MEET THE ACORN NUTS!
GEORGE BAUMAN aka “Bookstore George”
CHRISTINE HAYES aka RAMONA MOON
SLOOP JOHN B.
GEORGE COWMEADOW BAUMAN aka “Bookstore George”
George Cowmeadow Bauman is the co-owner of the Acorn Bookshop. He’s married to his best friend, Dr. Linda Mizejewski, a senior professor at the Ohio State University in the Women’s Studies department, specializing in film and literature.
George came to Acorn in 1998 after managing in 13 other bookstores in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. The first bookstore job was as the manager of the book department at Geneva College during his college years. His mother was the store manager and influenced him in the approach to bookstore management. His father owned his own business as well as being a school teacher, and inspired George to want to own his own business, and with George’s orientation to bookstores, that is the business he wanted for himself one day.
His mother’s sister, Margaret Cowmeadow, was a professor of English at the college, and was George’s primary influence. She gave him books from an early age, and he took to them intensely – as George does anything. When his sister and brother were playing with new toys on Christmas morning, George was off in a corner under the tree, engrossed in one of the books his aunt gave him. When he graduated from Geneva with a degree in Religion and Philosophy, he was uncertain as to a career, having decided the ministry was not for him, though he had been the student pastor for a local church for three years, doing everything except marrying and burying folks. His aunt asked what he REALLY wanted to do. George thought about it for a minute, then replied facetiously, “I’d like to get paid to hang out in a bookstore!” His aunt cut through the facetiousness and said, “Well?…..” And 43 years later, he’s still getting paid to hang out in a bookstore!
His favorite pre-Acorn bookstore gig was managing the on-board bookstore on board the S. S. Universe for Semester at Sea. They sailed around the world from Florida to California, stopping in nine countries along the way in South America, Africa, the Indian sub-continent, and Asia. As you can imagine, he’s got many great stories from such a voyage.
He also was able to spend one year each in Romania – when it was behind the Iron Curtain and experiencing great oppression from the Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu – and Slovakia, after the Wall had fallen. More intense experiences; more great stories.
And speaking of stories, George spends much time away from the store writing “Bookstore-ies”. So many interesting people visit Acorn that George takes notes and crafts them into compelling store-ies which are sometimes humorous, sometimes intense, and occasionally both. Click on “Bookstore-ies” for a few of George’s writings.
Linda and he are allowed to live with four Siamese cats: Gator, Satchmo, Lucy Liu, and Biblio, who is semi-retired from being Acorn’s store cat, the director of Customer Relations. He has his own web page on acornbookshop.com. George is always taking photographs of the cats.
In fact, George takes photographs of everything, all the time – in the store, at home, and of landscapes especially. Soon he’ll have some of his outstanding nature photography on the Acorn website.
And if you’re a baseball fan, the Acorn bookstore is the place for diamond-talk. George dreams – futilely – of someday seeing the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cleveland Indians in the World Series, as he grew up in New Castle, Pennsylvania, about halfway between those two major-league cities. Now he goes to see the Columbus Clippers in their beautiful new ballpark.
His personal book collection is on just one topic: bookstores and bookselling, and has one of the larger collections of such in the country.
George reads broadly and several books at a time, though one of them is almost always a mystery and another from his bookselling collection.
SOME OF GEORGE’S FAVORITES
Scott Russell Sanders’ books of outstanding, very readable essays about the intersection of nature, humans, and spirituality. I believe that this man’s work is important enough to always have a few of his books in stock at Acorn, including his latest, “A Conservationist Manifesto”. View his website here.
Conrad Richter’s trilogy, “The Trees”, “The Fields”, and “The City”, about the early days when white settlers were first coming to Ohio .
Michael Malone’s very funny book, “Handling Sin” about a Southern real estate man sent on a wild scavenger hunt by his hospitalized father. All of Malone’s books.
Tom Sharp’s novels with very British humor, especially the ones around a character called Wilt: “Wilt”, “Wilt on High”, and “The Wilt Alternative”.
Bailey White, she of NPR commentator fame: “Mama Makes up Her Mind and Other Dangers of Southern Living”
Any of the intense, well-written mysteries by Elizabeth George and the very funny Janet Evanovich, as well as Navajo-nation-focused Tony Hillerman
Books by William P. Kinsella, a Canadian writer whose books cover baseball fiction and fiction about northwest Native Americans.
“Time and Again” by Jack Finney.
“The Magus” by John Fowles.
“ Spoon River Anthology” by Edgar Lee Masters”
*Blue Highways” by William Least Heat Moon
“The Haunted Bookshop” by Christopher Morley
And two books by Rosamund Pilcher, “The Shell Seekers”, and “Winter Solstice”, which I enjoy so much that I have read it each of the last ten holiday seasons.
George recommends very highly the music of Ian Tyson, Canadian songwriter-singer of songs that celebrate Western life from his southern Alberta ranch-owner perspective. Other male singer favorites are Jimmy Buffett (his post-“Cheeseburger in Paradise ” CDs from the last 15 years or so), Bing Crosby, Paul McCartney, and Kenny Rogers.
George’s favorite rock band of all-time is Kansas, and he enjoys also The Eagles, Heart, the Moody Blues, the Beatles, and from a different era, Glenn Miller and Guy Lombardo.
His favorite female singer is Linda Ronstadt, with Reba McIntire, Celine Dion, Doris Day, and Dolly Parton close behind.
And the movies and music of Roy Rogers – especially without Dale Evans – make him smile.
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CHRISTINE HAYES aka RAMONA MOON
ACORN’S OWN CHRISTINE HAYES WRITING COLUMBUS HISTORY BLOG
Art Cars are moving sculpture. Fun Art straight to the people.
Ramona Moon was born in Columbus, graduated from Thomas Worthington, graduated from the University of California at Irvine, followed fellow theatre majors up to San Francisco where she lived for 27 years (the City and Marin County ).
In Marin she encountered the denizens of the Unknown Museum , some of whom made Art Cars, and began her own Art Car at the Automotive Fashion Show in Mill Valley in 1978.
Her son Lucian is also an artist who lives in Eureka , California . In 1997 Ramona moved back to Columbus , giving up her Montessori teaching career and various art and theatre gigs around the Bay Area (she was artist-in-residence of Fairfax , CA for two years.)
In 1998 Ramona met Greg Phelps, who also had an Art Car, and they embarked upon the promoting of Art Cars in Ohio shows such as Ramona’s International Drive-In, Dragonfly Neo-V events, the Toledo Old West End Festivals, Comfest, the DooDah Parades, various school events, the High Road Gallery, Junctionview Studios, and of course Hot Times. Greg started with leading the Hot Times parade in his That Car and now it has blossomed into twenty cars on the lawn of the Health Department every September.
Ramona now has three Art Cars, one is in the book and film Wild Wheels by Harrod Blank.
She is also known as Christine Hayes, works at Acorn Bookshop in Grandview , and writes a column for the Short North Gazette. Her columns can be accessed at shortnorth.com/Hayes.html
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J. R. Salling (“Jack in the back”) manages our on-line sales and antiquarian titles. Born in 1961, he began collecting books at the age of ten and has been buying, trading, appraising and selling ever since, interspersed with stints in advertising and education, and assisted by an undergraduate degree in history, international relations, education and mathematics, and graduate degrees in the history of science and education (with a focus on neurology). He has also published over 170 short stories and poems in various print and on-line literary journals.
Learn about how Ernest Hemingway helped George hire Jack by reading the Bookstore-y "ERNEST HEMINGWAY HELPED ME HIRE A BOOKSELLER"
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Norman came to the Acorn Bookshop from the other side of the continental divide. He studied chemistry in graduate school at Ohio University and worked as a chemist for 26 years for the Ohio Geological Survey. His hobbies are photography, genealogy, and recreational mathematics.
He has been married to wife Brita for 48 years and they have four children and three grandchildren.
Norman started working in 2000, when George needed help for a big project, and since Norman was a constant customer, and newly retired, we offered him a job. He’s been with us for 14 years now, the longest of any of the Acorn Nuts.
The fine selection of clean, used books for the discerning buyer is the result of cleaning and repair by Norman . George uses the term “Norman-izing” for Norman ’s efforts to present the book so well. Norman also packs all of our Internet orders to be shipped. His care and skill in preparing the books for shipping is such that Acorn has received several compliments from satisfied customers.
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“Darryl’s poetry has been known to fill one’s head with a collage of images that won’t quit. He can grab simple, common subjects and transform them into a “wake-up” that makes the reader thankful for not missing the light. His lines soak up the imagination and squeeze everything clean and sharp.. D.P. has a distinct voice that I believe everyone should hear.”–from a review in Small Press Review
“Darryl writes with the energy of the young poet. His images dart like flashes from a light show into the reader’s consciousness–images concerned with fire, air, water, and earth, the four elements of early Greek philosophers. But these are not formula poems that tediously explore the basis of chemistry. D.P.’s work vibrates. All of us are among the brushstrokes on a scintillating canvas of stars, flowers, and waves. The view is sharp and well-defined.” – from a review in The Green Fuse by Stella Worley
Darryl Price, author of THE FEROCIOUS SILENCE, has published dozens of chapbooks, and his poems have appeared in many journals. He is also the poetry editor at the Olentangy Review literary magazine.
Holding Your Light by Darryl Price(Pudding House)ISBN:1-58998-262-2
Favorite authors? Books?
Black Tickets by Jayne Anne Phillips
The Journal of Albion Moonlight by Kenneth Patchen
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Don Quixote by Cervantes
Bone by Jeff Smith
A Portrait of the Artist as A Young Man by James Joyce
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins
The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
The Captain’s Verses by Pablo Neruda
Animal Farm by George Orwell
The Centaur by John Updike
Larry Marder’s Beanworld and anything by Scott McCloud
Landscape and Silence by Harold Pinter
Beautiful Losers by Leonard Cohen
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
The Lost Pilot by James Tate
The Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle
The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac
Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Sum-forty tales from the afterlives-David Eagleman
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
Revenge of the Lawn by Richard Brautigan
Cool Richard Nash quote someone just sent me:”We are what we read, we are what we write, and we organize ourselves around and connect with one another through what we read and write.”
Musical interests include:
Laura Veirs,Rodriguez, The Avett Brothers, Matt Pond, Memoryhouse, Lightships, Guided By Voices, Portugal the Man, Archy Marshall, Cage the Elephant, Arctic Monkeys, The Beatles, Beach Boys, Buddy Holly, Black Keys, Laura Marling, Harry Nilsson, Vicki Peterson, Charlotte Caffey, Nirvana, Girls, Paul Simon, Bell Brigade, Yuck, Smiths, Joy Division, New Order, Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, Pixies, Nat King Cole, Cocteau Twins, They Might Be Giants, Prefab Sprout, Sam Cooke, Leonard Cohen, Lloyd Cole, Bob Dylan, Everything But The Girl, Spoon, Neko Case, Todd Rundgren, The Raveonettes, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, The Who, XTC, Tom Waits, Squeeze, Mew, Belle and Sebastian, Radiohead, Saint Etienne, Smokey Robinson, Sea Wolf, Echo and the Bunnymen, Nellie McKay, Psapp, Field Mice, The Sundays, Lou Reed, Patti Smith, Neil Young, David Bowie, Camera Obscura, the Postmarks, Fleet Foxes, Modest Mouse, Miles Davis, It’s A Musical, Leonard Bernstein, Spiritualized, MGMT, Alex Lilly, Beck, Ben Folds, Billie Holiday, the Apples in Stereo, Elvis Costello, mu’m, Kurt Vile, etc.
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SLOOP JOHN B.
“Sloop John B.” also known as “Johnny B. Goode” or any number of other aliases works with Jack-in-the-Back running our online inventory and sales. On occasion “Sloop” can also be found up front at the register. An avid reader from a young age turned book collector turned book scout turned book seller, “Johnny” has been dealing with books in some way or another for a decade. His areas of interest include theological aesthetics, Orthodox iconology, and books pertaining to classical music and film. John came to work at the Acorn Bookshop after years of patronage and friendship with our staff.
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Biblio was my friendly, lovable blue-point Siamese who was on-staff for 13 years.He loved to stand on the counter and do his unique meet-and-greet. He passed to what T. S. Eliot called the “heavyside layer” in 2013, but we still get customers coming in and asking about him.
BIBLIO’S RECOMMENDED CAT WEBSITES
CAT COLONY (http://www.colonycats.org/)
A very good local cat rescue operation, based in Dublin. Linda and I adopted our Lucy Liu from them. One day we went in to PetPeople for catfood, and came out with a half-Siamese who had once been trailer-trash, living under a mobile home in southern Franklin County
BEST FRIENDS (http://www.bestfriends.org/)
They are the largest animal rescue operation in the country. Linda and I have visited their facility in Kanab, Utah, twice, the second time to volunteer a couple of days during our south-
SIAMESE RESCUE (http://va.siameserescue.org/)
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