Barbra Streisand will appear at BookExpo America's opening night keynote reception on May 25. She will be interviewed about My Passion for Design in her first appearance on behalf of the book, which will be published by Viking in November.
"We are honored to welcome Barbra Streisand to our stage," said Steven Rosato, BEA event director. "One of the truly exceptional things about having a distinguished guest like Ms. Streisand headline our event for us is that it calls attention to the strength, vitality and excitement that is so much part of the book industry. We are deeply grateful to Ms. Streisand for committing her time and energy to what is certain to be a stellar moment at BEA."
The popular art of judging books--and their readers--by surreptitious
glances at book covers may be in decline. The New York Times explored the challenge of
living in an age of e-book readers, when "it is not always possible to
see what others are reading or to project your own literary tastes. You
can’t tell a book by its cover if it doesn’t have one."
still matters, however. Even in a digital era, books "all seem to need
what we know of as a cover to identify them," said Chip Kidd, associate
art director at Knopf.
Facebook may be currently filling the
"peek over your shoulder to see what you're reading" gap. "Before, you
might see three people reading Eat, Pray, Love on the subway,"
said Clare Ferraro, president of Viking and Plume. "Now you’re going to
log onto Facebook and see that three of your friends are reading Eat,
In a "state of the industry" e-mail sent to agents and authors, Hachette U.K. CEO Tim Hely Hutchinson observed that "we think a proportion (only) of the existing traditional booksellers can and will survive and even thrive if and as they adapt and refine the very different shopping experience they can offer the consumer in store and via their own focused websites," the Bookseller.com reported.
"It is in all our interests--authors, publishers and buyers of books--that they do so and the Hachette U.K. group of publishers is wholly committed to supporting all 'bricks and mortar' booksellers and in particular the independent book trade," Hely Hutchinson wrote.
Today is the final day for Elliott Bay Book Company at its Pioneer Square location, and Seattlest noted "we can't help but feel as if a good friend is moving away.... We're positive that the new store will be just as much of a home for us in the future as the Pioneer Square location is now, but that doesn't mean we have to be happy about it. Change is hard; and though we will miss the Shakespearian Globe-esque feel of the space, the smell of cedar and the wall-to-wall books, the creaking floor boards, and not to mention some of our most favorite Seattle literary moments, we're supportive and optimistic for Elliott Bay's future on the hill." The bookstore plans to reopen at its new Capitol Hill location by mid-April.
Congratulations to R.J. Julia Booksellers,
Madison, Conn., which will begin celebrating its 20th birthday on
Monday, April 19, with a party in the afternoon--the first of a series
of events this year. "We'll toast to you, our wonderful readers and
customers, to all those fabulous books that have inspired us throughout
the years, and to another twenty years of helping you find just the
right book," owner Roxanne Coady wrote in an e-mail to customers.
celebratory events include "a really big party in July," an essay
contest about "the book that changed your life," commemorative T-shirts,
author videos and more.
Coady promised during the year to share
"my thoughts on all the many challenges (and of course opportunities)
bookstores are facing. When we opened, there were only a handful of
chain bookstores, cell phones were the size of bricks, and the only
Amazon was a river in South America. The value of shopping locally, the
new world of e-commerce, and the advent of digital reading versus paper
are just a few of the topics on my mind lately. It's safe to say that
R.J. Julia will look very different in 2030 than it does today, but
still, our love of reading and passion for finding the perfect book for
everyone who walks through our doors will remain undimmed."
Design Crave showcased the remodeled café at McNally Jackson Books in New York City, noting that for Front Studio's renovations, the bookshop's owner, Sarah McNally, "wished to re-conceptualize the café as a place evocative of literature. A collaboration between the owner and architects, all avid readers, the newly realized space creates visceral connections to the act of reading in each programmatic function."
Books are suspended from the ceiling "like a pile of books falling from the sky" and the "curved wall surrounding the seating area is covered in wallpaper made entirely of open spine books, the texture of the print adds a rippling effect of restless pages," Design Crave wrote.
Apple has released iTunes version 9.1, which features "a handful of improvements and iPad compatibility," CNET reported, adding that in anticipation of Saturday's iPad debut, the "Audiobook library category has been renamed 'Books' and broadened to include all book-related content, including audiobooks and back-ups of e-books purchased using the iPad's iBooks app. Although the feature isn't advertised, we found that free EPUB books from Project Guttenberg or Google Books can be imported via drag and drop. Unfortunately, without the option to view e-book files within iTunes, the new feature is useless without a compatible device with which to sync."
University of iPad? Seton Hill University, Greensburg, Pa., plans to give a new Apple iPad to every full-time student in fall semester, 2010, to kick off the school's Griffin Technology Advantage Program.
Book trailer of the day: 31
Bond Street by Ellen Horan (Harper).
NPR's What We're Reading list for this week includes Solar by Ian McEwan, For All the Tea in China: How England Stole the World's Favorite Drink and Changed History by Sarah Rose, Dreams in a Time of War: A Childhood Memoir by Ngugi Wa Thiong'o and The Line by Olga Grushin.
Thriller author Timothy Hallinan is looking for a little help naming the fourth novel in his Poke Rafferty series. The book, set in Bangkok and scheduled for an August release, is currently listed in the Morrow catalogue as Title TK, which he thinks "lacks that certain snap that makes a reader pick up a book. So the people at Morrow and I are asking your help in naming it."
In the Huffington Post, Hallinan offered readers a chance to vote on three possible titles: The Queen of Patpong, The Patpong Girl and The Rocks.