Butterfly Books, DePere, Wis., has found buyers and will not close after all, according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Amy and Patrick VandenPlas are buying the children's bookstore from Mark and Barbara Wilson, who are moving to Utah because of a job transfer for Mark Wilson.
On Saturday, the new owners are closing the store for a week to clean, rearrange and restock it. (Inventory is low because the Wilsons had believed they would close the store this month.) Butterfly will open its wings again on Saturday, January 31. All employees are staying on.
Renovations at the Brown Bookstore, Providence, R.I., are nearly complete, the Brown Daily Herald reported. The changes include a new cafe, a seating area, the addition of flat-screen TVs and the moving of several sections. The College Hill Cafe, run by Blue State Coffee, should begin serving customers by the end of this week and will stay open later than the rest of the store, offering musical performances, poetry readings and other events in the evenings.
Bookstore director Manuel Cunard told the paper that the goal of the renovation is "to make the bookstore more useful and welcoming to Brown and the community at large."
What can only be called a love letter to a bookshop was posted at Desicritics
to celebrate the reopening Friday of Landmark bookstore, Mumbai, India,
which had been closed for three months following a fire in the mall
where it is located.
"I'm irrationally excited over this," IdeaSmith
wrote in her celebratory post, adding, "In these past three months,
I've visited two countries, been in love and out of it, borne two
deaths, had my sense of stability shaken by the terror attacks,
discarded a friendship, renewed a few, acquired some more. I haven't
had that haven that Zen calls 'the place of stillness' through all
this. My friends have made babies, celebrated wedding anniversaries,
had birthdays, returned to India after years. And I haven't been able
to greet them with my choice of gift--a book specially chosen for the
person and the occasion. Yes, I've missed Landmark so much. Friday,
The Great American Book Show, which originated as the Christmas Book Show held annually during the summer in Nashville, Tenn., and then moved to Atlanta, Ga., after its purchase by Larry and Valerie May, is moving this year to Boston, Mass., and will be held Fri.-Sat., August 21-22, at the Hynes Convention Center.
In his Bargain Book News, Larry May said that Boston is an attractive site for the show because "the Northeast region is full of independent bookstores and they are geographically concentrated in a much smaller area than those in the Southeast," because Boston is not far from New York, making the show "easily accessible to the big buyers and the internationals," and because Boston is near "two of the largest bargain book vendors in the nation--Strictly by the Book and World Publications."
Borders Group and Pershing Square Capital Management, the hedge fund that is the single-largest shareholder of Borders, have changed the April 9, 2008 agreement under which Borders can require Pershing Square to buy Borders's U.K. businesses, which consist of Paperchase gifts and stationery and a minority interest in the company that owns Borders stores in the U.K. and Ireland, according to an SEC filing.
The earlier agreement required Pershing Square to acquire "substantially all" of the shares of Paperchase and the bookstore operation. Now it requires Pershing to acquire "all of the shares." The reason? To simplify implementation of the deal if it occurs. The price for the deal remains $65 million.
The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression headline says it all: "booksellers celebrate" the Supreme Court's decision on Tuesday not to review a lower court ruling that struck down the Child Online Protection Act, passed by Congress in 1998 and fought by ABFFE, the Media Coalition, Powell's Books, A Different Light bookstores and others ever since.
"It was a long wait, but it was worth it," ABFFE president Chris Finan said in a statement. "The death of COPA means that Americans will continue to enjoy unfettered access to the Internet."
COPA would have prohibited the display of material "harmful to minors" on commercial websites. Similar laws, most of which have also been struck down, were passed by nine states.
As ABFFE noted, "Booksellers feared that the display of sexual content on their Web sites, whether in the form of jacket art or book excerpts, could subject them to prosecution. Powell's Web site lists some books that contain sexually explicit material as well as books with sexually suggestive titles. A Different Light Bookstores, a gay and lesbian bookstore, expressed the concern that all of its Web content might be considered as 'harmful to minors' in some communities."
Kathy L. Patrick, the inimitable founder of Beauty and the Book, Jefferson, Tex., and the Pulpwood Queens, has photos from the Pulpwood Queen Girlfriend Weekend Author Extravaganza 2009 Great Big Ball of Hair Ball, held last weekend. See the fun and wildness here or here.
The Washingtonian asks two "Washingtonian favorites," Carla Cohen and Barbara Meade, owners of Politics and Prose, a range of questions, including their favorite authors, fondest memories of bookselling, how many books they read a month and how they choose them, and more.
One question: Must-have item at all times? Cohen answered, "The New Yorker." Meade answered, "My mind."
The Brooklyn Eagle's
"Bay Ridge Beat" noted, "In this town of booklovers, we have but one
store to purchase our beloved tomes. We had two the other day. Now our
only link to the writing world is the BookMark Shoppe." The Eagle
praised owners Bina Valenzano and Christine Freglette Terzulli for
being "very community-minded, and involved in many Bay Ridge events."
Random House has appointed publishing group sales directors for each of the three adult publishing divisions that were formed early this month when the five divisions were merged into three.
In these new positions, the group sales directors will be responsible for developing and implementing plans to achieve the groups' overall sales targets and build "increasingly collaborative and entrepreneurial relationships and work processes with our publishers, customers and the adult sales teams," Jaci Updike, senior v-p and director of Random House adult sales, wrote in an e-mail about the changes. The three will also aim to "forge a more market-focused culture company, which is essential to our future." The group sales directors report to Updike. The imprint sales directors will report to the new group sales directors, who are:
- Amanda Close, v-p, group sales director, of Crown Publishing Group. She has been v-p, online and digital sales director, since 2007 and joined the company in 2003.
- Janet Cooke, v-p, group sales director, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. She was formerly v-p, and director of sales for the Doubleday Publishing Group, Bantam Dell Publishing Group and the Monacelli Press.
- Cynthia Lasky, senior v-p, group sales director, for the Random House Publishing Group. She was formerly senior v-p, sales and marketing director, of the Bantam Dell Publishing Group.