CHURCHILL OUT OF HIBERNATION, WEEK 1

CHURCHILL OUT OF HIBERNATION, WEEK 1

Chartwell Booksellers emerged from hibernation this week, returning to work, if not yet re-opening our doors. We are in, fulfilling orders; back, but unable to receive visitors. In the face of what continues to transpire in the world around us, it is simply impossible to remain “in hibernation.”

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CHURCHILL IN HIBERNATION, WEEK 10

CHURCHILL IN HIBERNATION, WEEK 10

Our auction with Sotheby’s has done the trick. The results this past Wednesday were more than gratifying. They have given us the infusion we’d hoped for, until we fully get back to business.

Winston Churchill knew this feeling.

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CHURCHILL IN HIBERNATION, WEEK 9

CHURCHILL IN HIBERNATION, WEEK 9

As we ponder the impending climax this week of our “Churchill in Charge” auction with Sotheby’s, our thoughts turn back to Winston Churchill’s first week in charge eighty years ago. Magnanimity was the signature of Churchill’s ascent to the office of Prime Minister in May 1940.

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CHURCHILL IN  HIBERNATION, WEEK 8

CHURCHILL IN HIBERNATION, WEEK 8

Tomorrow is the 80th Anniversary of Winston Churchill becoming England’s wartime Prime Minister. We are two months into our hibernation and one day away from the opening of our auction.

It’s all a bit dizzying.

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CHURCHILL IN  HIBERNATION,  WEEK 7

CHURCHILL IN HIBERNATION, WEEK 7

To celebrate the impending 80th Anniversary of Winston Churchill becoming Prime Minister in May 1940, we are joining with Sotheby’s for a commemorative auction comprised of treasures entirely from Chartwell Booksellers — 100 lots of rare books, photographs and manuscripts.

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CHURCHILL IN HIBERNATION, Week 6

CHURCHILL IN HIBERNATION, Week 6

We miss you, our customers.
Who doesn’t miss someone at this point?
Winston Churchill, in the throes of his Wilderness Years, dealt with his own personal episode of long distance missing.

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CHURCHILL IN HIBERNATION, WEEK 5

CHURCHILL IN HIBERNATION, WEEK 5

This past Saturday, April 11, Chartwell Booksellers celebrated its 37th Birthday. Festivities were out of the question. Survival is what we are all celebrating now, continuously.

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CHURCHILL IN HIBERNATION, WEEK 4

CHURCHILL IN HIBERNATION, WEEK 4

inescapably, our thoughts turn to Winston Churchill’s “Wilderness Years.” No darker period offers more hope, tenacity and resilliency, with an ultimate triumph over adversity as its coda.

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CHURCHILL IN HIBERNATION, WEEK 3

CHURCHILL IN HIBERNATION, WEEK 3

Here in NYC, we have passed from PAUSE to something more like Full Stop. Winston Churchill knew how to handle Full Stop. Or, rather, he learned…

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CHURCHILL IN HIBERNATION, WEEK 2

CHURCHILL IN HIBERNATION, WEEK 2

Well, the city has now gone on PAUSE.

And so have we.

Which allows us even more time to recollect how Winston Churchill willed himself to recovery when fate forced him to the sidelines. 

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CHURCHILL IN HIBERNATION

CHURCHILL IN HIBERNATION

Along with most of New York City, we have now opted to go into hibernation (as opposed to self-quarantine). Our health is good, our spirit is strong and our store is closed — though we are continuing to process all online orders.

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ERIK LARSON & CHARTWELL BOOKSELLERS IN THE N.Y. TIMES

ERIK LARSON & CHARTWELL BOOKSELLERS IN THE N.Y. TIMES

We were surprised and delighted today to find ourselves mentioned (though not named) by author Erik Larson in an excellent brief interview with him in the N.Y Times about “THE SPLENDID AND THE VILE.” 

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