this beautiful novel set in World War II France and Germany. The narratives of two children, one French one German, weave together until they meet - momentarily. I've been a fan of Doerr's writing for many years. This may be his master work.

Holiday Picks Part II


Here's more picks from the knowledgable booksellers of Weller Book Works for those of you who are shopping now.

 

Photographic & Gift Books

 

Alta Magic by Lee Cohen et al                                                                 Alta Magic

Cohen's beautiful book of photographs (his) paired with essays by a wide assortment of Alta aficianados was such a hit last year we've brought it back for an encore. Looking through this book you'll agree: Alta really is magical.

 

Beautiful Lego by Mike Doyle

Graphic designer Doyle turned 77 artists loose with a bunch of Legos and oh you should see what they made! There are no instructions or specifications in this book. Its point is to capture and stimulate the imagination.

 

Shake by Carli Davidson

Carli Davidson has certainly found a niche, photographs of dogs, mostly wet, shaking themselves off. This is a fabulous and funny pictorial showing a wide variety of dogs as you've probably never seen them.

 

Utah's Wasatch Range by Howie Garber

This is another locally produced book that is so lovely and was so popular its back for round two at WBW. Garber has arranged photographs of the Wasatch in all light and all seasons with essays from some of Utah's best writers.

 

Word Nerds

Bound in Venice: The Serence Republic and the Dawn of the Book by Alessandro Marzo Magno

Of course you know who Guttenberg is. But you should know about Aldus Manutius, the Michelangelo of books, who lived in the cultural capital of 15th & 16th century Venice. Fascinating history of the book, type, and binding.


Let's Bring Back: The Lost Language Edition: A Collection of Forgotten-Yet-Delightful Words, Phrases, Praises, Insults, Idioms, and Literary Flourishes from Eras Past by Lesley M. M. Blume

Whew! What a subtitle. And What a book! From "Above my bend" to "Zowie" this book has just the words to expand your vocabulary in ways you could scarce imagine.


Novel Cure: From Abandonment to Zestlessness: 751 Books to Cure What Ails You by Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin                                                                                             Novel Cure

Berthoud and Elderkin began recommending books to each other in college. Now they all kinds of books for all kinds of situations to all kinds of readers. Not just a reference tool, but a delightful read.


To the Letter: A Celebration of the Lost Art of Writing by Simon Garfield

I've recently begun writing letters again myself and can attest to how enjoyable this lost art truly is. Garfield ienlivens this history of all kinds of letters (chain, love, business) with examples of letters written by prominent, and some ordinary, citizens.

 

Holiday Picks Part I


We know not everyone starts shopping for the holidays in November. Some need the snow to get them moving, some don't have time or procrastinate, and we know some of you just prefer to wait for the experience of shopping closer to the actual date. Whatever the reason, these suggestions are for you.

 

Food and Libations

Celebrate Every Day by Janine Richardson

Richardson is a popular, Utah-based "mommy blogger." Follow her recipes and suggestions for making every day a special one.

 

Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart                                                           Drunken Botanist                             

The author of Wicked Plants and Wicked Bugs turns her attention to botanicals in alcholic beverages of all types. Stewart's deep knowledge and subversive sense of humor will entertain you as well as educated you.

 

Gluten Free Holiday Baking by Ellen Brown

It's not too late to start baking gluten-free. This cookbook has a nice range of recipes for the novice and more experienced gluten-free baker.

 

Sauces and Shapes: Pasta the Italian Way by Oretta Zani Di Vita et al

This book is meant to help the non-Italian cook make pasta like an Italian. It succeeds with a comprehensive treatment of everyone's favorite comfort food and things to put on top of it.

 

History

Heart of Everything that Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, an American Legend by Bob Drury

Red Cloud, the great Sioux warrior statesman has been shockingly neglected in popular American histories. Drury corrects this oversight with a rip roaring narrative that can read like a novel but is all fact.

 

Men Who United the States by Simon Winchester

Winchester's first book about the United States explores how we became "one nation indivisible" bShakespeare's Restless Worldy following the footsteps of great leaders who worked to make America great.

 

Shakespeare's Restless World: A Portrait of an Era in Twenty Objects by Neil MacGregor                

Neil MacGregor is the director of the British Museum in London and the author of last year's wildly popular History of the World in 100 Objects. Like History of the World... this book brings a time gone by to life; one we feel we know so well through Shakespeare's plays, but is in fact rather unknown to most of us.

 

Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects by Richard Kurin                                

Yes more objects, but the stories behind 101 items from the Smithsonian collection provide fascinating snapshots of American history. From slave manacles to a NYC fire truck that responded to the World Tower collapse on 9/11, you'll be suprised by how much you can learn from just one object.

Catherine's Radio West Picks Holiday 2013


Betsy Burton, Ken Sanders and I joined Doug Fabrizio on KUER's RadioWest today for our annual holiday picks. We were all sick this time around, most notably poor Betsy, but we still had a great conversation about books. This year's Fall reading brought quite a plethora of good books to my reading table. The result is wonderfully diverse list. Here are my recommendations from the show:

 

Adult Fiction:

Alarcon, Daniel. At Night We Walk in Circles                           

Catton, Elizabeth. Luminaries

Dubus III, Andre. Dirty Love

Eggers, Dave. Circle

Fowler, Karen Joy. We are All Completely Beside Ourselves

Jacobs, J. J. & Dorst, Doug. S.

Letham, Jonathan. Dissident Gardens

Loren, B. K. Theft

Lundren, Eric. Facades

Pyncon, Thomas. Bleeding Edge

Wolitzer, Meg. Interestings

 

Adult Non-Fiction:

Anderson, Scott. Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East

Betts, Richard. Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert

Brosch, Allie. Hyperbole and a Half

Brotton, Jerry. History of the World in 12 Maps

Bucholz, Matthew. Alternate Histories of the World

Gardner, John Elliot. Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven

Garfield, Simon. To the Letter: A Celebration of the Lost Art of Letter Writing

Godwin, Doris Kearns. Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism

Kinzer, Stephen. Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War

Leibovitch, Mark. This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral -- Plus Plenty of Valet Parking! -- in America's Capital

Rogers, Jedediah S. Roads in the Wilderness: Conflict in Canyon Country

Schlosser, Eric. Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and th Illusion of Safety

Schott, Ben. Schottenfreude: German Words for the Human Condition

Teachout, Terry. Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington


Childrens'

Almhjell, Tone. Twistrose Key

Doyle, Michael. Beautiful Lego

Gaiman, Neil. Fortunately the Milk

Hale, Nathan. Donner Dinner Party

Joyce, William. Mischievians

Raschka, Chris. Daisy Gets Lost

Rowell, Rainbow. Eleanor and Park

Sciezska, Jon et al. Battle Bunny

Tullet, Herve. Big Book of Art

Yang, Gene Luen. Boxers and Saints

 

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Collectors Book Salon


 Collectors Book Salon Books as Gifts

The monthly Collectors' Book Salon is a social event for bibliophiles and collectors of rare books. On the last Friday of each month we meeti in the Rare Book Room for conversation, snacks, The Collector's Offering, books, books, and more books.

 

At the November Salon the Collectors Offering will be made by our own Weller Book Works Rare Book Room staff. Jose Knighton, Frank Pester, and I, bookmen with a combined total of 97 years in the book trade, will discuss rare books as precious and meaningful gifts. Beginning at 7:15 we will make brief presentations highlighting the significance of books from our collection that would make wonderful gifts. This is the Salon you should bring your friends and relatives to so they'll know what to give you for the holidays!

 

Nothing one can own both affects and reflects one's personality and spirit, one's dreams and hopes like books. Anyone whom a book has affected can attest to the nearly metaphysical affinity to the writer a reader feels when connected through reading. Collectors get extra thrills by owning original, fancy or providential copies of books that have affected them so. Why do I get more joy fro ma first edition or signed copy of a book I love than from an expensive reading copy? I don't know, but I do. Maybe holding a copy of a book that is contemporary with its creation seems to move me closer to the spirit that created it. But reading is different, more exciting, when one is holding a possibly beautiful, maybe rare, perhaps autographed copy of a great book.

 

The November Collectors Book Salon  will occur on Friday, November 29, 2013 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Presentation will begin at 7:15. Join us.

A Life in Bookselling


Lila Weller and granddaughter Lila AnnWeller

 Lila Weller with granddaughter Lila Ann Weller

 

 

 

The October Collectors' Book Salon falls on my mother, Lila Weller's 98th birthday. So I coerced her into speaking for us at the October Salon. She has witnessed the evolution of this old bookstore since the years right after World War II until the present. She met Sam when he was in his late 20s and then she spent half a century holding the financial reigns of the store that, during her time moved rom Second South to Main Street to Trolley Square. She stood beside Sam as the young man became the best-known bookman in the State and the store's name progressed from Zion's Bookstore to Sam Weller's Books to Weller Book Works. Lila was the unsung hero of the store's maturation. Sam couldn't have built the store into what it became without her. And now, no one in our family has a longer view of our bookstore. We believe there's no one her age still working regularly in the book trade and possibly no one has worked in the trade for as long. At first Lila declined to speak at the Salon but with a little persuasion from me, she agreed to tell our guests stories from her long, long experience.

 

Please join us on Friday, October 2th 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. for this very special Rare Book Collectors' Salon.

Ani DiFranco Concert


 

Every once in a while the State Room guys venture outside of their own walls to bring you amazing concerts at other venues. This is one of those times. Please join us and our community partners for this intimate concert experience. Along with Weller Book Works, Liberty Heights Fresh, and the Utah Arts Festival, the State Room

 

ani difranco

 

is proud to offer reduced fee tickets as well as a partner postcard at the show for special deals at all locations.

Buy your Ani DiFranco tickets here with the fan club code 'whichside'. There area also a limited amount of tickets available at The State Room box office.

 

Ani DiFranco will bring her edgy, fusion folk to the Depot on Saturday, October 19th and your friends at The State Room are presenting the show. They have had the pleasure of presenting Ani on a few occasions in the past including a stunning Summer Solstice show at the Utah Arts Festival and a very memorable performance at Kingsbury Hall. There's no doubt that the vibe she will create at The Depot will be riveting.

 

After 20 years in the music biz, self-described "Little Folksinger" Ani DiFranco, is still technically little although her influence on fellow musicians, activists, and indie-minded people the world over has been huge. She still proudly identifies as a folksinger but her understanding of that term has always been more expansive than a folk bin at the record store or a category on iTunes with ample room for soul, funk, jazz, electronic music, spoken word, and a marching band or two. Over the course of more than 20 albums, Ani has never stopped evolving, experimenting, testing the limits of what can be said and sung. Her lifelong tribe of co-conspirators includes everyone from Pete Seeger and the late U. Utah Philips to a new generation of 20-something singer-songwriters -- and then there's the folks like Prince, Maceo Parker, Andrew Bird, Dr. John, Arto Lindsay, Bruce Springstein, Chuck D., the Buffalo Philharmonic, Gillian Welch, Cyndi Lauper, and even Burmese activist and Nobel Laureate Aung san Suu Kyi, with whom she has crossed paths in myriad ways. 

Catherine's Radio West Picks Summer 2013


Ken Sanders, Betsy Burton, and I were on KUER's Radio West yesterday with Doug Fabrizio talking about books for summer reading. As usual, it was a great time. I enjoy catching up with the other booksellers and Ken AND I like to hear what they're recommending for the summer. Basically, it's always fun to to sit around and talk about books.

 

My reading list only includes books that have already been published. There are some great books yet to come. Here's what I'm recommending so far (in KUER's preferred format):

 

ADULTS

Aldo Leopold: A Sand County Almanac and Other Writings on Ecology and Conservation by Aldo Leopold, edited by Curt Meine, Library of America, hardcover, $35.00

Bobcat and Other Stories by Rebecca Lee, Algonquin Press, paperback, $14.95

Constellation of Vital Priesthood by Anthony Marra, Hogarth, hardcore, $26.00

Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon by Kevin Fedarko, Scribner Book Co., hardcover, $30.00

Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner, Scribner Book Co., $26.99

Goodlife Lab: Radical Experiments in Hands-On Living by Wendy Tremayne, Storey Publishing, paperback, $18.95

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach, W. W. Norton, hardcover, $26.95

How to Buy the Right Plants, Tools & Garden Supplies by Jim Fox, Timber Press, paperback, $14.95

Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking by Daniel C. Dennett, W.W. Norton, hardcover, $28.95

Joyland by Stephen King, Hard Case Crime, paperback, $12.95

My First Kafka: Runaways, Rodents, and Giant Bugs by Matthue Roth and Rohn Daniel Easton (illustrator), One Peace Books, hardcover, $18.95

Lexicon by Max Barry, Penguin Pres, hardcover, $26.95

Prisoner of Zion: Muslims, Mormons, and Other Misadventures by Scott Carrier, Counterpoint, paperback, $15.95

Seven Summers: A Naturalist Homesteads in the Modern West by Julia Corbett, University of Utah Press, paperback, $19.95

Swenson: Collected Poems by Mae Swenson, edited by Langdon Hammer, Library of America, hardcover, $40.00

Taipei by Tao Lin, Vintage Books, paperback, $14.95

Three Lives of Tomomi Ishikawa by Benjamin Constable, Gallery Books, paperback, $16.00

To Save Everything Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism by Evegeny Morozov, Public Affairs, hardcover, $28.00

Who Owns the Future by Jaron Lanier, Simon & Schuster, hardcover, $28.00

Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story by Jim Holt, Liveright Publishing, paperback, $16.95

Why Grow that  When You Can Grow This? by Andrew Keys, Timber Press, paperback, $24.95

Wool by Hugh Howie, Simon & Schuster, paperback, $15.00

 

CHILDRENS

5th Wave by Rick Yancey, Putnam Publishing Group, hardcover, $18.00

Ball by Mary Sullivan, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, hardcover, $12.99

Boy and the Airplane by Mark Pett, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, hardcover, $15.99

Curious George Goes Camping by H.A. Rey and Margaret Rey, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, paperback, $3.99

Dark by Lemony Snickett and Jon Klassen, Little Brown Books for Young Readers, hardcover, $16.99

Homeland by Cory Doctorow, TOR, hardcover, $17.99

Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr, Little Brown Books for Young Readers, hardcover, $18.00

One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, Harper, hardcover, $16.99

Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson, TOR, hardcover, $17.00

That is NOT a good Idea! by Mo Willems, Balzer & Bray, hardcover, $17.99

Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, hardcover, $16.99

 

To see everyone's lists or to listen to the podcast, click here.

Catherine's Radio West Picks


Ken Sanders, Betsy Burton, and I were on KUER's Radio West yesterday with Doug Fabrizio talking about books for summer reading. As usual, it was a great time. I enjoy catching up with the other booksellers and Ken AND I like to hear what they're recommending for the summer. Basically, it's always fun to to sit around and talk about books.

 

My reading list only includes books that have already been published. There are some great books yet to come. Here's what I'm recommending so far (in KUER's preferred format):

 

ADULTS

Aldo Leopold: A Sand County Almanac and Other Writings on Ecology and Conservation by Aldo Leopold, edited by Curt Meine, Library of America, hardcover, $35.00

Bobcat and Other Stories by Rebecca Lee, Algonquin Press, paperback, $14.95

Constellation of Vital Priesthood by Anthony Marra, Hogarth, hardcore, $26.00

Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon by Kevin Fedarko, Scribner Book Co., hardcover, $30.00

Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner, Scribner Book Co., $26.99

Goodlife Lab: Radical Experiments in Hands-On Living by Wendy Tremayne, Storey Publishing, paperback, $18.95

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach, W. W. Norton, hardcover, $26.95

How to Buy the Right Plants, Tools & Garden Supplies by Jim Fox, Timber Press, paperback, $14.95

Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking by Daniel C. Dennett, W.W. Norton, hardcover, $28.95

Joyland by Stephen King, Hard Case Crime, paperback, $12.95

My First Kafka: Runaways, Rodents, and Giant Bugs by Matthue Roth and Rohn Daniel Easton (illustrator), One Peace Books, hardcover, $18.95

Lexicon by Max Barry, Penguin Pres, hardcover, $26.95

Prisoner of Zion: Muslims, Mormons, and Other Misadventures by Scott Carrier, Counterpoint, paperback, $15.95

Seven Summers: A Naturalist Homesteads in the Modern West by Julia Corbett, University of Utah Press, paperback, $19.95

Swenson: Collected Poems by Mae Swenson, edited by Langdon Hammer, Library of America, hardcover, $40.00

Taipei by Tao Lin, Vintage Books, paperback, $14.95

Three Lives of Tomomi Ishikawa by Benjamin Constable, Gallery Books, paperback, $16.00

To Save Everything Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism by Evegeny Morozov, Public Affairs, hardcover, $28.00

Who Owns the Future by Jaron Lanier, Simon & Schuster, hardcover, $28.00

Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story by Jim Holt, Liveright Publishing, paperback, $16.95

Why Grow that  When You Can Grow This? by Andrew Keys, Timber Press, paperback, $24.95

Wool by Hugh Howie, Simon & Schuster, paperback, $15.00

 

CHILDRENS

5th Wave by Rick Yancey, Putnam Publishing Group, hardcover, $18.00

Ball by Mary Sullivan, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, hardcover, $12.99

Boy and the Airplane by Mark Pett, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, hardcover, $15.99

Curious George Goes Camping by H.A. Rey and Margaret Rey, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, paperback, $3.99

Dark by Lemony Snickett and Jon Klassen, Little Brown Books for Young Readers, hardcover, $16.99

Homeland by Cory Doctorow, TOR, hardcover, $17.99

Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr, Little Brown Books for Young Readers, hardcover, $18.00

One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, Harper, hardcover, $16.99

Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson, TOR, hardcover, $17.00

That is NOT a good Idea! by Mo Willems, Balzer & Bray, hardcover, $17.99

Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, hardcover, $16.99

Guest Post by Josh Hanagarne


 Josh Shelves

In honor of the publication of his delightful book, The World's Strongest Librarian, we bring you a guest post by Salt Lake City Public Library librarian, strength trainer, book lover, wonderful guy and author Josh Hanagarne.

 

 

I'm writing this on what is basically Book Tour Eve, and I'm embarrassed at how sweaty and frantic I feel. I've never considered myself a comfort eater, but I'm fighting the urge to go buy a box of marshmallow Peeps and cram them down my gullet. It's particularly surreal when these feelings are competing against the most profound gratitude and excitement I've ever known.

 

The Week Of The Launch is finally here, but I suddenly feel like I've been in denial for the past eighteen months. As I've watched my publication day creep closer,  it has been with a mixture of delight and terror, but also with an odd sense that it's all happening to someone else.


Delight: Well, what debut author wouldn't be delighted to have his or her book finally hitting the shelves? Defying The Odds, Never Giving Up, Achieving My Dreams, etc. And I get to go on tour! I'm still such a bumpkin that just going to a new place, even if it's the outskirts of Topeka, is still a huge treat. But I get to go and talk about not only books, but my book!

 

It's bizarre to work a normal shift from 8 - 5 at the reference desk, answering questions about anything and everything, and to have my relatively normal day interrupted by emails that say things like, "You'll be doing a USA Today feature while you're in New York."


And I'll squint at those emails and think, "Wait, what? Who is this email for?" And then I'll remember who wrote the book.

 

The press has been great, the support from bookstores, locally and nationally, has been humbling, and it's already led to more opportunities to do the work I cherish most -- traveling and speaking to children with special needs and their parents.

 

But yes, I'm scared, because even though I've never been out on tour before, I know what I can expect from my disorder.

 

Terror: I have extreme Tourette Syndrome. It's not always bad, but apparently it's always bad in the run-up to a book tour. At a bookseller lunch about a month ago, Catherine Weller said:

 

"I'm curious, Josh, you say that the increased visibility and publicity might make your tics worse. How's that going to affect your book tour?"

 

"Good question Catherine!" I said, then changed the subject quickly, deftly, in a way I hoped didn't look like I was avoiding the question that scared me.

 

The part of me that whimpers when my tics are injuring me and trapping me in my house is saying, "Yes, this is a dream come true, but let's not forget that nightmares are dreams as well!" To which I say, "You shut up." And sometimes it even works. 

 

The truth is, I know how the tour and publicity are going to affect me, because I've had three decades to pay attention to the situations that most reliably exacerbate my tics:

Crowds

Being out of my house

Being the center of attention

Bright lights

Flying

Hotels

Fatigue

Public speaking

Having my picture taken

Being interviewed

Being awake

 

It's bittersweet. With every new layer of publicity and media support, I'm a little more visible. With every bit of increased visibility, the story I've told in the book gains the potential to be more useful aworlds strongest librarian covers it reaches more people, which is wonderful. And yet, stepping onto a bigger stage is probably going to be the worst possible thing for my health in the short-term. The busier I get, and the more people I meet, the worse the tics tend to get.

 

But meeting people, and being busy, and talking about books are also the things I enjoy most. And most of the things I enjoy most come with a cost, because they involve being out and about and mingling.

 

My search for a normal, quiet life, one in which I can sit still in public and not yell and twitch and bark and yammer and hit myself has led me to an improbably, increasingly public place.

 

But for all the nerves, I'm far more scared of being bored than anything else, and I'm certainly not bored.

                                                                                                                    

If you're reading this, I hope you'll get the chance to come and say hi.  

 

 

Gotham Books is releasing Josh's book this week. It is a wonderful read. You should buy it.


Josh, despite his worries, is a treat to meet and listen to. Here's a link to his book tour. If you're lucky enough to be in a city where he's appearing, go see him. Tell him we sent you.


And finally, here is a link to Josh's blog, World's Strongest Librarian.

Staff Picks April 2013 part 1


 

Staff Picks sign

One of the great things about working at Weller Book Works is that you can find books from a variety of eras in a variety of formats. Our staff reads broadly: new books, old books, out of print books, classics and the truly strange. Here's what some of our staff are recommending right now.

 

Elizabeth: Evil Guest by Gene Wolfe and Nietzsche's Kisses by Lance Olsen

Jason: Various Atmospheres by Alex Caldiero and Nowhere Man by Alexander Hemon

Joan: Dublin Student Doctor by Patrick Taylor and Death of a Prankster by M. C. Beaton

John: Cold Days by Jim Butcher and Black Prism by Brent Weeks

Jose: Gods Without Men by Hari Kunzru and Devil in Silver by Victor LaValle

Lane: Rin Tin Tin by Susan Orlean and Blood Bones and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton

Tony: Where the Heart Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the Inner Life of Artists by Kay Larson and Curious Sofa by Ogdred Weary (Edward Gorey, y'all)

 

March 2013 Rare Book Collectors Salon


Brent Ashworth

 

March's Rare Book Collectors' Salon will feature an address by our fellow book dealer, Brent Ashworth of B. Ashworth's Rare Books & Collectibles in Provo. Brent is an extremely knowledgeable bookman and genuinely nice guy. We're looking forward to hearing what he'll have to say AND what you'll have to say when you join us.

 

 


Rare Book Collectors' Salon. Friday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m.

 

 

Reading on the Kobo Glo


We Sell Kobo

 

I am a person who really loves the book: the feel, the smell and the texture of paper, the ink marks on the blank page. Recently I downloaded a review copy of a book that has not been published to the WBW Kobo ereader. I had my doubts, and sure, I had trouble reading it -- too many distractions. But late at night in in bed with the lights out, I found that yes not only could I read with an ereader, but I found it an enjoyable experience. Not that it will replace the physical book in my mind, but it does what it does in an efficient way.

 

We offer two styles of Kobo ereaders, and by going to Kobo through the link on our web page you can down load books to the ereader you currently own and also support us, your local independent bookstore.

The Cure for Winter Doldrums


It's snowing again this morning. A lot. I feel grumpy when I awaken to this kind of weather. Putting on extra layers of clothing, scraping my car, and watching drivers skid about on the street just aren't my idea of a good time. But then I remind myself that the snow will provide us with water throughout the summer and I feel better. Thinking of summer reminds me of gardening and that is my idea of a good time. So join me in throwing off the snow and slush blues. Here's some reading to help you get started:

 snowy interstate

All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew is a classic for gardeners who don't have a lot of space or who want to maximize the space they have. People have used this book for years with good reason, its advice works.

 

Essential Urban Farmer by Novella Carpenter and Willow Rosenthal isn't just a gardening book by authors with perfect names to write such a book, it's a compendium knowledge about different types of garden beds, starting seeds, pruning, building beehives, etc.

 

Garden Primer by Barbara Damrosch is another of those classics that just sells and sells. It's a guide to garden essentials with odd little tips and lore and it's, as the cover says, 100% organic. This book also has a great index (so essential!) and further reading list.

 

How to Make and Use Compost by Nicky Scott may seem like overkill to you. But I wish I had had this book around when I decided to change my composting method and set myself back for an entire season. The author is from the UK but his clear, knowledgable writing make this guide usefull in any climate.

 

Moleskine Gardening Journal is part of the Moleskine Passions series. It's got ten tabbed sections to help you record and track your gardening activities: Plants, Pots Tools Ect, Design, Visits, Garden Log, and five tabs for you to name. It includes pages on plant leaves and habits, hardiness zones and a double accordian pocket -- all in the signature Moleskine hardy black cover.

 

Why Grow That When You Can Grow This? by Andrew Keys provides 255 alternatives to standard plantings. Tired of looking at that Juniper shrub or Vinca? This guide can give you ideas for plants with similar forms that will grow in the same sort of conditions.

 

spring blossoms

 

 

Just remember: This too shall pass. And when it does, it will be time to plan, plant, and prune. For now, it's time to dream.