Building Upon the Foundations

  Across Time and Space… “No man is an Iland, intire of it selfe; every man is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine:  if a Clod bee washed away by the Sea, Europe is the lesse, as well as if a Promontorie were, as well as if a Mannor of thy […]Read More

Time With Steinbeck at Swan’s Fine Books

Jim laughingly read the fortune from the newly-cracked cookie. “Good books are friends who are always ready to talk to us.” We’d just grabbed a quick bite at the new Chinese place around the corner, having locked up the store after our first evening discussion group. Jim (formerly known as James M. Dourgarian, ABAA), had […]Read More

One Week AFTER the Opening of Swan’s Fine Books

  Fans far and wide, please accept my deepest, most sincere, heart-felt apologies. I had the very BEST of intentions of writing my final pre-opening post one week before Swan’s Fine Books opened its doors, and clearly fell down on the job. Let the side down, old chap, and all of that. We are now […]Read More

2 Weeks Until Bookstore Opening

Two Weeks Before the Opening of Swan’s Fine Books… It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Sound familiar? Have you ever heard the old saying, if you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans? I’d worked hard to draw up a wonderful timeline of everything that needed to […]Read More

Three Weeks Before the Opening of Swan’s Fine Books

It’s dark outside, the wind is howling, the oncoming headlights are blinding. I feel like a character out of Mad Max or Blade Runner. I’m wrestling my big rig (all right, it’s really only a 10-foot U-Haul, but to me it FEELS like a big rig) and trying not to think about the one ton […]Read More

Opening Soon – Swan’s Fine Books

a new bookstore  is getting ready to open. We join Laurelle Swan and her weeks leading up to the big day. Four Weeks Before Opening… While brodarting at 5:30 am this morning, already well into my second cup of coffee, I found myself thinking – what HAVE I gotten myself into? I’m a rational person. […]Read More