After Hours. Jumel Terrace Books, July 4th, 2015.


Raymond R. Patterson.

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Computer Blues – Raymond R. Patterson.  Elemental Blues.  1984. I put my troubles in the computer To find out what’s troubling me. I say I put my troubles in the computer To see what’s the matter with me. My card had so many holes, Holes was all that I could see. But that ole computer [...]

Judith Gleason on “The wild old Nigerian!”

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Prefacing the Fawcett paperback, 1970. The title for Chinua Achebe’s first novel, Things Fall Apart, is taken from William Butrler Yeats’ poem, “The Second Coming,” and the title for his second novel, No Longer At Ease, from T.S. Eliot’s “The Journey of the Magi.”  As Judith Gleason points out in This Africa, the choice of [...]

On Carmen Muñez: Washington Heights Conservationist


I often tell people that nothing in Jumel Terrace Books’ shrine was purchased but found on the local streets.  While most of the pieces were rescued with New Orleans’ own Delaney Martin from the fire at Botanica el Niño Jesús on Amsterdam & 163rd, nearly as many are street finds contributed by my old friend, [...]

New and Noteworthy: In Stock Now!


The rare new release this antiquarian bookshop carries. First printings are certain to be scarce and desirable in no time. Mister James will be by at first convenience to sign your copy. Buy it here and start where it ends. Also note our other new title, ‘The Fashion Guide to Harlem’, the most up-to-date guide [...]

Harlem: The Fashion Friendly Guide

Harlem: The Fashion Friendly Guide

Jumel Terrace Books, 426 West 160th St. Tel. (212) 928-9525. (W. Ha). Email:  Open by “appointment, invitation or serendipity,” Kurt Thometz’s bookstore is nearby the landmark Morris-Jumel Mansion (1765) and the “macabrely elegant Trinity Cemetery.”  Specializing in local history, it’s an intellectual open club, welcoming the likes of Fab Five Freddy or Fran Lebowitz [...]

My turn on the BBC


My interview aired on the BBC’s Outlook program today, Feb. 26th. You can listen here: Kurt Thometz’s Bookshop.  My part starts around 26:55, and they also use a clip from me in the beginning. There are also pictures interviewer Matthew Nelson took on their Facebook page.

Rare: Traffic My Way. (NY: Vantage, 1989)

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If not rare, extremely scarce. This is the real deal, no holds barred, true story. You’ve got to read it to believe it. $795.00

Àṣẹ at Jumel Terrace Books: From the Library of Judith Gleason

Harlem’s Sugar Hill Stretches Its Borders


 LANA BORTOLOT for The Wall Street Journal Mark Abramson for The Wall Street Journal                                               Sylvan Terrace in Sugar Hill In a city where neighborhood borders are often staunchly defended, many in Sugar Hill, the [...]