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  • Come and Get them!!

    Sun, 27 Nov 2016 02:28:30 Permalink
    It’s that time of year again. and for the fourth season in a row, we’re making our patented 100% gluten free Gourmet Trees® available on a limited basis to the general public. Our Gourmet Tree specialists have been working for weeks  to make sure you have access to the finest Gourmet Trees® But supplies are […]The post Come and Get them!! appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Perfunctory?

    Mon, 21 Nov 2016 02:23:37 Permalink
    Got a fascinating email Sunday morning from old friend Rusty Mott of Howard S. Mott, Inc. It contained a link to a site called “Old Weather.” If I’m reading the information on their website correctly, the people who run this site direct you to a digitized copy of an old log book. Your job will […]The post Perfunctory? appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Just Checking In

    Sun, 13 Nov 2016 08:30:54 Permalink
    Like just about everyone I know, I’ve been profoundly effected by the unexpected election results. However, unlike many of my friends who are walking around wringing their hands wondering when the sky will fall, I feel fortunate to be associated with Everytown’s Survivor Network, because at least I can feel like I’m doing something. And […]The post Just Checking In appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Employee of the Month

    Sun, 06 Nov 2016 09:32:26 Permalink
    I know the forthcoming election has got everyone nerved up and freaked out, so for a change of pace I thought I’d share a note we received this week from Greg G. For those of you who don’t know him, Greg is a longtime employee here at Ten Pound Island Book Co. He is currently […]The post Employee of the Month appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Off With Their Heads!

    Mon, 31 Oct 2016 11:11:31 Permalink
    Masters of all they survey A couple of stories, before we get rolling, as demonstrations of why I love this nutty business. In Seattle a couple of weeks ago I bought something wonderful. I’d paid a healthy price for it, but I knew it was good. So, after doing quite a bit of research on […]The post Off With Their Heads! appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • The New York Effect

    Sun, 23 Oct 2016 11:38:23 Permalink
    Celia and Adam’s wedding was a great success. Most of the house guests and hangers on have departed, and… Holy Smokes! It’s time for another freakin’ book fair! Where did the time go? I must say, this year’s 40th annual Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair sort of crept up on me. Yesterday, when the boxes […]The post The New York Effect appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • The Perfect Hotel

    Mon, 17 Oct 2016 01:01:47 Permalink
    (Our daughter Celia Gibson was married on Saturday and is now Celia Novello. Anticipating pre and post wedding craziness, I wrote this week’s blog last week.) I was twenty-three years old when I read my first Raymond Chandler novel and I immediately wanted to inhabit it. I didn’t need to be Marlowe. I just wanted […]The post The Perfect Hotel appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Seattle, 2016. A Redeye View

    Mon, 10 Oct 2016 12:12:17 Permalink
    A week ago Friday morning I left Cape Breton and drove twelve hours down through Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Maine, and New Hampshire, to my home in Gloucester, Mass. I did a few chores there, payed a few bills, repacked my bag, and flew to Minneapolis-St. Paul. From there, colleague Rob Rulon-Miller and I drove […]The post Seattle, 2016. A Redeye View appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • A Boy and his Book

    Sun, 02 Oct 2016 09:59:49 Permalink
    In February of 1964, in my freshman American Literature Survey Class, I first encountered Moby Dick. Our teacher was Daniel Hoffman, a worthy poet, critic, and educator who’d go on to publish two dozen books, one of which, Poe Poe Poe Poe Poe Poe Poe was nominated for the National Book Award. All in all, […]The post A Boy and his Book appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Perfect

    Sun, 25 Sep 2016 01:03:38 Permalink
    Back up on the farm in Cape Breton for a week of work on the gun book. Pretty desolate. Very quiet. No frills. Perfect.The post Perfect appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • A Pilgrim's Progress

    Mon, 19 Sep 2016 02:52:56 Permalink
    There was actually a line of traffic turning into the big Ramada Inn complex in Boxborough, Mass. for the paper show this past Saturday. The lobby was crowded with people. I thought, “Wow! The Flamingoz have really gotten the word out this time.” Then, as I was finding my place at the end of the […]The post A Pilgrim’s Progress appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • A Fair Grows in Brooklyn

    Mon, 12 Sep 2016 08:29:18 Permalink
    ‘Nuff Said Back before those pretentious Palm Beach promoters took it over, the Baltimore Antique and Book Fair had a warm, friendly feel. It was the first show of the season, sort of like the first day of school, and it was fun to be back in the company of our colleagues after a summer’s […]The post A Fair Grows in Brooklyn appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • A Marketplace of Idiots

    Tue, 06 Sep 2016 09:15:04 Permalink
    My August 29 blog post was a typical, geezerish lament about how the Internet has transformed used books, with no concern for their literary merit, into unsellable dreck. Therefore, instead of being happy, as I used to be upon entering a used book store, these places now fill me with melancholy. End of blog. Yesterday […]The post A Marketplace of Idiots appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Transgressive

    Mon, 05 Sep 2016 08:19:03 Permalink
    I’m about halfway through the second draft of my novel, and I’m having a difficult time gathering my stock for next weekend’s third annual Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair. To tell you the truth I’m having a difficult time concentrating on anything other than how I’m going to work my way through the next chapter. (My […]The post Transgressive appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • The Way Things Are

    Mon, 29 Aug 2016 01:24:46 Permalink
    Item #1 – A History of Wonderful Animals… Just finished Maritime List 239 – WET PAPER: Part 1, which went up on the website this morning. It was a list of nothing but maritime ephemera. (Wet Paper. Get it?) By lunch time it was half sold. When I started out to be a bookseller in […]The post The Way Things Are appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Tomato Concerns

    Sun, 21 Aug 2016 10:28:33 Permalink
    Four days in Albuquerque hanging with the amazing moms of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America (and a few dads as well) learning advocacy, legislation, organizing, recruiting, media outreach, and lots more. Home tonight, then New York next week for a big appraisal. Who’s gonna eat my tomatoes while I’m gone?The post Tomato Concerns appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Queer Theory

    Sun, 14 Aug 2016 02:49:59 Permalink
    Let’s have a rally in Washington! We’ll give ourselves a few weeks to plan and organize it, and we’ll raise money for it on Facebook. We’ll wait until Congress leaves town for summer recess, and then we’ll hold our rally on the afternoon of one of the hottest days of the summer, on reclaimed marshland […]The post Queer Theory appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • A Mystery for Booksellers to Solve

    Tue, 09 Aug 2016 10:34:50 Permalink
    Okay, I admit it. This week I got nothin’. I’ve been distracted working on my book, and watering all those thirsty lawns and gardens (“perfect summer” = drought), and taking bike rides, and working on the Maud archive at the Maud/Olson Library and, oh yes, writing up the next maritime list. The last one, you […]The post A Mystery for Booksellers to Solve appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • British Bottoms

    Sun, 31 Jul 2016 10:21:28 Permalink
     The remains of Maritime List 238 Maritime List 238 being over and done with, I moved onto Maritime List 239. The differences between paper and digital catalogs are obvious, but some of the results of those differences continue to surprise me. For example, in the old days orders from my paper catalogs would dribble in […]The post British Bottoms appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • My Breakfast with Mishka

    Sun, 24 Jul 2016 03:51:02 Permalink
    Just finished the first draft of my novel and, although a normal person would be pleased to have accomplished such a thing, any writer knows that this is an occasion for depression, doubt, and tortured self-interrogation. In essence a first draft is no more than a promissory note committing the hapless writer to hundreds, if […]The post My Breakfast with Mishka appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Captain Joe

    Mon, 18 Jul 2016 08:21:06 Permalink
    One of the things I like best about my job is that I learn something new every day. I know, it’s a trite phrase and a worn out idea, but it happens to be true. There is no end of books, and every book is ripe with secrets. Well, most of them, anyway. I’ll bet […]The post Captain Joe appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Cape Breton, July 12, 2016

    Wed, 13 Jul 2016 08:03:29 Permalink
    This is the sort of thing I’ve got to deal with around here. 47,873 words into the first draft, but who’s counting?The post Cape Breton, July 12, 2016 appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • The Suburban Trap

    Mon, 04 Jul 2016 09:23:22 Permalink
    Up in Cape Breton for a couple of weeks working on another book. Three years ago I was displaced from my former digs, a lovely old barn of a studio my artist friend built and then abandoned. When his daughter moved in, I moved out. This was an excellent development for all concerned. The heiress […]The post The Suburban Trap appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Grace's Midden

    Tue, 28 Jun 2016 09:06:44 Permalink
    This one was a little difficult to pull together, so it’s a day late. My mother-in-law got me thinking down a long and winding road. The RBMS Dealer’s Showcase in Coral Gables went pretty well. Colleague Frank Wood ponders boxes Saw some librarian friends and made a couple of new ones, hung out with my […]The post Grace’s Midden appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • All the Books That Fit Part 2 – Miami

    Mon, 20 Jun 2016 08:21:52 Permalink
    Glosta suitcase – Ready to go! The room with a view The view The room The suitcase Open The goods What do Whalemen Dream? Manuscript. Whaling Log of the John and Edward. May 1841 – June 1844. New Bedford to the Indian Ocean. Folio, about 200 pages of manuscript entries.  The “John and Edward” was […]The post All the Books That Fit Part 2 – Miami appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • War and… Peace

    Mon, 13 Jun 2016 03:54:38 Permalink
    Hard to believe, for me anyway, but we’ve just shot past the sixth anniversary of Bookman’s Log. Yes, I should have written this entry after the fifth anniversary, and I don’t know why I didn’t. The post dated June 8, 2015 is about my dimwitted attempt to sell rare maritime books through an eBay store. […]The post War and… Peace appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • All the Books I Did Not Buy

    Mon, 06 Jun 2016 11:11:43 Permalink
    Don’t know how he did it, but somehow promoter Marvin Getman scouted up an extra twenty exhibitors, elevating the venerable New Hampshire book fair from “do not resuscitate” status to the Intensive Care Unit. Maybe there’s a pent up nostalgia for book fairs that’s leafing out in this fine spring weather – they’re certainly fun […]The post All the Books I Did Not Buy appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • You Get What You Pay For. London, 2016

    Sun, 29 May 2016 04:56:02 Permalink
    We savored a final view of Cork then took off for the London book fairs. Rented an apartment with a kitchen in Barron’s Court on the cheap, but it was so scuzzy we decided not to use the kitchen. I took pictures, but they were disheartening, and I deleted them. We got what we paid […]The post You Get What You Pay For. London, 2016 appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Requirements for Working on the Great American Novel

    Sat, 21 May 2016 01:40:27 Permalink
    Only in Ireland It helps to leave America, in my case anyway. Not for any political or philosophical reasons, but because there are fewer distractions in a country where hardly anyone knows you. We hung out with our friends Mick and Kathy for a few days. They run a retreat center called Sherkin North Shore […]The post Requirements for Working on the Great American Novel appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Birthday Girl and the Magic Tower

    Mon, 16 May 2016 02:47:11 Permalink
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