Congratulations to Booksmith, San Francisco, Calif., which
won the "best reimagined bookstore" award from SF Weekly in the publication's
2011 Best of San Francisco edition. The citation reads:
"Even in literary-rich San Francisco, it's harder and
harder to find a decent bookstore. We've lost Cody's, Stacey's, and A Clean
Well-Lighted Place for Books, and even corporate giant Borders has gone
bankrupt. When the great 31-year-old establishment Booksmith changed ownership
in 2007, we thought, as with many other businesses on Haight, it would lose its
homegrown charm. Instead, it got even better. The new owners gutted the clogged
entranceway, feng shui-ed the interior, and gave it a cool Victorian steampunk
black-and-teal paint job. They expanded the imported magazine and independent
zine section, added to the graphic novel and lowbrow art areas, created green
living and sustainability shelves, and removed the locked glass around the arty
sex books. The knowledgeable staffers place handwritten recommendations next to
books they love, and with more than 200 in-store author readings a year,
Booksmith is more of a literary mecca than ever."
part of its cost-cutting strategy, Borders Group "plans to end a pact
with Seattle's Best Coffee and to begin operating its own in-store cafes
as it restructures and tries to become profitable," Reuters reported.
Less than a week after being named specialty bookstore of the year at the Canadian Booksellers Association’s Libris Awards, Flying Dragon Bookshop, Toronto, announced it will close June 30, Quillblog reported. On the bookshop's blog,
Flying Dragon's owners expressed "heartfelt regret" at the decision,
noting that they "have in recent months explored opportunities to
embrace the technological advances that have presented themselves with
such rapidity in our industry. But at the end of the day we realized
that for us, it was all about the books and the tactile, sensory
experience they provide."
A bookstore choosing not to close is now headline-worthy material. The New York Observer
reported that Barnes & Noble "has chosen to extend its lease on one
of the busiest retail strips in the outer-boroughs. The bookstore's
executives signed a 22,178-square-foot renewal lease for its space at
the Muss Development-owned 70-00 Austin Street space in Forest Hills.
(Yes, dear reader, it's out in Queens, but it's still New York City.)"
"Should Children Use an E-Reader?
asked Technorati's Angela Flynn, who wrote that a trip to her local
Barnes & Noble store last week caused her to consider the
implications of "a big display promoting the Nook for children. For some
reason, this didn't sit well with me. It's not that I have anything
against electronic readers. I bought one for my husband on his
birthday.... For children, I believe actually holding a book with pages
and pictures holds much more value....
"I know kids love
electronics. In some cases an e-reader might encourage them to read
more. I am all for finding new ways to help children learn. I just
wonder why everything has to be a game or interactive. I don't think an
electronic device will ever replace books, and I don't think they
Although the e-book market in the U.S. is
growing fast, "there remain significant challenges to overcome in order
to see the same level of consumer traction in Asia-Pacific," ZDNet
Research's Larry Fisher cited the unavailability of e-books as a
factor, adding that international distributors are apprehensive about
offering more products in the region because of "fears of piracy and the
difficulty of negotiating license agreements for their content." Fisher
also said the appeal of printed content will continue trump digital:
"We anticipate nearly 2.5 billion people worldwide will be buying
hard-copy books in 2016, nearly four times as many as will be purchasing
digital books, magazines and newspapers that year."
Happy 100th birthday to the New York Public Library's main building on Fifth Avenue at 42nd St.--and to Patience and Fortitude, the lions that flank the entrance to what's officially called the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. To celebrate, the library commissioned artist Nathan Sawaya to create LEGO facsimiles of Patience and Fortitude. They will be unveiled this morning at 10 a.m. on the library steps. Check out the complete list of the weekend's events here
, and watch a video of Sawaya bulding the lions here
Teamwork: Random House reps Jason Gobble, John Hastie, and
Tim Mooney organized a spring Milwaukee rep night last Sunday for three area
bookstores: Next Chapter Bookshop of Mequon, Books and Company in Ocomowoc, and
Boswell Book Company in Milwaukee. The three (l.) after their spiels.
To celebrate the 50 years since the publication of Roald
Dahl's classic James and the Giant Peach, Penguin Young Readers Group has
kicked off a "Follow that Peach" campaign. Fans can send a "Peach-gram" and follow its path around the Web, watch a tally of "Total Peach Miles" and count the number of "peaches
in transit." There's also an option to print out a paper version to send by snail mail.
"Our goal is for each peach to reach 50 people in honor of
the 50 years James has been entertaining young readers," according to Jed
Bennett, associate director of marketing. "We're excited to see where each
peach will travel as the site tallies each stop a peach makes on a giant
Cliff McNish, author most recently of The Hunting Ground
, chose his top 10 most frightening books for teenagers
in the Guardian
"Here's a scary little story for you: 'The last man on Earth sat in his
living room. There was a knock at the door.' While you think about
that, here's my choice of ten stories that in different ways will
frighten and enthrall even the most unshakably cocky teenager."
A literary mixtape for the Three Musketeers
was the latest offering in the series from Flavorwire, which suggested
that if they were "hanging out today, they’d probably be trekking from
adventure to adventure in some kind of van, and they’d have to
compromise on tunes, everyone putting in their own two cents and making
for a somewhat eclectic mix. Here’s what we think they’d duel, woo, and
totally turn out to be the Comte de la Fère to."
Book trailer of the day: Man with a Pan: Culinary Adventures of Fathers Who Cook for Their Families
(Algonquin), which includes essays by writer-cooks Stephen King, Mario Batali, Mark Kurlansky, among others, plus dozens of New Yorker
cartoons and more than 60 recipes.
Random House Children's Books has created two new paperback imprints, Ember and Bluefire. Ember will publish
middle-grade and YA bestsellers and award winners, such as Amelia
Atwater-Rhodes, Judy Blume, Libba Bray, James Dashner, Lauren Kate, Lurlene
McDaniel, Sarah Mlynowski, Dana Reinhardt and Michael Scott, and will also offer
backlist favorites like Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret; The
Chocolate War; Fallen; Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist;
and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.
Bluefire will focus on fantasy, with titles by Tamora Pierce, Isobelle Carmody, Esther Friesner, Eoin McNamee, Henry
Neff, N.D. Wilson and Janni Lee Simner, among others, as well as bestselling
series such as 100 Cupboards, the Beka Cooper trilogy and the Edge Chronicles.
Ember and Bluefire join the existing Yearling, Laurel-Leaf and Dragonfly imprints.