Iliad Bookshop's July 2017 Newsletter (#6)
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Hi Gang!

Hope you're enjoying the summer and staying cool. If you need a dose of air conditioned relief, don't forget that we've got it at the Iliad! You're also welcome to bring your four-legged companions in; just make sure they're leashed, and let us know if our cats are being mean and we'll give them a time-out.

We've added a "Staff Pick" column this month. We hope you'll enjoy finding out about books that our own Iliad crew members have enjoyed.

Our customer Joel F. has a great suggestion we're sharing here: did you know we have several "New Arrivals" area where we put our latest acquisitions as they await shelving? There's a non-fiction New Arrivals area in the front room between the entryway and the sales counters, and there are both non-fiction and fiction New Arrivals areas in the second room against the walls immediately after you go through the archway. Thanks, Joel!

Have a great 4th!
Dan, Lisa, Morgan, Bob, Ricky, Poul, Brett, Sean, Kevin, Richard, Zeus and Apollo
Henry Darger: In the Realms of the Unreal by John MacGregory, published by Delano Greenidge Editions in 2002, may be the ultimate book on the ultimate outsider artist. Over 700 pages! This copy has some binding issues (1/2" tear at spine top, cracked rear hinge), but at $300 it's an affordable copy of a highly-desired book.
More on Henry Darger
Did you know that Jeff Bridges is not only a fine actor but also a gifted photographer? Bridges has created books of his photographs for many of his films, including The Big Lebowski, True Grit, Seabiscuit, K-Pax, and The Contender. These paperbacks are very sought after and very cool! We usually have a good selection, ranging in price from $75 to $200. Click the link below to check out our current selection.
More about Jeff Bridges
House of Incest by Anais Nin, published by Gemor Press. This one's only in good condition, with some underlining and binding issues, but it is flat-signed by Nin on the front free endpaper. $125
More on House of Incest
Jaglon and the Tiger Fairies by L. Frank Baum, published by Reilly and Lee in 1953. One of the Oz creator's scarce "Animal Fairy Stories". In good condition with chipped, good minus jacket. $150
More on Jaglon
Naughty and Nice: The Good Girl Art of Bruce Timm, published by Flesk Publications in 2012. This copy is in very good condition (just slightly bent corners) and was flat-signed by Bruce in our store. We love Bruce's art! $250.
More on Naughty and Nice
Some Haunted Houses of England & Wales by Elliott O'Donnell, published by Eveleigh Nash in London in 1908. Check out that decorative binding! Condition is good, with light soiling and wear to decorative binding, corners and spine ends bumped, rear hinge cracking, some foxing throughout, and light soiling to some pages. $125
More - Some Haunted Houses
This month's pick comes from Ricky...

I’ve always been a big reader of science fiction. It was a first love when I started reading as a young boy. I’ve come back to the genre over and over again as I’ve grown older. I think science fiction is a way to communicate about our fears and hopes for the future. It’s also a genre that is focused on technology. Questions about artificial intelligence, space travel; how these and other technologies will affect our humanity are central to science fiction writers.

Leviathan Wakes is the first novel in a series written by a pair of writers (Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck) using the pen name James S.A. Corey. Space Opera is the term publishers give this kind of book, but I think that is too limiting a term.

The story revolves around a familiar trope: the mismatched assembly of characters who form the nucleus of a space ship crew. This fascinating group of characters face planetary politics, racial divide and an alien virus. How these ideas play out is what makes the book so special.

Remember the pace of the movie Aliens? That’s how Leviathan Wakes moves as you read it. However, the true focus of the book is the slow and careful development of the characters. They are what you hold on to through betrayals, space battles, political intrigue and alien death.

Leviathan Wakes is a book I’d recommend to anyone who wants to start reading science fiction. The plotting is intelligent, the pace is torrid and the ideas are important and relevant to our current political situation. Plus, if you become involved in the story and characters, you have several more novels in the series (called “The Expanse”) to look forward to!

(Iliad usually has various copies of titles in the series  – feel free to e-mail us if you’d like to inquire about availability.)

More on Leviathan Wakes
Have you checked out all the authors we've added to our mural? Our amazing artist Paul Dilworth painted nearly 60 portraits, with the authors often painted next to a scene from one of their works. Stroll past the mural some time and see how many of the authors you can name, then use the key we've put together to check your answers!
Iliad's Mural
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...
We're finally working on a detailed listing of all the amazing titles in our safe, complete with photo galleries of each book. Now you can take a look at what's in our safe from your favorite armchair! Check back from time to time as this is a work-in-progress.
More on Iliad's Safe
If you're a student, a writer, or a bookseller (or you know one), you may be surprised to find out that there are scholarship opportunities out there that will help you extend your education and training.

Booksellers who are people of color, LGBTQ, or disabled may be eligible to receive a scholarship that will allow them to attend a major trade show. Check out the Macmillan Booksellers Professional Development Scholarship page for more information and to apply.

The International Comic Arts Forum offers the John A. Lent Scholarship in Comics Studies to students who are pursuing studies in the art of comics.

Science fiction and fantasy writers who would like to attend the prestigious Clarion Workshop may be eligible for financial aid - click here to read more.

And horror authors, scholars, poets, and librarians may be eligible for the various scholarships and endowments offered by the Horror Writers Association.

Read About More Scholarships for Writers
The boys just turned three! If you're an Iliad regular, you probably remember when they were just little eight-week-old handfuls of fur and energy. Here they are today, still grooming each other and being adorable!
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