9 Classic Cocktail Books for the Holiday Season

9 Classic Cocktail Books for the Holiday Season - Bibliology - 2017 foodie gift guide

 

Craft cocktails have been making a comeback, with many bartenders and exploratory imbibers referencing vintage manuals for inspiration.

We’ve put together a guide to some of the top rare and collectible cocktail guides for holiday gift-giving and entertaining season. All of these classic titles have been reprinted in the last few years as well, offering a newer and more affordable option for recipe collectors and mixologists if the signed, first edition is out of your reach! (more…)

Amy C. Manikowski is a writer, bookseller, trail-diverger, history buff, and pitbull lover. She graduated from Chatham University with a MFA a while ago, and after wandering aimlessly settled in Asheville NC.

The Day of the Dead

Feliz Dia de los Muertos!

Some people are celebrating Halloween now, but there are others who are preparing to honor their friends, family, and even authors who have passed on in order to show respect to the impressions they left on the living who remember them. October 31st, November 1st and 2nd are considered the Days of the Dead or Dias De los Muertos, a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, although there are festivities around the world that are similar.

The holiday is considered a time of remembrance, with celebrations of our loved ones, our ancestors, that have passed on to the “other side.”  There are often parties with dancing, food, parades, music, and altars–all done to honor those loved or admired who have passed from this earth.

Here in Asheville, North Carolina, there are several exciting events. A local tour bus company offers a Day of the Dead ride that goes through our Historic Riverside Cemetery (where Thomas Wolfe and O. Henry are buried) to a gathering with a beautiful ancestor altar at a local restaurant. There are dance parties in town, as well as more solemn vigils and grave decorating.

If this tradition spikes interest in the reader within you, I have taken the liberty of listing some lovely books and other items for sale at Biblio.com reflecting the beauty of this holiday. (more…)


Memento Mori – Macabre Collectibles

Books and Ephemera on Death and Funeral Customs

Memento mori is a Latin phrase that means ‘Remember that you will die’ and it is meant to serve as a reminder that we all shall pass from this plane.  A commonly accepted story of the origin of the phrase claims that a slave was commanded to sing “Memento Mori” as he paraded behind his master, a triumphant war hero returning to Rome, to remind him that even though one may be strong, man’s time on earth is ultimately finite.

The phrase and concept caught on with the growth of Christianity and spread throughout the world.  There are chapels in Rome, Portugal, and the Czech Republic that have chandeliers, towers, sculpture and even walls made from or inlaid with hundreds of thousands of human bones.  There are many ornate tombs covered in laughing skeletons and angels alike, artwork depicting the danse macabre – the dancing death – taking away poor and rich alike, and later on, complicated clocks and watches decorated with reminders that your final second is ever just around the bend.

The Victorian era was rife with dramatic funerary customs, many modeled after Queen Victoria’s intense and life-long mourning of her beloved husband, Prince Albert.  It was common to clip locks of hair from the head of a deceased loved one to keep as a physical reminder of them.  Some women even wove the hair into a fine mesh and made jewelry from it, or tucked it into lockets.  Daguerreotypes and ambrotypes were growing more popular and many photographers specialized in post-mortem photography.  Those pictures were then inserted into cards, lockets, or handmade frames crafted by the grieving women of the family who weren’t allowed to do much else during their restrictive mourning period.

We’ve found a few amazing historically significant Memento Mori broadsides spanning the centuries, as well as books, ephemera and some modern writings on the subject. Click through to see!

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Arkham House Publishing

Arkham House Publishing Logo
Logo of Arkham House Publishing

Allow me to point your attention towards Arkham, Massachusetts, home of the esteemed Miskatonic University. In this New England village, and nearby towns Dunwich, Kingsport and Innsmouth, we can turn our gaze over the gentle rolling hills and quiet old farms and see no trace of the ever-unfolding, gibbering horrors that originated in these thankfully fictitious places, fresh from the mind of Howard Phillips Lovecraft.

H.P. Lovecraft, father of Cthulhu, master of horror!

The American author’s tales of Cthulhu were first published in Weird Tales in 1928, but many of his other stories had been published in various periodicals since 1917.  Although he achieved a small bit of cult fame among his peers and readers during his lifetime, Lovecraft’s impact lives on through his influence on modern horror, and through the publishing house named after his infamous town of Arkham. (more…)

Amber is the current marketing coordinator at Biblio. A lifelong love of the written word brought her to Biblio and she happily spends her days talking about books and delving into the wide world of antiquarian books. You can also find her in the garden or writing about brewing and plant adventures at Pixie's Pocket.

Oscar Hijuelos (1951-2013)

Oscar Hijuelos at the Miami Book Fair International 1993
Oscar Hijuelos at the Miami Book Fair International 1993

Author Oscar Hijuelos passed away after a heart attack on Saturday at age 62 in New York.

Hijuelos was born to Cuban parents in New York and although he was often lauded as a Latino author, he did not appreciate being compartmentalized by ethnicity.  Even so, the common themes in his books are cultural assimilation in the “melting pot” of the United States, and he is listed as an inspiration by many younger Latino authors.

Best known for “The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love,” a novel that won him the 1990 Pulitzer Prize, Hijuelos was the first Latino to win that book award.  Hijuelos also was awarded the Ingram Merrill Foundation Award in 1983 and the Rome Prize in 1985 for his first published novel, “Our House in the Last World.”

Oscar Hijuelos wrote a memoir in 2011 that reminisced on the 1970’s in New York and his experience of being an aspiring Cuban writer, called “Thoughts without Cigarettes.

Our condolences are extended to his wife, author and poet Lori Marie Carlson.

Collectible editions of Oscar Hijuelos work are after the jump…

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Amber is the current marketing coordinator at Biblio. A lifelong love of the written word brought her to Biblio and she happily spends her days talking about books and delving into the wide world of antiquarian books. You can also find her in the garden or writing about brewing and plant adventures at Pixie's Pocket.

Cookbooks for Crazy People

I don’t know about you, but I am tired of hearing about all of these special dietary conditions that everyone seemed to spontaneously develop overnight in March 2011.  Every other conversation is about how “Oh, I can’t eat that burrito because my gluten intolerance will cause me to sprout hair from my eyeballs” or about how “my color blindness greatly affects my anxiety levels, so I can’t eat that piece of celery, but I would love a couple of purple grapes!”

Ugh.

The next big diet fad is right around the corner, and you can help spearhead it by buying a copy of the next trendy cookbook.

Luckily, we have some fantastic options featured below!

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The Salmon Return

Salmon Fishing, Oregon City

This issue of Bibliology was curated by Michael Lieberman of BookPatrol.

 

The salmon are returning!

Here in the Pacific Northwest, this is the time of year that we celebrate the return of these determined creatures.

From a party at our neighborhood creek to a recent bash thrown by the Seattle Art Museum, the salmon take center stage.

For this offering we sample all things Salmon, from the historical to the visual with a sprinkling of the literary – Enjoy!

 

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Amber is the current marketing coordinator at Biblio. A lifelong love of the written word brought her to Biblio and she happily spends her days talking about books and delving into the wide world of antiquarian books. You can also find her in the garden or writing about brewing and plant adventures at Pixie's Pocket.

Labor in Literature

Happy (American) Labor Day from Biblio! Even though approximately 40% of Americans will be working on Labor Day, we hope you all get to enjoy some of the last bit of summer before that nip of fall hits the air. The plight of the working man and woman has long been a focus in literature, and we have collected some amazing works of fiction that showcase the struggles and triumphs of various labor movements.  Many of the books featured below are … Continued


Tolkien’s Prolific Pen

Tolkien 1916
J.R.R. Tolkien, circa 1916

Tolkien, the Master of Middle Earth

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, or Ronald Tolkien to his friends and family, created as his life work the world of Arda, or Middle Earth. Tolkien shaped this world with incredible detail, depth and scope. The mythic layers of the stories of Middle Earth mimic in complexity those of our own world.

Tolkien wrote the heroic tales of the First Age as epic poems, inspired during his military service in the Lancashire Fusiliers in the trenches of World War I Europe. These poems and the stories evolved into The Book of Lost Tales, and later The Silmarillion, and set the stage for the events of the War of the Ring. Tolkien authored the stories of Frodo and the One Ring as a serial that was mailed to his son during the Second World War, and it is clear that the real tension of wartime and suffering inform the tales of conflict throughout Tolkien’s poetry and fiction. The events of Tolkien’s life and the drama of his stories overlap to provide a depth of history unlike any other fantasy series. Other authors have forged their own fantasy worlds but none wields the authority of Middle Earth.

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Books about Whistleblowers

Whistleblowers: Tattletales or Heroes?

The phrase “whistle-blowing” is everywhere you look these days. Some folks consider whistleblowers to be martyrs, and praise their choice to come clean with their secrets; others decry them as ‘traitors’ and ‘snitches.’

Today, Bradley Manning was sentenced to serve 35 years in prison for leaking classified documents while serving as an intelligence analyst in Iraq.  In the UK, the Guardian newspaper is being pressured by the prime minister’s aides to either hand over or destroy intelligence that was leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden.  Gina Grey is still unemployed and struggling after exposing the wrongdoing at Arlington National Cemetery in 2010.

There is already a book about Manning and his difficulties since providing information to WikiLeaks.  At the top of this gallery, it joins the other tales of whistleblowers – brave people who have stood up to huge corporations, governments, and religious institutions, despite the danger to themselves and their lifestyles.

Do you have any other particularly good suggestions for other books on this topic, or the general theme of political ethics?

Amber is the current marketing coordinator at Biblio. A lifelong love of the written word brought her to Biblio and she happily spends her days talking about books and delving into the wide world of antiquarian books. You can also find her in the garden or writing about brewing and plant adventures at Pixie's Pocket.