2017 In Review

2017 has been a great year at Landmark Books punctuated with author readings, a book launch, writing contest and typing craziness. Landmark Books hosted our fourth annual Type-In which drew forty-eight typewriters from all over the world. We had a rare 1911 Bennett Traveler typewriter from New York. There were three Smith Corona Super Ghia typewriters, […]

The Passing of Robert Pirsig

My first year of college was an eye opening experience for a kid who grew up in Maine.  One thing I experimented on were books, looking for something beyond what the tiny school and public libraries of my hometown offered.  I had begun my search for enlightenment and though I never went in search of […]

What We Were Reading In 1967

So what were we reading fifty years ago, back in 1967?  Here is the list of New York Times Best Sellers for the February 12th, 1967:   1 THE SECRET OF SANTA VITTORIA, by Robert Crichton. 1 22 2 CAPABLE OF HONOR, by Allen Drury. 2 20 3 VALLEY OF THE DOLLS, by Jacqueline Susann. […]

Landmark Books Fights Censorship

Banned Book Week 2016 is a week worldwide event that celebrates the freedom to read anything you want. In the United States it is supported by the American Library Association and is usually the last week of September. This year the dates are September 25th through October 1st. During this week we help draw attention […]

Hemingway Wins The Pulitzer

On this day in 1953 Ernest Hemingway was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his novel, “The Old Man and the Sea”. It would be the last major novel to be published in Hemingway’s lifetime and was cited by the Nobel Committee as reason for him winning the 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature. The novel is […]

Need A Good Used Book?

Landmark Books sells a lot of used books a year, but one of the best sellers bar none is ‘Gone With the Wind’. In observance of Margaret Mitchell’ birthday today (she would be 114 today), I thought we would share some fun facts about her and her monumental piece if Fiction. Margaret Munnerlyn Mitchell was […]

Looking For A Used Book, Check Out Landmark Books

As we prepare to bed down for the long winter ahead, some wonder what might be worth reading. If you are like me, disenchanted with many modern authors, I look to the past to seek out something to read. Turning back the clock 30 years to 1984 here are the New York Times Best Sellers […]

Authors and LSD

Today being Dr. Timothy Leary’s birthday it seems appropriate to look at LSD and the affect it has had on writing. LSD was first synthesized by Albert Hofmann in 1938 and has been a source for expanding one’s mind ever since. One of the early pioneers was Aldous Huxley. His work entitled ‘The Doors of […]

National Book Award Finalists

So last week I somehow missed discussing the National Book Award Finalists, guess it was because a couple of my picks fell by the wayside. Today I would like to review who was left standing after the last cut. •Rabih Alameddine, An Unnecessary Woman (Grove Press/ Grove/Atlantic) •Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See […]

What Was On The New York Times Best Seller List 1964?

Slow news day at the shop today so I thought we could look at what books were on the top of the New York Times Best Seller List for October 18th, 1964. Topping the chart was the espionage classic that set the bar for spy thrillers, ‘The Spy Who Came In From The Cold’ by […]