Turning the Wheel : New Ownership & A New Era at Catland


As some of you may have already heard, Catland has been going through some big transitions this summer. It is with a heavy heart that we announce that two of the co-founders, Phillip English and Joseph Petersen, will be leaving Catland this week. We want to thank them for their incredible work in this shop & this community, and wish them all the luck & light in the world as they continue toward new ventures & opportunities.

Additionally, we would like to introduce you all to two new, wonderful people, Melissa Madara, whose Nine of Pentacles Apothecary products you’ve seen on the Catland shelves, and Brian Oaster, one of our in-house Tarot readers. Melissa & Brian will be taking up the reigns from Phil & Joe and, joined by owner and co-founder Fred Jennings, will be the owners and faces of Catland Books. We encourage you all to come by the shop and introduce yourselves to the new members of the Catland family.

We’re looking forward to carrying the spirit of Catland forward, and are very excited about the many changes in store for us and for the community around this wonderful shop. To breathe life into this new era at Catland, we’d like to extend a cordial invitation to our transformation party on Friday, the Fourth of September, 2015. Festivities will begin at 8pm at Catland. Stay tuned for more party updates- Melissa & Brian can’t wait to meet you!

CATLAND EXCLUSIVE: Alejandro Jodorowsky's Where the Bird Sings Best

Hot off the presses!

Hot off the presses!

Catland has exclusive, pre-release hardcover copies of Alejandro Jodorowsky's new book, Where the Bird Sings Best. This autobiographical work is Jodorowsky's newest, and tells a captivating tale of his emigration from Ukraine to Chile, transmuting these historic and personal moments into a grand, surreal tale of modern myth.

We are extremely proud to be the ONLY retailer selling this book prior to its official release on March 31st. However, our stock is limited, and once those are gone we don't know when we'll get more.

You can get this exclusive release at our shop, or through our online store while supplies last!

Get 'em while they're here!

Where the Bird Sings Best tells the fantastic story of the Jodorowskys’ emigration from Ukraine to Chile amidst the political and cultural upheavals of the 19th and 20th centuries. Like One Hundred Years of Solitude, Jodorowsky’s book transforms family history into heroic legend: incestuous beekeepers hide their crime with a living cloak of bees, a czar fakes his own death to live as a hermit amongst the animals, a devout grandfather confides only in the ghost of a wise rabbi, a transgender ballerina with a voracious sexual appetite holds a would-be saint in thrall. Kaleidoscopic, exhilarating, and erotic, Where the Bird Sings Best expands the classic immigration story to mythic proportions.

Catland's ready for spring, and happy to have this brand new book on our shelves!

John Zorn says:

"Jodorowsky is today’s true Renaissance man—a master of many mediums that all point directly towards a towering and imaginative vision replete with profound insights into the real by way of the surreal. The stories told in Where the Bird Sings Best contain deep moral lessons, giving his mythic immigration story the feel of a modern day Sefer-ha-Aggadah—the classic collection of Jewish folk tales drawn from the Mishnah, Midrash, and Talmud. This long awaited and brilliantly evocative translation is a must read—frightening, hilarious, outrageous, touching, and (as is always with Jodorowsky’s work) filled with a deep core of mystic truth."

Publisher's Weekly adds:

“Though ostensibly a novelization of the author's own family history, it is a raucous carnival of the surreal, mystical, and grotesque....It weaves together Jewish philosophy, passion, humor, Tarot, ballet, circuses, natural disasters, spectacular suicides, lion tamers, knife throwers, Catholic devotion, farmers, betrayals, prostitutes, leftist politics, political violence, and the ghost of a wise rabbi who follows the family from the Old World to the New."

You can read a brief excerpt here, courtesy of VICE Magazine.