My current favorite inscription in a book at Classics Books & Gifts.
Scrawled inside If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,
“Mama mama sick in bed. She really a sleepy mad mad. PS I love mom, love Katie.”
If you have driven through Trenton and seen a mind-blowing portrait painted on a wall, you have already met Will Kasso. Painter, portraitist, graffiti artist, Kasso is a national presence in our small town. Curator at Gallery 219 on Hannover Street and founder of the Sage Coalition (which supports public art festivals and street beautification projects).
When you catch him at Classics, he is usually hunting for books with his daughter in the kids section
“My daughter curated her first artshow opening at the “Kids Bridge Arts Camp”…she just texted me saying: “Dad, the artshow is tonight…wear something nice without paint all over it”…lol”
Roger is a retired art teacher, a habitual doodler and a transplanted Californian. Good natured and easy going, Roger always lends the room an atmosphere of fun.
When you catch him at Classics, he will be hunched over a Scrabble board on Friday nights.
“Jefferson made the New Testament readable by cutting out all the nonsense, making it readable and worth reading.”
Pulitzer Prize winning Trentonian Poet Yusef Komunyakaa published Testimony, a collection poetry inspired by Charlie Parker
Trenton Poet Laureate Doc Long had reminiscences published in Volunteers in the African Bush, a collection of essays about the early years of the Peace Corp in Africa
Capital City Open Mic celebrated its one year anniversary in April
The New Jim Crow Committee of Trenton met and discussed Michelle Alexander’s book and mapped out ways to put responses to the book in action.
The Trenton Books at Home Program handed out thousands of books for Trenton kids.
Trenton author and radio host Yolanda Landy Robinson published Don’t Be Bitter Be Better, a book of inspirations.
Trenton author Natasha Buckalious Parker published her poetella, Ah Hood Romance
Trenton author Will Foskey published Poeticine
In November, Trenton author Marie Murf Antionette, author of The Struggle and A Girl Named Job, was bookseller for a day at Classics.
In February, Barbara Keogh became the reigning Classics Scrabble champion.
This is a book-shop
Cross-roads of civilization
Refuge of all the arts against the ravages of time
Armory of fearless truth and unrelenting beauty against the craven forces of ignorance and pettiness and ugliness of the soul.
From this place words become real
not insubstantial digital ephemera but solid crafted artifacts
not drowned in the constant torrent of status updates and tweets, but fixed in time.
In this place you are a community made manifest–a community of friends, thinkers, lovers, citizens and appreciators of beauty.
Friend, you stand on sacred ground.
This is a book-shop.
Which are you?
New Jersey Capital Philharmonic Orchestra
Did you think that the Trenton Symphony had left the capital city? Not quite accurate. The New Jersey Capital Philharmonic will be performing its first concert at Patriots Theater at the War Memorial December 31st. To learn more about the New Jersey Capital Philharmonic Orchestra, please visit the web site at www.capitalphilharmonic.org
Humans of Trenton
Based on the fantastic Humans of New York, the Humans of Trenton is a living encyclopedia of the amazing people of the Capital City. Read about them here: https://www.facebook.com/#!/HumansOfTrenton
Thomasena’s at 241 E. Front St, near the DMV and City Hall. Soul southern food. Check them out at https://www.facebook.com/ThomasenasTakeout
The City of Trenton fixed the sidewalks on Lafayette in front of Classics. Come on by with your scooter for a smooth ride!
My friend sent me a list of things a bookseller posted of things NOT to do in a bookstore—don’t bring active kids, don’t bring in food, if you’re in a hurry don’t be mean to us, don’t talk on cell phone. What a whiner.
That’s not to say Classics Bookstore encourages food fights or rudeness, but please. If you have to take a call, take a call. If you are in a hurry, we will try and help. If you are hungry, I have menus for the Hummingbird Jamaican restaurant, Big Easy restaurant and we convinced Settimo Cielo to deliver to the mystery aisle. Just clean up after yourself and we’re good.
So rather than list all the things you SHOULDN’T do in a used bookstore, here’s a list of what you SHOULD do.
Ask us if you can’t find something. Don’t be shy. Looking for your favorite genre, your favorite author, a recommendation for something to read ? We can help.
Read books to your kids while you are here. We love to hear parents reading to kids in the back. This is not a library where you are going to be hushed.
It’s okay to talk about your Kindle. The books at Classics have a good self esteem! They aren’t threatened by eBooks any more than stairs are threatened by escalators.
Tell us about the books that you love. People who shop in bookstores (especially used bookstores) are the best people in the world. They are smart, they are good people, and passionate about what they love. Of course we want to hear about the book you are reading–why do you think we work in a bookstore?
Have Fun. Because, really, if you aren’t having fun at least once in a while, you are not doing something right.
Want a place be surrounded by books? To talk to the best people in New Jersey? To catch a game of Scrabble or Uno? To hang out with old friends? To meet new ones? To help build a downtown? To help get free books into the hands of local kids? To join a community of excellent people? Come to Classics Books in downtown Trenton.
There are lots of things you SHOULD be encouraged to do.
Classics Books Hidden Trenton page is updated. Check out all the nice things people said about us! (some was deserved!) http://hiddentrenton.com/?p=14
Downtown Trenton has beautiful architecture. The picture below is the Masonic Temple right around the corner on Barracks. If you are visiting Classics o a Saturday afternoon, circle the block and take a look!
The Big Easy (around the corner on Warren Street) now delivers!