(Post edited to include pics)
So for those who were losing sleep over my lack of presence here over the last few weeks
, I was traveling with my family on a long overseas family vacation. A few bookish stops might be of interest to some here, so I thought I'd share:In London, I stopped at Goldsboro Books.
It's an outfit I've ordered from a number of times before (in fact, I have a book (Matt Haig's newest one) presently on order with them)...they do a good number of limited editions for the UK market...as an example, Joe Hill's signed/numbered THE FIREMAN (non-PS Pub ed.) was one. I went to the famous Charing Cross area the last time I was there, so thought I'd instead check out Goldsboro this time around. Was neat to see, though I must admit the store was considerably smaller than I'd imagined...'course, I suppose reality rarely matches concept. Did not buy anything there...the Haig book will have to suffice.
Checking my phone, apparently I didn't take a picture at this location, but this is what it looks like:
I also went in to this nearby bookseller (this Cecil Court alley has a number of booksellers):In Paris, I visited Shakespeare and Company,
the legendary bookstore. Wall to wall people, but was still thrilling to browse and take it all in...the history, the influence, the sociocultural import. The upstairs area where the used books were was far less crowded than the first floor with the new titles, but this visit was more about the establishment and less about the inventory, so I made sure to walk all the hallways of both floors. Picked up Michelle Paver's new one, THIN AIR...a disappointing follow-up to her wonderfully chilling DARK MATTER.In New York, I went to both The Mysterious Bookshop,
the nation's preeminent bookshop of all things mystery and suspense oriented, and The Strand
. The Mysterious Bookshop was fantastic, filled floor to ceiling with titles new and old...finally got to climb one of those book-ladders, the ones on a horizontal rail, in order to check out a few books. I could have spent half a day in there...my daughters and wife could not, so an hour had to suffice. Too much to look at to decide and buy wisely in that short timeframe, so defaulted to just picking up a few of their Bibliomystery chapbooks (Lansdale, F. Paul Wilson, and J. C. Oates).As mentioned, I also in New York went to The Strand,
one of the highlights of my trip and a culmination of a desire I've had for as long as I can remember. Four floors of biblio-Nirvana, second only IMO to Powell's in Portland. Picked up a signed 1st HC of SHE RIDES SHOTGUN, Jordan Harper, TERMINAL, Brian Keene (the S/L HC for $15!), a signed 1st HC of THE SUICIDE MOTOR CLUB, Christopher Buehlman, and a signed 1st HC of EXIT STRATEGY, Steve Hamilton...all books I've been wanting and am now very pleased to have, and all priced very attractively. I had twice as many books at one point that I was all set to purchase, but I then remembered I was traveling and had no way to get them all home, as suitcases were already bulging at the seams. As the picture shows, they were doing some sort of exterior work on the building, apparently.