March 2008

Jason Dickson is Moving to Muskoka

Griffin Pub - Bracebridge Ontario

After nearly a decade at Attic Books, Jason Dickson is packing his bags and moving with his wife Jackie to Bracebridge, Ontario. This spring they are opening their new store, the Muskoka Book House, at 17 Manitoba Street. Jason has become a part of the Attic Books identity and legacy, and he will be missed by those of us who have grown to know and appreciate him over the years. There really are no words, Jason. Farewell.

You'll be able to find Jason most weekends at the Griffin Pub in Bracebridge, Ontario


Before Green Gables by Budge Wilson
Just released to celebrate the
centennial of Anne of Green Gables.

Before Green Gables by Budge Wilson

As a Montgomery fan and collector, I was hesitant to read the new “Anne” book, but also really excited. The style is juvenile, with short chapters and basic language, which will accommodate Anne fans of all ages. However, the subject matter is not juvenile. If you have read Anne, you can look for previously unexplored characters like Mr. Thomas and Mr. Hammond--not the best male role models. I would recommend taking a look yourself before giving it to a youngster. That being said, Wilson uses a lot of Montgomerian turns of phrase, and manages to balance tragedy with heart-warming characters that are very much in the spirit of Montgomery’s work.
~Reviewed by Vanessa Winters

Candide by Voltaire
Kaily really loves Candide by Voltaire. Really, really she does.

Candide by Voltaire
I really love this book, as you can tell by the look on my face. It’s weird. It’s almost like a fable. It reads a lot like Utopia, but it’s basically a social commentary on the stupidity of making yourself ignorant with religion as an excuse. All these horrible terrible tragedies happen to the characters, but this ignorant happiness keeps them going onward. It’s really good, a quick and easy read, which I hadn’t expected. It’s not depressing. It’s funny. It’s absolutely hilarious. I laughed out loud.
~Reviewed by Kaily Patterson

Caring for Your Spine

Caring for your spine 1
Holding a book the wrong way.

Caring for your spine 2
Holding a book the right way

You might hear that when you buy a book you should “break it in”. This is the worst thing you can do.
It’s interesting that the spine of your book is about as important to the book as your spine is to your body. The spine is really essential. An injury the spine of your book will diminish its value as a collectible and shorten its reading life, often leading to pages falling out and covers coming off.

Be gentle with your book’s spine, cradling it with one hand and allowing it to fall open gently with the other. Never push the covers of your book flat on a table. If you hear a cracking sound, that is not a good sign. It doesn’t mean that you are loosening up the spine to make it easier to read. It means you are destroying your book. With books being bound with glue--which can crack--rather than flexible stitches, it is even more important today to be careful. Treat your books with the love they deserve.

Tips for the Book Collector
The Ex-Library Book

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Ex-library 1
Vanessa demonsrates her reaction to an ex-library book, the ultimate challenge for a collector.

To buy or not to buy? That is the question many book collectors ask themselves when considering the purchase of an ex-library book. Sometimes you will find a rare book with library markings that is so desirable that you are willing to overlook the damage it has received in the library system. However, ex-library books are considered poor condition. That means their values are decreased. On one hand, you could pick up a rare title for a cheaper price this way. On the other hand, the resale value of your book is greatly compromised. You might be dealing with loose hinges, warped boards, and handwriting inside. When thinking about an ex-library book, take all of these factors in to account.

And remember, just because it’s old, doesn’t mean it’s valuable.

Arthur C. Clarke

Arthur C. Clarke Many science fiction fans were saddened last month to learn of the death of prolific author and humanitarian Arthur C. Clarke. Clarke is best known for his collaboration with Stanley Kubrick on the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, which was also a series of books he wrote. Like Jules Verne, Clarke’s imagination seemed almost prophetic, and he came up with the idea of satellites long before they became a reality. A writer of both fiction and non-fiction, his scientific works are well respected, and he received many awards. His desire was to be remembered as a writer before his other accomplishments. He passed away at his home in Sri Lanka, where he had lived since 1956.

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