I stopped by San Francisco’s Stacey’s Bookstore yesterday for the David Denby reading (I’ll be writing about Denby once I finish Snark) and found everything marked 30% off. After 85 years, Stacey’s is going out of business in March. The shelves are still filled though, so for the next month you might do better stocking up here on discounted books than on Amazon.
581 Market Street (at Montgomery)
Hours: Mon-Fri 9:30am-7pm, Sat 11am-6:30pm
My daily calendar has informed that today is the Feast Eve of St. John Bosco, patron saint of editors. I wouldn’t be surprised to find a patron saint of writers (turns out Francis de Sales has the job), but an editor? Score! I love how many odd things have a patron saint. Check out this list. So many! Stamp collectors, abdominal pains, and (my personal favorite) leaping. Next time you leap over that puddle, say a quick prayer to Saint Venantius.
I just did a quick read of John Bosco’s life and I can’t quite figure out why he would be particularly interested in helping out editors, and I also can’t help but wonder if he has time for us, what with his other duties as the patron saint of apprentices, boys, laborers, students, and young people. Still, being an editor/writer and Catholic, I’m all for partaking in some feast business this eve.
Sad news: The Washington Post is cutting Book World, its Sunday edition’s stand-alone book section. After February 15th, Book World will be available online, and book reviews will be in the print edition’s Outlook and Style & Arts section. Read more in this NY Times article. Every article about this news seems to note that there are only a few stand-alone book sections left in the country. They mention The New York Times Book Review, and sometimes the San Francisco Chronicle’s book review section within the Sunday Insight section, but nothing else. Is that it? Are there other stand-alone stragglers?
I just found out about what looks to be a fascinating exhibit at The San Francisco Center for the Book, called Wings for Words: New Bookworks from Korea and Japan. The exhibit showcases diverse bookworks of 14 contemporary artists in South Korea and Japan, from Ryoko Adachi’s bioethical interpretation of Jack and the Beanstalk, to Haran Kim’s sculptural Striped Dictionary, to Kyung Hee Kim’s stunning bird imagery in Plus & Minus.
The featured artists: Ryoko Adachi, Sangmi Chun, Hiroko Fukumoto, Ryo Hamada, Haran Kim, Kyung Hee Kim, Narae Kim, Kahoru Otani, Eunkyung Park, Veronika Shäpers, Kanako Shibata, Hea lim Shin, Mitsutaka Tanimoto, and Young Kil Yim. For several, this will be their first US showing.
Wings for Words is open now and runs through Friday April 17. More good news: it’s free!