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New Developments At Labyrinth Books

A lot is changing at Labyrinth Books: At the beginning of November, we are opening a new store in Princeton. This will be the largest of our stores yet. We are excited about having found a shared vision at Princeton of the importance of an independent bookstore to intellectual and cultural life. Like our store in New Haven, the Princeton store is a fully independent community bookstore celebrating thought, debate, and the life of the imagination and serving all readers from child to seasoned scholar.

Also important news is the fact that we have sold our interests in the store at Columbia University in order to concentrate on our new projects. Our former partner, Chris Doeblin, now owns and has taken on full responsibility for the store in Morningside Heights under the new name of Book Culture. This change will allow us to continue the work of what we have been building and to keep our commitment to reading and the printed word vital. Our two other stores (New Haven & Princeton), our catalog, our website, and our wholesale book business are owned and run exclusively by us. We wish Chris and Book Culture every success in the still shared enterprise of creating and maintaining independent bookstores against all odds as part of the fabric of civil society.


This Week in History

Woodrow Wilson outlines his 14 Point peace program.

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Birthday of French writer Simone de Beauvoir.

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Cambridge Companion to Simone De Beauvoir by Card, Claudia, ed. 

Simone de Beauvoir, Gender and Testimony by Tidd, Ursula 

Tete-a-Tete by Rowley, Hazel 

Long March by Beauvoir, Simone de 

What Does a Woman Want? by Felman, Shoshana 

America Day by Day by Beauvoir, Simone de 

Ethics of Ambiguity by Beauvoir, Simone de 

Philosophical Writings by Beauvoir, Simone De & Margaret A. Simons, ed. 

Second Sex by Beauvoir, Simone de 

Woman Destroyed by Beauvoir, Simone de 

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Birthday of African American novelist Zora Neale Hurston.

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Growing up Poor by Coles, Robert, et al. 

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Hurston, Zora Neale 

Lies and Other Tall Tales by Hurston, Zora Neale 

Dust Tracks on a Road by Hurston, Zora Neale 

Moses, Man of the Mountain by Hurston, Zora Neale 

Mules and Men by Hurston, Zora Neale 

Novels and Stories by Hurston, Zora Neale 

Impossible Women by Rohy, Valerie 

Harlem Renaissance and Beyond by Roses, Lorraine E. 

Harlem Renaissance Reader by Lewis, David Levering, ed. 

Signifying Monkey by Gates, Henry Louis 

Cambridge Companion to the African American Novel by Graham, Maryemma, ed. 

Sweat by Hurston, Zora Neale 

Jonah's Gourd Vine by Hurston, Zora Neale 

Seraph on the Suwanee by Hurston, Zora Neale 

Cultures in Babylon by Carby, Hazel V. 

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The Black List
Here, we feature books by authors whose freedom of expression has at one time or another faced a serious challenge. We also post news items concerning the urgent issue of First Amendment rights today.

James Baldwin
"Hatred, which could destroy so much, never failed to destroy the man who hated and this was an immutable law." -J.B. "It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have." -J.B.

In 1963, Another Country was banned from the New Orleans Public Library because it was considered obscene. It was restored the following year. Blues for Mr. Charlie was challenged in 1980 in South Dakota because, it was claimed, "it tears down Christian principles." Go Tell it on the Mountain was challenged twice as recently as in the 1990s for its sexual content.

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Go Tell It on the Mountain by Baldwin, James 

Going to Meet the Man by Baldwin, James 

Just above My Head by Baldwin, James 

No Name in the Street by Baldwin, James 

Burning All Illusions by Giddings, Paula, ed. 

Cambridge Companion to the African American Novel by Graham, Maryemma, ed. 

Crisis of the Negro Intellectual by Cruse, Harold 

Evidence of Things Not Said by Balfour, Lawrie 

Exiled In Paris by Campbell, James 

Father Songs by Wade-Gayles, Gloria, ed. 

Homosexual by Altman, Dennis 

Love in a Dark Time by Toibin, Colm 

Native Sons: A Friendship That Created One of the Greatest Works of the 20th Century by Stein, Sol & James Baldwin 

New Essays on "Go Tell It on the Mountain" by Harris, Trudier, ed. 

Steve Schapiro by Shapiro, Steve 

Stranger in the Village by Griffin, Farah J. & Cheryl J. Fish, eds. 

Sweet Home by Scruggs, Charles 

Talking at the Gates by Campbell, James 

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