“It is the colour of a bleached skull, his flesh; and the long hair which flows below his shoulders is milk-white. From the tapering, beautiful head stare two slanting eyes, crimson and moody, and from the loose sleeves of his yellow gown emerge two slender hands, also the colour of bone.”
—Michael Moorcock, Elric of Melniboné
“Elric knew that everything that existed had its opposite. In danger he might find peace. And yet, of course, in peace there was danger. Being an imperfect creature in an imperfect world he would always know paradox. And that was why in paradox there was always a kind of truth. That was why philosophers and soothsayers flourished. In a perfect world there would be no place for them. In an imperfect world the mysteries were always without solution and that was why there was always a great choice of solutions.”
―Michael Moorcock, The Elric Saga Part I
About Richard Coxford
Ever the voracious reader, I began buying and selling used books at the age of thirteen to support an ever-expanding personal library. Armed with an education in business administration, over a decade of book scouting and thousands of books scattered about the house, it was only natural that I was destined for a life in the book trade and opened my first bookstore, The Bytown Bookshop, in 2006.
After a strong run of 4 years, I closed the B&M side of the business to free up time for a more important project (my little girl Emma). While still going strong online, the Bytown Bookshop has not quite slaked my thirst for the book trade over the past few years, nor allowed me to fully weave into the business my enthusiasm for the Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror genres. Therefore, the co-founding of Albino Books with long-time friend and like-minded bookseller Andrew Cornell was inevitable.
A born and raised Ottawa native, I’ve dedicated my professional life to the federal public service during the daytime, and donned my bookseller persona in my spare time on weekends and evenings. A life of reading and an insatiable desire to try everything has also lead me to pursue a myriad of hobbies and endeavours from writing, bookbinding, engraving and letterpress printing on my antique Golden Pearl Press, to culinary experimentation, coffee roasting, wine-making and scotch-tasting, with a good dose of back-country camping, yoga and team sports mixed in (just to name a few), and as much travel as possible. While my interests are broad and forever growing, my true passions lay in family, friends and of course…books.
About Andrew Cornell
I’ve been a reader and book collector my whole life, and dabbled in dealing since about 2006. Childhood visits to a rambling, multi-room bookstore at the back of an old Victorian-era house of a family friend were formative experiences for me in terms of my love of books and bookstores.
After dropping out in my last year of art school at Concordia University in Montreal, I returned, somewhat reluctantly, to my native Ottawa and environs—coming to appreciate the city more-and-more through the years.
I’ve spent the past twenty years working in a variety of non-profit and commercial workplaces as a writer and communications professional. I have also done layout and web monkey-work, programmed in obscure and out-of-date languages, taught computer classes and worked in sales and business development.
I have even co-edited a book on indigenous development in Southern Africa called Echoes of the Ancestors, which you cannot buy from me.
My other passions include art, music, cooking, and Scotch whiskey.
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