On a day the Dow fell 0.4%, shares of Barnes & Noble fell 9.1%, to $10.67, the bookseller's lowest closing price ever. TheStreet.com
linked the drop to the news that rival Borders Group hopes to emerge from bankruptcy by the end of the summer.
When Michael Deyermond opened Deyermond Art + Books,
Santa Monica, Calif., last September, "the vision was to restore the
independent bookstore, art gallery and community arts space to Main
Street U.S.A. where it belongs, instead of on the periphery of some out
of the way bunker," the Mirror reported.
Calling the reception from the city thus far "warm and strong,"
Deyermond has stressed a local approach to doing business, noting in
particular his weekly "Recorded History" series, in which "anyone can
grab the microphone, share their writing, and have their words recorded
for posterity.... Deyermond explains that the idea for the Recorded
History series comes from the lack of oral history in today's
fast-paced, digital world, and he was inspired by the efforts of places
like the Smithsonian and StoryCorps that preserve people's stories on a
national level," the Mirror
"I thought it would be
great to do something on a local level," he said. "An oral history of
Santa Monica, of our community, and our bookstore."
Stephen King fans finally have some good news about the Dark Tower series. On his website
, King announced that he has written another installment, The Wind Through the Keyhole
which he expects to be published next year. King wrote that the new
novel "won't tell you much that's new about Roland and his friends, but
there's a lot none of us knew about Mid-World, both past and present.
The novel is shorter than DT 2-7, but quite a bit longer than the first
volume--call this one DT-4.5. It's not going to change anybody's life,
but God, I had fun."
Cartoons of the day: "I will not eat them... Tim Burton's Green Eggs & Ham
." Inspired by last weekend's release of Red Riding Hood
showcased several children's tales reimagined as Hollywood Films by cartoonist Chip Zdarsky (Steve Murray).
Also from Flavorwire
, "Matilda Gets an E-reader
Cartoonist Aaron Renier created a digitally themed homage to Roald
Dahl’s Matilda, "imagining her as she might exist in our current (and
future) age of multimedia e-readers for kids."
Attempting the impossible, Jay Parini selected the 10 best American poems
for the Guardian
admitting that the "list could go on and on, but these are the poems
that seem to me to have left the deepest mark on U.S. literature--and
Congratulations to Bob Wyatt
, longtime publisher and author of Jam & the Box
and The Fluffys & the Box
, who won the grand prize in the Strand Books' Valentine's Day Share the Love short story contest for his story "Strands." "This is what happens to a recovering editor-in-chief of New York trade book publishers," Wyatt commented to us.
The New York City bookstore asked participants to write a short story of less than 2,000 words featuring the Strand. More than 75 stories were submitted. Wyatt has donated his prize--a $250 shopping spree and a book-filled Strand Love tote--to a local primary school. "We've got to familiarize kids with the joy of shopping for books," Wyatt said.
For more on the prize and other winners, click here
Allison Hill, president and COO of Vroman's Bookstore and Book Soup, muses in the Huffington Post
on books borrowed and lent out--and sometimes miraculously returned years later (in one case from a former boyfriend) to remind the owner of her earlier self.
She added: "almost every day I am asked for my opinion about the future of the book. Will printed books cease to exist? And I honestly don't know the answer. But I know that I miss the books I've lost along the way. Not the stories that would otherwise be found in an e-book, or online these days, but the physical books with their notes and underlinings and associations, pressed flowers or photos stuck between the pages, bookmarks from a special place, an inscription from a friend. Without books, these time capsules, we lose something we can never get back. In this case, the excuse to look up an old flame..."
Book trailer of the day: The Little Red Pen
by Susan Stevens Crummel, illustrated by Janet Stevens (Harcourt). With a mountain of paperwork, must the Little Red Pen do all
the corrections herself?
A diverse group of fiction writers have banded together to create ways to promote each other's work and cheer each other on in a very competitive field during a time of unusual change. Called the Fiction Writers' Co-op and founded by Cathy Buchanan, author of The Day the Falls Stood Still
, the group includes more than 50 authors and has put together a list
of ideal book club picks written by members, who like to Skype and do phone chats with book clubs. The authors are posting the list on their websites and blogs and on social media, and inviting booksellers and librarians to download the list and offer it to readers. Members will bring printouts of the list when they speak to book clubs and at bookstores and libraries.
Members include Karen Essex, Stephanie Cowell, Sandra Gulland, Jon Clinch, Melissa Senate, Tatjana Soli, Julianna Baggott, M.J. Rose, Heidi Durrow, Tasha Alexander, Meg Waite Clayton, Randy Susan Meyers, Michelle Moran, Kate Ledger, C.W. Gortner and Kelly O'Connor McNees.
Pegasus Books has created Pegasus Crime, which will publish crime fiction, mystery novels, police procedurals, espionage thrillers and paranormal suspense, about a dozen a year.
The imprint's first title, which appears April 27, is The Preacher
by Camilla Lackberg, the sequel to The Ice Princess
. This summer, Pegasus Crime will publish debut author Holly Luhning's gothic thriller Quiver
, which has been published in Canada by HarperCollins Canada, and Danish crime queen Sara Blaedel's first U.S. release, Call Me Princess
Pegasus Books publisher Claiborne Hancock attributed the idea for the imprint to a comment made by Bill Rusin, director of sales at Norton, Pegasus's distributor. Looking at the suspense list in a strategy meeting, he asked, "Why not put all of these great novels under one banner and create a new imprint?"