At any bookshop customers have odd requests that we just cannot help with. They are looking for a green book, or a book with ‘Tree’ in the title. At this bookshop, a theological bookshop, the book descriptions that make us giggle come in slightly different flavours.
This month a customer who’d never been to our shop before came in and asked for our religion section. Not wanting to laugh at the poor man’s honest question we pointed out that the whole store was basically one big religion section. Did he have something more specific in mind? He looked confused as well. We suggested he give us the title of the book he wanted so we could tell him which of our sub-sections of religion it would be in.
Another customer came in. She didn’t remember the title of the book she was looking for, but assured my colleague that it had Jesus and God in it.
Today a student came in looking for a recommended book in his course. Again, he couldn’t remember the title, but it was about Roman Catholicism. He looked expectantly and trustingly at my colleague who had to tell him to go away and find the title on his syllabus as his description didn’t narrow it down sufficiently.
Crux staff have had a few discussions about Christmas music in the store in the past couple of days. Connor and Carolyn don’t have any specific non-favourites, but they are both against versions of well-known songs that they deem to be “over the top.” The example that I suggested to both of them was “O Holy Night” — a beautiful carol if well done, but difficult to do well. Yes, they agreed, that is a good example.
Andrew wishes we could put together our own Christmas mix. He’d include “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and the two Christmas albums Sufjan Stevens has recorded. Sheila never wants to hear “I saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause” again. Pam is happy to be at home with a new baby instead of in the store counting the number of times “The 12 days of Christmas” is played in one day. And I’ve had enough of “Santa Baby” for this year.
Here at Crux we have the holiday satellite stations on during December. Sheila likes the Holiday Pops station, particularly instrumental versions of Christmas carols, the songs with Christian meaning. She also likes choruses and arias from The Messiah. Heather also likes the Holiday Pops station, particularly the choral renditions of those carols Sheila likes.
It is only the ninth of December, so no one has a particular song that they’ve heard just a little bit too often this season yet — though, “Santa Baby” has been on far too often today. We’ll see which one emerges as this year’s over-played song.
Here at Crux we’ve begun listening to Christmas music. Yesterday we had a lot of Santa-music from the mid-twentieth century. Today we are tuned into a more classical/choral/orchestral station. The 12 Days of Christmas is a perennial play-list choice. So here is the question: What is your favourite seasonal song, the one you don’t mind hearing again and again? Tune in through the month as we interview Crux staff for their favourites and possibly their unfavourites.
November 22, 2013 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the death of C.S. Lewis. There have already been Lewis Jubilee celebrations, and more ways to remember his life and legacy are coming in November. To warm up for a Lewis version of November, check out the two-part series that aired on “Ideas” on the CBC in the past couple of weeks. C.S. Lewis and the Inklings, Part One, & Part Two.
Watch this space for more Lewis-related posts in November. If you are in Toronto, save the evening of Thursday, November 14 for an event called Remembering C.S. Lewis at Trinity College.
Things staff at Crux like to hear during the textbook rush:
- “Thanks for all your help.”
- “I just read one of Crux’s recommended reads and I loved it. Thanks.”
- “You’ll call me when that comes in? That’s great, thanks!”
Things staff at Crux are not fond of hearing (multiple times) during the textbook rush:
- “I am going to call every day until my book arrives. Can you make it come any faster?” (No! We can’t control distributors and courier companies!)
- “But the professor said you’d have that book!” (This is especially irritating when the prof didn’t place a class order for the book in question.)
- “Don’t you order enough textbooks for everyone in the class?” (Drop/Adds give us all problems.)
Smile at your local bookseller and always remember to say Thank You.
The Crux return policy has been updated. Here it is for your easy reference:
- 10 days with receipt, in original condition with refund based on original method of payment EXCEPT
- NO RETURNS on sale/clearance/marked down items, spacial orders, sealed items, and used books;
- TEXTBOOK RETURNS — 10 days with receipt, in original condition for store credit only, with no returns after September 30, 2013.
Please note: a 10% restocking fee may apply on certain returns.