Rare Books, Stories About Books

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

Stories About Books

I Seek Another Place: Edna St. Vincent Millay’s “Bluebeard”

The French folktale of a murderous nobleman called Bluebeard had been around for the better part of two centuries by the time Charles Perrault published his version in Histoires ou… Read More

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The Story Behind South by Ernest Shackleton

In this short film, Las Vegas bookseller Greg Hicks tells you why he loves the story of South by Ernest Shackleton.   (Image above by expedition photographer Frank Hurley.)  … Read More

Forgotten Founding Fathers, Miniseries

Forgotten Founders: Thomas Paine, Part 1

Should an independancy be brought about…, we have every opportunity and every encouragement before us, to form the noblest purest constitution on the face of the earth. We have it… Read More

Rare Books, Stories About Books

The Story Behind John James Audubon’s Birds of America

It was a chance encounter with nature artist Alexander Wilson that made John James Audubon realize he could make a living from selling his drawings featuring birds of America. At… Read More

Miniseries, Polar Disasters and the Madmen Who Perpetrated Them, Rare Books

John Franklin: The Man Who Ate His Boots, Part II

When we left off last, Sir John Franklin and his crew had abandoned Canada’s northern coastline and were making their way toward Fort Enterprise.  Circumstances conspired and forced the party… Read More

Forgotten Founding Fathers, Miniseries

Forgotten Founders: John Dickinson, Part 3

In Part 1, I introduced you to John Dickinson, the “Penman of the Revolution” who became a Forgotten Founder by refusing to vote for independence. In Part 2, I showed… Read More

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The Story Behind Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant

Watch this short film featuring Las Vegas bookseller Greg Hicks with a great story about the publication of Grant’s Memoirs. Read More

Miniseries, Polar Disasters and the Madmen Who Perpetrated Them

John Franklin: The Man Who Ate His Boots, Part I

As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, it’s sometimes difficult not to romanticize explorers.  Never mind the specifics of terrain or method of transport; never mind the fact that many of us wouldn’t… Read More

Stories About Books

The Story Behind A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

…how he wept over it, and laughed and wept again…how he walked thinking of it fifteen and twenty miles about the black streets of London, and many a night after… Read More

Forgotten Founding Fathers, Miniseries

Forgotten Founders: John Dickinson, Part 2

In Part 1, I explained why John Dickinson, the “Penman of the Revolution,” became a Forgotten Founder. In Parts 2 and 3, I’ll show you some of Dickinson’s most important… Read More