Bibliobar: What you should read, based on your favorite drink

In that same vein, we’ve been daydreaming about opening our own bar – the Bibliobar – where you get a classic book to go with your drink order. It’s kind of like a blind date, only safer and more likely to be a good match. Here are our book recommendations based on what you’re drinking. Feel free to chime in with your own drink and book recommendations in the comments, and look for round two (and three) of Bibliobar.


Remembering Stan Lee, Culture and Comic Legend

Fans around the world are mourning the death of Stan Lee, comic book titan. Born in 1922 to immigrant parents, Lee entered the comic book industry at a young age as a proofreader for Timely Comics. Born Stanley Martin Lieber, he adopted the pen name Stan Lee with the publication of his comic book debut, writing text filler for “Captain America Foils the Traitor’s Revenge” in Captain America Comics #3. In addition to the many comic books Lee would go … Continued


Biblio Welcomes Booksellers Disenfranchised by AbeBooks

Biblio remains proud to be an independent alternative to Amazon for rare booksellers and collectors around the globe. ASHEVILLE, North Carolina., November 5, 2018 — Biblio.com is extending a special signing offer to independent booksellers around the world. In the wake of the decision by Amazon subsidiary Abebooks to remove sellers based in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Russia, and South Korea, all booksellers (new and existing) who list on Biblio from those countries will have their listing fees completely waived … Continued


Old Editions Bookshop celebrates their new location

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Oliver Street location of Old Editions Bookshop and Gallery, ABAA, will be held on November 1, 2018, at 4 p.m. The public is invited to join in the grand opening celebrations. From WNYPapers: “Old Editions Bookshop and Gallery sells used and rare books, prints, artwork, first editions, signed books, historical documents, collectible magazines, and other memorabilia. Owner Ronald Cozzi has a vast collection of over 300,000 items that have been acquired over … Continued


These Edgar Allen Poe Illustrations are Nightmarish and Amazing

Illustrator Harry Clarke perfectly embodies the quiet terror and overwhelming claustrophobia of Edgar Allen Poe’s most loved stories. If you enjoy not sleeping and jumping at every noise your house makes, you should really check out Tales of Mystery and Imagination, a collection of stories by Edgar Allen Poe. First adopted in 1908 by Padraic Colum, the collection has been published and reproduced by many publishing houses, but the most memorable editions feature illustrations by famed stained glass artist and … Continued


Pumpkin Moonshine is Great for Children

Pumpkin Moonshine is Best Shared with the Whole Family Don’t worry, Biblio hasn’t pivoted towards the illegal still industry. Pumpkin Moonshine is an adorable children’s book authored and illustrated by the famed Tasha Tudor. Just in time for Halloween, your little trick-or-treaters will love the story and illustrations featured in this timeless tale of adventure and mischief. Pumpkin Moonshine tells the story of Sylvie Ann, a rambunctious child who goes searching for the perfect pumpkin moonshine, more commonly known as … Continued


Book Review: Before the Fall by Noah Hawley [spoiler alert and language warning]

On a foggy summer night, eleven people — ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter — depart Martha’s Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are the painter Scott Burroughs and a four-year-old boy, who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul’s family.

 

I’ve been on a bit of murder kick lately, so when Georgia Hardstock of the super-cool podcast My Favorite Murder recommended Noah Hawley’s Before the Fall, I eagerly grabbed a copy. This review will contain the big spoiler, so consider yourself warned. (more…)


Top Ten Survival Books to Get You Safely Through the Storm

Hurricanes, Wildfires, Tornados, Floods, there are endless disasters, natural and man-made, that threaten humans on a daily basis – are you prepared? We’ve put together a checklist of top survival books to get you safely through the storms. SAS Survival Guide by John “Lofty” Wiseman A classic outdoor manual covering every numerous disaster scenarios, this book has gone through multiple editions and sold millions of copies. John Wiseman was a former survival instructor for Britain’s elite Special Air Force. The … Continued


Collecting Thomas Wolfe

Here in Asheville, NC, where Thomas Wolfe and Biblio.com both have their roots, Wolfe’s novels have always been well known and touted throughout the small mountain town. Actually – that’s not true at all – Wolfe left Asheville when he was 15 and didn’t come back until right before his death at the young age of 37 – and his reception during his visit wasn’t the welcome homecoming he was hoping for.  But Asheville was never far from his thoughts, … Continued


An uncommon collectible – City Directories

Don’t throw those Yellow Pages away quite yet! City directories are an interesting niche where the world of collectible books and ephemera meet. While they aren’t the most riveting object to collect, city directories deserve a place on the shelf of a some collectors. For example, if your book collection based on your hometown, a city directory can be a great addition! Famous businesses, family names, and other facts about the town are beautifully bound in a directory. These annual … Continued