Iliad Bookshop's November 2020 Newsletter (#46)
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Hi Gang!

It's been a strange month here at the Iliad.

On the plus side, we can't express enough how grateful we are to all of you who have donated books recently. Your gifts are a major reason we're still here. We love selling books and serving the local community, but we've struggled as have so many other businesses this year. Book donations have helped keep us afloat during these difficult times.

On the minus side: our beautiful mural has become the recent target of a tagger, who has hit it twice (on the Chandler side - see photo below) over the last week. Although our original artist is unavailable (he's in Great Britain), he's recommended a substitute. At the moment we're just trying to figure out how to proceed so the tagger doesn't cover the mural again as soon as we repaint it.

And both good news and bad news: our 2020 Halloween shirts and face masks sold out in record time! We do have some of our "Stay Home & Read" shirts in the store now, but sorry to say the 2020 Halloween shirts are gone now. Drop us a line if you're interested in mail-ordering a "Stay Home & Read" shirt.

We are still working through our remodeling, with sections being moved, boxes of old stock pulled and placed on shelves, and new areas created. Unfortunately our Rare Book Room remains a WIP (work in progress), but just remember that you can peruse stock on our website, or if you're in the store we can pull particular rare books from boxes for you to see.

Just as a reminder: we would LOVE to see you in the store, but be sure to bring your mask, follow six-foot social distancing as much as possible, and (especially on Saturdays) be prepared to wait for a short time outside if the number of in-store customers hits capacity (25 people). We have hand sanitizer and gloves available for your shopping security.

We also can't tell you yet when we will resume buying/trading. If you'd like to donate, we can give you a hand unloading once you're in our rear parking lot.

Thank you for your continuing support, and we wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving (or at least as happy as it can be in 2020).
Dan, Lisa, Poul, and Brett (and Zeus and Apollo)
Tagging on Iliad's mural
Iliad is pleased to join up with Friends of the Library to host an outdoor parking-lot sale on Sunday, November 8th.

This community event, presented by the Friends of the North Hollywood Library and Sherman Oaks Friends of the Library, is in full compliance of COVID-19 state, county and city guidelines.

WHEN: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2020, 11 AM-3PM (weather permitting - alternate date in event of rain is Sunday, November 15)

WHERE: In the Iliad's parking lot


Hard Cover Books – $1 ea. / Soft Cover Books – 50¢ ea.

Movie DVDs – $1 ea. disc / Music CDs – 50 ¢ ea. disc

Contact-less Purchases with Cash or Venmo Only

Exact Change is Recommended / All Sales are Final

WHY: All sale items are donated, and all proceeds benefit the North Hollywood Amelia Earhart Library and Sherman Oaks Library.

Made possible by The Iliad Bookshop and LA Public Library.

What to Expect from the Sale:

  • A safe, open-air environment

  • Hand sanitizer provided free

  • All volunteers wearing face shields and masks after having their health and temperature checked, and some wearing disposable gloves

  • Contact-less purchases with Cash or Venmo Only / Exact Change is Recommended / All Sales are Final.

What We Expect of Everyone:

  • Do not enter if you have a cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fever or chills, or are under isolation or quarantine orders.

  • Prior to entry, temperature check and contact information (should virus tracing be necessary)

  • Wear a face mask at all times / Persons not wearing a mask correctly are asked to leave.

  • Children over the age of two must wear a face mask / Young children should stay with a parent or guardian at all times.

  • Wear disposal gloves or use hand sanitizer frequently / Use your own shopping bag or box.

  • Stay socially distanced by 6’ or more as much as possible.

  • In fairness to everyone, please limit shopping to 30 minutes, and do not use price scanning devices or apps.

  • Per CDC guidelines, socializing in alley or on sidewalk is discouraged.

Please Be Advised:

  • NO public restroom is available.

  • NO shopping bags or boxes are provided.

  • NO donations of books or media to the libraries are being accepted.

  • NO parking is available in store lot / Parking is free all day on Cahuenga, Chandler and other streets.

So many of you have asked about buying one of our "Stay Home and Read" shirts that we decided to order a few to sell in the store! We have them in gray, red, gold, and purple, and in a variety of sizes. If you're interested in mail-ordering a shirt, drop us a line at .
The Sanctified Church
The Sanctified Church by Zora Neale Hurston, second printing trade paperback published by Turtle Island in 1983.  In very good condition, with light wear to wraps and slightly bent corners $75
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Entrance Free But Not Required
Entrance Free But Not Required by Noel Dolla. Hardback published by Black Jack Editions in 2015, in very good condition. Inscribed and signed by the artist with a full page drawing; light wear and soiling to binding, corners and spine ends bumped. $250
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Stroke of Luck by James Carone and Larry Fines. Hardback third printing in jacket published by Siena Publishing Company in 1976. Very good condition in very good plus jacket, with just slightly bumped corners. $150
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The Art of Simon Bisley, hardback published by Metal Mammoth. In very good condition in fine jacket. Signed by Bisley with skull drawing; corners and spine ends very slightly bumped. $100
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Dracula by Bram Stoker, adapted to comic form by Otto Binder and Craig Tennis, art by Alden McWilliams, introduction by Christopher Lee, mass market paperback published by Manor Books in 1975. In very good condition; wraps lightly creased around spine, minor rubbing and edge wear, pages yellowing. $20
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Jack Kirby's Fourth World Omnibus Volume One, hardback first edition published by DC Comics in 2007. Fine condition in fine jacket. $75.
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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...
Front cover of Dune
Dune by Frank Herbert, published by G. P. Putnam's Sons in 1984, 2nd impression hardback in dust jacket. Flat-signed by Herbert on title page. Very good condition in very good jacket, with minor wear and soiling to DJ; light staining and soiling to page edges. $750
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Zeus wants to know why we think it's weird to sleep on top of a ladder.
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