Saturday, August 4, 2012

August 2012 Curious Book Shop "Curiosities" Newsletter

August 2012 Curiosities Newsletter - Curious Book Shop

The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year,
like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning.
The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring,
and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot.
It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color.
Often at night there is lightning, but it quivers all alone.   

Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting

Greetings, Curious Book Shop Lover!

Come in to the book shop, cool down in our air conditioning and get lost for a while in these dog days of summer.

Throughout August, visit Curious and SAVE 30% on items from these sections:

TV-related Books and Magazines
Mystery Paperbacks and Hardcovers


Camping, Exploration and Adventure

Foreign Languages (Including Greek and Latin)
Essays & Memoirs

And, as a special bonus:

20% OFF ALL VINTAGE MOVIE POSTERS until August 15th.

Curious offers a 1/2 hour of FREE PARKING VALIDATION for all City of East Lansing lots and structures!

New Acquisitions:

We've recently restocked our poetry, Michigan history, science fiction & fantasy, literary criticism and foreign language sections with plenty of great new books.

Also new to the shop are dozens of beautifully illustrated children's books and great young adult novels.

Shop News & Gossip:

Talk about a time warp!

Stop in soon and take a look at some of the curious things we've come across recently.

Our walls are newly bedecked with vintage items from the Olympic Games - some dating back to 1896.

Also on display are collectable items from the last 100 years of the Boy Scouts of America,
including Norman Rockwell prints, Jamboree Journals from the early 1900s and other ephemera.

July was a whirlwind month at Curious, bringing some fascinating items (and people!) into the shop.

We were thrilled by a visit from bestselling mystery writer James Rollins,
who kindly hung out signed books on his way through town.

Check out Ray's LSJ review of Bloodline:

 "'Bloodline' features strong woman characters,
intriguing interaction, cutting-edge science
and seemingly endless nerve-wracking scenes teeming with violence."

We have a limited number of SIGNED first edition copies of Rollins's latest book, Bloodline.
Call the shop to reserve yours, today.

We look forward to seeing some friendly faces this month.
as thousands of MSU students - new and old - settle into East Lansing.

Here at Curious we're restocking the shelves with some of your favorite titles.
What great books have you read, this summer?
What new titles would you like to find on our shelves?
"Townies" take note:
MSU campus move-in starts around August 24th. Classes being August 29th.
Ray's book buying hours will be limited in the coming weeks.
Please call ahead before bringing in books to sell or trade!  (517) 332 - 0112

Upcoming Local & Literary Events:

Pulpfest 2012 is August 9 - 12th in downtown Columbus, Ohio.
It's one of the biggest and best pulp conventions in the world, and Curious will be exhibiting,
with lots of original art, pulp magazines and related books.
Find out more about the show and collectable pulps:

The Great Lakes Folk Festival is August 10 - 12
th, in downtown East Lansing!
Enjoy this fabulous mixture of diverse music, art, food and people
that explores cultural heritage and traditional arts from around the world.
Find out more:

The 51st Chicago Book & Paper Fair is Saturday, August 18.
Curious will be there, so please stop by and say hello!
Find out more:

The Kerrytown Bookfest is Sunday, September 9 in Ann Arbor.
This literary festival is fun for the whole family, and features
authors, bookbinders, publishers, booksellers, librarians and more.
Find out more:

And don't forget...
The 56th Michigan Antiquarian Book & Paper Show
is coming to Lansing on Sunday, October 7th!
Find kindred spirits at this gathering of book and paper lovers
and browse through over one million items from the past few centuries.

There is a limited amount of dealer space available.

Find out more by visiting or calling Curious!

Show webpage:

Literary Birthdays:

Aug 1: Herman Melville
Aug 2: James Baldwin, Isabel Allende
Aug 3: P.D. James, Leon Uris, Diane Wakoski
Aug 4: Percy Blythe Shelley, William Henry Hudson
Aug 5: Guy de Maupassant
Aug 6: Janet Asimov, Piers Anthony, Alfred Lord Tennyson
Aug 7: Robert Blake, Garrison Keillor, Ann Beattie
Aug 8: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Aug 9: Philip Larkin, Jonathan Kellerman, John Dryden
Aug 11: Alex Haley, Enid Blyton
Aug 12: Edith Hamilton
Aug 14: John Galsworthy, Ernest Seton
Aug 15: Sir Walter Scott, Edna Ferber, Stieg Larsson
Aug 16: Emily Bronte, Georgette Heyer, Charles Bukowski
Aug 17: Marcus Garvey, John Hawkes, Ted Hughes, V.S. Naipaul
Aug 19: Edith Nesbit, Odgen Nash, Ring Lardner
Aug 20: Edgar A. Guest, H.P. Lovecraft
Aug 21: Christopher Robin Milne
Aug 22: Ray Bradbury, Dorothy Parker, Annie Proulx
Aug 23: Edgar Lee Masters
Aug 24: Jorge Luis Borges, Malcolm Cowley, A.S. Byatt
Aug 25: Bret Harte
Aug 26: John Buchan
Aug 27: Theodore Dreiser, C.S. Forester, Antonia Fraser
Aug 28: Leo Tolstoy
Aug 29: Oliver Wendell Holmes
Aug 30: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Aug 31: William Saroyan, Theophile Gautier

As always, we thank you for your continued support of our independent East Lansing book shop!

Many thanks, and we hope to see you soon!

Ray, Audrey and the Curious Gang


Curious Books

307 East Grand River
East Lansing, MI  48823
(517) 332-0112

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