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  • To Be Continued…

    Sun, 20 May 2018 10:52:43 Permalink
    After a week in Cork we headed to Sherkin Island, a windswept jewel of a place just off the southern coast of West Cork. Just to maintain a professional aspect to the trip, I stopped in to see Holger at The Time Traveller’s Book Shop in Skibbereen. But he wasn’t there, so we ate at the Church Restaurant instead. The sun was warm; the beer was cold. Then on to the Port of Baltimore and the ferry to Sherkin where our dear old friends Kathy and Mike run an an event centre called Sherkin North Shore – sort of a Read More
  • Just a Dream

    Sun, 13 May 2018 11:11:53 Permalink
    Anne Marie and I are back in Cork City, just around the corner from where we stayed the first time we came here, in the summer of 1998. My first book, Gone Boy, was about to come out, and Anne Marie didn’t want any part of the publicity that was sure to ensue. She decided that she and our daughter Celia would spend Celia’s third year of high school somewhere in Ireland.Continue reading Just a Dream at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Oops!

    Tue, 08 May 2018 05:51:21 Permalink
    This is the main entrance to the Whaling Museum. It used to be a quaint little place, but now it has expanded to occupy an entire city block. Whaling museums flourish in inverse proportion to the whales themselves.I forgot to blog about this past weekend’s show at the New Bedford Whaling Museum! Sorry.It was a good show, featuring good eats.This is Elizabeth’s Restaurant in Fairhaven, just down the street from where I stay.Continue reading Oops! at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • The Absolute Coolest Thing

    Mon, 30 Apr 2018 06:20:30 Permalink
    As readers of this blog or subscribers to my online catalogs probably know, I’m nuts about clipper ship sailing cards. I buy too many, pay too much, and have a hard time selling them for more than I paid. This might be acceptable for a collector, but it is a bad idea for a dealer. It creates a situation in which Collector Greg is competing against Book Dealer Greg. A lose-lose proposition if ever there was one.Continue reading The Absolute Coolest Thing at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • A Day (and-a-half) in the Life

    Mon, 23 Apr 2018 10:36:56 Permalink
    Got my trunks packed for the London fair then rose at 4 am the next morning to get on a 6 am flight to the west coast, where I arrived about 9:30 am. Rented a car and drove to the house of an old customer and friend who was considering selling his collection. Looked at the collection all day. Made an offer.Next morning we discussed the offer and looked at the books again.Continue reading A Day (and-a-half) in the Life at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • The Real McCoy

    Mon, 16 Apr 2018 12:33:33 Permalink
    For a few minutes there, it looked like we were going to be in for a very long day. We’d finished setting up for the SNEAB (Southern New England Antiquarian Booksellers) spring book fair, being marketed by promoter Marvin Getman as the Boston West Book, Print, and Ephemera Fair. We had our booths all dolled up and our books, prints, and ephemera proudly displayed and we were ready to start selling. But when, about 15 minutes prior to opening, we peeked out the entrance at the line of customers, well… Sleet and freezing rain had been predicted for that day, Read More
  • Uncle!

    Sun, 08 Apr 2018 07:55:36 Permalink
    Okay, I give up…I’m going home.Continue reading Uncle! at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Lord of the Flies

    Mon, 02 Apr 2018 07:36:26 Permalink
    I’m spending some serious time up here in my shack in a distant corner of Nova Scotia. It’s cold, and quiet, and very still. I have canned goods, and jugs of drinking water, and solar powered LED lights, and plenty of sweet, dry apple wood to burn. I plan to compose a draft of the “Survivor Apocalypse Manifesto” – a document that, by its eloquence and indisputable logic, will put an end to gun violence as we know it, much as Jerry Rubin caused the Pentagon to levitate in 1967. Continue reading Lord of the Flies at Ten Pound Island Read More
  • Doing the Math

    Mon, 26 Mar 2018 08:14:22 Permalink
    My wife and I spent last Saturday afternoon in Washington, DC at the March For Our Lives. We were with other gun violence survivors, assembled from across the nation and down the years, in a bullpen near the big front stage.The sun was warm. The music was very loud. Pop idols passed through, bound to or from the stage, and we would part before them, those magical names on our lips. An iconic rapper, or the guy who wrote “Hamilton.” Miley Cyrus!Continue reading Doing the Math at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Road Kill

    Sun, 18 Mar 2018 09:12:18 Permalink
    Survived Ephemera 2018, barely,Show’s overRoad to my roomand am on the road headed toward what may be an interesting library or a complete bust.On Friday morning a minor screwup with table deliveryWhere the hell are those tables?kept us waiting around for a couple of hours longer than we should have.Continue reading Road Kill at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • How Do It Know?

    Mon, 12 Mar 2018 03:40:20 Permalink
    This entry starts out with the old joke about the thermos. You know the one… it keeps hot things hot and cold things cold. But it’s only a thermos. How do it know? That’s the story of the 2018 edition of My Big Fat New York Book Fair. Other parts of the event took place at the Park Avenue Armory As you may recall from last week’s blog entry, my prospects for this show seemed bleak – primarily because I’d sold most of my good stuff in San Francisco and Pasadena several weeks before. Continue reading How Do It Know? Read More
  • New York State of Mind

    Sun, 04 Mar 2018 07:52:27 Permalink
    It was so easy livin’ day by dayOut of touch with the rhythm and bluesBut now I need a little give and takeThe New York Times and the Daily NewsComes down to realityAnd it’s fine with me cause I’ve let it slideI don’t care if it’s Chinatown or up on RiversideI don’t have any reasonsI’ve left them all behindI’m in a New York state of mind-Billy Joel “New York State of Mind”It’s true.Continue reading New York State of Mind at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • It's Good For You!

    Mon, 26 Feb 2018 10:54:53 Permalink
    I’m cooling my heels at the Ritz Carleton in Washington DC waiting for the conclusion of the winter meeting of the Democratic Attorneys General. Following the meeting there will be a press conference featuring selected AGs, teachers, and survivors of gun violence. You can guess where I fit in.Maura Healey, the Massachusetts AG, is going to talk about gun violence in schools, and about the notion that armed teachers might “harden” school sites.Continue reading It’s Good For You! at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • My Other Job

    Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:53:07 Permalink
    I spend 10-20 hours a week volunteering for Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety. I work with fellow survivors in Massachusetts, organizing for various survivor causes, and helping with public appearances in which survivors’ stories demonstrate, first hand, the terrible costs of gun violence.Last Thursday at 5 pm I got an email from an editor at the NY Times. She needed 1000 words on the Florida shootings by 11 am the next day.Continue reading My Other Job at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • My View

    Mon, 12 Feb 2018 12:14:27 Permalink
    Looking down from my aerie at the inferno of Lost Angels, hard upon the Sea of Broken Dreams, the mountain stronghold of Boss Town looming behind.The hills above Pasadena, from which the inferno of Lost Angels might be glimpsed on a morning’s hikeMaybe it’s just a matter of putting things in perspective. My great Mexican War discovery turned our to be wrapped in falsehood.Continue reading My View at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Life in the Cove

    Sun, 04 Feb 2018 10:06:47 Permalink
    South San Francisco is a weird place. Biotrech, big pharma, “life sciences,” and A-I have dumped countless millions of dollars into the area, like sewage overflowing,pushing out virtually every sign of what I would regard as normal life.Here, instead of phragmites or algae, covering the hills, we get acres of eruptions of mirror glass and shiny steel boxes that look like those conceptual drawings you see in zoning board presentations,with stick-figure humans on too perfect sidewalks.Continue reading Life in the Cove at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Not Left Behind

    Mon, 29 Jan 2018 01:59:03 Permalink
    It may not be obvious, but I’m making real progress cleaning out the cellar and turning it into the new World Headquarters of Ten Pound Island Book Co.These are my map shelvesand all that wall space will be MORE shelves…It’ll be fine. You’ll see.Meanwhile my preparations for the San Francisco Antiquarian Book, Print, and Paper Fair  continue.Continue reading Not Left Behind at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Cheap Freeze

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 04:01:23 Permalink
    I’m a complete wreck. Not so much from agonizing though last night’s Patriot’s win, more from listening to the morons on Moron Talk Radio talk about it all day. So I’ll be keeping this blog entry short…Got my five boxes of rare books and ephemera off to California, a feat not particularly monumental in itself, but noteworthy this year because of what was in those boxes. A mere thirty-eight books. The rest was ephemera and manuscripts.Continue reading Cheap Freeze at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • "Make an Offer"

    Mon, 15 Jan 2018 01:42:38 Permalink
    Snow White and the 50 HummelsPromoter Marvin Getman calls it the Boston Antiques Vintage Art & Design Show and Sale, but really it’s more like a flea market. Lotsa stuff, none of it very expensive.And that’s just fine. It’s fun to spend a wintry weekend in Shrinerland in the company of all those kindly old guys with funny hats,and it’s almost impossible to walk the aisles and not find something that appeals to you.Continue reading “Make an Offer” at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Gobsmacked

    Mon, 08 Jan 2018 01:32:44 Permalink
    Hitting the road, 6 am Friday Regular readers of this blog may recall the kerfuffle that erupted last August when a colleague departed the Papermania show in Hartford a day early, leaving an empty booth behind. I wrote a post about this which received quite a bit of attention – relatively speaking. The post received seven responses on the blog site and three emails sent directly to me. To my considerable surprise only one of them dealt with the pros and cons of leaving a fair early; the rest were about the Papermania event itself. Continue reading Gobsmacked at Ten Read More
  • Where Did All the Time Go?

    Wed, 03 Jan 2018 07:53:45 Permalink
    Sorry, the website’s been down for three or four days… Don’t ask!As I mentioned last week I’ve begun the process of downsizing my operation, moving from our generous old white clapboard Queen Anne to an efficient, tight, modern space across the street – about half the size of our old digs, with an additional few hundred square feet in the basement into which I intend to shoehorn my book business.Continue reading Where Did All the Time Go? at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Hard Copy III

    Sun, 24 Dec 2017 10:56:50 Permalink
    Merry Christmas, everyone!Maritime List 256 is back from the printer, and it looks fine. But I’ve decided to wait until 2018 to send it out. Papermania takes place Jan 5-7, and I’ll be too busy gathering ephemera for that show to properly attend to the flood of orders I anticipate, so I’ll put it in the mail Jan 8.I wonder what this year’s Papermania will bring? The show has been in decline for the past decade, both in terms of attendance and exhibitors.Continue reading Hard Copy III at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • I'm sure you get a lot of these this time of year…

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 11:26:30 Permalink
    Here’s a photo of me and my pal Anthony Weller taken about ten years ago when Anthony was a world-class jazz guitarist. By that time he’d also published four novels and an award-winning travel book about India called “Days and Nights on the Grand Trunk Road.” We were writing buddies, and Anthony’s superb editorial skills helped me through my first four books. On top of all that he was a deeply-read lover of modern literature and he had one of the coolest collections of 20th century authors I’ve ever seen. Continue reading I’m sure you get a lot of these Read More
  • Hard Copy – Part II

    Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:50:29 Permalink
    As you may recall from last week’s post, I resolved to issue a hard copy list, just for the fun of it, for the first time in three years. Maritime List 256 – There Must Be Some Mistake These books are supposed to be on your shelves, not mine. I hope you will help me correct this grievous error!Continue reading Hard Copy – Part II at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Hard Copy

    Mon, 04 Dec 2017 05:19:54 Permalink
    Got the wood put upand the garden mostly put down.The Christmas trees are moving right along,and Maritime List 255 is “all in and all done,” with an excellent percentage of items sold.So there I was, sitting around yesterday, feeling moderately pleased with myself, when it occurred to me that I hadn’t published a catalog in quite a while.Continue reading Hard Copy at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Can You Believe…

    Mon, 27 Nov 2017 07:18:48 Permalink
    it’s that time of year already? In a welcome change from our usual bookish frenzy, here’s how we spent the weekend Once again, the Gibson family Gourmet Tree Christmas tree farm is open for business, offering 100% gluten free gourmet trees©, wreaths, kissing balls, a welcoming camp fire, and lots of good cheer THE STAFF […]The post Can You Believe… appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • The Dog Ate My Homework

    Mon, 20 Nov 2017 08:12:46 Permalink
    The Ten Pound Island mainframe is in the lab for overhaul, and I’m forced to do all my computer chores on my teeny weenie backup brain. Hence, the brevity of this blog entry, which reflects the drop in capacity from tera to giga to mega to kila. Actually, I’m quite fond of my little Toshiba […]The post The Dog Ate My Homework appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Let's Talk About Me!

    Mon, 13 Nov 2017 12:18:06 Permalink
    Congratulations to Betty Fulton and Julie Roper of Commonwealth Promotions and to Ken Gloss of the Brattle Book Shop – our “man on the ground” – for another successful Boston Book Fair. Thanks to their efforts this has become one of the best-run shows in the country. The Hynes Convention Center is a wonderful venue […] Read More
  • Five stages of book fair death, and the things we cannot change

    Sun, 05 Nov 2017 01:55:53 Permalink
    After several days of putting the ugly task off, I started preparing for next weekend’s Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair. Monday was a symphony of groans, accompanied by gnashing of teeth. “I’ve already sold all the good stuff,” I whined to myself (the only sympathetic audience around), “There’s nothing but chowder left.” Still, I had […] Read More
  • Excuse #1

    Mon, 30 Oct 2017 05:53:17 Permalink
    crapal tunne;l surgery cant ype so good maybe nest week Read More
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