Iliad Bookshop's February 2022 Newsletter (#61)
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Hi Gang!

Those of you who follow us on Facebook have already heard this news, but for the rest: we're very sorry to report the passing (on January 24) of longtime Iliad employee Bob Johnson. Bob had suffered heart problems for several years that had prevented him from returning to work; he finally had a massive coronary event. His wit and kindness will be sorely missed by all who knew him. If you'd like to know more about Bob or contribute a story or photo, we've set up a page at the Iliad Bookshop website to celebrate him: Remembering Bob Johnson . Thank you to all of you who've already offered condolences or help.

Beyond that, there's not much news to report. As a reminder: we aren't yet buying or taking books for credit, but we are accepting donations.

Also: face coverings are required inside the store.

Stay healthy, and we hope to see you soon.
Dan, Lisa, Poul, Brett, and Eric (and Zeus and Apollo)
Bob in his native Rhode Island, 2014. Photo by Jim Crafford.
Rufino Tamayo by Octavio Paz, Jacques Lassaigne, and Kenneth Lyons (translator). Hardback first edition in jacket published by Rizzoli International in 1982. Very good condition in very good jacket, with light sunning to jacket and minor yellowing to pages. $125
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Cinderella's Picture Book: Containing Cinderella, Puss in Boots, and Valentine & Orson by Walter Crane. Hardback published by John Lane in 1897. Consists of three books bound together inside decorated boards; condition is good, with some wear and soiling to binding, corners and spine ends slightly bumped, binding cracking, and a slight smoky smell. $75
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The Killing of the Unicorn: Dorothy Stratten 1960-1980 by Peter Bogdanovich. Hardback first edition in jacket published by William Morrow in 1984. This copy is signed and inscribed by Bogdanovich to Maria Shriver. Condition is very good in a very good minus jacket, with light sunning and edge wear to jacket, 1-inch chip at spine bottom, light sunning to binding, corners and spine ends bumped, spine bottom is also slightly chewed, one page has a pen mark, and numerous page have bent upper corners. $150
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The Overstory by Richard Powers. Hardback first edition in jacket published by W. W. Norton & Co. in 2018. Condition is very good in fine jacket, with bumped upper corners. $75
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Amphibians and Reptiles of Peninsular Malyasia and Thailand: An Illustrated Checklist / Amphibien Und Reptilien Der Halbinsel Malaysia Und Thailands by Tanya Chan-ard, Wolfgang Grossmann, Andreas Gumprecht, and Klaus-Dieter Schulz. Oversized paperback published by Bushmaster Publications in 1999. Text is in English and German; condition is very good, with slightly bent corners. $10
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Books of Blood by Clive Barker, hardback in jacket published by Stealth Press in 2001. Condition is like new in like new jacket. This copy is still sealed in the original shrink wrap. $200
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Have you ever noticed the big safe full of books behind Iliad's front counter? We get asked about it frequently. "Is it really old?" is a common question (the answer: no, we bought it new just a few years ago). But most customers want to know what kind of books merit storage in a safe (we think of these as the rarest of our rare books), so in this column we'll pick one book every month and tell you about it. This month's book is...
The Rolling Stones Tour of the Americas 1975: The Diary, Photographs and Memorabilia of Christopher Simon Sykes by Christopher Simon Sykes. Limited edition published by Genesis Publications in 2005. Quarterbound in leather without jacket, as issued. Numbered 676/2500, signed by Sykes and Tour Manager Peter Rudge, in clamshell case, includes 'room keys' and set of tour passes, also includes custom cloth bag and original shipping carton. Condition is near fine. $1,000
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No, Iliad's not doing its own podcast (at least not yet!), but we've recently learned of some cool new literary podcasts that we wanted to share.

First off, many of you probably remember Ricky, who worked at the Iliad for more than twenty years before retiring in March 2020. Ricky's staying busy with (among other things) podcasting, and his newest show is all about vintage paperbacks. You can catch the first episode of The Paperback Show by clicking here.

Next, we've got one that will be launching soon and promises to be great...

Always Authors is a podcast that features candid conversations between two authors, starting with their work, lives, and favorite books, then continuing down whatever surprising paths their conversation takes them.

It’s different from other literary podcasts because there are never hosts or academic interviewers; it’s one author who chooses another author they’d love to chat with. 

Always Authors features a diverse array of authors representing the broadest spectrum of literary genres.

Click here to sign up to get the latest updates about when the podcast launches and who their first guests will be! This will be a great opportunity to hear about new authors and works that will make perfect additions to your reading list.

Zeus helps customer Garrett Biggs decide whether or not to purchase Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World (thanks to Melissa Sublette for the photo).
Bonus pic: here's a photo of former store cat Henrietta, who went home to live with Bob in 2013; this photo was taken about three weeks before Bob passed. Henrietta is now settling into life with her new human, Iliad's own Lisa.
We'd love to include your photos in our newsletter! Feel free to send to , let us know that it's okay to use the photo, and we'll include it in a future newsletter.

If you need more photos/videos of Zeus and Apollo, or any of Iliad's past felines, please visit our Pet Gallery.
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