Obituary note: Margaret K. McElderry, the "grande dame of children's publishing," died Monday. She was 98. In her obituary, the New York Times observed that the esteemed editor of many Newbery and Caldecott Medal winners "employed shrewd intuition, critical acumen and a nurturing way with authors to help shepherd children's literature from a prewar cottage industry to today's billion-dollar business."
McElderry "transcended the typical anonymity of book editors by riding the crest of the postwar baby boom, helping to provide it with a new breed of engaging, nonpatronizing literature. She recruited authors with a newer sensibility, ventured into controversial subjects, like the ravages of war, and led the way in publishing foreign works," the Times wrote, adding that her imprint, Margaret K. McElderry Books, survived the publishing industry's changing landscape even as she worked for Atheneum, "which merged into Scribner, which merged into Macmillan, which merged into Simon & Schuster." She continued to edit books into her 90s as editor-at-large of her imprint.
CoffeeTree Books and the Fuzzy Duck café, Morehead, Ky., are relocating to the former University Cinema at 159 East Main Street. The Morehead News reported that "for months, there's been speculation that the popular business duo would move. Last week they sent an e-mail confirming that truth."
"We're very excited to be on Main Street," said Susan Thomas, CoffeeTree's co-owner and manager. "We always wanted to be there, and this move will open up so many opportunities for us and our customers." CoffeeTree plans to retain certain elements from the cinema, including the stage and screen.
"We already have a weekly jazz gig at The Duck 342, and now we'll have this stage and the screen," Thomas added.
"We'll also be able to host our spelling bee without having to pause while the coffee grinder is going," said co-owner Marge Thomas. "We think the foot traffic on Main Street will be very good. People can walk to the store from the campus and community."
During the transition period, the "bookstore will be closed for a couple of days while we move, but we'll keep the coffee shop open as long as possible," Marge said. "We'll swish it up there and reopen as soon as possible." Plans call for the move to occur during spring break, with an anticipated opening in the new facility in March.
In recommending five favorite Manhattan bookshops, amNewYork noted that "there’s just something about small, specialty bookstores that we love. The staff is always very knowledgeable (imagine that!) and you know some actual thought went into stacking those shelves. If the near-shuttering of Borders has taught us anything, it’s that big is not always better in the world of bookstores."
The highlighted bookshops were Hue-Man Bookstore & Café, Kitchen Arts & Letters, Dashwood Books, Bank Street Bookstore and Partners & Crime Mystery Booksellers.
Half Price Books will open a new store in Dublin, Calif., tomorrow. Around Dublin reported that the shop at 7898 Dublin Boulevard is the company's fourth, and largest, in the state.
"Half Price Books is pleased to continue its expansion in California," said Kathy Doyle Thomas, executive v-p of Half Price Books. "We're excited to expand into Dublin and are happy to offer an attractive option for people needing extra cash and for those looking for cheaper forms of entertainment."
Haslam's Book Store, St. Petersburg, Fla., "has been writing history in downtown St. Pete since 1933, but its most recent chapters haven't been easy with the emergence of the mega store and the e-reader revolution," WTSP-TV reported.
"Doesn't bode well for things carrying on the way they have. It's an industry in transition," said co-owner Ray Hinst, who is nevertheless optimistic the bookshop will be around as long as people are in search of the printed word. "Hopefully we'll be here. Maybe we'll be in the antique business."
National reports of impending--and now confirmed--bankruptcy proceedings and store closures at Borders are having a trickle-down effect on local news coverage nationwide, as speculation about community impact makes headlines. Although booksellers at local Borders stores cannot comment publicly, their customers are expressing disappointment.
In Pennsylvania, Mary Ruzic stood outside the McKnight Road Borders in Pittsburgh, wondering if she should cash in her gift cards sooner rather than later. She told the Tribune-Review, "It's hugely disappointing news. Every time we're out on the weekend, we end up at a bookstore, and it's usually a Borders. I'm very sad to see bookstores disappearing."
The Scranton Times-Tribune spoke with customers leaving the Dickson City Borders and noted that Joey Aikens "does not want to see this Borders disappear. More than just sales, its cafe and kids section bring value to the community."
"It's a cultural loss above all," he said. "A bookstore encourages education. It's an atmosphere for social gatherings. They've done a lot here with the arts."
WTVR-TV reported that the Borders in Scranton's Viewmont Mall "is Paula Heiser's place of relaxation. She said it lets her get away by browsing books or magazines and relaxing with a hot cup of coffee." Heiser expressed hope that this would not be one of the stores that closes "because I love to come here and I think this store adds a lot to this area."
Bill Lippincott, owner of Lippincott Books, Bangor, Maine, plans to close his successful downtown bricks-and-mortar used bookstore sometime in March "because he'd like to sell books from home at his own pace," WABI-TV reported.
"Do some Internet sales, do more book fairs. I'll still be open by appointment, but I'll be working on my own time instead of running the shop here," he said, adding, "I love to read, and I grew up with books as traditionally we've known books, and I'm still in love with that form of the book.... The book form is changing, but there's still plenty of people who are interested in the physical book and would like to come and browse and not necessarily know what they're going to find."
"The books in our private libraries are tiny splinters of autobiography (mixing memory and regret). Of course, open them up again, and all the old pleasures come back," wrote the Guardian's Robert McCrum regarding his informal exploration of books from his personal collection.
You may have thought you'd finally escaped the Valentine's Day media blitz, but here's one last volley: Flavorwire showcased "Good Writing, Bad Sex: The Best Sex Scenes About the Worst Sex," noting that "we're talking about sex scenes in literature that explore the times when sex is sad, when it's mournful, melancholy, desperate, violent, lonely, regrettable, necessary, inevitable. The times that leave you emptier than you'd started."
Okay, Valentine's Day is officially over.
Modern Residential Design showcased Solovyov Design Studio's OFO Lounge Chair with Book Storage, which "is perfect for you who like reading books, have small collection of them but live in limited space."
Now you can be Nick Carraway on a mission to find Jay Gatsby--or at least the Nintendo-style, 8-bit version of this lit fantasy--with the Great Gatsby Game.
Book trailer of the day: In the Blink of an Eye: Dale, Daytona, and the Day That Changed Everything by NASCAR racer Michael Waltrip (Hyperion), filmed at the Barnes & Noble in Huntersville, N.C.
Shableski has joined JeffCorwinConnect, a global eco-edutainment
multimedia company, as president of its newly formed publishing
division. Its first book is The Black Tide, which will appear in April
and in graphic novel format tells the environmental story of the Gulf
Coast oil spill last year.
Shableski was formerly sales manager
of Diamond Book Distributors, which he joined in 2007. Earlier he worked
at Brodart Company, where he was graphic novels coordinator and
marketing and sales coordinator for the Tartan Books division.
visionary and co-founder Jeff Corwin commented: "With the growing
acceptance and use of graphic novels in the education and the retail
markets, we believe that we can highlight critical environmental issues
through this exciting format."
CEO and co-founder Anurag Agarwal
said that Shableski "brings significant experience and knowledge about
the dramatically evolving graphic novel world and its applications in
creating educating yet entertaining ways to engage and energize an
Shableski may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Richard Rhorer is joining the Simon & Schuster imprint as v-p and
associate publisher. He has been director of digital business
development at Macmillan since 2008, where he oversaw Macmillan's
website and the launch of Quick and Dirty Tips, which features a
website, podcast series, e-newsletters, mobile apps, books and
Earlier he was director of marketing at Holt, held
several positions at HarperCollins, Penguin Putnam and Simon &
Schuster (during his first round at S&S he was a national accounts
manager for Pocket books and S&S Audio). His first job in the book
world was as vendor liaison to Waldenbooks for Bantam Doubleday Dell.
S&S, Rhorer will supervise marketing specialists, be responsible
for the backlist program and bring "special focus to key front list
titles and provide a seasoned perspective on how we can make more of
each book's potential."
Effective April 1, Simon & Schuster will handle all sales, distribution and fulfillment in the U.S. and Canada for Ripley Entertainment. Ripley has been distributed in the U.S. by Perseus and in Canada by Mint Publishing.
publishing a range of Believe It or Not! books and the annual, Ripley
is involved in television shows, tourist attractions, motion pictures
and merchandise. Its daily newspaper cartoon is syndicated worldwide.