Sunday, July 27, 2008

Hitchhiker Typewriter

After the summer break, I'll be hitting the road again with Vienna 1814 for talks in Philadelphia, Nashville, Miami, and other places, including an evening at the Carnegie Center here in Lexington. Details on these and other events will follow in the upcoming months.

In the meantime, you can still snag a first edition of Douglas Adams's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, along with the typewriter that he used to hammer out the novel. It's a Hermes Standard 8, complete with a well-worn "x" key and an End Apartheid sticker on the side. The machine will come in its carrying case, that is, a cardboard box that originally held copies of Starship Titanic, which he wrote with Terry Jones, Monty Python performer and medieval historian extraordinaire.

The seller, N V Books in Great Wolford in Warwickshire, is asking $25,084.74, down about $100 from last week.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

The Morris Book Shop

For readers in Lexington, my friends Wyn and Hap have just opened a cool new book store called The Morris Book Shop. The Grand Opening will be Saturday, July 12. Robert Schneider of Apples in Stereo will perform. Jeffrey Scott Holland will be there with Weird Kentucky - I haven't seen Jeffrey in years! It should be a great day. The store has excellent taste: Wyn is currently reading, among other things, Cory Doctorow's Little Brother, "a worthy successor to Orwell's 1984," and Hap a certain book about "the Napoleonic 'after-party' that shaped modern Europe."