bookselling

It feels remiss not to take a moment to memorialize three longtime booksellers that have left us this week. For many, the passing of Fred Bass, 89, of New York City's Strand Bookstore will seem like the end of an era. Fred's father, Benjamin, founded the bookshop along New York's fabled 'Book Row' (Fourth Avenue) in 1927, and Fred had been working there since the age of 13. He built it up into the book mecca that it is today.

On August 10, 1928, H. K. Beazley wrote a check to author D. H. Lawrence for a total of £5.2.0 (five pounds and two shillings). According to Edinburgh auctioneers Lyon & Turnbull, the check "was used to purchase three copies of Lady Chatterley's Lover." At the time, two booksellers, Richard Aldington and S.S. Kotelinansky, were "taking care" of the "British stash" of the recently published novel, which had been spurned by UK booksellers due to the book's erotic content.

A few years ago, I didn't know I would be moving to England, didn't know I would be entering the book trade, and didn't foresee how jealous I would be as my good friend and former employer, Stephanie Valdez, co-owner of Community and Terrace bookstores, in Brooklyn, NY, signed up and received a scholarship to attend the long-running Antiquarian Book Seminar in Colorado (CABS) before launching an antiquarian arm of her bookshops.

The Independent Online Booksellers Association Offers Scholarship for Collectors

The Independent Online Booksellers Association would like to contribute to the continuing education of book collectors. Therefore, we are pleased to announce that we will again offer to a book collector a scholarship in the amount of $750 to be used at one of the several book seminars offered in the U.S. or the U.K. You are not required to be a bookseller or a member of any organization to apply.