Thursday, December 27, 2007

A tree grows...

Here's a little story from the used book buyer's desk. Today a gentleman came in with an old copy of Betty Smith's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. The buyer took a look inside and, lo and behold, the book was an illustrated first edition. And, as you can see above, it was also signed.

So, the buyer looked it up. (Note that the copy linked is signed on a book plate. The book above is signed on the title page.)

Needless to say, we had to pass on it. The owner is bringing it home to consider his next move.

It was just exciting to see it, really.

New Year's Typo

If you live in Mill Creek, or Bellevue, or read The Stranger, you may have seen an ad for our little New Year's Day celebration. You also may have noticed that said ad is missing the apostrophe between the r and s in the word "year's."

That's my fault. Sorry. The first book I read in 2008 will be my recently neglected copy of The Elements of Style.

Dog of the Week

This Dachshund-filled December ends—as does 2007—with our friend Willie. When I took his photo, he decided he needed to do a little carpet wiggling.

Good Willie. Wiggle away.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Dog of the Week

Ah, the noble Mastiff. Beautiful dogs.

Above is a picture of Big Boy. (At least, I believe it's Big Boy and not Big Boi.)

Big Boy was nice enough to pose for us in the lobby. He was on his way out the door with his human. I nearly missed him.

I'd like to buy Big Boy a bowler hat.

Monday, December 17, 2007

O Tannenbaum

Here's another of our "behind the scenes" shots. Up in the Book department office, a coworker (Jody) has made this bookish holiday decoration.

Friday, December 14, 2007


Until Daniel Handler mentioned it in this Salon list of favorite things, I had missed this wonderful little video of Doris Lessing returning from the market (with garlic and an artichoke, it seems) to find that she has won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Dog of the Week

Two for one! Here are a couple of brothers who came to visit our Bellevue store. In green is Sawyer. In blue is Winston. They have very nice sweaters.

One more little sausage-shaped dog in a red sweater, and they could have their own Dachshund version of The Brothers Karamazov.


As he has always been one of the most charming and good natured visitors to our author events program, our thoughts are with our friend Terry Pratchett, who was diagnosed with a "very rare form of early onset Alzheimer's." His note is from the 11th of December on the "Discworld News" page.

Here's the post script.

"PS I would just like to draw attention to everyone reading the above that this should be interpreted as 'I am not dead'. I will, of course, be dead at some future point, as will everybody else. For me, this maybe further off than you think — it's too soon to tell. I know it's a very human thing to say 'Is there anything I can do', but in this case I would only entertain offers from very high-end experts in brain chemistry."

Feel free to use the comments section to share some thoughts of your own. As with a Pratchett signing, Goths go first.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Our Textbook department's Most Wanted

Textbook BuyBack begins on December 10 at both our U District and HUB stores. Here's a list of textbooks they are most interested in buying back:

Martini's Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology for Bio 118

Perloff's Microeconomics for Econ 300

Horngren's Introduction to Financial Accounting for Acct 215

Silberberg's Principles of Microeconomics for Econ 200

Zumdahl's Chemical Principles for Chem 142, 152, 162

Chernicoff's Geology for ESS 101

Bawarski's Situating Inquiry for English 131

Come early. We need a limited number of copies of each title.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Dog of the Week

Above you'll see a couple of dogs who live together. (It is my understanding that they are just roommates, nothing more. Like Neil Simon's The Odd Couple.)

So, the thing about this week's dogs of the week is I can't remember that first dog's name. I think his surname (according to his human) was Waterdog. His roommate's name was Jacque Le Poodle. Mr. Waterdog's first name, though, has eluded me.

For the heck of it, though, we'll call him Oscar.

tell all your friends!