Iliad Bookshop's November 2018 Newsletter (#22)
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Hi Gang!

Hope you had a great October, complete with pumpkin spice and outlandish costumes! If you didn't score one of our amazing shirts, it's not too late - although some sizes are sold out, we still have Large and X-Large sizes left.

We found out recently that the Los Angeles Hot List named us 2018's Best Bookstore, so thank you to all of those who voted for us! We're very grateful, and we'll do our best to continue to provide you with the best books and service in SoCal.

Have a great Thanksgiving.

Dan, Lisa, Bob, Ricky, Poul, Brett, Tim, Sean, Kevin, Richard, Eric, Zeus and Apollo
SOME OF OUR FAVORITE BOOKS
An Account of the Spanish Settlements in America, published by A. Donaldson and J. Reid in 1762. Bound in half-leather, in fair condition. Book has been attractively rebound in half maroon morocco; no map is present; light wear to binding, foxing throughout, binding is cracking, front hinge just starting to crack. $150.
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Gem Reference Guide, hardback published by the Gemological Institute of America in 1995. In fine condition with fine dust jacket. $200.
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Creature Carnival, by Marilyn Singer, illustrated by Gris Grimly. First edition hardback published by Hyperion Books for Children in 2004. Fine condition in fine dust jacket. Signed and inscribed by Grimly; two pieces of Gris Grimly ephemera laid in. $75
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Obey: Supply and Demand : The Art of Shepard Fairey, published by Gingko Press in 2009. Hardback in very good condition. Twentieth Anniversary Edition; flat-signed by Fairey on title page; minor soiling and wear to binding, corners slightly bumped, binding starting to crack near rear. $200
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Parker on Writing, by Robert B. Parker. Limited hardback edition published by Lord John Press in 1985. Signed by Parker, limited to 300 copies, this is an unnumbered Presentation Copy; minor staining to binding. $100
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Star Wars: The Crimson Empire Saga, by Mike Richardson, Randy Stradley, Paul Gulacy, et al. Hardback first edition published by Dark Horse Books in 2012. Very good condition in fine dust jacket. Very minor edge wear to binding. $75
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BLOGGING ABOUT...
We just discovered an incredible local resource called Atlas Obscura. They have a remarkable Southern California chapter that has upcoming events with intriguing titles like "Cradle of the Atomic Age", "The Dioramas and Animatronics of the Bhagavad-gita Museum", and "49 Boxes: The Golden Age of Magic".

It reminded us of some of the remarkable books we have in our Los Angeles section (which for some reason is a section many of our customers don't know about!). In addition to books about nearly every specific area of Southern California, hiking guides, and overall histories, here is a random sampling of titles:

Inventing Autopia: Dreams and Visions of the Modern Metropolis in Jazz Age Los Angeles, by Jeremiah B. C. Axelrod. This covers L.A. history from 1920 to the '50s, focusing on how planning transformed a sleepy health resort into a sprawling, congested metropolis.

The Hollywood Sign, by Leo Braudy. A renowned pop culture historian looks at the history of our most iconic sign, from its debut in 1923 (when it read "Hollywoodland") to its renovation in the 1970s (by a group led by celebrities including Alice Cooper and Hugh Hefner).

Ancient L.A., by Michael Jacob Rochlin. Rochlin has written three volumes in his "L.A. creation story": Ancient L.A. is followed by Arcadian L.A. and Alfredian L.A. Trust us when we say that Rochlin's history of L.A. is completely unique!

Literary Pasadena: The Fiction Edition. In this anthology, 29 authors, including mystery favorites Naomi Hirahara, Gary Phillips, and Denise Hamilton, discuss the literary history of Pasadena.

If you're looking for a specific book on L.A. (or would like to order one of those mentioned above), just click the button to drop us a line.
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WHAT'S IN THE SAFE?
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...
Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot, published by Faber and Faber in 1939. First edition in very good condition. Book has been rebound in half morocco with marbled paper; illustration removed from original cloth front cover has been tipped in at rear; corners and spine ends slightly bumped, minor soiling to pages. $750.
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BOOK NEWS
Publishers Weekly recently announced the creation of the "Love Your Bookstore Challenge", which is a fun way for readers to show their local indie bookstores a little love.

Here's how it works:

❖ Visit your favorite bookstores between November 10 and November 16.

❖ Take pictures with books you love or want to gift this holiday season (and yes, buying is totally allowed).

❖ Post the photos on social media with the hashtag #LoveYourBookstore.

❖ Challenge three to five friends to take the Love Your Bookstore Challenge.

The challenge will kick off November 10—with high-profile authors, publishing folks, and readers initiating the event—and will continue through November 16. Publishers are putting together several book-themed prizes that will serve as incentives to motivate readers to participate.

 
in 2016, 87 new ABA member bookstores opened for business in 32 states and the District of Columbia. That is almost a 43 percent increase over the number of store openings in 2015.
in 2016, 87 new ABA member bookstores opened for business in 32 states and the District of Columbia. That is almost a 43 percent increase over the number of store openings in 2015.
in 2016, 87 new ABA member bookstores opened for business in 32 states and the District of Columbia. That is almost a 43 percent increase over the number of store openings in 2015.
in 2016, 87 new ABA member bookstores opened for business in 32 states and the District of Columbia. That is almost a 43 percent increase over the number of store openings in 2015.
in 2016, 87 new ABA member bookstores opened for business in 32 states and the District of Columbia. That is almost a 43 percent increase over the number of store openings in 2015.
in 2016, 87 new ABA member bookstores opened for business in 32 states and the District of Columbia. That is almost a 43 percent increase over the number of store openings in 2015.
Learn More About the Love Your Bookstore Challenge
ZEUS AND APOLLO
Huge thanks to customer Kelly Kilmer for this great GIF of Zeus, which came with an amazing story: "My husband and I were at the shop last night. I was sitting on the couch next to Zeus. I had my phone set to selfie mode and was taking a couple of photos of him. He stretched out his mighty paw, tapped my phone and took his own photos! 100 of them, to be exact, as he somehow managed to hit the "burst" mode on my phone. I turned the photos into a GIF. I'm still cracking up. I wish I could add a soundtrack to it. I've titled it, and Zeus ROARED."
We'd love to include your photos in our newsletter! Feel free to send to info@iliadbooks.com , 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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