Sunday, September 30, 2012
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Greetings from Curious, Book Lover!
You'll find great deals on hard-to-find books on ALL THREE FLOORS of our shop, this month!
Save big in September with our new monthly sale - - 30% OFF these sections:
Upstairs: 30% OFF Movie Stuff (Film Histories, Scripts, Posters, Celebrity Biographies and more!)
Main Floor: 30% OFF Cookbooks, Political Science, Gender Studies & Sexuality,Romance & Paranormal Romance
Downstairs: 30% OFF Religion, Education and Reference
Remember: With a purchase, we'll validate your parking for City of East Lansing lots and ramps.
Our shelves are freshly stuffed with fabulous novels - classics and recent bestsellers at half the price!
You can also pick up new copies of the latest bestsellers at Curious.
Notable acquisitions include a selection of Native American histories; science fiction & fantasy;
poetry & novels by Michigan writers; New Age books on astrology, yoga, the occult, dreams and reiki healing;
beautifully illustrated stories for children; biographies; nature guides; Big Little Books; vintage comics and more!
Give yourself goosebumps with our wide selection of affordable horror novels by Brian Lumley, Stephen King
and Dean Koontz, or paranormal romance novels by Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris and Sherrilyn Kenyon!
Classic MSU and UofM football programs from the 1930s - 1990s are available in our sports department.
Stop in for a visit on an MSU game day for a bit of Green & White nostalgia.
Shop News & Gossip:
It's election season, and you can educate yourself while you browse our aisles!
Visit Curious this month and see some of our most unusual political items from local and national elections.
We have vintage political campaign posters, stickers, pins and more on display - some dating from the 1800s.
George Romney, Rockefeller, Goldwater, Humphrey, Chamberlain and other 19th and 20th century American leaders are represented.
Stop in soon and experience our political time warp, right in downtown East Lansing.
"A vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends upon the character of the user." - Theodore Roosevelt
It was a beautiful summer in East Lansing, full of interesting customers and unusual books.
Ray was on the road for the better part of August. He took part in book and comic shows,
including Pulpfest (in Columbus, Ohio) and the Chicago Antiquarian Book Show.
Over Labor Day weekendRay went to Chicago again, for the 70th World Science Fiction Convention!
Stop in soon to see some of the goodies he brought home.
Have you ever been to a book show? Here's your chance!
The Midwest's LARGEST antiquarian book and paper show is coming to Lansing.
Join us on Sunday, October 7 for the
56th Michigan Antiquarian Book and Paper Show
at the Lansing Center (333 E. Michigan Avenue).
Admission is $4.50 (Children 13 and under are free!)
Collectable First Editions, Michigan History items, Maps,
Postcards, Original Art, Sheet Music, Rare Books, Children's Books,
Photographs, Classic Science Fiction, Mysteries, Ephemera,
Michigan History Items, Civil War & Military History and SO MUCH MORE
will be on display and for sale at this fabulous show.
Item prices may range from 50 cents to $50,000,
and there's something for everyone, no matter your interests!
Please visit the Curious Book Shop to pick up a show flyer.
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
You can find Ray's weekly book reviews on our blog,
or in the Sunday edition of the Lansing State Journal!
Literary and Community Events:
The Kerrytown Bookfest is Sunday, September 9 in Ann Arbor.
This literary festival is fun for the whole family, and features
local authors, bookbinders, publishers, booksellers, librarians and more.
Find out more: http://www.kerrytownbookfest.
The 56th Michigan Antiquarian Book & Paper Show
is coming to downtown 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.
Show webpage: http://www.curiousbooks.com/
Are you interested in exhibiting at the show?
We have a limited amount of space left.
Please contact Ruth at (517) 332-0123
Literary Birthdays & Events:
Sept. 1: Edgar Rice Burroughs
Sept. 2: Eugene Field
Sept. 3: Sarah Orne Jewett
Sept. 4: Richard Wright
Sept. 7: F. Scott Fitzgerald meets Zelda Sayre at a country club dance, in Alabama in 1918
Sept. 8: Ann Beattie
Sept. 9: Leo Tolstoy
Sept. 11: D.H. Lawrence, O. Henry
Sept. 12: H.L. Mencken
Sept. 13: Roald Dahl, Sherwood Anderson
Sept. 15: James Fenimore Cooper, Agatha Christie
Sept. 17: Mary Stewart, Ken Kesey, William Carlos Williams
Sept. 18: Dr. Samuel Johnson
Sept. 19: Arthur Rackam, William Golding
Sept. 20: Upton Sinclair, Daniel Defoe
Sept. 21: H.G. Wells, Stephen King
Sept. 23: Euripides, Edgar Lee Masters
Sept. 24: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Sept. 25: William Faulkner, bell hooks
Sept. 26: T.S. Eliot
Sept. 28: Kate Douglas Wiggins
Sept. 29: Miguel de Cervantes, Elizabeth Gaskell, Stan Berenstain
Sept. 30: Truman Capote
“The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives.
She went on olden-day sailing ships with Joseph Conrad.
She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling.
She travelled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village."
- Roald Dahl, Matilda
Our current shop hours are
Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sundays Noon - 5 p.m.
If there's a specific book you're looking for, please let us know!
We'd be happy to keep your request on file or do a special order.
What do you think of, when you think of Curious?
We want to hear about your fond memories of time spent at the shop!
Email us, and your reminisces may be featured in a forthcoming book about the shop.
Thank you for your continued support our independent book shop and local book-related events.
This fall, we'll celebrate our 43rd anniversary.
Ray, Audrey and the the Curious Gang
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Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Mason area author Bonnie Bucqueroux's new paperback book is only 120 pages long but it packs a powerful punch.
"Speaking of Murder" (Crime News Press, $5.95) is subtitled "Media Autopsies of Famous Crime Cases." It deals with an unusual subject, examining the sensationalized treatment of major crime cases by an assortment of different media.
Although it's heavily footnoted and includes a detailed index, this isn't your ordinary textbook - it's a fascinating book that can be enjoyed by the average reader who has an interest in true crime cases.
It focuses on three major crimes that received extensive coverage by the press involving Fatty Arbuckle, Kitty Genovese and Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood."
Bucqueroux examines the press treatment of Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, accused in 1921 of assaulting Virginia Rappe, who died four days later.
Arbuckle, one of the world's best loved and highly paid comedians, was put under an intense media spotlight and stood trial three times for the crime.
In an age with no scandal magazines, entertainment television shows or computer networks, newspapers received significant attention.
Media frenzy in the 1920's was incredible, with slanted banner headlines and biased news stories about the case abounding.
The author systematically details flaws in reporting and the tendency to exaggerate unsupported facts; journalistic ethics are deeply probed.
In March 1964, 28-year-old Kitty Genovese was brutally raped and stabbed to death near her Queens, N.Y. apartment by a stranger.
A New York Times newspaper reporter discovered that there were 38 witnesses who heard her screams during the half-hour attack but did virtually nothing.
The author, who carefully examines the extensive coverage of the case, details the assorted social and legal issues involved.
The last section of the book is devoted to the horrifying 1964 murder case in Kansas where four members of a family were brutally murdered.
Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood" was released as a "non-fiction novel" which dealt with the horrific case, the later arrest, trial and execution of the two depraved killers. The tremendous toll it took on Capote and his career is expertly analyzed.
Bucqueroux continues teaching at MSU's School of Journalism where she served as coordinator of the Victims and Media Program.
This is the first of 4 projected volumes; the next book will focus on Cleveland physician Sam Shepard, serial killer Donald Gene Miller and Unabomber Ted Kaczynski.
For mor information, visit her website: www.speakingofmurder.wordpress
Ray Walsh, owner of East Lansing's Curious Book Shop,