December 27, 2007

It may be too late for last minute gifts but since when do you need an excuse to come into Ada Books? Here are a few new things you'll find if you do. . .

Graphic Novels: The Comic Book Holocaust, by Johnny Ryan; Ghost Stories, by Jeff Lemire; Fatal Distraction, by Sonja Ahlers; Louis Riel, by Chester Brown; Red Eye, Black Eye, by K. Thor Jensen; Cry Yourself To Sleep, by Jeremy Tinder; Poor Sailor, by Sam Harkham;Acme Novelty Library #18, by Chris Ware; The Building, by Will Eisner; Dangerous Woman, by Sharon Rudahl; Good-Bye Chunky Rice, by Craig Thompson; Pure Trance, by Junko Mizuno; Macedonia, by Harvey Pekar; Pyongyang, Guy Delisle; Shortcomings, by Adrian Tomine; Robot Dreams, by Sara Varon.

Literature: Whatever, by Michel Houelebecq; Distant Star and Last Evenings on Earth, by Roberto Bolano; Book of Disquiet and Message, by Fernando Pessoa; Going Down and Collected Poems, by David Markson; W, or The Memory of Childhood, by Georges Perec.

Political, Art, etc: The Portable Athiest, ed. by Christopher Hitchens; The Unraveling of the Bush Presidency, by Howard Zinn; T.A.Z, by Hakim Bey; Hand Job: A Catalog of Type, by Michael Perry; Hello Please!, by Matt Alt and Hiroko Yoda.

Of course, there are plenty of other books to buy or browse, Stranger, and just because I haven't listed them here doesn't mean that I don't love them. I'm also buying books if you have good things to sell. You don't need an appointment but you might want to call ahead in case I get antsy and leave early. It's not all that professional around here.

December 23, 2007


Ada Books will be closed on Christmas Day (but you knew that already, didn't you, Stranger?) and furthermore, Ada Books may or may not open a bit late and close a bit early on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day. Please call before you come. I hope this causes less holiday discomfort than the creepy weeping Santa above. Happy Eggnog!

December 11, 2007


New at Ada Books: The Impossibly, by Laird Hunt; The Wavering Knife, by Brian Evenson; A Void, by Georges Perec; World Light, by Halldor Laxness; A Special Providence, Richard Yates; The Voice Imitator, by Thomas Bernhard; Notable American Women, by Ben Marcus; Hard-Boiled Wonderland and The End of the World, Norwegian Wood, both by Haruki Murakami; Epitaph for a Tramp & Epitaph for a Dead Beat, by David Markson; Novels In Three Lines, by Felix Feneon; and from the arched eyebrow of Tam Tam Books, comes three French wonders (in translation): Evguenie Sokolov, by Serge Gainsbourg; Foam of the Daze and I Spit On Your Graves, both by Boris Vian. I encourage anyone interested in good reading (There you can also find videos of Gainsbourg, Vian and Dutronc, among others.) to go to Tam Tam's website which is now crowning the link list at your right. And if you're looking for something which isn't here or in the shop, I can always order it for you. I like doing stuff like that, Stranger. All you have to do is ask.

December 3, 2007


I hate to be so blatantly commercial, especially during the holidays (Linus Van Pelt would be so disappointed in me.), but I thought I'd let you know that I do sell gift certificates here at Ada Books. They come in festive Santa-hued envelopes, though the certificates themselves are a drab, dirty, smudgy brown. But perhaps you have a family member or loved one who likes brown? Anyway, the certificates are not important. What is important, is what they represent. And what do they represent? Words. Worlds. Wonder. Whatever they represent can be found in books. And books can be found at Ada Books. And if the books your loved one or family member or friend or postman cannot be found here at Ada Books then I will find them, no matter the time it takes or the money it requires (as long as it isn't more than the amount of the gift certificate). And Stranger, isn't that the real meaning of the holidays? Doing stuff for people? For money? Of course it is. Of course it is.