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Of Interest: Poetry, Poetry and more Poetry – Wessel & Lieberman & Wave Books April 3, 2014 – Posted in: bookshops, Of Interest: Featured Books / Reviews

This month Of Interest celebrates National Poetry Month by featuring select holdings from particular independent booksellers and publishers that provide a healthy offering of poetry. First up, we pair a couple of Seattle’s finest – the bookshop closest to my heart and my alma mater, Wessel & Lieberman, and one of the leading publishers of poetry,  Wave Books. Enjoy! Paul Celan.  Wolf’s Bean / Wolfsbohne. Translated by Michael Hamburger. New York: Delos Press / William Drenttel, 1997.  One…

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Of Interest : Book Burning, a Bad Library Idea, Go-Sees, Riprap, Jean Prouvé, Peking the Beautiful, Newer Book picks and more March 23, 2014 – Posted in: book arts, bookmobiles, books, Bookselling / Collecting, Of Interest: Featured Books / Reviews

This week’s Of Interest takes us from a rare book on Peking to an anthology of one line poems to a collection of songs inspired by books with a sprinkling of newer books that have caught our fancy. First a few headlines: Seems like the burning of books is a hot topic these days – Pro-Russian demonstrators are burning Ukrainian-language books “in small bonfires in the street” http://ow.ly/uRGOL  In what might a first – Vandals torch a Little…

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America’s National Parks: Pop-Up Style October 16, 2013 – Posted in: infographics, Of Interest: Featured Books / Reviews

“The best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our very best.”  — Wallace Stegner on our National Parks While our government puts the final touches on a budget all of our National Parks remain closed.  As the Huffington Post points out in this handy infographic, “The shutdown of the federal government has had a devastating impact on some of the most beautiful places in the country.” Well, here’s one way to…

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Visual Dissent: A Graphic Biography of a Woman Rebel September 24, 2013 – Posted in: Of Interest: Featured Books / Reviews

Who is Margaret Sanger you may wonder. Though not a household name Sanger is as pivotal a figure in the women’s rights movement as there is.  She is the mother of the birth control movement in the United States and in fact it was Sanger who coined the term birth control.  It is Sanger who opened the first birth control clinic – think Planned Parenthood – and it is Sanger who worked tirelessly for the poor,…

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How to shoplift books June 18, 2013 – Posted in: Of Interest: Featured Books / Reviews

Move over Abbie Hoffman, California artist David Horvitz has joined you in the biblioklept Hall of Fame. In is latest work, How to Shoplift Books (Come Rubare Libri) published by Automatic Books,  Horvitz provides us with 80 different opportunities to steal the book of your choice. “From the very practical, to the witty and romantic, the book reads like simple instructional text.”         And it gets better. Book collecting meets archaeology in this video…

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