On a winter's night a traveller from Montreal came into Balfour with a shiny 12-string guitar and started singing songs...
Patrick Krief, guitarist for The Dears, was touring in support of his solo project simply titled Krief.
This in-store performance was for a video shoot for Heartstrings.tv, an online music video archive of artists performing in unusual and unexpected locales. Although they don't make the cut, while the singer played, the customers continued to browse around with expressions of quiet delight.
Then, after strumming out a few haunting melodies, Krief disappeared into the blizzards that brought him.
(All right, he went on to his gig at Sneaky Dees.)
In 1941, John Steinbeck travelled to Mexico to script a documentary about a rural village's transition"in the long moment when the past slips reluctantly into the future'. The Forgotten Village offers a kind of 'photo comic' version of the same tale, mixing still pictures 'selected for thei rintrinsic beauty and the graceful harmony with which they accompany Steinbeck's text'.
For the Vorticist in your life, Ezra Pound's Personae offers "the definitive collection of shorter poems" by the Transatlantic modernist, including works from the English avant-garde manifesto magazine "Blast." Reprint edition from 1971, but will still makes you look pretty damn smart if left casually lying around.
Also from the seventies, this photo-cover of Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep brings a whole Charlie's Angel vibe to the femme fatale. UPDATE: SOLD
We must stop now. It's silly.
Christmas is the busiest time for shopping. If you're a serious reader, books are often the go-to for presents for everyone on your list, making for an often hectic experience in stores. An entire industry revolves around our quest for the ideal gifts.
Those who return to bookshops after New Years do so for completely different, more personal reasons.
For us, a book shop becomes once again that quiet retreat, a place to browse, to take your time, to discover your own pursuits, whatever they might be. And those are exactly the kind of readers we encourage. So take your time.