Iliad Bookshop's March 2020 Newsletter (#38)
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Hi Gang!
Pant pant pant - we've been buying like mad lately, and we're tired! The good news is that we have an insane amount of new books coming through every day, so be sure to stop in.

We're currently in the process of migrating our website and e-mail to a new server, so we apologize if you've tried to e-mail us or look at the website and there was an issue. If you haven't heard back from an e-mail, please try again (everything is working now) or call us at (818)509-2665. Ain't tech fun?

We do plan to continue buying through March, but as always we urge you to call first before coming in, especially if you want cash for your books, since we have days when we run out of cash. Thanks for your understanding.
Dan, Lisa, Bob, Ricky, Poul, Brett, Sean, Kevin, Richard, Eric, David, Zeus and Apollo

Please note that we will be closed for filming on Friday, March 6. Thank you.
The Short-Timers by Gustav Hasford. Hardback first edition published by Harper and Row in 1979. Very good condition in very good jacket, with light sunning, wear and staining to jacket; book has a slight spine slant, remainder dot on foot. The basis for Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket; very scarce in the hardback first edition. $300.
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Nedoure: Priestess of the Magi or Blazing Star by Dr. J. T. Betiero. Hardback published by Philosophical Publishing Co. in 1958. In good condition with no jacket. Light sunning and staining to binding, corners slightly bumped, light staining to rear endpapers and minor soiling to front free endpaper. $250
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Warhol: Red Books by Andy Warhol. First edition published by Steidl in 2004. Set consists of 12 small comb-bound booklets all in a single custom box. $100
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Memoirs By Harry S. Truman Volume One: Year of Decisions. Very good hardback without jacket. Special Kansas City Edition Limited to 20,615 copies, signed and inscribed by Truman, letter and postcard regarding signing event laid in; minor wear to binding, foxing to endpapers, book has a slight smoky smell. $100
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Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters by August Ragone. First edition hardback published by Chronicle Books in 2007 in fine condition. $75
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Openers II: The Lyrics of Roky Erickson. Paperback published by 2.13.61 in 1995. In very good condition, with light wear to wraps, corners slightly bent. $100
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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...
Find a Victim by John Ross Macdonald. Hardback first edition published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1954. This is the fifth book in Ross Macdonald's Lew Archer series. Book is in very good condition, in good plus jacket. DJ is sunned and worn, 1-inch chips at spine ends; light edge wear to binding, corners and spine ends slightly bumped, previous owner's brief notes on front free endpaper. $400
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In a time when the Authors Guild says that the median income for working authors is $6,080, how does a self-published author make nearly $700,000 on her children's book?

Well, first of all, you need to be the mayor of Baltimore. Catherine Pugh did just that: while she was in office, she wrote and self-published a children's book called Healthy Holly, and then arranged the sale of 100,000 copies (at five bucks a book) to the University of Maryland Medical System, whose board she served on. She also arranged five-digit sales to Kaiser Permanente and Associated Black Charities.

On February 27, Pugh was sentenced to three years in prison and three years of probation, so this probably isn't the best model for new authors to follow.
More on Catherine Pugh
Recent visitors Sharon Yablon and her brother Marc picked up a rider. (Thanks to Sharon for the pic!)
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