The final Penguin Drop Caps go on sale tomorrow! In anticipation of this special day and an exciting announcement (stay tuned…), check out this sensational animation of the first few titles by Smart Motion.
These are absolutely beautiful, not to mention all the fun you can have spelling out different things on your shelf.
I’ve had famous goodbyes running through my head for the last month. This is more painful than it sounds- trying singing “So long, farewell, auf weidersehen, adieu!” to yourself for the 50th time and see if you can stay sane - but it’s poignant too, because now I have to say my own goodbye.
In a few weeks, my time at Open Books will end. I’ve decided I need a new adventure, and so I’m moving to New Zealand for a year. I’m nervous and excited, and I’m also left with the task of trying to sum up my nearly five years at Open Books. It’s difficult.
I’ve learned so much. I’ve learned that while it’s true that customer service can be one of the most frustrating jobs, it’s also one of the greatest joys of my life and has brought countless friends; I’ve learned that working with a dedicated and passionate group of volunteers is basically the luckiest any human can ever be ever; I’ve learned to be absolutely rabid about bookstores as a necessary community space and I’ve learned to be zealous in their defense, with the understanding that they’re doing just fine regardless. I’ve learned that any negative review hurts and that any compliment to the store makes my day.
I’ve learned that space away from the front desk to think and plan is more valuable than gold, but that being at the front desk talking to customers and sharing ideas is way more fun. I’ve learned that it’s really hard to get people out for author signings but that most authors are excited as hell anyway. I’ve learned that media articles aren’t always the most accurate, but it’s still awesome to see my name in print. I’ve learned that it’s really awesome for my family to see me on tv or hear me on the radio, but that there’s basically nothing more painful than to watch myself. I’ve learned to lift with my legs and that it’s a really bad idea to forget to do so. I’ve learned that people are absurdly generous with their donations. I’ve also learned that books can take over your house in a instant, so that I should be absurdly generous with my donations too.
I’ve learned that almost every book-lover has a secret dream of working in a bookstore. I’ve learned that the reality is nothing like the fantasy. It’s all hard work and hustle and zero sitting at the counter reading - not if you want to be successful. But I’ve learned that the reality far surpasses the fantasy. I’d recommend it to anyone.
I’ve learned that I probably can’t sum up five years of amazing work in one blog entry, darnit.
I’ll try, though. The most important thing I’ve learned is that the book community is damn awesome, from all of you on tumblr to the Chicago book scene to the publishers in NYC. Everyone is awesome. Should I shout it? I LOVE EVERYONE WHO LOVES BOOKS.
TL;DR: I’ve learned a lot, but now it’s time for a (temporary, one year only!) goodbye.
Our store manager Kevin will continue tumbling on, and our new Assistant Manager Alice will be taking over in my stead. But you won’t have to miss me too much — because I will now shamelessly plug the New Zealand blog that I and my traveling compatriot have started:
Keep up with me at chicagostylekiwis.weebly.com, so that I can keep up with you!
“Home is behind, the world ahead,
and there are many paths to tread
through shadows to the edge of night,
until the stars are all alight.” -JRR Tolkien
omfg that is just too adorable
i can show you the world
if i ever fail to reblog this, assume that i am dead
i love you so, witch cat and brave kitten
I left my number in a library book once when I was in college, hoping I’d get a late-night call sometime and someone would want to talk about it. I can’t remember for sure what it was, but I think it might have been Proust. I’m still waiting on that phone call.
Whenever I see phone numbers in books, I always want to call them. A new series for the Tumblr? Hey, Martha. I found your book and just wanted to say hi. How’s it going? What are you reading these days?
If you had to choose one book to leave your phone number in, what would it be?
Oh man. This is a question. Probably a book I really really disliked so that someone could try and convince me that it wasn’t really that bad.