Due to current health concerns, we will unfortunately be closing both The Curious Book Shop and
The Archives Book Shop from Monday, March 16, until further notice. Our expectation is to be
closed through the end of March, but at this point it's hard to be certain.
We know this will be disappointing to many -- including us. It's not a decision made easily, and it will be at least as painful for us as for our customers. But our goal is to keep our staff and customers as healthy as possible. The majority of experts are presently recommending closures like this. Odds are, more than half of us will contract the coronavirus. Most people probably won't have a bad case of it, but it makes a huge difference if we don't all get sick at the same time.
We are also unfortunately cancelling the spring book show. The government would probably order us to, eventually, even if we didn't decide to on our own. No sense in waiting until the last minute. We are therefore moving ahead and planning the fall show already. The fall show is scheduled for October 25th, and we'll have more information on that as soon as possible.
In the meantime, we hope everyone will take recommended precautions and stay as healthy and comfortable as possible! We will continue to sell through Amazon, eBay, Etsy, AbeBooks, Alibris, Biblio, and possibly directly via the astral plane. Shipping delays may be beyond our control, who knows, but we'll still be working to the best of our ability. You can also look for updates on our Facebook page, especially.
Postscript: A Word From the Manager
A number of people have expressed the concern that perhaps our shop closures and the show's cancellation are some kind of a political stunt. They are not. We realize that information about this health issue has been polarized largely along political lines, but that's not our fault and not our central concern. Even if we wanted to make a political statement, we couldn't possibly afford to close up for an extended period of time if it weren't actually necessary.
The threat of the coronavirus is like but also unlike previous public health threats that may have had a lot of media exposure. A few things to keep in mind:
- Just because a threat is hyped by the media doesn't mean it isn't an actual threat.
- A threat that receives a lot of hype but doesn't materialize may still have been a real danger. The H1N1 virus received a great deal of media attention roughly ten years ago. It did not reach 'worst case' levels, but, then, a national emergency was declared, and precautions were taken, and so on. It's at least as reasonable to believe that the rapid and measured response to the crisis prevented the worst case as to believe that the danger was exaggerated.
Even so, about 1 in 6 people (fifty million) in the United States were infected by H1N1, and about 10,000 Americans died from it.
- Regardless of who you want to blame, the national response to the COVID-19 virus has been much slower and weaker. If it does not end up being a disaster, as we all hope, then that will be because of precautions such as closing businesses temporarily.
- The governor's office has issued a directive prohibiting gatherings of over 250 people. Frankly, we think that's a good precaution. Our book show has over 250 people. We really hated to cancel it, but it wasn't just a good idea. We really didn't have a choice.
We hope everyone gets through this as comfortably and safely as possible. It will require cooperation. We'd like to think that Americans can hunker down and get through this kind of difficulty in a make-the-best-of-it cooperative spirit the way that people stereotypically attribute to the English. This situation isn't great, but it's not The Blitz, either.
And if this does turn out to be the Plague of the 21st Century, you don't want to be remembered as that person who refused to take it seriously and ended up making things a lot worse. Right? CDC's page of COVID-19 Information for Homes
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Please note: The AbeBooks search function is a little odd. If you do a second search from the search results page, it will search the general seller population, not just us! If you want to do a second search of our inventory, you have to go back to the search page you started from. When viewing an item, if we're not the seller listed, that's not our item, and probably we don't have it.