May 2nd, 2013
Our weekly happy hour has moved to Thursday. 5-7 PM.
Get happy hour prices in the already eminently affordable American Legion Bar below the store; upstairs, enjoy 50% off on whole sections, groups or nationalities of authors, and be the first to see new shipments of books when they arrive.
You don’t have to be Estaounidense to show up. If you want practice speaking English or Spanish, this is the place to be. Our social events are extremely bilingual, as we are an English language bookstore with an 80% Mexican clientele.
This is a low-key, friendly and fun change from our former noisy and chaotic Friday happy hour. We hope you can be here.
5-7 PM, every Thursday.
March 14th, 2013
Friday, March 15, 5-9 PM
The American Legion Bar is celebrating National Shitfaced Day a little early this year (the holiday falls on Sunday) with a 2-for-1 beers deal, drunken Irish uncles showboating at the piano, and Under the Volcano Books offering a sweet deal on our seven hundred-odd mass-market paperbacks: 50% OFF!
Little pocket paperbacks are now reserved for pop trash and only the hugest literary hits, but in past decades, they were a catch-all for everything from the newest mystery to a backlist of public domain classics. Since our assistant Manuel has recently alphabetized the section, let me show you what authors occupy the top middle shelf: Thomas Hardy, O Henry, Hermann Hesse, James Hilton, Chester Himes, Peter Hoeg, Homer, Keri Hulme, John Irving, Henry James.
Special book and drink prices last from 5 to 9. See you soon!
(Confirm your attendance on the Eye of Sauron I mean Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/events/556650324367355/)
January 4th, 2013
Every Friday from today on, we’ll get together to wait out rush hour (5 to 9 PM) at the American Legion Bar and enjoy two-for-one cocktails and domestic beers while enjoying special deals on hundreds of our discount and other titles upstairs in the store.
This Friday, all our half-price discount books are on sale for just 20 pesos. There’s some excellent stuff in there: extra copies of great titles from all over the store, art books and oddities, pop trash, literary magazines, and hurt books that have done too much beach time and whatnot.
The bar downstairs is gorgeous, a homey slice of old expat D.F., and it’s hell out there (until 9)!
December 21st, 2012
Friday rush hour anytime is a bear – isn’t it best to just sit it out with a drink and some friends? I have a feeling this one – with holiday shoppers and whatnot – is going to be a monster. Apocalyptic, even. Now we are upstairs from the magnificent American Legion Bar (and the best burger and fries in D.F., bar none), so we want to invite you to a very special event: from 5 to 9 PM this Friday, students (prepatoria and universidad, not people taking a language class – sorry) with ID get an incredible 50% discount on ALL our stock, while down in the bar cocktails and regular beers are 2 for 1 for EVERYBODY. We have lots of new books just back from Texas,and a couple hundred quality discount volumes available to students for just 20 pesos each. Drink, read or dance, at least you don’t have to squeeze into that Metrobus until it empties out a little. Oh yeah, and a bunch of stinky hippies think the world might end. Who knows?
December 15th, 2012
Saturday, Dec. 15 1 PM to Midnight
Am I getting this out late? Sure, because I was up in Texas, getting HUNDREDS of new books…
But regardless, here it is: full bar and restaurant service, the presentation of the second issue of Revista Nervadura at 6 PM, followed by the awesomeness of the band Torrente and International Karaoke with stalwart American Legion host Factor.
All our discount books (50 percent off) will cost just 20 pesos for persons with student I.D.
We’ll sing and dance forever and a day.
Celaya 25, Col. Hipodromo Condesa, just two blocks west of Metrobus Sonora, open at 1 PM.
November 20th, 2012
Come to our Grand Re-Opening in Condesa this Saturday November 24th during Corredor Cultural Roma Condesa.
The store and American Legion Bar will be open and celebrating our relocation and we will be open regular hours from Saturday on.
Celaya 25, Col. Hipodromo Condesa, inside Alan Seeger Post II, American Legion
1-midnight, admission free.
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See you there!
November 9th, 2012
Friday Nov. 9th, 6 to midnight
Alan Seeger Post II, American Legion: Celaya 25 Colonia Hipódromo Condesa
Come have a peek at our new location before we move in.
The American Legion has until now maintained a secondhand bookstore of donated books, mostly including hundreds of what is known as ´pulp´novels: small, pocket-sixed trade paperbacks of romance, historical fiction, mystery and suspense. Before we move our inventory in, we have to move theirs out.
This is not the kind of stuff we ordinarily sell: if you have missed it, or been looking for a comprehensive source of genre fiction at rock-bottom prices, here is your chance.
September 25th, 2012
Saturday, October 27th
4 to Midnight
David Lida, author of First Stop in the New World: Mexico City, Capital of the 21st Century and Las llaves de la ciudad
Admission 40 pesos, includes sponsor beverages
September 10th, 2012
We’re not having regular parties anymore – all the more to sweeten when we do. Come celebrate the 102nd anniversary of our great adopted country’s independence with a leisurely afternoon barbecue to give you the drinking time to build up to a full-throated Grito later.
I’ll whip up a brimming vat of my famous gringo guacamole and pour shots of the world’s most salutary ‘hard’ beverage, Presidente.
Bring 202 pesos with and enjoy both, plus a mass-market or regular-sized trade paperback of your choice.
September 2nd, 2012
Tomorrow, September 3rd is Labor Day in the U.S. Here our labor is reading books, and who publishes more books than the Brits?
ALL our titles by British authors are just 100 pesos from 12 until 7 on Monday.
Get in here.