Disorientation and discovery in the shop

We’re not sure exactly how many titles inhabit Perelandra at a given moment—the number hovers around 1,000—but it’s safe to say that our collection is fairly small compared to most bookstores. Small is, of course, nothing new for specialized collections, with many an antiquarian or genre-specific bookstore thriving in this age of the digital marketplace.Continue reading “Disorientation and discovery in the shop”

Surviving the capital valuation of books

We had sorted through a wonderful donation of mostly theological and anthropological titles, and the next order of business was to place a dollar value on each. Soon, they’d burrow into the shelves and keep warm among their peers. But I felt typically uneasy about getting started. I felt uneasy because “pricing” is kind ofContinue reading “Surviving the capital valuation of books”

On the occasion of six months open

Friends, if you’ve browsed our book collection at the Publick House in the past six months: endless gratitude and enthusiastic cheers! If you haven’t, we feel secure in guessing that it’s because: a) your mind pulls your feet always toward a path by a river; b) you’ve been hunkered at home amidst a global pandemic;Continue reading “On the occasion of six months open”