Sunday, April 6, 2008
Sunday Salon 4/6/08 **edited**
This is going to be a short Sunday Salon post this morning, as some friends and I will be leaving soon for the Michigan Antiquarian Book and Paper Show. It is held twice a year and it claims to be Michigan's largest book and paper show. I actually haven't purchased anything there in about 3 years as it seems the authors that I am looking for (basically the ones that are no longer being printed) are rather obscure and nobody ever seems to have heard of them (2 in particular are May Sarton and Louise Dickinson Rich). Hopefully this time around I'll find something!
As for reading, it's been one of those weeks where I've been lucky if I've had 15 minutes to sit down to read at all. I've just about finished The Somnambulist, which is still proving to be a fun read. I'm also working on Irish Tales and Sagas by Ulick O'Connor, a book that my mom brought me back from Ireland 20ish years ago, and that I pull down and read every couple of years. I take it one story at a time so that I can spread it out a little. I'm hoping that when I get home, I can sit down and finish up The Somnambulist.
I'll post again when I get back from the book show.
Happy Sunday everyone!
I just got home from the Book and Paper Show, and yet again, no luck. For those wondering, the Book and Paper Show consists of anything made of paper that can be considered "antique": books, magazines, newspapers, postcards, stamps, posters, maps, etc. They usually hold one in the spring and one in the fall, and the last couple of years we've noticed that there has been a decided shift to more "paper" offerings than books. This time I would say that close to half the vendors were of the paper variety.
The authors that I am looking for still seem to be too elusive for around here. The two that I am most interested in finding, May Saron and Louise Dickinson Rich, are both from Maine, so I have a feeling that if I were ever to find the equivalent type of book show out in the New England area I would have better luck. With May Sarton, I have most of what she has written (see my LT catalog) but her earlier books of poetry seem to be rather rare and are hard to find. Most of what she has written is still in print, but I'm trying to get most of her library as first editions. Conveniently, eBay has proven fruitful in helping me track down her books. As for Louise Dickinson Rich, eBay may prove as helpful, but as I just started trying to track down her books (on a suggestion from my aunt, who says I will love them) I haven't searched quite as earnestly, to be honest.
It's truthfully been a couple of years since I found anything at the Book and Paper Show. I go each time, because you never know, that could be the show that I find something! The spring show next year will actually be on my birthday, so I have high hopes that the fates will smile on me that day. My roomie found a first edition, signed copy of Anne Rice's Blood Canticle and my other friend found a quaint little copy of a Louisa May Alcott book, so all was good for them.
Not all was a waste for me though, as my friends and I decided to have a little lunch and, since the day was so nice, wander over to 2 of our favorite used book shops. The first was closed (possibly to be at the Book and Paper Show) but the other was open, and I found Raymond Feist's Faerie Tale on the $1 table. We then stopped over to the "other" B&N (we've got one right across the street from my apartment, which is "our" B&N, therefore the one on the other side of town is the "other" B&N) and found the second volume in Bill Willingham's Fables series of graphic novels, as well as a loverly edition of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, with the classic illustrations by Gustave Doré. This is the third such volume that I've found at B&N of a classic with the accompanying Doré illustrations (the first two being Milton's Paradise Lost and Dante's Divine Comedy). Gustave Doré was a 19th century French engraver who, in my opinion, has created some of the most amazing engravings in history, and that someone is publishing works with his accompanying illustrations is pure genius, as far as I'm concerned.
Now I think I'm going to take The Somnambulist and sit in the park and read for awhile and then I shall come back and catch up on some of the Salon for the day.
Wow! What an extraordinarily long and rambling previous edit...