A new independent bookstore in South Park, San Diego!


How often do we tell our own life story? How often do we adjust, embellish, make sly cuts? And the longer life goes on, the fewer are those around to challenge our account, to remind us that our life is not our life, merely the story we have told about our life. Told to others, but – mainly – to ourselves.

-from Julian Barnes’ The Sense of An Ending

Me, Joe Porteous, author Eric Puchner, & Scott Ehrig-Burgess
I find it strangely poignant that Julian Barnes’ latest novel, The Sense of an Ending has been the book I’ve been reading this past week. (Booker Prize shortlister.) It doesn’t completely resonate with my own personal life, of course, but it is about a man taking stock on his own life – which I have been doing quite a bit lately (to the detriment of my writing & this blog, I have to say.) Shit, just look at the title – all good things must come to an end, as they say.

No, no, not the Book Catapult – after 8 years, I am leaving my position as bookseller, book buyer, website coordinator, social media wrangler, merchandiser, book shelver, coffee talker, and heavy lifter at Warwick’s bookstore in La Jolla – San Diego’s greatest independent bookstore.

Over the years – especially here online – I have come to identify myself, primarily, as an independent bookseller & this is due, in large part, to my experiences at Warwick’s. (Not to mention, my 2+ years spent a decade ago at the best bookstore east of the Mississippi, Octavia Books in New Orleans.) So, of course, I could never just turn my back on that independent spirit completely – in my new life, I will be the Trade Book Buyer at the University of California, San Diego bookstore. With a little time, effort, & elbow grease, hopefully I’ll help turn the University’s store into a spectacular independent in its own right.

I would never have been offered my new position had I not been afforded the opportunities I received at Warwick’s, so I would like to publicly thank all the people there (past & present) who taught me along the way – whether how to be a buyer, a bookseller, a website guy, or a generally good person:

Nancy Warwick, Scott & Kristi Ehrig-Burgess, Janet Lutz, Barbara Melkerson, Adriana Hill Diamond, Joe Porteous, Tracy Rutherford, Kat Kinzer, Jason Perkins, Steven Lesinski, Molly McDonald, Margie Trailer, Pam Fox, Jim Stewart, Phoebe Markley, Julie Slavinsky, Ted Burke, John Hughes, Jan Iverson, and Adrian Newell. Not to mention the thousands of customers I’ve conversed with over the years – especially Will Wainess, Ted Chandler, Norm Eisenberg, Noel Phelan, Ed Cozza, Bob Draper, & Sean down at Adelaide’s. You guys all gave me a reason to come in & talk about books every day – maybe the world’s greatest job – so thank you.

And of course, Jenny.

Thanks, everybody. I’ll see y’all down the line.

6 comments on “Warwick’s

  1. Naomi Johnson
    October 17, 2011

    Congratulations! Wish you all the best in the new job.

  2. jonathan evison
    October 17, 2011

    . . .congrats, seth! . . . so glad you're staying in the book trade!

  3. Seth Marko
    October 18, 2011

    Thanks, guys. Jonathan, what's your paperback tour looking like? πŸ™‚ I'd love to have you come by the store for a signing… Seriously, let me know if they're sending you towards SoCal!

  4. Anonymous
    October 18, 2011

    I don't think I've fully comprehended the gigantic hole that Wednesday will bring. Sad for us…but very happy for you!

  5. Anonymous
    October 18, 2011

    Anonymous is Julie…didn't want to set up an account! πŸ™‚

  6. Jason Knotts
    August 25, 2015

    I worked there once and I miss all of those people so much. It was the perfect family. Joe upstairs and Kat in the office always messing with me and beautiful Nancy…I could go on an on..Pardon the pun but it was a bookmark in life..I am so much different now or maybe the same..I don't know..

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