Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Big Book Show THIS SUNDAY! - October Sales - Happy Birthday, Curious! - October 2012 Curiosities Newsletter

Greetings, Book Lover!
    October is a month of special sales at Curious.
From October 3rd through the 10th, ALL USED ITEMS are 20% OFF.

Beginning October 11th, take 30% OFF Horror, Humor, Health & Hunting items.
Later this month, we will celebrate our 43rd anniversary with a series of special discounts.
Call the shop (517.332.0112) or visit our Facebook page to learn about the current special offers.

The 56th Michigan Antiquarian Book & Paper Show is THIS SUNDAY!
Join us for a day full of fascinating finds and kindred spirits at the Lansing Center!

This show is for everybody! Make a day of perusing an astounding selection of books,
postcards, photographs, magazines, posters, military and Michigan history items,
sports memorabilia, and a fantastic selection of ephemera.

There will be over 65 book and paper dealers and specialists in attendance.
To learn more, please visit the show webpage, or stop by the shop!

Doors open 9:30 a.m. The show closes at 5 p.m.
Admission is $4.50. Children 13 and Under are FREE.
The Lansing Center, 333 E. Michigan Avenue, Lansing, MI.

Program Guides are available at Curious, The Archives, and in the
current issue of the Lansing City Pulse - and online!

Can't make it this weekend?
The next show will be on Sunday, April 7, 2013.
Mark your calendar! 

Curious will CLOSE EARLY, at 6 p.m., on Saturday, October 6th.
Curious will be OPEN on Sunday, 12 - 5.
Curious will be CLOSED on Monday the 8th, for Employee Appreciation Day.
We resume our regular hours on Tuesday, October 9th.

New Acquisitions:

Fine art books; film theory and criticism; beautifully illustrated children's books;
poetry; general fiction paperbacks; science fiction & fantasy; philosophy;
yoga & meditation; Eastern religion; horror; mystery paperbacks; botany;
Michigan history; military history; and more!

We also have a selection of first edition hardcovers by Harry Turtledove,
which he SIGNED last month at the World Science Fiction Convention.

Shop News & Gossip:

The Science Fiction & Fantasy section is chock-full of new acquisitions!
We've added nearly 100 new titles in the past week. 

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What do the the Dictionary, the Bible,
the Harry Potter books, and The Shining have in common?

They're all banned books!
Come celebrate National Book Month and
Banned Book Week at the Curious Book Shop.
There are dozens of banned books on display,
along with information about when, where and why they were banned.

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This October marks the 43rd birthday of Curious Book Shop!

Ray Walsh began selling books in 1969, when he was a student at MSU.
He was originally located on campus as part of the Man & Nature Book Shop.
Soon after, he opened up shop above Cunningham Drug Store and later 
moved to 541 East Grand River, below Paramount News. 

In 1973 we moved to our current location, 307 East Grand River Ave. 
We've been supplying rare, unique and gently used books to the 
Greater Lansing community ever since. 

Don't let our age fool you, book lover. We acquire strange and wonderful
new books every day. We never know when the next special book
or paper item will come along. Curious looks much the same as it did years 
ago, but our stock of books is constantly changing and full of surprises.

Over the years, Curious has played host to a myriad of literary giants,
(including Stan Lee, Harlan Ellison, Kate Wilhelm, William X. Kienzle 
and Kim Stanley Robinson) and is a favorite hang-out for local writers 
and book lovers. 

Show your support for Curious Book Shop by wearing your favorite 
Curious t-shirt to the shop! They're available in a variety of sizes 
and colors, with more coming next week.

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Congratulations to former Curious employee and award-winning
Science Fiction and Fantasy author, Nnedi Okorafor, 
winner of the 2012 Kindred Award!

Community Events:

Autumn is upon us in lovely East Lansing!
The trees are changing, the air is crisp, and pumpkins abound.

The MSU Homecoming Parade is Friday, October 12th.
The Spartans take on Iowa at Spartan Stadium on the 13th.
We encourage visiting alumni to visit Curious for a dose of nostalgia.

The Great Pumpkin Walk, a favorite event at Curious,
will be on Thursday, October 25th. Dress up, bring the family
and enjoy an evening in Downtown East Lansing.

Don't forget! Curious offers gift certificates for young readers,
through the Capital Area District Libraries and the East Lansing Public Library,
for their young readers program. Ask your librarian for details.
October's Literary Birthdays:

Oct. 1: Tim O'Brien
Oct. 2: Wallace Stevens, Mahatma Gandhi, Graham Greene
Oct. 3: Mikhail Lermontov, Thomas Wolfe, James Herriot, Gore Vidal
Oct. 4: Kazauki Takahashi, Anne Rice, Edward Stratemeyer
Oct. 5: Denis Diderot
Oct. 8: Frank Herbert, R.L. Stine
Oct. 11: Elmore Leonard
Oct. 13: Conrad Richter
Oct. 14: Katherine Mansfield, e e cummings
Oct. 15: Virgil, John Kenneth Galbraith, Arthur Schlesinger, Mario Puzo
Oct. 16: Gunter Grass), Oscar Wilde, Noah Webster
Oct. 17: Arthur Miller
Oct. 18: Wendy Wasserstein
Oct. 19: John Le Carre
Oct. 21: Ursula K. LeGuin
Oct. 22: Doris Lessing
Oct. 23: Michael Crichton
Oct. 25: Anne Tyler
Oct. 26: Pat Conroy
Oct. 27: Dylan Thomas, Sylvia Plath
Oct. 28: Ivan Turgenev, John Locke
Oct. 30: Ezra Pound, Fjodor Dostoevsky
Oct. 31: John Keats, Dick Francis

Please accept our gratitude for your continued support of this local, independent book shop.
Without loyal readers like you, we would have disappeared long ago.

Many thanks, and we hope to see you soon!
Ray, Audrey and the Curious Gang

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