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Gregg Swain and Ann Israel, "Mah Jongg: The Art & History of the Game"

Jan 24 2015 2:00 pm

"Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game […] delves into issues as serious as racist imagery printed on cast-stone tiles and ambitious manufacturers' experiments with plastics and composites like Pyralin and Ebonite." —New York Times

This is the first book to
fully capture the story of the exotic and exciting game of Mah Jongg, offering an intimate look at the history of the game as well as the visual beauty of the tiles. When authors Ann Israel and Gregg Swain began playing Mah Jongg, they were unaware of the vintage collections that existed not only in the United States but also as far ranging as Africa to New Zealand. Slowly, they started to collect their own sets of Mah Jongg and as their collections grew, so did their appreciation of the history of, and interest in the game.

Finding few references, Israel and Swain set out to create a book that chronicles the early beginnings of the game and documents Mah Jongg sets from the most basic, made simply of paper, to the most precious materials such as ivory and mother-of-pearl. Recognized and respected scholars and game experts have collaborated with Israel and Sw
ain, contributing important chapters on the game's history and its pieces as well as technical information on the tiles. Lastly, great collectors from around the globe have shared their incredible sets and memories for the first time in one book for everyone to enjoy.

With hundreds of beautiful new images by renowned photographer, Michel Arnaud, and including historical documentation and ephemera,
Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game fills the void between the past and today's game, providing vision, inspiration and resources. Anyone who has ever been intrigued by a Mah Jongg tile will find in these pages visually stunning photographs that will entice them into becoming an enthusiast of the timeless game of Mah Jongg.

 

Ann Israel grew up in Detroit and now lives in New York City. She has been writing Advice for the Lawlorn, a weekly syndicated column for attorneys published by American Law Media since 1994.

Gregg Swain grew up and continues to live in New York City, where she developed her love and knowledge of art. She loves Mah Jongg because it allows her to socialize with wonderful friends while playing with beautiful tiles.

 

This event is FREE. Click here to register.

 

 

 

 

$24.95
ISBN-13: 9784805313237
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Tuttle Publishing, 11/2014

Location: 
Street:
768 Boston Post Rd.
City:
Madison
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Province:
Connecticut
Postal Code:
06443
Country:
United States

Bridge Basics 3: Popular Conventions Class

Jan 12 2015 3:00 pm
Popular Conventions, the third book in Audrey Grant's Bridge Basics series, covers everything from playing at a party table to a duplicate table.  Popular Conventions teaches you the core conventions that will strengthen your game – it introduces you to the Stayman convention, Jacoby transfer bids, the strong artificial two club opening, Blackwood and Gerber. Other popular conventions will be covered as time permits.

Bridge Basics Three is taught by instructor Donald Brueggemann.  Don is a Silver Life Bridge Master and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Bridge Association.  He has been playing competitively for 25 years.

Class schedule:
 
3:00-4:30PM on the following days:

January 12
January 19
January 26
February 2
February 9
February 16
February 23

TEN SPOTS AVAILABLE.  CALL TODAY!  (203) 245-3959.
 
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768 Boston Post Rd.
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Madison
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Province:
Connecticut
Postal Code:
06443
Country:
United States

Tom Bunn, "Soar"

Jan 10 2015 2:00 pm

Captain Bunn founded SOAR to develop effective methods for dealing with flight anxiety. Therapists who have found this phobia difficult to treat will find everything they need to give their clients success. Anxious flyers who have “tried everything” to no avail can look forward to joining the nearly 10,000 graduates of the SOAR program who now have the whole world open to them as they fly anxiety free wherever they want.

 

This approach begins by explaining how anxiety, claustrophobia, and panic are caused when noises, motions—or even the thought of flying—trigger excessive stress hormones. Then, to stop this problem, Captain Bunn takes the reader step-by-step through exercises that permanently and automatically control these feelings. He also explains how flying works, why it is safe, and teaches flyers how to strategically plan their flight, choose the right airlines, meet the captain, and so on.

 

Through this program, Captain Bunn has helped thousands overcome their fear of flying. Now his book arms readers with the information they need to control their anxiety and fly comfortably.

After graduating from Wake Forest University in psychology, Tom entered the U.S. Air Force. Number one in his class when he got his wings in 1960, he was given his choice of assignments, and chose to fly the Air Force's first supersonic jet fighter, the F-100.

He served from 1961 until 1965 with the 9th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany flying the F-100 and F-105. In addition to flying, he did accident investigation and developed a safety device for the F-100.

While in Germany, Captain Tom raced a Lola Mk5 Formula 3 at the Nurburgring, Zolder, Zandvordt, and Rouen. When returning to the U.S., he converted the car to SCCA Formula C specifications, and won a U.S. National Championship in 1965.

From 1965 until 1986, he flew DC-8s, 707s, and 747s internationally with Pan Am. From 1986 until 1996, he flew 747s, 757s and 767s at United Airlines.

The first fear of flying program was started at Pan Am by Captain Truman "Slim" Cummings. Captain Tom worked with him on that program until founding SOAR in 1982 to develop more effective methods for dealing with flight problems. This led to graduate school at Fordham University where he earned a Masters Degree with top honors, and several years of postgraduate study at the Gestalt Center Of Long Island, the New York Training Institute For Neurolinguistic Programming, and The Masterson Institute. He was licensed as a therapist in 1990.

 

Captain Tom Bunn L.C.S.W. worked on the first Fear of Flying program at Pan Am and founded SOAR in 1982. He is a licensed therapist, and lives with his wife Marie.

 

 

This event is free. Click here to register.

 

 

 

 

 

$18.95
ISBN-13: 9780762788002
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Lyons Press, 10/2013

Location: 
Street:
768 Boston Post Rd.
City:
Madison
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Province:
Connecticut
Postal Code:
06443
Country:
United States

Literary New Haven

Mar 22 2014 11:00 am

A one-of-a-kind event- Literary New Haven.

Join R.J. Julia Booksellers, Placing Literature and The New Haven Museum for a truly unique bus ride through New Haven.  Along the way, stops will include well-known and obscure locations from a variety of novels, including Union Station, Louis Lunch, Liberty Walk, The Bigalow Factory and more.

Your ticket includes an annotated tour with New Haven journalist Christopher Arnott, lunch, and admission to The New Haven Museum, where we’ll wrap up the tour and attendees will have time to explore the exhibits.

We expect to have details finalized by early 2015.  Sign-up here to receive more information.


ABOUT R.J. JULIA

Located in the shoreline town of Madison, Connecticut, R.J. Julia Booksellers has always been a place of inspiration, information, and excitement.

R.J. Julia opened nearly 25 years ago as an independent bookstore whose mission was, and is, to be a place where words matter, where writer meets reader, where the ambiance and selection and merchandising of books creates an atmosphere that is welcoming and presents the opportunity for discovery. Ultimately we are fiercely committed to putting the right book in the right hand.

 

ABOUT PLACING LITERATURE

Placing Literature (PlacingLiterature.com) is a crowdsourcing website that maps literary scenes that take place in real locations. Map a scene from your favorite novel or explore the literature of a place at PlacingLiterature.com. Follow us at Facebook.com/PlacingLiterature and twitter.com/PlacingLit.

 

ABOUT THE NEW HAVEN MUSEUM

The New HavenMuseum, founded in 1862 as the New Haven Colony Historical Society, is located in downtown New Haven at 114 Whitney Avenue. The Museum is currently celebrating 150 years of collecting, preserving and interpreting the history and heritage of Greater New Haven. Through its collections, exhibitions, programs and outreach, the Museum brings 375 years of New Haven history to life.

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768 Boston Post Rd.
City:
Madison
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Province:
Connecticut
Postal Code:
06443
Country:
United States

"Indies First" Authors Extravaganza and Small Business Saturday

Nov 29 2014 10:00 am
Nov 29 2014 8:00 pm



Spearheaded by Sherman Alexie as a rallying cry for published authors to show their support of independent bookstores, the Indies First initiative was conceived as a way to show the importance of shopping (and supporting) local businesses.

Join us for Small Business Saturday where some of your favorite authors will be walking around our store to meet, greet and personally help you pick out great books for you and your loved ones.

What big box chain or online behemoth is offering that kind of service? See you in the store!

 

 

Participating authors include:

James Benn
Sherri Daley
Frank Dormer
Natasha Friend
Nick Hahn
Kristan Higgins
Jason Marchi
B.B. Oak
Christine Pakkala
Suzanne Palmieri
Ed Ricciuti
Robert Steele
Mike Urban

and more!


Location: 
Street:
768 Boston Post Rd.
City:
Madison
,
Province:
Connecticut
Postal Code:
06443
Country:
United States

R.J. Readers Book Club meeting

Dec 1 2014 7:00 pm
$16.00
ISBN-13: 9780812980189
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks, 1/2012

Location: 
Street:
768 Boston Post Rd.
City:
Madison
,
Province:
Connecticut
Postal Code:
06443
Country:
United States

Classics Book Club meeting

Dec 23 2014 7:00 pm
$11.00
ISBN-13: 9780140447644
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Penguin Classics, 9/2002

Location: 
Street:
768 Boston Post Rd.
City:
Madison
,
Province:
Connecticut
Postal Code:
06443
Country:
United States

Hot Off the Press Book Club meeting

Dec 11 2014 1:00 pm
$24.95
ISBN-13: 9780385351966
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Knopf, 7/2014

Location: 
Street:
768 Boston Post Rd.
City:
Madison
,
Province:
Connecticut
Postal Code:
06443
Country:
United States

Debut Authors Book Club meeting

Dec 15 2014 7:00 pm

The Orchardist (Paperback)

$15.99
ISBN-13: 9780062188519
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Harper Perennial, 4/2013

Location: 
Street:
768 Boston Post Rd.
City:
Madison
,
Province:
Connecticut
Postal Code:
06443
Country:
United States

Award Winners Book Club meeting

Dec 3 2014 12:30 pm

July's People (Paperback)

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780140061406
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Penguin Books, 7/1982

Location: 
Street:
768 Boston Post Rd.
City:
Madison
,
Province:
Connecticut
Postal Code:
06443
Country:
United States
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