So? I am dragging my feet this week. I have been updating my CV and sifting through classifieds. I got let go from my day job at 10pm on Sunday night via blunt email and will be replaced by a couple of grad students who get paid off the books. The problem with being an cranky old bookseller, is that it’s basically all you are trained to be. Anyways . . . more time for blogging eh? at least until they cut the power to my home sweet hovel.

1888 – Mary Ann Nichols is murdered. She is the first of Jack the Ripper’s known victims.

birthday boy • 1908 – William Saroyan, American novelist and playwright (d. 1981)

more digi-books • The Jamia Millia Islamia university in New Delhi plans to digitize its collection of books and manuscripts, some of them dating to the 16th century. great and we will get google translator software to turn them into gibberish.

big bear sale • Friends of the Big Bear Valley Library host their annual Rare and Extraordinary Book Auction Saturday, Sept. 9th, at the Big Bear Valley library, Big Bear, CA. i just wanted to write ‘big bear sale’.

distopia alert • An investigation into how a copy of the long-awaited sequel to J M Barrie’s children’s classic Peter Pan was leaked to a newspaper in the US is under way. oh puhleese….this total utter paranoia is just sooo Orwellian. It’s a FRIGGING MERCHANDISING GIMMICK FOR A KIDS BOOK! can we worry about actual CRIMES?

obits of note

Ralph Schoenstein at 73, a humorist , NPR commentator, author and ghostwriter whose works included Bill Cosby’s Fatherhood.

Gerald Green at 84, author of The Last Angry Man.

cookies • Susanna Reich – José! Born to Dance: The Story of José Limon wins Tomás Rivera Mexican-American Children’s Book Award.

buried insults • A.N. Wilson biographer of British poet laureate John Betjeman, who died in 1984, was duped into including a hoax love letter in the book. The letter reputedly by Betjeman himself contains the phrase ‘A.N. Wilson is a shit.’

worth reading • Seattle columnist Sarah McCormic has a nifty essay called “Magazine for Women with Brains.” about Bitch magazine to which I just subscribed before all my money is gone.

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