Archive for the 'Literacy' Category

Book-buying 101: What does ‘good’ mean?

Saturday, June 6th, 2015

I sell books both online (www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?sortby=0&vci=51238921) and in our brick and mortar bookstore, inside the Charleston Antique Mall in Las Vegas. For the seller, selling Online is a much better deal — which is why I reluctantly predict the free-standing “used and collectible” bookstore will be a thing of the past in about another decade, […]

A few recent listings — ‘The High End’

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

So, there you are at the yard sale, confronted by boxes of old books, records, and miscellany. What do you look for? “Buy what you like,” has long been good advice. Until you learn to grade for condition — and to tell a first edition from a later reissue or even (God forbid) a book […]

Revisiting “America’s proud heritage: ‘uneducated, illiterate, barefooted, gun-toting hayseeds’?”

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Has it really been five years — Thanksgiving of 2009 — since I posted a “readers respond” column under this headline? For those who’d like another gander at what passes for reasoned, well-documented debate among the defenders of today’s mandatory government youth propaganda camps, I believe it’s still posted at http://www.vinsuprynowicz.com/?p=374 . I had the […]

Some of September’s new arrivals

Friday, September 5th, 2014

By the way, in case you didn’t know, Cat’s Curiosities offers a careful selection of unusual vinyl LP records online — many autographed — as well as our online stock of 1,400 books, all hand-inspected and individually described. To see our online vinyl LPs, check out: http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?kn=LP&sortby=0&vci=51238921 These are in addition to the 1,800 vintage […]

The Testament of James, third excerpt

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Added to the first two excerpts, posted earlier this summer, the following takes the reader through the first 10,000 words of Vin’s new novel, “The Testament of James,” published by Mountain Media on Dec. 16, 2014. This material is copyright c Vin Suprynowicz, 2014, all rights reserved. # # # “You haven’t even talked about […]

Testament of James – back jacket blurb

Monday, August 25th, 2014

The manager of Books on Benefit has died under mysterious circumstances, and one of the rarest books in the world is missing — if it ever existed at all. Did James the Just, oldest surviving brother of Jesus of Nazareth, write a book about the suppressed secrets of his brother’s ministry, and the plan to […]

The Great Writers produced by the Federal Writers’ Project

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

My fellow booksellers in these parts were recently advised to research and stock books created under the auspices of the FDR-era “Federal Writers’ Project,” a tax-and-spend-and-elect outfit created in 1935 as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration. That’s good advice as far as it goes. Writers who later became well-known, from Nelson Algren […]

Southbound

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Mom found the following 580-word piece in my dad’s papers, two-and-a-half handwritten sheets with a few cross-outs and corrections, with (but not part of) his autobiography. For geographic clarification, my folks lived the past 55 years on a wooded ridge in Marlborough, Connecticut — if you gaze north-northwest to the next ridge line, those woods […]

The Testament of James, second excerpt

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Added to the first excerpt, the following takes us through the first 5,900 words of Vin’s new novel, “The Testament of James,” published by Mountain Media on Dec. 16, 2014. In all, six excerpts are posted on this site: Go to the subject index and click “Fiction,” or click the link at the bottom for […]

With a little help from my friends (‘Why I may appear to have been writing less, of late,’ Part One of Three)

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Friends and fans — if few in number then all the more cherished — have been asking why I seem to have been writing less this year. I hope I don’t take too much on myself if I’m reminded of Paul McCartney reporting the press reaction when the Beatles stopped touring and went almost a […]