All My Friends are Dead | Book Signing Event with Jory John and Avery Monsen

On August 28th from noon to 5pm, Logos Books & Records is proud to be hosting the hilarious and creative duo Jory John and Avery Monsen, authors of the book All My Friends Are Dead. If you’re a dinosaur, all of your friends are dead. If you’re a pirate, all of your friends have scurvy. If you’re a tree, all of your friends are end tables. Each page of this laugh-out-loud illustrated humor book showcases the downside of being everything from a clown to a cassette tape to a zombie. Cute and dark all at once, this hilarious children’s book for adults teaches valuable lessons about life while exploring each cartoon character’s unique grievance and wide-eyed predicament. From the sock whose only friends have gone missing to the houseplant whose friends are being slowly killed by irresponsible plant owners (like you), presents a delightful primer for laughing at the inevitable. Come visit Jory and Avery as they entertain the pedestrians of Pacific Avenue and sign their delightful new book.

Check out the book trailer they made, take a gander at their book, and wander around their website!

Avery Monsen is an actor, artist, and writer.

Jory John is a writer, editor, and journalist.

They are friends, and neither is dead. Yet.

Mark Bittman’s 101 Summer Grilling Recipes

Every year Mark Bittman does 101 summer recipes for his column, The Minimalist, in the New York Times. This year’s 101 recipes focuses on grilling, and they are just as amazing as his previous summer lists.  Written more as a list of ideas and flavor combinations than actual recipes with short how-to explanations, this article is loved by foodies all around.  Like all of his recipes, these are simple, elegant, clever ways to cook with fresh delicious ingredients.  If you have ever been curious about his cookbooks, this is an excellent introduction to his recipes.

Mark Bittman Books Now Available At Logos!

How to Cook Everything: 2,000 Simple Recipes for Great Food

How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Simple Meatless Recipes for Great Food

Food Matters

NEW IN FIBER: Sale Books and New Releases!

Vacations are here and what better time to take up a new hobby or skill.  There are several noteworthy fiber arts books new to the store and great for leisure time learning.

Knit Tricks by Rebecca Wat is out at a remainder price, $9.98, and is a book easy enough for beginning knitters and innovative enough for the more experienced.  Wat explains techniques for creating beautiful and elegant garments from simple rectangles and easy needle changes.

For all of you cable knitting fans Lily M. Chin’s new book, Power Cables, (Interweave Press) is a must have.  Chin shows you a new method for charting cables and how to add interesting texture and colors to a wide array of knitted garments.

More people than ever are hand spinning their own yarn for one of a kind knit creations.   Get Spun by Symeon North, (Interweave Press) is an irresistible smorgasbord of the techniques  needed to spin your own art-yarn.  This book will free your imagination and guide you in using a wide variety of traditional fibers and non-traditional fibers (fabric, plastic bags, etc.)  to create the yarn of your dreams.

Finally, for quilt lovers is Hobo Quilts by Debra G. Henniger (Krause Publications).  This book gives step-by-step instructions for the construction of unique quilts that use the hidden language and symbols of the depression-era hobo.   The quilts in this book have an understated and calm beauty that would compliment any home decor.

The Prince of Mist – Carlos Ruiz Zafón

I got really excited about Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s young-adult fiction because he is just the sort of writer I would have loved to read when I was growing up. I craved dark, mysterious tales of the unexplained, which of course exist in abundance — but I wanted them to take place in this one particular antique era, in this one particular faraway land. I had to wait until I was in my 20s to discover Zafón, chronicler of the imaginary happenings of wartime Spain (and official conquerer, after the fact, of my adventure-craving adolescent heart).

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter – Seth Grahame-Smith

Out now is Seth Grahame-Smith’s new novel, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter! Graham-Smith is the author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which quickly picked up a cult following leading to a tedious series from Quirk books (Quirk Classics, by Steve Hockensmith and Ben H. Winters).  His new novel breaks away from the mash-up genre and follows more in the footsteps of World War Z.  In fact, early staff reviews are already reporting that his writing is as good, if not better, than Max Brooks’.

Watch the trailer below!

Now Available at Logos!

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Seth Grahame-Smith


New Coloring Books From Pomegranate

We have just received some beautiful new coloring books from Pomegranate! Audubon’s birds, Hiroshige’s flowers, Norman Rockwell, Edward Gorey’s The Wuggly Ump, and more! Check out the samples below! ($7.95-$8.95)

Weekly Picks: Gift Books

meditationsThis week we bring you a special edition of our weekly picks as a way of highlighting some of the amazing, beautiful pocket sized books we are carrying at the front desk.  From various publishers, focusing on literary, political, philosophical, and critical theory, the portable well made books make perfect small gifts for any book enthusiast.

The Penguin Great Ideas series are reprints of the some of the most world-changing, influential, and inspirational pieces of literature.  Beautifully packaged to mimic classic typeset broadsides, these lovely books range in price from $8.95 to $10 and include titles such as Where I Lived, and What I Lived For by Henry David Theoreau, Why I Write by George Orwell, and Meditations by Marcus Aurelius.

Also at the front desk are several lovely poetry books from New Directions Publishers: Love Poems by Pablo Neruda, Songs of Love, Moon, & Wind: Poems from the Chinese translated by Kenneth Rexroth, Written on the Sky: Poems from the Japanese translated by Kenneth Rexroth, Book of Hours by Rainer Maria Rilke, and Poetry as Insurgent Art by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. From New Directions Bibelot series we have The Red Notebook by Paul Auster, Everything and Nothing by Jorge Luis Borges, A Devil In Paradise by Henry Miller, as well as works from Dylan Thomas and more from Pablo Neruda. We also hand-picked some of our favorites: Stolen Sharpie Revolution 2 by Alex Wrekk, The Coming Insurrection by The Invisible Committee, Spirited Away: BFI Film Classic by Andrew Osmond, The Wizard of Oz: BFI Film ClassicThis is Water by Salman Rushie, by David Foster Wallace, Insects and Flowers by Maria Sibylla Merian, Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg, Violence by Slavoj Žižek, 33 1/3 Series: Velvet Underground and Nico by Joe Harvard, Venus by Augusten Rodin, and The Bicycle Commuter’s Pocket Guide by Robert Hurst.

Check them out below!

Slingshot Planners are here!

bgorg2010Slingshot Planners are finally here!

Slingshot is a quarterly, independent, radical, newspaper published in the East Bay since 1988 by the Slingshot Collective.  For the past 16 years they have been making amazing pocket planners with a DIY aesthetic and durability.  This year they also have desk planners, which are larger spiral bound notebooks!

From their site:

“The pocket version “classic” is a 176 page pocket planner (4.25 inches X 5.5 inches) with radical dates for every day of the year, space to write your phone numbers, a contact list of radical groups around the globe, menstrual calendar, info on police repression, extra note pages, plus much more. Choose from 22 cover colors printed with either black or silver ink (depending on how dark the paper stock is – you get to pick the cover color, not the ink color). It has a tough layflat binding and a laminated cover.

The large-size version is bound with a spiral wire binding and is twice the size of the “classic” pocket organizer (5.5 inches X 8.5 inches) with twice as much space to write all the events in your life. It is 160 pages. It has similar contents to the classic: radical dates for every day of the year, space to write your phone numbers, a contact list of radical groups around the globe, menstrual calendar, info on police repression, extra note pages, plus much more. You get a little bonus stuff in the spiral version. The spiral version is available in 17 colors printed with either black or silver ink (depending on how dark the paper stock is). The covers are laminated with heavy duty 3 mil glossy plastic to help it survive the year.”

Now Available At Logos:

Pocket 2010 Slingshot Organizers $8.00 (mulitple colors)

Desktop 2010 Slingshot Planners $12.00 (multiple colors)

New in Fiber Arts

hattitudeOctober is shaping up as a fine month for new Fiber Crafts books.  With  Old Man Winter nipping at our heels,  now is a fine time to dust off the knitting needles, spinning wheels,  looms and crochet hooks.

Among the offering is Hattitude by Cathy Carson.  This truly is a paradise for hat knitters with 35 patterns suitable for every mood.  Each pattern is designed around an attitude such as “mysterious,” “lively,” “rebellious,” or “whimsical.”book of wool

For knitters who love knitting with wool, Clara Parkes’  Knitter’s Book of Wool is brimming with practical information about this wonderful fiber.   Parkes’ book covers all aspects of wool,  from the properties of fleece to the processing of raw wool to spin and knit.  Twenty wonderful knitting patterns are included and range from super soft garments to warm outerwear.

The last selection of the month is AwareKnits, by Vickie Howell and Adrienne Armstrong.  All of the patterns are designed with eco-friendly yarns and information about responsible manufacturing procedures,  yarn sources and energy consumption.

There are many other great in-store fiber books too numerous to mention,  so please stop by the store and check them out.

Available At Logos:

Hattitude by Cathy Carson $19.95

The Knitter’s Book Of Wool by Clara Parkes $30.00

AwareKnits by by Vickie Howell and Adrienne Armstrong $22.95

Juliet, Naked: a Novel by Nick Hornby

julietnakedI can admit it. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a Nick Hornby novel.  Without really giving him a chance, I pigeonholed him into a “relationship book” category that was probably too hasty.  Indeed, Juliet, Naked is about a relationship; but that is just the platform for which an entirely different novel is placed.  Juliet, Naked explores the reclusive artist with a cult following, and the people who obsess over him.  With the news buzzing with people hiring forensic scientists to test voice samples of Thomas Pynchon, private letters being sold and revealed, and J. D. Salinger coming out of hiding only to block another tribute piece, I can’t help but wonder how much of it is just our way of expressing our love for an artists who doesn’t necessarily want it, or believe in it.  If you have found yourself, like me, ignoring Nick Hornby, thinking maybe he doesn’t really have something new to offer, I implore you: Check out Juliet, Naked, find your love for him again.  Just don’t stalk him once you remember how much you missed him.

Now Available at Logos

Juliet, Naked: A Novel
by Nick Hornby
Hardcover 416 pages

My Bread by Jim Lahey | A Recipe

my breadIt is easy for me to recommend My Bread because I have been using Jim Lahey’s recipe for no knead bread ever since it was published in the New York Times almost 3 years ago.  It is a flawlessly simple recipe as well as versatile. It is based on the idea that modern bread recipes are all about saving time, putting your own labor into the bread to get what would normally take a day in a matter of hours.  Instead, Lahey’s method lets time and yeast do the work.  I have recommended his basic recipe to countless friends and acquaintances, and rarely have been met with anything less than extreme enthusiasm. And let me just say. I am not a baker.  I preserve, I cook, I make everything I can from scratch, from tomato sauce to pesto, to jams and pickles to yogurt and kombucha. But I very rarely bake.  Cookies, cakes, pies, breads, unless it’s a casserole I usually leave it to my boyfriend, so it’s no surprise that he is the one who initially discovered this recipe; but over the years I have learned to love this one particular baking project, and to make it my own.  It’s what I have always called a Fougasse (due to the shaping and haphazard baking method I use), and Jim Lahey has perfected into a Pizza Bianca.  It’s a beautiful upscale version of my very simple but very delicious adaptation. His book includes 40+ bread variations, recipes for sandwich ingredients from meats to spreads to vegetable preparation,  recipes for his classic panini, and what to do with left over stale bread.  In my eyes, this the bread book to end all bread books.

As part of my recommendation for this book, I’d like to share my enthusiasm for it’s publication by posting my adaptation for the Fougasse.

(cross posted on bramblings)

The Fougasse:

Adapted from Jim Lahey’s recipe via Mark Bittman  in the New York Times

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Introduction: A Fougasse is a traditional French hearth bread shaped into an ear of wheat.  A hearth bread, is a bread used to tell the temperature of an oven.  They are simple breads that rarely fail, and can be cooked at a variety of temperatures, making them perfect finicky ovens and spacey bakers.  The full time for this recipe from start to finish is anywhere from 6-18 hours depending on the weather.  Most of this will be resting time, with only about 15-20 minutes for baking, and about 10 minutes of work.


3 cups of all purpose flour (plus extra for dusting)

1/4 teaspoon of active dry yeast (instant is fine)

1 1/4 teaspoons of sea salt

olive oil

1 Tablespoon coarse sea salt

1-2 sprigs of fresh rosemary


  • in a large bowl combine all ingredients, adding almost all of the water- reserve a little just in case the air is damp, and if you use it all and need a little more that’s okay too.  It should be shaggy and sticky but not particularly wet or well formed.
  • cover with plastic wrap until bubbles form along the surface, anywhere from 6-18 hours.

SIDE NOTE: To give you an idea here, living in Philadelphia where we see some extremes from dry cold weather to damp hot weather, we would let the bread rest for around 18 hours in the dead of winter when we kept our house very cool and dry, and 6 hours in the middle of summer when it was extremely humid and our average house temperature was about 85-90.  In my experience, during lesser extremes you usually end up waiting about 10-12 hours.

  • when the top of the dough is flat and dappled with bubbles, dump it onto a well floured work surface and fold it over on itself twice, covering it again with the same piece of plastic, and let it rest 15 minutes.
  • in the mean time, get out a baking sheet and line it with parchment, or oil a cookie sheet generously with olive oil.
  • after the dough has rested, begin stretching it into a giant triangular shape and place it on the parchment or oiled baking pan.  you may find it easier to stretch it once it is on the pan
  • dust it lightly with flour and cover it again with plastic, allowing it to rest until well risen (usually about 1-2 hours).  It will look puffy when it is ready

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  • preheat your oven to 475 F
  • remove the plastic (don’t worry if it sticks!) and drizzle generously with olive oil, and sprinkle liberally with a coarse sea salt
  • remove the leaves from a couple of sprigs of fresh rosemary, and sprinkle them around the dough
  • with a sharp knife, slice upwards from the center, starting at the wide edge and working up
  • bake 15-20 minutes or until golden
  • serve immediately

Available At Logos
My Bread: The Revolutionary No-Work, No-Knead Method

by Jim Layhey with Rick Flaste Founder of the Sullivan Street Bakery

New Roberto Bolaño Books In Stock!

Skating Rink Today we received a stack of new books by Roberto Bolaño, best selling author of The Savage Detectives and 2666.  New titles include:

The Skating Rink $14.95

Nazi Literature in the Americas $14.95

Distant Star $14.95

Romantic Dogs $13.95

Check back soon for Amulet and By Night in Chile which are on their way, and again in January for the new release of Monsieur Pain.

Now Taking Pre-Orders for Jung’s Red Book

PRE-ORDERS ARE NOW CLOSED – thank you for your consideration

Pre-order your copy of this book by August 31 with a $50 deposit* and receive a 10% discount (discount not available with trade). Orders taken at the Buy Desk.


The Red Book
Carl G. Jung
Edited and Introduced by Sonu Shamdasani, Translated by Mark Kyburz, John Peck, and Sonu Shamdasani
416 pages
15.4 x 11.6 x 1 inches
Limited Print Run of 5,000
Available September 16th, $195

When Carl Jung embarked on the extended self-exploration he called his “confrontation with the unconscious”, the heart of it was The Red Book, a large, illuminated volume he created between 1914 and 1930. Here he developed his principal theories—of the archetypes, the collective unconscious and the process of individuation—that transformed psychotherapy from a practice concerned with treatment of the sick intotranslation, it is available to scholars and the general public. It is an astonishing example of calligraphy and art on a par with The Book of Kells and the illuminated manuscripts of William Blake. The publication of The Red Book is a watershed that will cast new light on the making of modern psychology.

*deposit is only refundable in the event that the publishing date is canceled

Mark Bittman’s 101 Summer Salads

Food_MattersMark Bittman, author of Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating with More Than 75 Recipes and columnist for the New York Times Food section has released his yearly 101 summer recipes: 101 Simple Salads for the Season.  Last year’s picnic recipes blew me away, and I have been impatiently awaiting the new 101 release every since.  I can admit it. I have a crush on Mark Bittman. The recipes are exactly what I like. Simple and descriptive, instead of complicated and precise.  Give me a list of ingredients and a couple of verbs and I’m ready to go, give me a tally of tsps cups cook times and oven temperatures and my eyes start to glaze over.  For this reason, the 101 recipes, which are short descriptive paragraphs, more like ideas than recipes, have become my favorite cookbook of sorts.  Including ideas such as carrots and blueberries, couscous oranges and honey, salted raw asparagus slivers, fennel and prune plums, his combinations are both exotic and common sense.  I find myself saying over and over “wow! that sounds amazing!” paired immediately afterward with “of course! how simple!”  The article also features a video link where you can see him making several salad dressings, including my favorite: lemon, salt, and olive oil.  I have to admit that sometimes reading Mark Bittman’s column is simply a justification for the way I like to eat and prepare food; but what an excellent justification it is!

If you like recipes and want more, check out his book Food Matters, available now at Logos.

Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating with More Than 75 Recipes
Mark Bittman

New from Chelsea Green!

wild fermentationWe just got a shipment of amazing books from Chelsea Green, publishers of books on the politics and practice of sustainable living.  Among the gems are books on preserving food, natural heating, wind power, seed saving, and sustainable gardening and cooking.

My two particular favorites are Wild Fermentation by Sandor Ellix Katz, and Preserving Food without Freezing or Canning by the gardeners and farmers of Terre Vivant.  Wild Fermentation covers a wild variety of topics, from kombucha to kim chi, beer making and mead, to sauerkrauts and miso.  Katz doesn’t shy away from the health benefits, but unlike most that emphasize nutrition, Katz is a huge supporter of experimentation, making thepreserving book and it’s suggestions much more fun and playful than most canning or preserving books.  Preserving Food without Freezing or Canning is a classic book on food preservation without nutrition loss.  From burying cabbages in the winter, to building your own root cellars, to lactic fermentation of just about anything, this book will give you the understanding and foundation to feel more comfortable with food storage methods.  Originally published as Keeping Food Fresh, this book was briefly out of print but had such a cult following that it was still selling on rare book sites for over $100!!

Now Available at Logos

Wild Fermentation
By Sandor Ellix Katz

Preserving Food without Freezing or Canning
By The Gardeners and Farmers of Terre Vivant