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Hola a todos. Como sabéis hoy es fin de año y mañana empezamos el año 2014. Tradicionalmente es hora de repasar y hacer balance del año y hacer planes para el próximo. Mi año no ha sido demasiado bueno, pero eso sí, he decidido explorar nuevas posibilidades, y ahora mismo estoy pensando en el negocio de las librerías, uno de los amores de mi vida, aunque reconozco que no sé nada del negocio. Quizás recordéis que escribí un post preguntando sobre cómo sería vuestra librería ideal. Así que, para empezar el año con nuevas ideas, os recuerdo el post. Y Feliz Nochevieja, y Feliz Año 2014. Espero que os sea de lo más positivo.

Bookshop

Bookshop (Photo credit: Beny Shlevich)

Mis padres siempre me han contado que cuando era pequeña, antes de aprender a leer, yo siempre me empeñaba en querer saber lo que ponía en los anuncios y señales y en cualquier cosa que tuviera algo escrito. Más tarde, cuando aprendí a leer, me convertí en una lectora empedernida. Mi escuela era pequeña, una escuela de barrio (que ha desaparecido como muchas otras cosas) y no tenía su propia biblioteca, pero los lectores nos solíamos prestar e intercambiar libros y leíamos de todo, desde ‘Los Famosos Cinco’ y la serie de Aventuras (de Enid Blyton, que yo siempre preferí. Me gustaba el loro) a ‘Tiburón’, Oscar WildeEdgar Allan PoeGustavo Adolfo Becquer o Mercé Rodoreda.

Siempre he preferido que me regalen libros a cualquier otra cosa (casi) y me siguen gustando.

En cuanto a libros se refiere soy como una polilla atraída hacia la luz. Si veo libros en cualquier sitio, iré a echar un vistazo, no importa donde sea: un supermercado, un mercadillo, el aeropuerto…Y por supuesto, me encantan las librerías, aunque parece que el negocio no va muy bien y han cambiado mucho. Y sí, ahora tenemos las grandes cadenas de librerías, algo anónimas pero normalmente con mucha variedad, no solo de libros sino también de otras cosas, las pequeña librería especializada, las librerías independientes, las que venden libros de segunda mano que son como máquinas del tiempo.

Debido a mi trabajo ha habido épocas de mi vida cuando he viajado bastante y una de las cosas que mejor suelo recordar de los lugares donde he vivido (o he visitado) es dónde están (o estaban) las librerías. Y debo reconocer que me siento muy desilusionada cuando vuelvo a visitar algún lugar familiar y descubro que una de mis librerías favoritas ha desaparecido. Es como perder a un viejo amigo. Con respecto a las librerías, como pasa con la mayoría de cosas importantes en la vida, no son todas iguales.

Pensando en eso, quería preguntaros a vosotros, lectores, si pudierais hacer aparecer, como por arte de magia, la librería de vuestros sueños, ¿cómo sería? ¿Sería enorme con un poco de todo? ¿O pequeña pero muy especial? ¿Vendería solo libros u otros objetos relacionados (DVDs, lectores electrónicos, libros en audio, revistas y papelería, otro equipamiento…)? ¿Vendería otro tipo de cosas (postales, artesanía y objetos de decoración, juguetes…)? ¿Tendría también cafetería? ¿Organizaría eventos (lecturas y firma de libros, clubs de lectores, competiciones, otro tipo de invitados…)? ¿Vendería solo libros nuevos, o también de segunda mano, tendría una sección para intercambiar libros…? ¿Libros en varios idiomas? ¿Best-sellers y libros no tan conocidos o independientes, libros de interés local y especializados? ¿Ofrecería otros servicios como Wi-fi y tienda digital? ¿Y dónde estaría? ¿En un lugar plácido y remoto, o a la vuelta de la esquina, en el centro de la ciudad, en un centro comercial, o en un rincón escondido y mágico?

¡Soñad! ¡Que es gratis (de momento)!

Y pensando en librerías y en las fotos que me envió de una de sus librerías favoritas una autora amiga, empecé un tablero (board) en Pinterest, y una vez allí encontré mucha gente compartiendo fotos fabulosas.

Echadle un vistazo a ver que os parece, y si os apetece añadir vuestros pins, si estáis en Pinterest os invito a que añadáis los vuestros.

http://www.pinterest.com/olganm7/bookstores-booshops-and-interesting-shops/

¡Gracias por leer, y os ha gustado recordad darle al like, comentad, y compartid!

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Dear all:

Tomorrow is New Year, 2014 and I’ve decided to revisit a post where I asked about what your ideal bookshop would be like. It’s time to revisit what your year has been like. In my case it hasn’t been great but I’ve decided to revisit my life and I’m thinking of trying something new. I’m looking at bookshops, that have always been one of the loves of my life, but I admit not knowing anything about the business. At the moment it’s all thoughts, but it’s a good topic, so…any comments will be welcome and Have a great New Year’s Eve. And let’s hope 2014 is positive for everybody!

 Bookshop

 

My parents always tell me that when I was a small child, before I learned to read, I always wanted to know what any signs or anything with writing on it said. Later on, once I learned to read, I became an avid reader. My school was a pretty small neighbourhood school (it no longer exists) and it did not have a library, but the readers amongst us used to exchange books and read anything we could get our hands on, from ‘The Famous Five’ and the Adventure Series (I always preferred them to the Famous Five, but that’s me) to ‘Jaws’, Oscar WildeEdgar Allan PoeGustavo Adolfo Becquer o Mercé Rodoreda.

 

I’ve always been happier with books than with any other presents (or nearly) and I still am.

 

When it comes to books I’m like a moth to light, if I see books anywhere I’ll go and have a look, it doesn’t matter if it’s a supermarket, a charity shop, a car-boot sale. And of course, I love bookshops although they’re having a bit of a hard time and have changed beyond recognition. And yes, now we have big bookstore chains, somewhat anonymous but usually reasonably supplied and full of other things, the small specialised bookshop, the independent bookstore, second-hand bookshops that are true time-travelling machines.

 

Because of my job there have been periods of my life where I’ve travelled a fair bit and one of the things I remember more clearly of the places where I’ve stayed (or visited)  is where the bookshops are (or where). I must admit to feeling really disappointed when I revisit a place where I’ve been before and a bookshop I liked has disappeared. It’s like losing an old friend. When it comes to bookshops, like most important things in life, they are not all created equal

 

Reflecting on all that, I wanted to ask you, readers, if you could have the bookshop of your dreams, what would it be like? Would it be enormous with everything on it? Or small but quirky with lots of character? Would it only sell books or sell related items (DVDs, e-readers, magazines and writing materials, audiobooks, other equipment…)? Would it sell other kinds of stuff (postcards, craft items, toys…)? Would it have a tea/coffee shop attached? Would it organise events (book readings and signings, host book clubs, run competitions, have other guests…)? Would it have only new books, second-hand books, have a section for exchanging books…? Books in several languages? Best-sellers and less well-known books, local interest books? Would it offer other services like Wi-Fi and e-store? Would it be located in a remote place, around the corner, in a shopping mall, in a hidden nook in a magical place?

 

Dream on! It’s free (for the time being!)

 

And thinking about this and after a fellow author and good friend sent me some pictures of one of her favourite bookshops, I decided to start a board on Pinterest dedicated to bookshops, and once I started checking I was amazed at the fabulous building and beautiful pictures people had pinned. Have a look, and if you’d like to pin your own pictures or others you find, let me know and I’ll invite you to pin with pleasure.

 

http://www.pinterest.com/olganm7/bookstores-booshops-and-interesting-shops/

 

Thanks for reading, and if you’ve enjoyed it remember to like, comment, and share!

 

 

books (Photo credit: brody4)

 

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Bookshop (Photo credit: conxa.roda)

My parents always tell me that when I was a small child, before I learned to read, I always wanted to know what any signs or anything with writing on it said. Later on, once I learned to read, I became an avid reader. My school was a pretty small neighbourhood school (it no longer exists) and it did not have a library, but the readers amongst us used to exchange books and read anything we could get our hands on, from ‘The Famous Five’ and the Adventure Series (I always preferred them to the Famous Five, but that’s me) to ‘Jaws’, Oscar Wilde, Edgar Allan Poe, Gustavo Adolfo Becquer o Mercé Rodoreda.

I’ve always been happier with books than with any other presents (or nearly) and I still am.

When it comes to books I’m like a moth to light, if I see books anywhere I’ll go and have a look, it doesn’t matter if it’s a supermarket, a charity shop, a car-boot sale. And of course, I love bookshops although they’re having a bit of a hard time and have changed beyond recognition. And yes, now we have big bookstore chains, somewhat anonymous but usually reasonably supplied and full of other things, the small specialised bookshop, the independent bookstore, second-hand bookshops that are true time-travelling machines.

Because of my job there have been periods of my life where I’ve travelled a fair bit and one of the things I remember more clearly of the places where I’ve stayed (or visited)  is where the bookshops are (or where). I must admit to feeling really disappointed when I revisit a place where I’ve been before and a bookshop I liked has disappeared. It’s like losing an old friend. When it comes to bookshops, like most important things in life, they are not all created equal

Reflecting on all that, I wanted to ask you, readers, if you could have the bookshop of your dreams, what would it be like? Would it be enormous with everything on it? Or small but quirky with lots of character? Would it only sell books or sell related items (DVDs, e-readers, magazines and writing materials, audiobooks, other equipment…)? Would it sell other kinds of stuff (postcards, craft items, toys…)? Would it have a tea/coffee shop attached? Would it organise events (book readings and signings, host book clubs, run competitions, have other guests…)? Would it have only new books, second-hand books, have a section for exchanging books…? Books in several languages? Best-sellers and less well-known books, local interest books? Would it offer other services like Wi-Fi and e-store? Would it be located in a remote place, around the corner, in a shopping mall, in a hidden nook in a magical place?

Dream on! It’s free (for the time being!)

And thinking about this and after a fellow author and good friend sent me some pictures of one of her favourite bookshops, I decided to start a board on Pinterest dedicated to bookshops, and once I started checking I was amazed at the fabulous building and beautiful pictures people had pinned. Have a look, and if you’d like to pin your own pictures or others you find, let me know and I’ll invite you to pin with pleasure.

http://www.pinterest.com/olganm7/bookstores-booshops-and-interesting-shops/

Thanks for reading, and if you’ve enjoyed it remember to like, comment, and share!

books

books (Photo credit: brody4)

English: bookshop in port Melbourne

English: bookshop in port Melbourne (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mis padres siempre me han contado que cuando era pequeña, antes de aprender a leer, yo siempre me empeñaba en querer saber lo que ponía en los anuncios y señales y en cualquier cosa que tuviera algo escrito. Más tarde, cuando aprendí a leer, me convertí en una lectora empedernida. Mi escuela era pequeña, una escuela de barrio (que ha desaparecido como muchas otras cosas) y no tenía su propia biblioteca, pero los lectores nos solíamos prestar e intercambiar libros y leíamos de todo, desde ‘Los Famosos Cinco’ y la serie de Aventuras (de Enid Blyton, que yo siempre preferí. Me gustaba el loro) a ‘Tiburón’, Oscar Wilde, Edgar Allan Poe, Gustavo Adolfo Becquer o Mercé Rodoreda.

Siempre he preferido que me regalen libros a cualquier otra cosa (casi) y me siguen gustando.

En cuanto a libros se refiere soy como una polilla atraída hacia la luz. Si veo libros en cualquier sitio, iré a echar un vistazo, no importa donde sea: un supermercado, un mercadillo, el aeropuerto…Y por supuesto, me encantan las librerías, aunque parece que el negocio no va muy bien y han cambiado mucho. Y sí, ahora tenemos las grandes cadenas de librerías, algo anónimas pero normalmente con mucha variedad, no solo de libros sino también de otras cosas, las pequeña librería especializada, las librerías independientes, las que venden libros de segunda mano que son como máquinas del tiempo.

Debido a mi trabajo ha habido épocas de mi vida cuando he viajado bastante y una de las cosas que mejor suelo recordar de los lugares donde he vivido (o he visitado) es dónde están (o estaban) las librerías. Y debo reconocer que me siento muy desilusionada cuando vuelvo a visitar algún lugar familiar y descubro que una de mis librerías favoritas ha desaparecido. Es como perder a un viejo amigo. Con respecto a las librerías, como pasa con la mayoría de cosas importantes en la vida, no son todas iguales.

Pensando en eso, quería preguntaros a vosotros, lectores, si pudierais hacer aparecer, como por arte de magia, la librería de vuestros sueños, ¿cómo sería? ¿Sería enorme con un poco de todo? ¿O pequeña pero muy especial? ¿Vendería solo libros u otros objetos relacionados (DVDs, lectores electrónicos, libros en audio, revistas y papelería, otro equipamiento…)? ¿Vendería otro tipo de cosas (postales, artesanía y objetos de decoración, juguetes…)? ¿Tendría también cafetería? ¿Organizaría eventos (lecturas y firma de libros, clubs de lectores, competiciones, otro tipo de invitados…)? ¿Vendería solo libros nuevos, o también de segunda mano, tendría una sección para intercambiar libros…? ¿Libros en varios idiomas? ¿Best-sellers y libros no tan conocidos o independientes, libros de interés local y especializados? ¿Ofrecería otros servicios como Wi-fi y tienda digital? ¿Y dónde estaría? ¿En un lugar plácido y remoto, o a la vuelta de la esquina, en el centro de la ciudad, en un centro comercial, o en un rincón escondido y mágico?

¡Soñad! ¡Que es gratis (de momento)!

Y pensando en librerías y en las fotos que me envió de una de sus librerías favoritas una autora amiga, empecé un tablero (board) en Pinterest, y una vez allí encontré mucha gente compartiendo fotos fabulosas.

Echadle un vistazo a ver que os parece, y si os apetece añadir vuestros pins, si estáis en Pinterest os invito a que añadáis los vuestros.

http://www.pinterest.com/olganm7/bookstores-booshops-and-interesting-shops/

¡Gracias por leer, y os ha gustado recordad darle al like, comentad, y compartid!

1848 Daguerreotype of Edgar Allan Poe at 39, a...

1848 Daguerreotype of Edgar Allan Poe at 39, a year before his death (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s Friday and again I decided to bring you one of my favourite classic authors. If you remember when I wrote the post on Oscar Wilde I told you that one of my friends was very keen on Edgar Allan Poe when we were at school. Margarita. As a consequence I read plenty of Poe at the time, and really enjoyed it. He had a penchant for mystery and horror stories (master of Gothic style), according to some he was the inventor of the detective story, and his poems remain popular to this day. I can say that stories like his ‘The Tell-tale Heart’ will always remain with me.

Biography:

He was born 19th January 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts. He was the son of actors but never knew his parents (father left and mother died when he was only 3). He was separated from his siblings and adopted by the Allan family (tobacco merchants) from Richmond, Virginia. It seems he never got on with John, his adoptive father.

He went to the University of Virginia but did not get enough money and turned to gambling ending up in debt.

He started publishing in 1827 (Tamerlane and Other Poems) and at same time went to West Point. Although he excelled at his studies he was not interested in the duties and was asked to leave. In 1829 he published a second collection of Poems (Al Aaraaf, Tamberlane, and Minor Poems),

He focused on his writing and moved, living in New York, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Richmond. From 1831 to 1835 he stayed in Baltimore with his aunt Maria Clemm and her daughter Virginia, whom he ended up marrying in 1836 (when she was 13 or 14).

Back in Richmond he started working for a magazine: Southern Literary Messenger and became well know as a fierce critic. Due to difficulties he only worked there for two years and he only briefly worked for two other magazines. During this period he published The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym.

In late 1830s he published Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque (includingThe Fall of the House of Usher’, ‘Ligeia’ and ‘William Wilson’). The Murders in the Rue Morgue in 1841 has been described as the first story of a new genre, the detective novel. He won a literary award for The Gold Bug.

His fame reached its peak with his publication of the poem The Raven in 1845. Many consider it one of his best works.

He also wrote a series of essays, poems and The Cask of Amontillado.

His wife Virginia died in 1847 and it seems he never fully recovered. His health was poor and he had financial difficulties. His death is surrounded by mystery, and it’s still unclear what he died of on October 7th 1849 in Baltimore.

He suffered from bad press following his death and another writer, Rufus Griswold (fame has not treated him kindly, but what goes around…) spread rumours about Poe being mentally unwell, an alcoholic and womaniser.  Despite of all that, his stories are still as shocking, if not more, than at the time of their publication.

Link to free e-books: 

The Works of Edgar Allan Poe Volume 1 (this is under review currently)

http://www.amazon.com/The-Works-Edgar-Allan-ebook/dp/B0082YWACM/

The Works of Edgar Allan Poe Volume 2

http://www.amazon.com/The-Works-Edgar-Allan-ebook/dp/B0082YW9JG/

The Works of Edgar Allan Poe Volume 3

http://www.amazon.com/The-Works-Edgar-Allan-ebook/dp/B0082YWAAY/

The Works of Edgar Allan Poe Volume 4

http://www.amazon.com/The-Works-Edgar-Allan-ebook/dp/B0082YW9B4/

The Works of Edgar Allan Poe Volume 5

http://www.amazon.com/The-Works-Edgar-Allan-ebook/dp/B0082YW9EG/

Edgar Allan Poe’s Complete Poetical Works

http://www.amazon.com/The-Works-Edgar-Allan-ebook/dp/B0082YW9EG/

The Raven

http://www.amazon.com/The-Raven-ebook/dp/B0084B68X0/

There are also free versions in French and Spanish (and I’m sure in other languages).

Links:

The Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore:

http://eapoe.org/

Biography:

http://www.biography.com/people/edgar-allan-poe-9443160

Link to a page with many of his short stories:

http://www.poestories.com/

The Literature network site:

http://www.online-literature.com/poe/

Edgard Allan Poe’s museum in Virginia:

http://www.poemuseum.org/index.php

If you enjoy movies I leave you with the IMDB page on Poe. There’ve been many film versions of his stories, and he’s even recently appeared as a character in his own right (I haven’t watched the movie though…). I love Roger Corman’s versions of some of his stories (actually I love Roger Corman, great filmmaker, distributor of some of the best filmmakers, great eye for talent and has discovered so many great people, from actors: Jack Nicholson, Sandra Bullock, Robert De Niro, to filmmakers: Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Joe Dante, James Cameron, Peter Bognadovich…And if you’re a filmmaker his 1990 biography “How I Made A Hundred Movies in Hollywood And Never Lost A Dime” is highly recommended).

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000590/

I leave you with this quote because it feels so…up-to-date still:

“We should bear in mind that, in general, it is the object of our newspapers rather to create a sensation – to make a point – than to further the cause of truth.”

– from “The Mystery of Marie Roget”

English: Signature of writer Edgar Allan Poe.

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