"And so it was that laterTHE BOKESELLER'S TALE
as the miller told his tale
that her face, at first just ghostly
turned a whiter shade of pale . . ."
(An excerpt from a recently unearthed manuscript by Geoffrey Chaucer.)
The bokeseller was pale and sallow,
Too many darkened days in the gallows,
Upon his lap sat pointels and maps
he carried a dagon full of bokes,
and their were much quod to brook,
"I haveth a story of the Queen of Camelot
a lady dame of such great beauty
witht thee nam of Jacqueline Kennedy (9781401324254) 60.00."
(The friar rebukes the bokeseller.)
The friar doth riseth up angrily,
Qoud he, "All thes has made ye thirsty.
does thoust hath a boke with ale
liketh the Wisconsin Best Beer Guide (9781933272252) 16.95
sa as to beste bear your wallet of lies."
The bokeseller did quod to thy friar,
"And drunkeness is eke a foul record,
On thou has borne witht Michael Moore,
wha writeth Here Comes Trouble (9780446532242) 26.99,
thes wines of Spain creepeth as subtle."
Mine doest be a profession of honore,
Goodnight Keith Moon (9780956011923) 10.95 ere your fodder
for thou are to be held a common hazarder
mayhaps witht thy Force Of Blood (9780762772841) 24.95, a lecherer,
Thou werre merely Satan's ambassador."
Obviously the Bookseller does get the best of the Friar in this snippet of some of Chaucer's best work. Also, we are having quite a run on the Jacqueline Kennedy book and I feel that it will sell right through the holidays. Order accordingly . . .
Odds & Sods
The good doctor, Ilsa Bick, popped by here on Monday and signed copies of her latest book, Ashes (9781606841754) 17.99. The signing was an elaborate operation, involving stamps, mulit-coloured pens, twelve dwarves, and a coconut creme pie. As usual, first come, first served.
Devin Scillian's Memoirs of a Goldfish (9781585365074) 15.95 has been announced as the 2011 Michigan Reads! One State, One Children's Book. We are expecting a deluge of orders . . .
We have signed Jennifer Granholm bookplates for the The Governor's Story (9781586489977) 27.99. If you are interested, let your server know & we will put them in your box.