1. Amsterdam ——> San Francisco

    The Nesciobrug (Nescio Bridge) in Amsterdam is a pedestrian/cyclist bridge named for the author. It connects the suburb of IJburg to the city. Photo by Edgar Vonk, used under a Creative Commons license.

    Damion Searls will be introducing the Dutch cult author Nescio to the West Coast this week.

    Read Joseph O’Neill on Nescio at Slate

    Tuesday, May 8th at 7:00 pm
    City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco
    with Peter Orner

    Wednesday, May 9th at 7:00 pm
    Co-sponsored by Books Inc and Palo Alto City Library
    City of Palo Alto Library — Downtown Branch

    Thursday, May 10th at 7:30 pm
    Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, Berkeley
    with Jeroen Dewulf, Director of Dutch Studies Program, UC-Berkeley

  2. Bookstore of the Day: Dog Eared Books in San Francisco

    Our West Coast Spy Network has sent us a couple photographs of a very special shelf in a very special bookstore*:Dog Eared Books Alley Cat Books in the Mission District of San Francisco. How special is this place? In the shop’s own words, “at Dog Eared you’ll find anarchist magazines next to Vanity Fair, Nina Simone cds next to Joy Division and Michelle Tea poetry next to Chaucer.” So without further ado, some shots of theNYRB Classics shelf. As the sign says,

    "Life is too short to spend without NYRB★”

    It looks like the store may not have enough copies of Stoner in stock on that lower shelf to last through the holidays. You know that we have plenty of copies in the warehouse, right? What’s stopping you from ordering more?!

    The store also appears to have an NYRB book group called NYRB Salon. It next meets on December 4th, when the book up for discussion is Elaine Dundy’s Dud Avocado. UPDATE: also under discussion is Handke’s Sorrow Beyond Dreams.

    *Sentence written under the influence of Something for Christmas.