Thursday, February 24, 2011

Food For Thought Books in the News

from the Daily Collegian:

Pride and Color posters vandalized
By: Tim Jones | February 23, 2011

Local Amherst-based book shop Food for Thought Books has plastered its front window with posters showing images developed by Amherst College’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transsexual, and Queer Racial/Ethnic minorities (GLBTQREM) group.

The group, known as “Pride and Color,” has recently been the target of defamation and vandalism, as the group has recently discovered an unknown person or persons has been covering its images of homosexual partners across town with duct tape. The group is dedicated to promoting ethnic and racial diversity among homosexuals, and is based in the five-college consortium. ...

Mitch Gaslin, collective owner of Food for Thought, said the taping has been somewhat sporadic over time.

“This is the first time someone has been so persistent,” Gaslin said.

‘It’s really not a big deal taking the tape off, and I think it’s not having the effect they want. If anything, it’s drawing more attention to the campaign,” he added. ... read more


re: The Case of the Homophobic Duct Tape

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Playing the game of telephone

FYI: We just discovered a nice big leak in our ceiling that, other than conveniently ruining a nice big stack of books, also seems to have somehow knocked our phones out. If you call us right now, you'll hear the phone ringing, but we won't.

Seeing as how it's the weekend, we're not sure when they'll all be put right. Hopefully soon! Fingers crossed and all that.

In the meantime, please email us at Semaphore &/or signal fires from the north side of the Holyoke range will also be accepted.

Apologies for the inconvenience. You know we want to talk to you! And we will again soon!

Buffalo Street Books becoming a Co-op

Interesting article about a Buffalo Street Books in Ithaca switching over to a co-op model. This is a possible direction Food For Thought Books might be taking.

What do folks think of such a possibility? Leave us your thoughts in the comments or email us at

Buffalo Street Books gets new hope
$110,000 bolsters community buyout idea
by Liz Lawyer

A grassroots effort to form a community buyout of the floundering Buffalo Street Books has taken off, owner Gary Weissbrot said Friday.

Weissbrot announced last week the store would close by the end of March.

On Wednesday, Buffalo Street Books employee Bob Proehl floated the idea to the public of buying the store and operating it as a community cooperative. On Friday afternoon, more than $110,000 had been advanced by community members interested in owning a share in the store, which is a tenant at DeWitt Mall.

"It's been a tsunami," Weissbrot said. "It's very real, very interesting."

Proehl set a goal of $200,000 to buy the bookstore in a message posted on Facebook and in an e-mail forward. In his plan, he suggested dividing that cost into $250 shares. Then, he put a call out for true independent bookstore fans to walk the walk.

"There's always a lot of talk in this town of how supportive Ithaca is of its artists or artist community," Proehl said Friday. "A lot of times, that rhetoric leaves me scratching my chin a little bit. But what we see now is a community that's really stepping up to the plate and living up to its reputation. As far as my attitude toward this community right now, it's a total turnaround from two weeks ago." ... read more
Also definitely worth reading is Bob Proehl's original proposal to the community.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Green Zone: The Environmental Costs of Militarism

Read & join the Valley-wide discussion of The Green Zone: The Environmental Costs of Militarism. This hard-hitting work of investigative research exposes the environmental consequences of US military practices.

Author Barry Sanders will be speaking twice in the Pioneer Valley:

  • February 9th at 7:30pm
    Neilson Browsing Room, Smith College Library

  • February 10th from 12:30-2:00pm
    Sloan Theater, Greenfield Community College
For more information, call Beth Adams (413) 522-7505

Update: Both of these speaking events have been postponed until April. Please call the number above for more information.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Calendars on sale!

Calendars are now all 50% off!
We still have some good ones in stock so come on by & grab one before they disappear!

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