March 22, 2008

Kate Colby, who is not just a friend of the shop but a gifted and important contemporary poet, has graciously consented to celebrate the local launching of her second book, Unbecoming Behavior, with us at Ada Books. And "us" is you, Stranger, if you want it to be.

Unbecoming Behavior is published by the earthy, the piquant, the noble Ugly Duckling Presse, headquarted in Brooklyn, USA. Their link is to your right and there you will also find praise and prose concerning Kate Colby and her work.

I urge you to join us, Saturday, March 29th, at 6 pm. We'll have a bounty of refreshments that will otherwise go to waste. And though it is Spring we may still need the heat of humans* to warm us while we listen to Kate's good words.

*In fact, my heater works all right. I just like the idea of a body-heated book shop.

This week's Discount Dandy is Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, by Laurens van der Post.

March 13, 2008

On Friday, March 21st, at 6pm, poets Ben Mazer and Jon Leon will spontaneously combust themselves before our mystified eyes. Maybe. At the very least they will read for us from poems that they have written and published. After which, they might, might make one lucky audience member levitate to the ceiling, where the air is not only rarefied but haunted by cobwebs and spider skeletons. There will, as always, be snacks and drinks. And books. And charming conversations.

For those of you that care, this week's Discount Dandy is The Tunnel, by William Gass. Twenty percent off of this book and any other book you buy along with it.

March 3, 2008

Rocket ships are exciting
But so are roses on a birthday

Computers are exciting
But so is a sunset

And logic will never replace love

Sometimes I wonder where I belong
In the future or in the past

I guess I'm just an old-fashioned

Hi, Stranger. If you think computers and sunsets are exciting then I think you'd like this forthright volume of poetry by Boston's homeblood, Leonard Nimoy. It's called Warmed By Love and it's this week's Discount Dandy!

So what is a Discount Dandy; I mean, besides a shameless promotional gimmick?

Well, a Discount Dandy is a special book on Ada Books' shelves which I bestow with the power to take 20% off of your purchase.

Does that mean I could buy cool books, books I actually might want to read, for 20% as well?

Anything you buy along with the Discount Dandy will also cost 20% less, yes.

Do I have to say the phrase 'Discount Dandy'? Because I feel sort of stupid saying it out loud.

I'm sorry but you will have to tell me, the man behind the desk, that you know about the Discount Dandy in order to get the discount. I can't do everything.

Can I just say 'D. D.'? I mean, that sounds a lot less stupid, don't you think?

D. D. is fine, as long as you mention it with your purchase. And remember, the book will change each week. I'll either announce it here or post it in the shop. I reserve the right to be coy and maybe make a little riddle or puzzle instead of telling you outright. Any other questions?

Yeah. I thought Leonard Nimoy was a Vulcan?

He's a Mass. man and his poetry is a solipsistic mind-meld. Listen to this specimen:

I may not be the fastest
I may not be the tallest or the strongest

I may not be the best or the brightest

But one thing I can do better
Than anyone else. . .

That is to be me