We’ve just received our latest batch of books from Mack Books and my eye caught a brief notice in their catalogue headed Fair Trade: “Our distribution philosophy is designed with booksellers in mind…All trade orders are handled directly by us, in house, and a network of warehouses around the globe provides us with a convenient way of getting our books to you.”  What they don’t say that is equally important to specialist booksellers is that they clearly don’t sell off a large amount of their stock at absurd discounts to Amazon.  So thanks to Mack for doing their bit to aid the survival of independent booksellers.  Their list is of a very high quality and their books lovingly designed.  Latest publications include Paul Graham’s The Present – don't expect the first printing to be around for very long.  Also due very soon from them is Anders Petersen’s Soho which should be equally popular.

As part of the 25th Anniversary of Tony Roper's The Steamie, Glasgow photographer – and one of our best customers - Allan Bovill is exhibiting a record of three of Glasgow steamies at the King’s Theatre Glasgow. The exhibition can be accessed via the main Box Office entrance on Bath Street.  It will reopen when the show itself reopens from 22nd to 26th May.  This free exhibition will be accessible to bookers of the show from one hour before the performance and during the interval.