Wild Rock Bottom Bookstore Tourist?
Larry Portzline, founder of Bookstore Tourism, has done "something really crazy," as he put it: he bid $3,000 on a chance to sing "Wild Thing" with the Rock Bottom Remainders during BEA. "I don't know why I did it," he wrote. "It just sounded very, very cool."
His was the first and only bid--$500 above the minimum. While he is
happy to support three causes--826NYC, Get Caught Reading and the
American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression--in January, he lost his day job working for
the Pennsylvania state legislature because of last fall's election. He
is teaching several college classes this fall and is executive director
of the Keystone Book Festival, which will hold its first event in October 2008, but money isn't exactly a wildly flowing thing.
Suffice it to say that this man needs the book industry's support on
Friday, June 1, at 9 p.m., when the Rock Bottom Remainders play at
Webster Hall, 125 E. 11th St.
the machine invented by Margaret Atwood that allows authors to sign
books anywhere in the world and talk with readers oceans away, will be demonstrated
at BEA. To see the long reach of the LongPen, stop by
booth 1144 at the following times:
Friday, June 1, at 2 p.m., Atwood signs from Vancouver, B.C.; and at 3
p.m., some 150 Canadian authors will also sign from Vancouver. On
Saturday, at 11 a.m., George R.R. Martin signs from Santa Fe, N.M.; at
1 p.m., Dean Koontz signs from Newport Beach, Calif.; and at 3:30 p..m,
Diana Gabaldon signs from Scottsdale, Ariz. On Sunday, at 9:30 a.m.,
Douglas Preston signs from Round Pound, Me.; at 11 a.m., Patrick Carman
signs from Walla Walla, Wash.; and at 1:30 p.m., Tracy Chevalier signs
from London, England.
Bored or frazzled BEA attendees have a chance to
express themselves at the ECW Press booth (2721). There the company
will give away
red and black crayons and copies of The Heavy Metal Fun Time Activity Book
by Aye Jay Morano, a September title in which booksellers can try
puzzles such as the Black Metal word scramble, heavy metal Sudoku or
help Spinal Tap get through a backstage maze.
The National Association of College Stores's Thursday literary
luncheon, mentioned here last week, will feature a third writer: June
Cross, the author of Secret Daughter (Penguin). For more information about NACS's programming, which will be held at the Hotel ABA on Thursday, contact Cindy Thompson.
Happy 20th birthday to Sourcebooks, which will celebrate at BEA. Stop by booth 4657 to offer best wishes.
A panel on RFID at BEA
will feature the head of the Dutch bookselling company that is putting
RFID tags on all books in its stores--which is revolutionizing
receiving, inventory and other day-to-day aspects of bookselling.
Sponsored by the Book Industry Study Group, the panel meets on
Saturday, June 2, 9:30-10:50 a.m., in Room 1E06. Jim Lichtenberg,
Lightspeed, who is chair of the RFID Working Group, jointly sponsored
by BISG and the ALA, is moderating. The star guest is Mathijs van der
Lely, CEO of BGN.
Mifflin is highlighting backlist during BEA with a booth that mimics a
bookstore, where it will play videos of its authors and books that can
be used by stores as well as host author signings. Houghton is also
featuring two backlist programs: one in which booksellers build their
own promotion and get an extra discount with a 25-book minimum and
another in which booksellers find and fill out holes in sections and
receive a higher discount with a minimum of 10 titles not currently in stock.
For more information, stop by the booth or contact Houghton Mifflin
The company is also celebrating the 10th anniversary of Mariner Books.
Booksellers are invited to stop by on Saturday from 12-1:30 p.m. to
meet a range of authors, including Jonathan Safran Foer and Elinor
Chelsea Green Publishing, White River Junction, Vt., is launching what could be the next big
industry trend: an initiative to begin "greening" the book business.
A collaboration between the publisher and booksellers, the Chelsea
Green Partner Program is based on a business model of carbon-neutral
shipping and incentives designed to break the cycle of returns and
reduce waste. "We need to start a dialogue in the industry," said Mike
Dyer, director of marketing and business development, "and we want to
get as many publishers as we can to follow suit."
Bookstores across the country have already signed on to participate in
the program, including Bookshop Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz, Calif.,
Boulder Bookstore in Boulder, Colo., Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe,
Ariz., Malaprop's Bookstore/Café in Asheville, N.C., Northshire
Bookstore in Manchester Center, Vt., Powell's Books in Portland, Ore.,
and Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver, Colo.
To find out more about the program, go to a press conference at the
Chelsea Green booth at BEA (2951) at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 2.