“…be kind and read a good story.” We stand by that sentiment and will miss seeing Alan Cheuse at Logos. NPR has posted a nice remembrance of Alan.
We just received four signed copies of Elizabeth Gilbert’s new book, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear . Come on down to Logos and pick one up!
Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers powerful insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and to let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love (and how to face down what we most fear). She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits that are needed in order to live our most creative lives. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, or to make art, or to find new ways to address challenges in our work, or to give ourselves permission to embark on a dream long deferred, or simply to infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.
Community, thoughtful recommendations, experience…yes! Let’s keep independent bookstores thriving. Check out this great article from The Week.
To print books is a little more difficult, because genius so often rejoices in illegible handwriting.
To read books is more difficult still, because of a tendency to go to sleep.
But the most difficult task of all that a mortal man can embark on is to sell a book.”
― Stanley Unwin, British publisher, 19 December 1884 – 13 October 1968
Could extinct species, like mammoths and passenger pigeons, be brought back to life? The science says yes. In How to Clone a Mammoth, Beth Shapiro, evolutionary biologist and pioneer in “ancient DNA” research, walks readers through the astonishing and controversial process of de-extinction. From deciding which species should be restored, to sequencing their genomes, to anticipating how revived populations might be overseen in the wild, Shapiro vividly explores the extraordinary cutting-edge science that is being used–today–to resurrect the past.
Journeying to far-flung Siberian locales in search of ice age bones and delving into her own research–as well as those of fellow experts such as Svante Paabo, George Church, and Craig Venter–Shapiro considers de-extinction’s practical benefits and ethical challenges. Would de-extinction change the way we live? Is this really cloning? What are the costs and risks? And what is the ultimate goal? Using DNA collected from remains as a genetic blueprint, scientists aim to engineer extinct traits–traits that evolved by natural selection over thousands of years–into living organisms.
But rather than viewing de-extinction as a way to restore one particular species, Shapiro argues that the overarching goal should be the revitalization and stabilization of contemporary ecosystems. For example, elephants with genes modified to express mammoth traits could expand into the Arctic, re-establishing lost productivity to the tundra ecosystem. Looking at the very real and compelling science behind an idea once seen as science fiction, How to Clone a Mammoth demonstrates how de-extinction will redefine conservation’s future.
Not just a book reading, not just another event—a meaningful experience. Asymmetrical Press’ team of talented authors is hitting the road in May and June for a WordTasting Tour across the western United States and Canada. From minimalism and travel to storytelling and humor, this tour provides a taste of something for everyone.
Join Colin Wright, Josh Wagner, Shawn Mihalik, Skye Steele, and special local guests for an evening of WordTasting: readings, stories, live music, questions, and answers. Plus special guests Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus of The Minimalists will host and read at most events (see full schedule for details).
Admission to each two-hour event is free. So are the words.
“Poems such as ‘Silver Lake’ or ‘Hours in Logos’ shimmer with an emotional con gianti of ebb and flow, contradictions of mood and intent that twine uneasily between past and present.”
Few things are better than spending hours in Logos.
Check out this Good Times feature on the new works by Stephen Kessler!
“My next stop was Logos, land of funky books and records and hip magazines waiting to be found, before heading into happy hour at the Catalyst…” A portrait of Santa Cruz in the 1970s.
California Bookstore Day is now expanding to Independent Bookstore Day and we’re proud to participate! Join us to celebrate independent bookstore culture on May 2nd. We’ll have the following special items on order:
Building Stories (signed limited Chris Ware print)
Days Like This (anthology of essays/short stories)
Funny HaHa (kids joke book)
Hyperbole and a Half Broadside (poster)
Urgent Unheard Stories by Roxane Gay (limited edition signed chapbook)
Books about Books Box Set
It’s sure to be a great day…check out the website for more info!
Just got these new t-shirts of the original Arkham House editions of HP Lovecraft’s Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos from Out of Print!
Our first batch of shirts from Miles To Go Clothing are here!!!
– William Blake: The Tyger (limited edition!)
– Hunter S. Thompson: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
– Charles Darwin: Origin of the Species
– Jean-Paul Sarte: No Exit (limited edition)
– Haruki Murakami: Kafka on the Shore
– Ray Bradbury: The Illustrated Man
How excited are we about the new cometbus? So. Excited.
Love this photo/note from some happy Logos customers. “One of my treasures of 2014 was buying a signed Merle Travis record from you guys. You let us bring our mutt, Cowboy, in the other day…have a great holiday ahead, see you in 2015!” Sing it, Cowboy! Happy Holidays, and come see us for any last minute gifts you need!
When you have been in business for 45 years, you expect that you have seen just about everything that can happen in your store.
But the universe keeps some goodies in its back pocket, and early Saturday, about 1:30 in the morning, a motorcyclist and his bike crashed through the front window of Logos. No human was hurt, but a display table and a couple of hundred books met their demise. They will be mourned.
Just a few choice photos follow…
Stories and illustrations of “The Endangered Bookstores of New York,” courtesy of The New Yorker.
Fall weather got you admiring the landscape? Check out the Boston Pops’ “Grand Canyon Suite” on audiophile vinyl, for a lovely musical interpretation of American topography.