Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Curiosities Newsletter for May 2013

Greetings, Booklover!

This month, take 30% OFF books in these sections:


 - A beautiful hardcover set of Great Books (54 Volumes, $250.00)
 - Series fiction for kids, including Junie B, Nancy Drew and Mary Poppins
 - Mind-expanding Philosophy paperbacks and hardcovers
 - High-quality Art books, featuring classic and modern masterpieces
 - A variety of themed Cookbooks, including outdoor grilling, soups and baking
 - Poker and blackjack books, to help your odds at the casino
 - A hardcover set of Durant's The Story of Civilization, in dust-jacket
 - Classic Archie comics featuring Veronica, Betty and Jughead
 - A 1st edition of Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer, in dust-jacket
 - True tales about cowboys, robbers and other characters of the American West
 - Military history books about the American Civil War and WWII

This afternoon we received the latest shipment from our New Books distributor.
It includes books by Neil Gaiman, George R. R. Martin, Alan Moore, Sylvia Plath,
Kurt Vonnegut, J.R.R. Tolkien, Roald Dahl, and great gifts for new graduates!


Perhaps you've noticed our increased presence on Facebook?
Or, maybe, you're pleased by the increase in our blog posts?

There's so much to say and share about the literary world!
Find us, follow us, friend us and JOIN THE CONVERSATION.
Check out the book-related news, videos and photos we're sharing.
We're eager to hear your opinion on our many book-related posts.

Recently we unearthed a treasure trove of vintage Curious ads and photos.
We'll be sharing these with our online friends over the next few weeks.

If you have a Curious relic, be it an old bookmark, memory, 
photo or favorite purchase, please share it with us! 
Who knows, you might even see your name in print one day.

April was a marvelous month!
We began the month with the 57th Michigan Antiquarian Book & Paper Show.
Those who attended don't need to hear about how grand it was, so I'll be brief.

A new exhibition room (in the Lansing Center) was cause for a new booth lay-out.
These minor changes made this show seem unique and exciting, according to visitors.
Were you there? Share your experiences (and photos!) on the show's Facebook page.

The Curious staff members bought exciting treasures for their personal collections,
and assisted happy booklovers in finding special editions of their favorite titles.
There were millions of items for sale, including Victorian wedding photographs,
WWII and Vietnam military collectibles, early-20th-century propaganda posters and
a fascinating scrapbook of photos and mementos from a 1920s sanitarium in Howell, Michigan.

If you missed the show, don't fret.
Mark your calendar! 
Your next chance to attend: October 13, 2013

Don't forget! 
We validate parking for any City of EL lots and ramps, with a purchase. 
Parking is FREE on Sundays.


CONGRATULATIONS to Michigan State University's Class of 2013!

Townies, take note:
MSU move-out and graduation ceremonies will commence (haha) this weekend, May 3rd - 5th. Combined with the current EL road construction projects, the influx of parents and exodus of Spartans will make for some ... interesting traffic patterns.

Classicon 42, a Collectable Paperback, Pulp, Comic & Glamour Art Show
This great show features thousands of collectable comics, pulp magazines, digests,
paperbacks novels and iconic pop culture items available for sale or trade.
Join us on Saturday, June 8th at the University Quality Inn, 3121 E. Grand River Ave, Lansing.
Located just off US 127 at exit 78, near the Frandor shopping plaza.
Show Hours: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Admission: $3.00. Free Parking!
Are you interested in exhibiting? A limited amount of vendor space is available.
For more information please contact the Curious Book Shop (

Stay up-to-date on East Lansing happenings with the City of East Lansing Events Calendar.

May's Literary Birthdays:
May 1st: Joseph Heller, Terry Southern
May 3rd: Niccolo Machiavelli
May 5th: Karl Marx, Leo Lionni
May 8th: Thomas Pynchon, Edmund Wilson, Gary Snyder
May 9th: J.M. Barrie, Richard Adams, Alan Bennett
May 11th: Stanley Elkin
May 13th: Daphne Du Maurier, Armistead Maupin
May 15th: L. Frank Baum, Paul Zindel, Katherine Anne Porter
May 16th: Studs Terkel, Bruce Coville
May 18th: Bertrand Russell, Diane Duane
May 21st: Dante Alighieri
May 22nd: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Peter Matthiessen
May 25th: Theodore Roethke, Raymond Carver, Jamaica Kincaid
May 27th: John Cheever, Herman Wouk, Tony Hillerman, Rachel Carson
May 28th: Ian Fleming
May 29th: G.K. Chesterton, T.H. White
May 31st: Walt Whitman

"Be curious, not judgmental." - Walt Whitman

We appreciate your continued support of our independent East Lansing book shop!

Many thanks,
Ray, Audrey and the Curious Gang
P.S. : We are currently interested in buying: Choose Your Own Adventure paperbacks, Oz or Nancy Drew hardbacks, any books (paperback or hardback) by Kurt Vonnegut, J.D. Salinger, Charles Bukowksi, Abbie Hoffman, Hunter S. Thompson, Philip K. Dick, and Ayn Rand, as well as science fiction/fantasy paperbacks and hardbacks, Philosophy and Eastern religious books.
                                          Please call to set up an appointment! Thanks!

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Curious Book Shop

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

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