Books and Other Found Things is the Independent Book Store In Historic Downtown Leesburg VA. Featuring a wide selection of gently used books and the works of over 20 local artisans.
A cosy book shop with an interesting variety of other items. A growing number of artists are showing their work here.
Over the past few weeks I've been working on straightening and reorganizing the store. It dawned on me that I've been keeping the store in a state of disarray waiting for Nancy to come and do her making it beautiful thing that she would do. Now that she's dead she is not ever going to do that...
So slowly taking my time and enjoying the process I'm getting it to look as it should.
While there are still boxes on the floor. there are fewer! The fiction room has been done, the garden and art room is done and I'm making progress on the other rooms downstairs.
The room upstairs that was Nancy's private room is also being converted into a new part of the store. I'm thinking it will have the Native American, Child rearing/growing/teaching and Feminist/Women books.
There will also at some point be a rack of Nancy's favorite clothes which I don't want to simply give to a Thrift store. My plan for them is akin to what the Arapaho's do (Nancy worked with them for a number of years and many of our foster kids were from either the Shoshone or Arapaho tribes) Anyway they have a "giveaway" when someone dies and all of the persons stuff is passed along into the family and tribe.
My version will be as I said a rack of her favorite clothes that will be free to anyone that will wear and enjoy them. My hope is to see her favorite clothing coming back to the store on someone else.
I have no Idea how long it will take to finish (enjoying the process is more important to me than speed). Which means I'll never really be done...
I am finding I have a lot more time to devote to the store now that I'm no longer caring for Nancy so I guess the store wins out a little bit?
Please stop by and see my progress (if you can tell) or just say Hi.
E Como Mai,
Nancy my partner in all things passed away earlier this month.
Those of you who had the good fortune to know her or to have met her know that she had struggled with health issues for the past 30 years or so due to MS and all of the sneaky things it does to your body.
She truly was an exceptional human who loved life and for most of those 30 years would wake up believing that this new day was going to be great!
While I miss her fiercely, I can not help feeling some sense of relief for Nancy knowing she no longer has to fight so hard to stay in the world and to not disappear into her illness.
Nancy died as she would have planned it. At home, while she was sleeping, with Hapa (our dog) and I there.
(Nancy played one last trick on me- it was totally unexpected!)
She was making big plans to come back to BOFT, had just had a wonderful visit with her best friend and was truly feeling like she was getting stronger and would start to do some of her many projects she had planned. As always she was looking forward to the Holidays.
For BOFT the result is that the store is sometimes not open when it normally would be as I learn to live in this new reality of just Hapa and I in the world (there are family and friends checking in on me).
As I clear away all of the medical paraphernalia that had become a cumbersome patchwork quilt over our lives, I'm starting to find more and more of Nancy, little notes tucked here there (really everywhere) many outlining plans and projects, funny thoughts, notes to me about what she might have been particularly upset with me about but, mostly thoughts about how much she loved the world, children, animals and me and that she would love me forever... I believe that.
The author for First Friday is:
His book: Borderless Voice:
The Power of Telling Your Story and Defining you Identity:
Whether you come from Cape Verde or Chinatown, Little Italy or Lalibela, you are not so much the product of the environment from which you came, but the narrative that you give yourself. By choosing your story rather than it choosing you, you determine who you are. Borderless Voice will inspire you to find not only your story, but your inner voice, one unconfined by geography, family background, race, or anything else. This book provides a pathway for individuals transitioning between jobs, those conflicted by either having too many opportunities or too little, and those searching for a deeper sense of purpose in their lives. Borderless Voice also offers new insights for minorities, immigrants, and others who feel disadvantaged. The message of this book is simple: The moment you define your identity is the moment you transcend boundaries; your voice becomes borderless
Books and Other Found Things will also be open for the newly renovated Girls Night Out on Sept. 19.
The plan/hope is that Girls Night Out will again become a monthly event on the 3rd Thursday of the month here in Historic Downtown Leesburg!
Books and Other Found Things will be participating in the Gallery Game again this month on Sept 20th. We will post more information as we get it.
Books and Other Found Things will be closed this Tuesday (Sept. 10th). I have a Leadership Development / Team Building program I will be facilitating for the day with a group.
I'll be back Thursday as usual!
We have good news and bad news about Emily and Pascale's bake sale here at Books and Other Found Things... The good news is that yesterday they sold over $400.00 in baked goods - all of the money will be donated to the Loudoun Homeless Shelter! The bad news is that they sold ALL of their baked goods! So they will not be back today.
They do plan on further events in the coming months, we'll let you know when they confirm again.
Mahalo to all who stopped by and bought or donated to Emily and Pascale's effort! (The items we bought were delicious).
Allen & Nancy
Books and Other Found Things
This coming First Friday (September 6 2019) author Robert Scott will be her with copies of his book " Gods Rough Drafts" Here is how he describes it:
"God's Rough Drafts" is an epic, teen adventure addressing the question of what might happen in the United States in nothing changes in the next 100 years. After a series of medical procedures, injections, and body part replacements, seventeen-year-old Fallon Westerly discovers that she has developed supernatural gifts found only in the most rare individuals on Earth. Framed for murder and scheduled for dismemberment, Fallon joins teen fugitives Emma Carlisle and Danny Hackett as they escape incarceration and mount an unlikely resistance against government and industry leaders determined to exploit their gifts. What Fallon does not anticipate, however, is that she and her friends will be pursued by an array of creatures, each inspired by nineteenth-century horror novels. The Frankenstein monster, Dorian Gray, Edward Hyde, werewolves, snakes, even H. G. Wells's morlocks arrive, determined to end Fallon's resistance. "God's Rough Drafts" is the first of two novels in the Fallon Westerly series. The next installment, "Poe's Legacy" is due for release during summer, 2020.
Aloha, Today (Saturday the 31st) and tomorrow (Sunday the 1st of September) Pascale & Emily are here at Books and Other Found Things holding a bake sale for the benefit of the Loudoun Homeless Shelter. Please stop by and buy some delicious bake goods and meet these two nice, thoughtful humans! They plan on staying until 4 or 5 this afternoon and coming back tomorrow from 10 AM til 4 or 5 PM
Aloha, Dennis Morrow the author of the Alliance of the Quad series is here at Books and Other Found Things today (Saturday 8/24) from noon till 4 and tomorrow (Sunday 8/25) from 12:30 till 4. He'd love to meet you and tell you about his books. He has copies available to purchase which he'll happily sign.
Aloha, This Saturday (8/10/19) author Tommy Reynolds will be here from 11 till 2 PM with his new book Miller Rounding Third: In Miller Rounding Third, debut author Tommy Reynolds traces the twined paths of baseball and the United States through a multigenerational family saga. The Miller clan exudes hustle and grit, staring down challenges and swinging for the fences to rise from obscurity to unimagined heights of fame, wealth, and respect. Yet, for one young Miller scion, taking anything for granted can lead to a fall from grace and change his fortunes forever. As the Millers round third and head for home, a vista of endless possibility stretches out before them: there are no limits to the number of innings played, but it's how you play the game that determines the outcome.
If you have bubble mailing envelopes (used/unused) that you don’t really have a use for, we’d love to have them. We ship quite few books to customers around the country and prefer reusing bubble mailers whenever possible. Beyond saving a bit of money it fits in well with our desire to have a small footprint on the planet (as does finding new homes for used books)…
We’d also happily take and reusable shopping (not plastic) bag you have but don’t need!
A Hui Hou,
Tomorrow's First Friday (August 2, 2019)We will have Greg Lalire her to talk about and sign copies of his new book: Wild West Magazine editor and Leesburg resident Gregory Lalire, a former Central Loudoun Little League baseball coach and onetime sports editor of the Loudoun Times-Mirror, will be signing his latest novel, Our Frontier Pastime: 1804-1815, at Books and Other Found Things at 13 Loudoun Street SW in downtown Leesburg Friday, Aug. 2, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Our Frontier Pastime: 1804-1815 is offbeat historical fiction as “truthfully” told in 1908 by ninety-six-year-old L.C. Crouch, who wants the world to know that Captain Benjamin Batman Bunt, not Abner Doubleday or Alexander Cartwright, was the inventor of the great game of baseball. It is Crouch's contention that BBB, with an assist from Nez Perces and other western American Indians as well as a spirited great horned owl, became the "Father of Baseball" while traveling with the groundbreaking Lewis and Clark Expedition in a highly unofficial capacity—babysitting "the Babe" for Sacagawea, the secret love of BBB's life, and, as it turns out, a pretty fair country ballplayer.
Aloha Here is information about a Literary Festival in Winchester:
The 1455 Summer Literary Festival is a celebration of writers, readers, creativity, and community, over three days: July 18-20.
1455’s first literary festival will take place July 18-20 in downtown Winchester, VA. The primary programming will occur at the Bright Box located on the historic walking mall, with other events at Winchester Brew Works, the Winchester Book Gallery, and Shenandoah University. The programs boast a diverse array of talent, including best-selling authors, local and award-winning writers, as well as authors whose first books were published in 2019. Media outlets represented include Time Magazine, The Washington Post, Reuters, and NPR. Highlights of this year’s participants include Angie Kim, Louis Bayard, Karen E. Bender, Julia Phillips, Jeanne McCulloch, E. Ethelbert Miller, and John Lingan.
With robust programming already this year, 1455 (previously Virginia Center for Literary Arts, or VCLA) continues to establish the Shenandoah Valley as a hotbed of creativity and community. After the success of 1455’s monthly Author Series at Handley Library and a number of workshops at both Long Branch and the Barns of Rose Hill, Founding Director Sean Murphy knew this was the time to put together a multi-day event focused on writers and writing: a festival of ideas and celebration of community. All programs are open to the public and free to attend. The festival will culminate with a featured reading, cocktail reception and dinner (ticketed event).
The festival will feature more than 50 participants, ranging from best-selling fiction and non-fiction authors, journalists, professors, as well as local artisans and leaders from the political, business, and academic fields. Several of the panels will feature faculty from local universities, including George Mason University, Marymount University, Hollins University, and Shenandoah University. The interactive panels include genres ranging from literary fiction, poetry, suspense fiction, journalism, international fiction, and children’s literature. 1455 will also be holding a Teen Poetry contest co-sponsored by Winchester’s Handley Regional Library. A $500 grand prize will be awarded to the winning poet, who will have the opportunity to read their work in a ceremony at Winchester Book Gallery.
This event is sponsored in part with support from Shenandoah University, George Mason University, Hollins University, Marymount University, Winchester Book Gallery, Winchester Brew Works, Handley Regional Library, Day Eight, the George Washington Grand Hotel, and the 1455 Board. Additional sponsorships are available and all inquiries should be sent directly to Sean Murphy ([email protected]).
Visit our site to register! www.1455litarts.org
1455litarts.org The Virginia Center for Literary Arts provides writers a place in which to create or complete new works.
Here is a link to an article featured in the Virginia-Pilot in May about Leesburg (it has a nice mention of Books and Other Found Things:
pilotonline.com Nowadays, the only battles in Leesburg are over which historic site, shop, restaurant, brewery or winery to visit first.
While Nancy and I were living on the Big Island of Hawaii I had a wonderful experience working with Captain Clay Bertlemann and the crew of the Makali'i voyaging canoe while it was in dry dock being refurbished.
I was welcomed into the O'Hana (family) sharing work, food, laughs and tears (Captain Clay died during this time). I will remember those times as some of my most cherished. Including the day Captain Clay invited me along to be on the crew that sailed the Hokulea (the most traveled voyaging canoe) up the coast of the Big Island for a day.
All of my time with the crew was an experience of true Aloha.
The reason for this post is to let you know that the Makali'i is starting a voyage to Mokumanamana in the Northern Hawaiian Islands (https://www.papahanaumokuakea.gov/visit/moku.html)
A Link to the Makalii O'hana is here (https://www.nakalaiwaa.org)
and their blog is here (https://www.nakalaiwaa.org/blog) which I assume will have updates on the voyage.
I am grateful to have been a part of their world if only for a brief time.
From one O'hana to another...
papahanaumokuakea.gov About 155 miles northwest of Nihoa lies Mokumanamana, a small basalt island that is 1/6 square km, or 46 acres, in size. Although the island is the second smallest of the NWHI, it has the second largest surrounding marine habitat (almost 385,000 acres). Large offshore areas include Shark Bay on the....
Aloha, Tonight's First Friday (5/3/19) will have David McDonnell visiting Books and Other Found Things for a bit of Irish Storytelling. Do stop in and say hello to David if you're out and about tonight.
You may have seen this: (from The Washington Post).
Third-graders found an error in their workbook. Here’s what they did about it.
(It's a short fun read. So many lessons on so many things on so many levels!
Cheers to the third graders and those around them, It one of those life lessons many of us wish for.)
washingtonpost.com How they won their case.
Hau 'Oli Makahiki Hou!
(Happy New Year)
Nancy and I have been busy, Nancy has actually been able to come to the store for a couple of days in the past few weeks! For folks that haven't had the chance to meet her, she is the person who makes the wonderfully attractive parts of the store come into being (I on the other hand am responsible for the piles of books scattered about...) for the past year or so Nancy's health (she has MS) has kept her away, simply trying to get her strength back, so it's a big deal for her to finally feel able to return!
I have done more than my part to create an environment that needs her attention! As many of you have observed on visits over the past few months the plies of books keep getting bigger - even when I finally think I've gotten the upper hand, more appear...
We have in the past month acquired books from 4 separate estates: that of an artist, a scientist with the DEA, a CIA agent and a writer altogether totaling about 5,000 books! Most of these are currently in storage (thank goodness) and will be the focus of much of my energies this spring. You will see the most interesting of these start to appear in the store over the next few months.
I've also built a number of bookcases for people in the past few months and have a couple more in the planning phase. I hope to build a few more for the store as I build them.
We are looking forward to seeing you in the coming year!
We have also made the inventory of our books available for your to peruse online at: https://connect.collectorz.com/books
E Como Mai,
Allen R & Nancy K-R
Books and Other Found Things
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