Enough news coming down that I have to announce a few things: first off, we’re launching a bimonthly Poetry Group. Christopher Tucker, (MA University of London) will be in the store from 5:30 to 7:00 PM on alternating Mondays starting next week. Everyone is invited to read from their own work or others, and discuss poetry, philosophy, and life itself with a local scholar who has led such groups in D.F. for several years. We had planned to start the group yesterday, but in this month’s rent-panic I failed to do a blog post so here’s announcement 2.o (you can let us know you’re coming on the UTVB Facebook page).
Our collaboration with Servicios Linguisticos begins with our weekly English conversation groups. To schedule an evening or day class, contact us.
If you’ve spent Semana Santa (Holy Week) in town before, you know that it clears out: you can stroll casually across Insurgentes and hear your own footfall on Eje 1. It’s like you’re an extra in 28 Days Later. As we’ve announced before, Under the Volcano Books honors Mexican holidays, because when this country takes a holiday, business stops on a peso. This is a good time (despite how cash-poor we are right now) to go north and buy books.
So to help fund that buying trip, our Friday After Hours will feature special sale prices between now and then. This Friday is our Overstock Sale Party: 50%, that’s right, FIFTY PERCENT OFF all our titles in Overstock. What are we talking here? Suskind’s Perfume; Houellebecq’s The Elementary Particles; The Great Gatsby; Brideshead Revisited (maybe the most underrated novel of the last fifty years, IMHO); The Golden Compass; Mary Karr’s The Liars’ Club; Memoirs of a Geisha; The Vagina Monologues; The Motorcycle Diaries; John Casey’s National Book Award winning Spartina; The Girl Who Played With Fire; The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency; Pynchon’s Vineland; The Crucible; Russell Hoban’s postapocalyptic classic Riddley Walker; Song of Solomon; Love in the Time of Cholera; Wuthering Heights; Ishiguro’s A Pale View of Hills; Death in Venice; Richard Ford’s The Sportswriter; Less Than Zero; The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini; our June guest Matthew Stadler’s Allan Stein; Beloved; A Tale of Two Cities; Democracy in America; Steve Martin’s Born Standing Up; Perez-Reverte’s The Flanders Panel; Atonement; Master and Commander; White Noise and more. Among these are several of my favorite books, and few come without the strongest recommendation. So get in here, this Friday After 5, and help me yet again cross into the wilds of Texas where they grow the books.