An Evening for Booklovers with James Mustich
I am going to start with School Library Journal's review of this amazing book before I start raving: " Between 1986 and 2006, Mustich put together an eagerly awaited mail-order catalog, A Common Reader, that every three weeks highlighted notable titles old and new. Now the author has drawn on his lifelong passion and knowledge, creating this compilation of 1,000 must-reads. Not a list of classics or "great books," this is instead a wide-ranging selection of literary and nonfiction classics as well as best sellers, popular mysteries, sf, romances, and YA and children's books. As Mustich planned, his work is "expansive in its tastes, encompassing revered classics and commercial favorites, flights of escapist entertainment and enlightening erudition...novels of imaginative reach and histories with intellectual grasp." Discursive annotations of each book range from 300 to 500 words, with longer entries on some authors (from Margaret Wise Brown to Henry James, Herman Melville, William Shakespeare, and others). VERDICT A treasure chest for book lovers everywhere."
I subscribed to A Common Reader from shortly after its founding until it closed in 2006 (long, long after I purchased Rakestraw Books). I looked forward to those catalogues and those precious boxes of books (I even still have a folder with all the invoices!). I was introduced to more books and writers I loved and learned more about how to write about books (and, in many ways, to sell books) from James Mustich than from anyone else. And, I really don't think I've ever known anyone who was as well-read and passionate about books. It is a tremendous thrill to invite you to meet James Mustich, and to celebrate the publication of 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die, on Friday, 26 October 2018 at 7 PM. Reservations are recommended. Make yours by calling the shop at (925) 837-7337.