Categories for Moderns

Cover of They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

Literature, Moderns, Rare Books

The Weird and the Wonderful: Horace McCoy’s They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?

To be clear, Horace McCoy’s They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? isn’t weird. It does, however, concern a period in American history in which something extremely weird captured the public imagination:… Read More

atlas shrugged dust jacket

Literature, Moderns

Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged

“Who is John Galt?” With this question, Ayn Rand began her final novel, Atlas Shrugged, one of the most controversial, influential, and bestselling books of the 20th century. It’s a… Read More

the new negro book

Literature, Moderns

Culture Beat: Highlights of the Harlem Renaissance

Looking to escape the summer heat? You can’t beat a blissfully cool day exploring MoMA’s current show, “One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Works.” Jacob Lawrence’s masterful Migration… Read More

tender is the night with dust jacket

Literature, Moderns

Greater than Gatsby? Why Tender is the Night might be Fitzgerald’s “intended masterpiece.”

The sick and tired adages regarding the relationship between art and the artist are rarely more evident and appropriate than in the curious case of F. Scott Fitzgerald and his… Read More

matisse sketch inside Ulysses

Illustrated - Art, Photography, Architecture, Moderns

The Writer, the Painter, and the Department Store Tycoon

In 1929, George Macy (of department store fame) founded the Limited Editions Club press for the purpose of publishing beautiful livres d’artiste.  Artist’s books, which became especially popular in the… Read More

Literature, Moderns

Collecting Rare Science Fiction: The Modern Age

During the Golden Age of science fiction (or “sf”), the genre set it sights on exploring starry frontiers and seemingly infinitely expanding futures. But when the atomic bomb brought World… Read More

A War of the Worlds first edition copy, 1898, presented to Wells' close friend and scientific adviser

Literature, Moderns, Rare Books 101

Collecting Rare Science Fiction: Genesis of a Genre

I’ll let you in on a secret. We sell more than rare books. We sell time travel. Sure, scientists will tell you time travel can’t happen. But bibliophiles know better…. Read More

Literature, Moderns, Videos

The Story of Howl by Allen Ginsberg

In this short film Las Vegas bookseller Embry Clark recounts the daring and controversy behind the 1956 publication of Howl by Allen Ginsberg, and the start of the Beat movement…. Read More

A clockwork orange book

Literature, Moderns, Videos

The Story Behind A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

Las Vegas bookseller Christy Shannon explores the creation of this famous dystopian novel. Read More

virginia woolf's Room of One's Own

Literature, Moderns, Videos

Favorite Authors: Virginia Woolf

In this short film, Las Vegas bookseller Mary Olsson tells you why she loves the work of Virginia Woolf. Read More