Category Archives: Books

Bookstore that David Ishii, 76, ran was ‘like a stop on the Underground Railroad for Asian-American writers’

SEATTLE – David Ishii, whose secondhand bookstore was a fixture of the Pioneer Square neighborhood from 1972 to 2005, died Thursday at the age of 76. Mr. Ishii was legendary for his unusual bookstore, which he opened in 1972, and

Bookstore that David Ishii, 76, ran was ‘like a stop on the Underground Railroad for Asian-American writers’

SEATTLE – David Ishii, whose secondhand bookstore was a fixture of the Pioneer Square neighborhood from 1972 to 2005, died Thursday at the age of 76. Mr. Ishii was legendary for his unusual bookstore, which he opened in 1972, and

Built to fight, Grove publisher Barney Rosset, 89, took on American censorship with ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’

MANHATTAN – Barney Rosset, the flamboyant, provocative publisher who helped change the course of publishing in the United States, bringing masters like Samuel Beckett to Americans’ attention under his Grove Press imprint and winning celebrated First Amendment slugfests against censorship,

Built to fight, Grove publisher Barney Rosset, 89, took on American censorship with ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’

MANHATTAN – Barney Rosset, the flamboyant, provocative publisher who helped change the course of publishing in the United States, bringing masters like Samuel Beckett to Americans’ attention under his Grove Press imprint and winning celebrated First Amendment slugfests against censorship,

First person: Steven Leiber was ‘one of the world’s top experts on artists’ books and printed ephemera’

SAN FRANCISCO – I am sad to write that Steven Leiber has died after a long illness. Steve was a participant in Public Collectors. You can listen to hours of recordings of Steve discussing artist’s boxed editions with his assistant

First person: Steven Leiber was ‘one of the world’s top experts on artists’ books and printed ephemera’

SAN FRANCISCO – I am sad to write that Steven Leiber has died after a long illness. Steve was a participant in Public Collectors. You can listen to hours of recordings of Steve discussing artist’s boxed editions with his assistant

Being edited by Doubleday publisher Samuel S. Vaughan, 83, could mean firing a gun

TENAFLY, N.J. – Samuel S. Vaughan of Tenafly, a book editor who worked with and befriended top authors, most notably the polysyllabic William F. Buckley, died Monday. He was 83. Samuel Vaughan, who died Monday, lived in Tenafly. The cause

Being edited by Doubleday publisher Samuel S. Vaughan, 83, could mean firing a gun

TENAFLY, N.J. – Samuel S. Vaughan of Tenafly, a book editor who worked with and befriended top authors, most notably the polysyllabic William F. Buckley, died Monday. He was 83. Samuel Vaughan, who died Monday, lived in Tenafly. The cause

Margaret Runyan Castaneda, 90, debunked much of husband/author Carlos Castaneda’s mysticism

(From The Los Angeles Times on Jan. 31, 2012.) GLENDALE, Ariz. – They were an unlikely couple, the Latin American immigrant and the West Virginia divorcee whose paths crossed in mid-1950s Los Angeles. But, by Margaret Runyan Castaneda’s account, she

Margaret Runyan Castaneda, 90, debunked much of husband/author Carlos Castaneda’s mysticism

(From The Los Angeles Times on Jan. 31, 2012.) GLENDALE, Ariz. – They were an unlikely couple, the Latin American immigrant and the West Virginia divorcee whose paths crossed in mid-1950s Los Angeles. But, by Margaret Runyan Castaneda’s account, she

Manhattan bookseller John McWhinnie, 43, prized books as ‘windows onto culture that produced them’

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS – John McWhinnie, a rare-book dealer and gallerist known as a champion of words and images on paper in an age of electronic reading, died on Friday in a snorkeling accident in the British Virgin Islands. He

Manhattan bookseller John McWhinnie, 43, prized books as ‘windows onto culture that produced them’

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS – John McWhinnie, a rare-book dealer and gallerist known as a champion of words and images on paper in an age of electronic reading, died on Friday in a snorkeling accident in the British Virgin Islands. He

Paris mourns George Whitman, founder of the famed bookstore Shakespeare and Company

PARIS – Writers and book lovers are mourning the death of George Whitman, founder of the famed bookstore Shakespeare and Company in Paris. Whitman, whose English-language literary hub and writers’ refuge in the heart of the French capital was something

Paris mourns George Whitman, founder of the famed bookstore Shakespeare and Company

PARIS – Writers and book lovers are mourning the death of George Whitman, founder of the famed bookstore Shakespeare and Company in Paris. Whitman, whose English-language literary hub and writers’ refuge in the heart of the French capital was something