New collections update 9/12/16

As many people have noticed, we have been pouring in tons of incredible books of late.  Perhaps because we have purchased nearly 100,000 books in the last 2 months alone.  Large collections include subjects such as Philosophy, Mathematics, Physics, Political and social theory, fiction, Ancient and Medieval studies.  Not sure why this year we are getting much more books than previous years…..perhaps has to do with the baby-b00mer generation having build libraries and are now in the process of downsizing, retiring, etc.   Whatever the reason, it has been truly amazing and we have weeks worth of book collections scheduled already into the fall.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Marissa Nadler brings ‘dark and dreamy’ tunes to Portsmouth Book & Bar

By Christopher Hislop of Seacost online.
March 06, 2014 2:00 AM

Don’t call Marissa Nadler a folk musician. Her music is much more cinematic than that.

Take John Fahey, toss him in a blender with Patti Smith, whisk in some of the imagery found in dreams of the darker variety, slowly incorporate wistfully presented lyrics sung in the mezzo-soprano range, soak it all in a healthy dash of reverb, and you’re starting to scratch the surface of the brand of music Nadler is creating.

WHAT Marissa Nadler

WHEN 9 p.m. Sunday, March 9

WHERE Book & Bar, 40 Pleasant St., Portsmouth

COST $10

CONTACT 427-9197

Touring in support of her latest album, “July,” which came out Feb. 10 — her eighth album to date, Nadler will bag up her dark and dreamy tunes and travel north from the great state of Massachusetts for an appearance at the Portsmouth Book & Bar on Sunday, March 9.

SPOTLIGHT: Music. What is it good for? Why do you seek it? Why do you create it?

NADLER: A world without it wouldn’t be nearly as beautiful.

SPOTLIGHT: Music. Describe the sounds that you cook up.

NADLER: Atmospheric, subtle, heavy, dark, rooted in folk with shoegaze, country, and black metal infusions.

SPOTLIGHT: Your latest record is called “July.” Why? How do you feel about March? In particular New England style Marches — the weather, not the movement …

NADLER: The record documents one July to the next, and it was recorded in July. It couldn’t be further removed from a “summer” record. I like March in New England towards the end, when winter finally leaves us and the flowers begin to bloom.

SPOTLIGHT: What are you looking for a listener to take with them when they experience one of your records or your live show?

NADLER: Seeing music live is always more imperfect and more personal. There’s nothing polished. I think it can be more emotionally resonant to see a musician in the flesh.

SPOTLIGHT: When you walk into a bookstore that has a bar what’s the first thing you do? Crack a book, or hoist a pint?

NADLER: I don’t drink anymore. So it’s going to have to be a book!

SPOTLIGHT: What can fans expect when they come out to see you at the Portsmouth Book & Bar on March 9?

NADLER: Well, I don’t believe I’ve ever played in New Hampshire! Maybe once …; so I’m really not sure what to expect from people! I will be joined by cellist Janel Leppin, who will also play synth and sing some of the harmony vocals that are so prevalent on “July.”

Summer of book buying

Raven Used Books of Boston and Cambridge has picked up an enormous amount of books this summer.  Yesterday we purchased a philosophy collection of about 1500 titles and 3 days earlier a 2000 book collection of modern firsts (primarily first edition hard cover fiction and poetry).  Since Jan., 2012, we have purchased 140,000 books and have sold over 81,000 thus far.  Usually we purchase that many in one full year but the quality of collections that we are being offered are much more numerous in previous years.  It is probably due to the fact that other bookstores are not buying books aggressively and/or the reality that after opening up the Boston shop 2 years ago, we are buying much of the Boston market besides the cambridge one.  In any case, if you are looking for certain kinds of specialized collections, feel free to contact us via this site or the stores.

Noam Chomsky speaks at John Petrovato’s Raven Used Books in Boston, MA.

Capital and Discontents Event with Noam Chomsky

On March 22, Noam Chomsky joined Sasha Lilley for the Boston launch ofCapital and Its Discontents, which features a conversation with him about workers councils and life after capitalism. The event took place at Raven Used Books on Newbury Street, which was packed to the rafters.

Sasha Lilley and Noam Chomsky
Photo credits: Martin Voelker

Sasha Lilley at Raven Books; Photo: Tatsu Ikeda

Noam Chomsky; Photo credit: Tatsu Ikeda

Noam Chomsky and Sasha Lilley; Photo credit: Tatsu Ikeda