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UPDATE on updating our in-store inventory, so that you can see online just what we have or can get for you: 
Our work-around is sporadic at best and what you see as "in stock" may not be and vice versa.
The only reliable information is that if the status is: "hard to get," that book really is hard to get!
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Monthly Features

September

 

1 Sep 1875 - Birthday of Edgar Rice Burroughs 

Monday, 2 Sep, Labor Day in USA

4 Sep 1908 - Birthday of Richard Wright
8 Sep 1947 - Birthday of Ann Beattie
 - there's some misdirection here; someone said her b-day is 7 Aug!

10 Sep 1935 - Birthday of Mary Oliver

11 Sep 1862 - Birthday of O. Henry (William Sidney Porter)

12 Sep 1924 - Birthday of Michael Ondaatje

13 Sep 1916 - Birthday of Roald Dahl

15 Sep 1914 - Birthday of Robert McCloskey 
- on this day, also, in 1890, Dame Agatha Christie was born (as a female, but not as a dame)

17 Sep 1935 - Birthday of Ken Kesey

21 Sep 1947 - Birthday of Stephen King

22-28 Sep Banned Books Week

23 Sep 1869 - Birthday of Edgar Lee Masters

23 Sep Autumn Equinox

24 Sep 1896 - Birthday of F[rancis] Scott Fitzgerald

25 Sep 1897 - Birthday of William Faulkner

28 Sep 1856 - Birthday of Kate Douglas Wigginwho brought us Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

29 Sep 1547 - Guesstimated Birthday of Cervantes (Alcala de Henares)
- records only found to show he was christened on 9 October, which is probably why his death, 23 April 1616, is more well-known and celebrated as Book Day

30 Sep 1924 - Birthday of Truman Capote

 


 

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Published: Vintage - November 30th, 1993

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Published: Penguin Classics - December 31st, 2002

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Published: Vintage - September 28th, 1993

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Published: Back Bay Books - April 30th, 1983