Wednesday, April 16, 2014

New Stuff! New Sales! New Gossip! New Newness! April Newsletter

Howdy-do, Reader!

Boy, do we have news for you...

First off, how to SAVE BIG this month, with 30% OFF books from the following sections:


New Acquisitions

Bukowski! So much Bukowski.
Seriously, we currently have almost every title in stock!

Also, we've acquired a nice collection of antique Easter cards, many more used Philosophy books, a good number of gently-read Science Fiction bestsellers, General Fiction, Swedish Language books for Kids, beautiful Early 20th-Century Series Fiction for Girls, Music books, Art collections, and much more. A myriad of vintage Beatles memorabilia can be found upstairs, in the Rock & Roll section.

Due to increased demands from customers in need of a surprise, we've restocked our selection of Mystery Books! Also restocked is our selection of locally made pins -- they're wearable antique graphics made from discarded books!

Shop Gossip:

Curious will be CLOSED on April 20th, Easter Sunday.


Early April was a whirlwind for the folks at Curious, as we prepared for, attended, and recovered from the Antiquarian Book & Paper Show. The show, I must say, was a grand success! It was fun to see so many familiar faces, and to make great new connections with local collectors of all ages. THANK YOU, those of you who came out to join us. Be sure to mark your calendar for the next show, on Sunday, October 5th. (But hopefully, we'll see you long before October.)

We've just gotten word from the Lansing City Pulse that Curious has been nominated for the award of Best Bookshop. Thanks, everybody! We're tickled pink. The final round of voting begins April 30th, so watch for a link in the May newsletter if you'd like to support us.

NEXT WEEKEND Curious is taking part in the Downtown East Lansing "Selfie Scavenger Hunt"! This nifty event is organized by Original Heroes, a local organization dedicated to making a better community for children, in a multitude of ways. This is fun for the whole family! Join in and win some terrific prizes, while supporting your community and local heroes!  Proceeds go to the Love Like Lacey Foundation. (#LoveLikeLacey)
More info at the Facebook Event Page.

Saturday, April 26th will be an exciting day in town, not only because of the Selfie Scavenger Hunt, but also because of the big GREEN & WHITE GAME! We're hoping for good weather and a big crowd of alumni hungry for the nostalgia that comes with a visit to the ol' Curious Book Shop.

Also, don't tell anyone I mentioned this, but Saturday the 26th is the lovely Liz's last day at Curious. If you've come to know our always-smilin' Liz over the past few years, stop by the shop and give her a good send-off. <3
Upcoming Book and Paper Events:
Commune with bookish people at these neat upcoming events...

Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention
April 25 - 27 in Lombard, Illinois (Chicago area)
Westin Lombard Yorktown Center
Includes an Art Show, Con Suite, Dealer Room and more, celebrating the 95th anniversary of Western Story and the 85th anniversary of Maltese Falcon. Ray will be at Windy City, so stop by the Curious booth and say 'Hello!".
For more info: (888) 627-9031

36th Annual Ann Arbor Antiquarian Book Fair
A Benefit for the William L. Clements Library
Sunday, May 18, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Michigan Union,
featuring First Editions, Rare Books, Americana, Fine Printing and Good Used Books in All Areas.
Be sure to stop by the Curious booth and say hello!
More info: West Side Book Shop (734) 995-1891

Classicon 45
Classicon is Lansing's PREMIER convention for lovers of comicspulpsglamour artand other 20th-century literary collectables. Specialties include vintage mystery and detective stories, science fiction, aviation, romance, westerns, and classics from the 20s - 60s.

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, June 28, at the University Quality Inn. (3121 E. Grand River Ave, Lansing -- Frandor Area)
A few vendor tables are still available, at $25 each!
Please contact Ray at Curious for details. (517) 332-0112

Great Lakes Postcard & Paper Expo
Presented by the West Michigan Postcard Club
Saturday July 19, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. in Wyoming, MI
Featuring postcards, trade cards, photographs, maps, ephemera, local history and more!
More Info: Wally Jung (517) 230-0734

PULPFEST 2014 / FarmerCon IX
August 7 - 10 at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus, Ohio
'Celebrating Science Fiction's Golden Year of 1939 and 75 Years of Fantastic Fiction'
Pulpfest is a neat event for pop-culture fans, and a great chance to shop around and network. Ray will be there, so stop by the Curious booth and say 'Hello!"

Photographica Show & Sale
Sunday, October 19 at the Royal Oak Elks Lodge
2401 E. Fourth Street.
Hosted by the Michigan Photographic Historical Society, this event features vintage cameras, photographs, postcards, ephemera, and photography specialists ready to answer your questions.

Postcard and Paper Shows by Wally Jung
Wally Jung, local postcard specialist, is hitting the road this summer! Don't miss your chance to see some amazing items at a show near you: Metro Detroit / Troy (May 3),Frankenmuth (June 29), Toledo (August 3), Traverse City (August 10), Lansing(August 23), Metro Detroit / Troy (November 16)
More Info: (517) 230-0734 or

And of course...
The 60th Michigan Antiquarian Book & Paper Show
returns to Lansing on Sunday, October 5th.
Mark your calendar! You won't want to miss the MIDWEST'S LARGEST show of its kind, featuring over 180 tables of first editions, children's books, Michigan history, military history, autographs, ephemera, photographs, art, postcards, vintage magazines, cookbooks, sheet music, and so much more.

MANY THANKS to all of you lovely bibliophiles!
We wouldn't be here without your continuing support, and can't find the words to fully express our gratitude.

Much love from Curious,
Ray, Audrey and the Curious Gang

"In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt." - Margaret Atwood

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