Series: Spring 2003 (Vol. IV, No. 1)

President’s Message

The election is over, and we’re heading into a new year with a something old and something new board of directors.  (If I could figure out how to fit something borrowed and something blue in there, this would all segue…

Global Book Town Independent Booksellers

Some time in mid October, 2002 in a chat room far far away, a number of booksellers got a bit tired of always having to deal with the big massive book listing sites and wondered if it was possible to…

Trances That Heal: Rites, Rituals and Brain Chemicals

Professor Carol Laderman received her Ph.D. in Anthropology, awarded with Distinction, from Columbia University, and has taught at Fordham and is Chair of the Anthropology Department at City College in New York. Professor Laderman’s primary research interests are Southeast Asia,…

For Love or Money?

Over three years ago my wife, Mary, came up with the idea for a writers mural within our bookshop. The right artist was commissioned (an Oscar nominated animator, no less) and the research and designs began. That the mural would…

Mystery Novel Characters: Often Miscast for Films, TV

The history of casting actors for roles in movies or TV series made from mystery novels includes more misses than hits, but there have been notable exceptions. Basil Rathbone was Sherlock Holmes. And when Hawk showed up on the “Spenser…

Producing Your Own Newsletter

We’ve all received newsletters or ezines via email. They target specific audiences, and are produced for a specific purpose. They range from the very short ‘joke of the day’ type that is merely a medium for delivery of an advertisement,…

Pitspopany Press

By: Yaacov Peterseil, Editor In Chief Pitspopany Press opened its doors in 1993 as a niche publisher of books for Jewish children. The problem at that time, and one that still exists today, was that for a publisher of Jewish…

Ravings

IF NOT RUN BACKUP RUN PROGRAM RUN PROGRAM RUN SEE PROGRAM RUN SEE SYSTEM CRASH GOTO SEE PROGRAM RUN SEE SYSTEM CRASH AGAIN LOOP UNTIL OPERATOR CRASHES SEE COMPUTER TECH PAY COMPUTER TECH RUN PROGRAM SEE SYSTEM CRASH GOTO SEE…

Stanford Libraries Create Saroyan Prize for Writers

As the leader of the A-Team liked to say: “I love it when a good plan comes together.” Or words to that effect. So I am happy to report that an institution where I enjoyed a too-brief, but most memorable…