Author: Editor

Brian Cassidy, Bookseller, Monterey, CA

“Life is what happens to you / While you’re busy making other plans.” -John Lennon, “Beautiful Boy”For me, life was not what happened to me while busy making other plans. Bookselling was.  My first bookstore job was at Iowa City’s…

Nancy Johnson, Bookseller, Denver, CO

“I sell books about antiques.” “You sell antique books? I have an old school book that was my grandmother’s.” “No, I sell books ABOUT antiques, not necessarily antique books.” And so a typical conversation with a stranger ends—the same conversation…

Craig Horle and Laurie Wolfe of Classic Books and Ephemera

We are Craig Horle and Laurie Wolfe of Classic Books and Ephemera, which we run out of our home in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania. When we began the business in 2001 we did not anticipate the store-in-the-home phenomenon common to so many…

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Hartfelt Gratitude Letter to the editor. “Please contact Jim Hart and express my heartfelt gratitude for the wonderful article he wrote about Dr. Len Lanfranco [‘Thoughts on a Friend’s Passing—Leonard Lanfranco,’ IOBA Standard, May 2002, Volume 3, No. 2]. I met…

Paul Mills of Clarke’s Africana & Rare Books

Booksellers in America sometimes ask me how we run a successful antiquarian and secondhand book business in “darkest Africa.” I usually reply that the cleft-stick is a remarkably efficient way of distributing letters, and porters with boxes on their heads…

Cathy Graham and Serena Wyckoff of Copperfish Books, LLC

Hi, we are Cathy Graham and Serena Wyckoff, owners of Copperfish Books, LLC, in sunny southwest Florida. Before going full time in January 2006, we had “real” jobs and sold books online as a hobby. Well, as often happens in…

Bronwyn Smith of Dromanabooks, Australia

Hi, I am Bronwyn Smith of Dromanabooks, Australia. Dromanabooks is an online-only bookshop supplying non-fiction to clients in Australia, Europe, the USA and Asia. Visit my website at www.Dromanabooks.com.au where I have about 11,000 titles on offer. I don’t have any obvious…

Shirley Dyess of The Dust Jacket, Irving,TX

When I was six years old my mother took me to the library and I got my first library card. I felt like I had just been given the key to a wonderful treasure chest. I still feel that way.…

Ye Old Booksellers: Forty Years Among the Old Booksellers of Philadelphia

Ye Olde Booksellers Here is a small volume with red pebbled boards entitled, Forty Years Among the Old Booksellers of Philadelphia, with Bibliographical Remarks, by W. Brotherhead (Philadelphia, PA: A. P. Brotherhead, 1891). This 122 page gem must be well known…