In honor of Martin Luther King Day, the first installment of the new Presidential Recordings Series, a collaboration of the University of Virginia Press, its e-imprint, Rotunda, and the University's Miller Center of Public Affairs is the Lyndon B. Johnson Digital Edition that includes several conversations with and about King. The title includes hundreds of hours of presidential tapes covering everything from the War on Poverty to the Civil Rights Movement to the Vietnam War.
Each conversation is fully transcribed and annotated and accompanied by its audio file. The edition includes photos and video galleries, a linked timeline, and searching ability. Miller Center scholars are in the process of transcribing and annotating the secret White House tapes recorded by every president from Franklin Roosevelt to Richard Nixon. The press is offering a free trial of the edition through January 27. After that, users can sign up on the site for a free 48-hour trial.
As part of the University of Virginia's week-long commemoration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, the Miller Center is hosting a program exploring King's private conversations and public communications tomorrow, Wednesday, at 11 a.m. The program will highlight the relationship between King and President Lyndon B. Johnson that emerges in secret tapes recorded by Johnson. This event takes place at the Miller Center and will be webcast live at millercenter.org.
Borders Group is giving publishers a
deadline of February 1 for accepting up to a third of the ailing
retailer's reorganized debt in lieu of payment, according to the New York Times.
In negotiations last week, Borders said that its plan for the future
was "to cut costs and improve its financial situation," an approach one
publisher found less than convincing. The Times said that "many" publishers have stopped shipping titles to Borders.
the retailer laid off another 45 people, most at its Ann Arbor, Mich.,
headquarters and five at distribution centers, the Detroit Free Press
reported. A Borders spokesperson said in a statement: "The realignment
at the store support center encompasses nearly all business areas,
including IT, human resources, finance and merchandising. This decision
is a result of Borders' focus on reducing costs and readjusting its
business model to improve profitability and cash flow."
This is not a good week for the book trade in Ann Arbor. In addition to the Borders job cuts, a Five Guys Burgers and Fries chain restaurant opened at 311 S. State Street, the space formerly occupied by Shaman Drum Bookshop, AnnArbor.com reported.
Algonquin's latest entry in the Booksellers Rock! series highlights Sheryl Cotleur, head buyer of the Book Passage stores in Corte Madera and San Francisco, Calif. Our favorite question (with two answers):
Strangest question a customer has ever asked:
While holding a small child, "Do you have a copy of Clan of the Care Bear?"
Then, just two weeks ago: Customer: "Do you have that calendar you're out of?" Staff: "Sorry, no. We're out of it." (Waiting for Godot anyone???)
Eso Won Bookstore, Los Angeles, Calif., was Jacket Copy's bookstore of the week. James Fulgate and Thomas Hamilton opened Eso Won in 1990. The store was in danger of closing in 2007, but "friends rallied, including Pastor John J. Hunter of the First African Methodist Episcopal Church, who called the bookstore 'a treasure in the African American community.' Eso Won pulled through," Jacket Copy wrote.
The next NAIBAhood Gathering, sponsored by the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association, will take place 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Thursday, February 3, at Monkey See, Monkey Do Children's Bookstore, Clarence, N.Y. The event includes lunch, a store tour and conversation that will focus on store promotions and publicity geared to consumers as well as publishers.
The group will be joined by local author and publisher, Maria DiVencenzo, author of The Scariest Dream (Winterlake Press).
RSVP to Veronica at 516-333-0681 or e-mail NAIBA at email@example.com.
Gothamist featured missives taped to the window of the former Barnes & Noble store near Lincoln Center in Manhattan, which closed January 2. In addition to a thank-you note from the staff, customers expressed their "appreciation and good wishes to the 200-some workers, many of whom are out of work."
Last week, Kodak hosted "The Future of Book Publishing," a roundtable discussion held at the New York Public Library, where panelists "seemed most hopeful when discussing social networking, apps, and enhanced e-books--advances that multiply the ways in which books become 'discoverable' to the public, the Wall Street Journal reported.
"What is a book? That's the $64 million question," said Jeffrey Matthews, v-p for corporate strategy at Scholastic, after the discussion. He told the Journal he "wished the group had had more time to 'deconstruct the reading process.' "
Jeffery Deaver's James Bond novel, scheduled to be published later this year, will be called Carte Blanche. BBC News reported that the title and cover were unveiled in Dubai, where portions of the story are set.
Deaver said the novel poses "the looming question of what is acceptable" in security matters, adding that giving an agent carte blanche on a mission "comes with an enormous amount of trust and constantly tests both personal and professional judgement. Are there lines that even James Bond should not cross?"
A new Sherlock Holmes novel is also on tap. According to BBC News, Anthony Horowitz (Foyle's War) "has been chosen by the Conan Doyle Estate to write a new full-length Sherlock Holmes novel. The book marks the first time the estate has given its seal of approval for a new Holmes work. The title and content of the book, which will be published in September, have not been revealed."
"I fell in love with Sherlock Holmes when I was 16," Horowitz said. "My aim is to produce a first rate mystery for a modern audience while remaining absolutely true to the spirit of the original."
Eva Gabrielsson, partner of the late Stieg Larsson, plans to finish the fourth novel of the Millennium series. The Guardian reported that Gabrielsson claims in her upcoming memoir--Millennium, Stieg and Me, which will be released in France and Scandinavia this week--that she "wants to complete it because, she says, 'Stieg and I often wrote together.' " She also noted she will only finish the book "when she gets undisputed rights to Larsson's work from his family, who inherited the author's assets when he died intestate."
Authors "are becoming more and more involved in the nitty-gritty of moving the merch," the Wall Street Journal reported, citing the efforts--online through social networking sites as well as offline--of several authors to draw attention to their work.
"It's no longer a top-down media culture," said Knopf's Paul Bogaards. "There is still value and import in having authors appear in traditional media venues like the Today show or the Wall Street Journal. But what's changed is that they no longer need the intermediary to reach the reader."
Attention children's book fans and amateur filmmakers: Can you make a video that compresses the story of a Newbery Award-winning book into 90 seconds or less?
Author James Kennedy and the New York Public Library are co-sponsoring the 90-Second Newbery Video Contest, which will culminate in "a star-studded 90-Second Newbery Film Festival at the New York Public Library in Fall of 2011," Kennedy wrote on his website. For an entertaining sample, check out the 90-second version of Madeline L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time.
Screamin' Jay Hawkins's "I Put a Spell on You" is on Harry Potter's literary mixtape. Of the latest entry latest entry in its ongoing series, Flavorwire noted that Harry "would definitely be playing some sad teenager music while sitting in his room staring mournfully at the Snitch, but maybe he’d also be giving himself a little bit of a hero soundtrack too. Here’s what we think Harry would be moping about, Wronski Feinting, and saving the world to."
Book trailer of the day: How to Woo a Reluctant Lady by Sabrina Jeffries (Pocket Star), the third novel in the Hellions of Hallstead Hall series.
Effective July 1, Diamond Book Distributors will sell and distribute
Tokyopop and will focus on consolidating efforts to build out the manga
graphic novel segment across both comic book and bookselling retailers.
As part of the change, Tokyopop president and COO John Parker is joining
Diamond as v-p of business development, a new position.
founder and CEO Stu Levy commented: "John has been my right-hand
partner at Tokyopop for nearly 12 years, and I am thrilled to have him
be the one helming our critical new business partnership with Diamond
Tokyopop has been distributed by HarperCollins since 2006.