Books, Bookstores, Uncategorized

NY’s Strand Bookstore Owner Passes Away January 2018, Daughter Continues Legacy

For Strand Bookstore fans via the NY Times and Shelf-Awareness…  a history of a bookstore, a book lover, and, news that the legacy continues thru three generations, thank goodness.

“Longtime owner of The Strand bookstore Fred Bass, 89, died on Wednesday(January 3) at home in Manhattan of congestive heart failure. He started working at the store, founded by his father, when he was 13, and just retired last November. During that time, he oversaw the store’s significant growth from its original home on Fourth Street with 70,000 volumes to “the largest used-book store in the world” on Broadway — where he bought the store’s building for $8.2 million in 1997 — with millions of volumes and a storage warehouse in Brooklyn.

“The NYT quotes a remark Bass made to New York Magazine in 1977: “It’s a disease. I get an attack, something like a panic, of book-buying. I simply must keep fresh used books flowing over my shelves. And every day the clerks weed out the unsalable stuff from the shelves and bins and we throw it out. Tons of dead books go out nightly. And bought ’em. But I just have to make room for fresh stock to keep the shelves lively.” His daughter Nancy Bass Wyden now owns the store.

The Strand Book Store in 1938. Photo by The Strand Book Store

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Book Covers, Book Fairs, Books, Guadalajara International Book Fair, Uncategorized

Book Covers – Creative Spanish-language Art Covers at Guadalajara Book Fair December 2017

Are you attracted to beautiful, eye-catching, original book covers? I know I am.

Every year at the Guadalajara Book Fair I make a point of stopping by the Libros del Zorro Rojo (Red Zorro Books) stand, a publishing house with offices in Barcelona, Buenos Aires, and Mexico City.  I invariably spend much longer than I had planned to, lured by the brilliance before me.

Here below is some eye candy witnessed at their colorful location in December 2017…

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2017-2018 unique book covers from Libros del Zorro Rojo
On the right, an Italian title translated into Spanish
On the right, an Italian title translated into Spanish – terrific colors, fonts, spacing, shading, visual effect
"dark" titles with unique art work, on the left a Spanish translation from a Franz Kafka German title
“Dark” titles with compelling art work; on the left a Kafka novel translated from the German
Emily Dickinson poetry in the mddle, Lewis Carroll's Alice in the Wonderland on the right
Emily Dickinson poetry in the middle; Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland on the right

The fine artwork for the Emily Dickinson book above is by international award-winning French-Canadian illustrator Isabelle Arsenault.  See http://www.isabellearsenault.com

Simplicity of design with La Vaca Independiente's Frida Kahlo art diary
Simplicity of design with La Vaca Independiente’s Frida Kahlo art diary

La Vaca Independiente is an educational foundation in Mexico City which promotes art as education.  See http://lavaca.edu.mx/Acerca.html

Book interior, reproduction of Frida Kahlo's art diary
Book interior, reproduction of Frida Kahlo’s art diary

Grupo Planeta, with offices in Mexico City, Spain, and satellite Latin American nations, offers a list of Mexican historical titles and recent book covers at the link below…

http://planetadelibrosmexico.com/10-libros-para-comprender-la-historia-de-mexico/

If you are interested in Spanish language book covers (English books translated into Spanish) from the 1930’s, see http://spanishbookcovers.blogspot.com/