Author Archive | Erasergirl

report from the front – england/silverman

Something happened recently that gave me a nervous breakdown. Some say it was a panic attack, but maybe it was months of built up tension and stress finally exploding. A dealer we know wanted to buy a whole bunch of our books. We needed the money because we were in tight financial spot. Of course […]

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one for the thumbless

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.” – Josh Billings Apparently by excluding them from my ode to the bookstore cat, I gave offense to the entire family Canidae. So before the planet erupts with little brown bags of flaming dog poo, may I extend my […]

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change lobsters and dance

Good news everyone! Someone (besides Oprah) is selling something to someone in this crazy business! Time Warner is selling its book group to Lagardère for $537.5 million. What does this mean to the average bookseller on the street? absofreakinglutelynothing. Decisions made at the megaconglomerate level don’t usually trickle down to us. But it does indicate […]

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fur bookseller

” A computer and a cat are somewhat alike — they both purr, and like to be stroked, and spend a lot of the day motionless. They also have secrets they don’t necessarily share.” – John UpdikeThe word ‘CAT‘ combined with ‘BOOKSTORE‘ googles up about 2 million results. Why? Because, that’s why. Before the world […]

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eye of the beholder

” It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.” ~Leo Tolstoy Audio interviewsthe Real ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’Mysteries with a Hook: Victoria HoustonStrivers Row – Kevin BakerCondor – John NielsenColony: The Harrowing True Story of the Exiles of Molokai – John Tayman Book reviewsPurity of Blood – Arturo Pérez-ReverteMighty Fitz: The Sinking […]

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next stop, dystopialand

“Get a good night’s sleep and don’t bug anybody without asking me.” – Richard M. Nixon Dystopia used to be the special needs child of literary topics appearing in public now and again only to recieve head shakes and polite aversion. We Yvgeny Zemyatin1984 George OrwellBrave New World Aldous HuxleyA Clockwork Orange Anthony BurgessFahrenheit 451 […]

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blog the author

Used to be if you liked an author you wrote them a letter care of their publisher. And unless they were local or on a tour promoting their most recent opus, you almost NEVER got to meet your favorite scribbler. Book tours have become de riguer for any book with bestseller potential. And an author […]

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books unbound

“Language is the means of getting an idea from my brain into yours without surgery.” Mark Amidon. (nope don’t know who he is either) So I was listening to WBUR’s On Point last night and philosopher Daniel Dennett guested. Seems Dennett is a scientist who studies ideas as if they were living, breathing, self-replicating organisms…which […]

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faking sincerity

“To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; credible we must be truthful.” – Edward R. Murrow big head morning: As a rule I avoid state of the union addresses. Personally, I think political speechwriters are no more capable of non-fiction than James Frey. And when speaking ‘Himself’ seems […]

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