January 17th, 2007

Books

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2a. Un Lun Dun event in San Francisco Feb 27
Posted by: "Booksmith" read@booksmith.com booksmith2000
Date: Tue Jan 16, 2007 12:06 pm ((PST))

CHINA MIÉVILLE will be reading from and signing copies of "Un Lun Dun"
- his new novel - at The Booksmith (1644 Haight Street in San
Francisco) on Tuesday, February 27 at 7:00 pm This special event
marks China's fourth appearance at our store!

We will have a full compliment of books for sale, including China's
recent short story collection "Looking for Jake" and his 2005 book
"Between Equal Rights: A Marxist Theory of International Law."

This Booksmith sponsored event will take place at The Booksmith (1644
Haight Street in San Francisco). For further information, call
415-863-8688 or visit www.booksmith.com If you can't attend this
event and would like to order a signed copy of the author's new book,
please email or phone our store.


Urg. My brother lives just a few blocks from there, but I'll be on the train a couple of hours before this starts.

Time to check to see if he comes to the U bookstore.
Hard Hat

Tales from Retail Land: The Truman Show

I shelve. A lot. All my shifts are shelving. Sometimes receiving as well. No bookselling. No cashiering. No café. I know the books in the store like few of the booksellers do. I've shelved pretty much every book in the store, and I'm sure I've looked at every book (if only briefly looking at the spine to see where to stick something else in).

Of course, customers frequently ask me to assist them, and I often volunteer to assist them, as I shelve a lot in the high-shrink areas.

Last week, a young fella was looking for David McCullough's Truman. Couldn't find it in the store. Should have looked on the computer first, cause when I did we had none in stock and hadn't for some time. But I coulda sworn I'd seen it on the shelves somewhere. I was so sure that we had it that I hadn't bothered to look it up first. This bothered me a lot. I hate not being able to find a book for someone.

I just figured out why I was so sure we had it though.

I own it. It's on my shelf.