by Anneli Rufus
To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Moe's Books, all staff members will wear grass skirts to a Hawaiian-style open-to-the-public hula party in the store from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on July 11.
DJ "The Duke of Windsor" wields tunes; other festivities include cake, balloons, and performances by local hula troupe Hui Hula o na Pu'u i ka Noe.
The first fifty guests will receive a commemorative bag designed by Gregoire Vion.
"Founded by my parents, Moe and Barb Moskowitz, in 1959, Moe's Books has always been at the center of our changing world," writes Doris Moskowitz. "We have survived and even enjoyed the turbulence of these exciting decades. We protested in the '60s, relished hot new tunes from all genres in the '70s and '80s, ate wonderful food from the Gourmet Ghetto of the '90s, and shared our green consciousness with everyone. In fifty years, we have priced and sold millions of books and given away millions of dollars in trade.
"Since our inception in the beatnik era, we have remained a home for many great writers -- Susan Sontag, Michael McClure, Greil Marcus, Jonathan Lethem, Michael Chabon ... to name a few of our regulars throughout the years. Even Dustin Hoffman and Mike Nichols were here for the filming of The Graduate in 1967.
"Come to our hula party," Moskowitz urges, "and toast the future with us! Come and have fun!"