Thursday, October 20, 2011

Ye Olde Partners Page

*A Collection of Antiquarian Curios & Relics*

"If you're in trouble, or hurt or need -- go the the poor people.
They're the only ones that'll help -- the only ones . . . "
--John Steinbeck
Dearest Mick--

I would like to thank you again for the wonderful time in Dearborn last weekend. Chip, my beloved manservant, and I have just arrived back at my Italian villa in Napoli yesterday. In fact, Chip is down at the quay to unload my RascalTM scooter from the freighter. I am not positive that I would have had the energy to canvass such a large show floor without it. I really did enjoy GLiBA (glee-ba), although I half expected to see a gaggle of teenagers turn the event into a song and dance number. I understand that GLiBA may be combining with MiBA (mee-ba) soon. I believe it was your boss Sam who added the witty rejoiner, "And then they can call it AMOEBA (e-mee-ba)."

As an alum of Big Green, I was both impressed with the decor of your booth and the dedication of your employees. I noticed a lot of people handling your copy of Devin Scillian's Memoirs of a Goldfish (9781585365074) 15.95, which is the Michigan Reads: One State, One Children's Book choice, and Walter Wicks' Can You See What I See: Toyland Express (9780545244831) 13.99. The cover was quite eye-catching.

Speaking of eye-catching, I was impressed with the slip-covered edition of Erich Lessing's Louvre: All the Paintings (9781579128869) 75.00, which also includes a CD. They certainly did a smashing job in their presentation.

I, too, was saddened to learn of Steve Jobs' death. Unfortunately, when you are as old as I am, you go to more than your fair share of funerals. I remember when Steve asked me for some capital to start his venture with AppleTM. Funnily, I thought it had something to do with fruits and vegetables. I understand that Walter Isaacson's bio Steve Jobs (9781451648539) 35.00 will be out on October 24, and, What Would Steve Jobs Do (9780071792745) 22.00 should be available on December 9. I'll miss visiting Steve at the ashram.

Also, I do not know if you were aware that my good friend Julian Barnes won the Man Booker Prize for his latest title, The Sense of an Ending (9780307957122) 23.95. When I established the Booker Prize in 1968, I had hoped that such worthy authors as Mr. Barnes would be rewarded for their literature. Mr. Barnes, who is a bit of a Francophile himself, would surely like to have a copy of the Louvre book. I will have to make a note for Chip to send him one for the holidays.

I hope to see you at AMOEBA next year . . .

Warmest Regards,

Charles Edmund Wilson III

Odds & Sods

Lisa McMann stopped by last week and signed copies of her new one, The Unwanteds (9781442407688) 16.99. It's been compared to Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy but without all the gore. First come, first served . . .

You can never have too many books about the Christmas tree ship. The latest children oriented version is from Sleeping Bear Press and it's called, unsuprisingly, The Christmas Tree Ship (9781585362851) 15.95 by Carol Crane. Chris Ellison's illustrations are one part magic and one part realism, which makes for a wonderful combination that will enchant children for years to come . . .

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