DIESEL, A Bookstore
, which closed its Malibu, Calif., store in February because of changing landlords and construction, will reopen in October in a new location, at the Malibu Country Mart, according to LA Observed
The new Malibu DIESEL is "a bit smaller" than the old location, but is "a light-filled space with soaring ceilings, a beautiful wood floor, and a great view of the neighborhood's new hardware store across the street." It also has a courtyard, where owners Alison Reid and John Evans plan to hold some events.
DIESEL also has stores in Brentwood and Oakland.
Susan Fromberg Schaeffer, author of The Madness of a Seduced Woman
and Buffalo Afternoon
, among many other titles, died last Friday. She was 71.
The New York Times
called her "a novelist with a gift for evoking complex characters in the grip of extreme psychological stress and physical suffering." See the paper's full obituary for Schaeffer here
---Putumayo World Music
CDs have been an indie bookstore sidelines staple for many years, and the company's well-known resistance to digital downloads kept bookshops in the music game even as other CD sales dwindled. But those days officially ended yesterday when the record label released its first two digital albums
, African Beat
and Latin Beat
, the New York Times
Company founder Dan Storper had ignored the MP3 siren song for many years. "I’ve built a business focused on creating compelling physical packages that combine music, culture and travel, that make great gifts and that sound very good," he said. "I’m 60 years old. I still don’t own an iPod or iPad. I like reading physical books, magazines and newspapers, and buying CDs that have interesting liner notes. I’m certainly not an early adopter."
The digital versions of Putumayo's albums "will contain only the songs; for the full liner notes and other goodies, a customer will have to buy the CD versions," the Times
"I think it will be written on my tombstone," Storper said. “Better late than never."
--- Mohammed Ali al-Bahbahy's bookshop
was "among the first businesses to throw its doors open in Tripoli one week after the Libyan capital fell to rebels," AFP reported.
"I opened this used bookstore to fight ignorance under Moamer Kadhafi," said the bookseller. "Now I have 12,000 books.... Now that I am free, I am hungry to read history books that cover all sides." He added that during Kadhafi's rule, "You couldn't say a single word. We would discuss politics in our trusted circle of friends behind closed doors. But never in public and we would never never publish. Now you can."
The Beat chronicles the evacuation of the contents of the Schulz Graphic Novel Library
, White River Junction, Vt., from Hurricane Irene floodwaters on Sunday. Congratulations to the Library and "the heroic group of cartoonists" from the Center for Cartoon Studies!
, we reported on Gwyneth Paltrow's pre-hurricane event at BookHampton bookstore, East Hampton, N.Y., and today Gwyneth returns with her "religion bookshelf
," one of the "things she can’t live without" featured in the latest Elle Décor
magazine. Paltrow noted that the shelf's "built-in slots hold holy books--including the Qur'an
, and Tao Te Ching
--all at the same level (which is how I like to think about religion)."
In a Financial Times
column headlined "Shed no tears for the bookshop
," Harry Mount wrote that there "should be an expression for shops we like the sound of, even if we do not use them much: charming lossmakers, perhaps. Butchers, bakers and--a long time ago--candlestick-makers: they all have a nice, wholesome feel to them. And most of them have been swept from our high streets."
Mount contended that even though indie bookshops "are joining the exodus," it is "not an either/or game. A growing Internet market does not mean eradicating the high street bookshop. It just means the high street shop has to do different things from Amazon... As a pure disseminator of ideas, Amazon wins; as a quiet yet communal atmosphere in which to sift through those ideas, the best-run high street bookshops prevail."
Concluding that there "is no need for them to be charming but lossmaking," Mount observed: "Thousands of candlestick-makers must have cursed Thomas Edison’s light bulb. The clever ones got to work on making more beautiful and desirable candlesticks."
---The owner of the Book Barge
who was kept from doing business waterside by the city of Bristol, England, has been offered a market stall on dry land, the BBC reported. The city had declined to give Sarah Henshaw a business license and said her British Waterways license didn't apply.
Henshaw allows people to barter for books as well as pay, and told the Guardian
last month (Shelf Awareness
, July 15, 2011), "I hoped that by creating a unique retail space, customers would realize how independent bookshops can offer a far more pleasurable shopping experience than they're likely to find online or on the discount shelves at supermarkets."
Book trailer of the day: Remembering the Music, Forgetting the Words: Travels with Mom in the Land of Dementia by Kate Whouley (Beacon Press), which appears September 6.
Where's Waldo's back? The Guardian found John Mosley, a 22-year-old Norwich man who last week had Wally (the U.K. original of the U.S. Where's Waldo? book series) and 150 other characters tattooed on his back, enduring "a mammoth backscratching operation that lasted more than 24 hours." Wally is hiding in a crowd that also includes Darth Vader, a beached shark, and a humanoid horse, but even Mosley hasn't spotted him yet. "I still have not seen the finished result so I don't know where Wally is on my back," he said.
Roald Dahl's "weird and hilarious" 1983 letter to a group of students who had asked questions about his collection The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More was featured on Buzzfeed.