Hang Fire Books – what is it?
Hang Fire Books is the name of my used and rare bookstore. I generally have between three and five thousand hand-selected titles for sale. I list my books on Amazon, eBay, ABEbooks, Alibris, and elsewhere. I specialize in vintage paperbacks and lurid pulp fiction from the 1940s-60s but I also have a solid selection of art books, vintage children's books and general stock. Though Hang Fire Books is internet-based, I try to use social media (blogging, Twitter, Facebook, etc) to capture the feel of a quirky corner bookstore. I post about new book acquisitions, scouting adventures, what I'm reading, life in Brooklyn and the like.
Where do you keep your books?
A better question is where DON'T I keep my books. Right now the bathtub and the oven are underutilized.
Any books you've got now that will be particularly hard to part with?
Plenty. I have a signed edition of a Jim Flora children's book (an illustrator best known for his lively Jazz LP covers in the 50s); a first of Charles Willeford's Wild Wives / High Priest of California
; a collection of poetry from "Candy Barr" (America's 1st blue movie star and confidante of Jack Ruby); an 1880s children's book called Johnny Headstrong's Trip to Coney Island
; and on and on. But I try to keep a philosophical attitude towards my books. You can't own anything forever and by placing them in the proper hands, I can keep going out and finding more.