Here are some pictures from a recent photo shoot:
Jean Smith Photographs at John King Books
ALBERT EINSTEIN AND JOHN KING BOOKS
A few days ago, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem unveiled their new portal into the huge archive of Albert Einstein papers, some 80,000 items! Included are bother personal and professional papers and correspondence.
It was a huge undertaking, and it took years for the project to come this far.
I tried the archive this afternoon. I searched for “Lebach” (the last name of one of Einstein’s mistresses). 109 entries came up! Letters from Einstein to Lebach, letters from Lebach to Einstein, etc.
But, no digitized images yet.
We don’t have digitized images of Einstein’s correspondence with Lebach, either.
We have an actual letter from Albert Einstein to Margarete Lebach for sale. Here’s the link: Einstein's Letter to His Mistress
And, we have two letters from Elsa Einstein, Albert’s wife, to Miss Lebach, too. Here are the links:
Letter No. 1 from Mrs. Einstein to Albert's Mistress
Letter No. 2 from Mrs. Einstein to Albert's Mistress
See? Einstein was a scientist and a great mind, but he was a guy, too. He was having an affair with Miss Lebach, and, Mrs. Einstein wanted to have a talk with her. Why? Because Mrs. Einstein had been in the same situation years before: she had been one of Albert's mistresses when he was married the first time.
Be the first person on your block to own a genuine Einstein letter. Buy all three and really get into the whole Einstein soap opera.
Remember: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem has this huge, comprehensive collection of hundreds of thousands of Albert Einstein’s papers.
But, they don’t have these!
A recent article from a budding local reporter:
College Newspaper Article on King Books
Yet another photo shoot here at the store:
Lawrence Creative Photos -- John King Books
Another interesting blog about us:
Blog about King Books
See the real John K. King in a commercial for the new exhibit at the Detroit Institute of Arts REMBRANDT AND THE FACE OF JESUS
(he’s the one who says Jesus looked like a hippie)…
Here’s the link:
Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus Commercial
Another mention in an online blog:
Paradise for Bookhounds...here!
Another photo essay about the store, this one entitled “Four Floor of Fun”…see link below:
Four Floors of Fun link
HOLLYWOOD COMES TO DETROIT
Lately, Detroit has become “Hollywood Mid-West” with the filming of dozens of major Hollywood motion pictures here. For the past month or so, we’ve been working with the crew from the upcoming film “The Double” as they film in and around Detroit. Last month, the crew took over the Rare Book Room at our store for a few days to film an intense scene with one of the stars of the film, Richard Gere. The scene – barely a page of dialogue – took about 7 hours to film, but it was exciting nonetheless to meet Mr. Gere and his co-star Odette Yustman. Everyone was nice and professional, and the Rare Book Room is just about back in order.
To top it all off, we were honored with a visit from another star of “The Double”, Martin Sheen, a couple of days ago. He came in to look at books and meet and greet the staff (and anyone else who recognized him). We don’t have pictures of Mr. Sheen, but he did sign our guest book, and we expect him back in the next week or so while he’s in town.
When the movie comes out, look for some of our furniture and books in the movie. The crew borrowed a big desk for Martin Sheen’s character to sit behind (on a chair they borrowed from us, too), a statue, some old pencil sketches and oil paintings (a block of old buildings here in downtown Detroit was – for a day – transformed into a Paris street), and other items.
Here’s a link to the movie information on IMDB:
"The Double" at IMDB
Here’s a link to some photos we took on the day of the shooting in the Rare Book Room (note: you won’t see any stars in these photos – they had their own staff photographer that day, and we didn’t want to intrude):
"The Double" Movie at John King Books
John King’s beloved dog, Winkie, died this past February at the age of 12. John’s friend, Miriam, penned this poem in Winkie’s memory:
You were not a perfect dog,
your ancestry was questionable,
your little body had imperfections.
Your bark was sharp, imperious,
demanding of attention and often ill timed.
But, oh, what spirit, spunk and
stamina you had for a 20 pound dog
Limitations! You never acknowledged any!
You were determined to behave like
any healthy, fun loving canine, no matter
that burdened with a handicap made
a normal carefree life impossible for you.
You never shirked your duty to growl
at strangers and to protect your
Master from intruders. You loved
your best friend and openly showed
him your affection through the years,
always knowing that he had your
best interest at heart.
You endeared yourself to everyone
who knew you. You were cute,
gutsy and quite irresistible.
You will be missed Winky!
There will never be another
Sprite and the NBA recently filmed a commercial here at the store that was shown during the NBA Slam Dunk Competition. Here's a link to the commercial on YouTube: