Category: Bookselling

Confessions of a Texas Book Dealer

(Please welcome a new Litkicks author. John Kemmerly grew up in South Louisiana, worked in bars and restaurants, sold real estate, worked on a tugboat, and in the 90s, owned a bookstore in Galveston, Texas. After selling his business, he spent two years working at a no-kill dog shelter and Read the rest

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Departed: George Whitman and Vaclav Havel

There were two incarnations of the fabled Shakespeare and Company Bookstore in Paris.

The first store was the labor of love of Sylvia Beach, an American expat from New Jersey. It lasted from 1919 until 1940 when it was closed by the Nazi occupation. But during its best years it … Read the rest

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The Bookselling Life

Finally! My book Why Ayn Rand is Wrong (and Why It Matters) is now available in three major formats: paperback, iBooks (for iPhone or iPad) and Kindle. I’m happy to report that the book continues to increase in sales every month, and retains very high numbers on several … Read the rest

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Dirty Hippie Lit

I often hear people complain about “dirty hippies”. Well, cleanliness is a virtue. But I’ve never understood why anybody would hate hippies. Is it that their exuberance is embarrassing? I like hippies, and I also like several writers identified with the post-Beat/hippie literary tradition of the 1960s and 1970s, many … Read the rest

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Very Naked, No Lunch

1. Here at Litkicks, we love pretty much anything David Byrne ever does. His latest enigma is a series of nonexistent iPhone apps, including “Invisible Me” above, which will be displayed as part of a Pace Gallery show called “Social Media” in New York City this fall.

2. “Very … Read the rest

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(Another installment of Alan Bisbort’s bookselling memoir.)

Bill K. looked like a plain-clothes priest, which is what he should have been—and probably would have been had he not developed an early thirst for alcohol. Instead, he ended up at the Washington Post handling complaints from subscribers for 25 years, … Read the rest

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