Notes: B&N's Huge Upper East Side Store; 'Birdhouse Spectacular'
Tomorrow Barnes & Noble is opening a 55,000-sq.-ft. store--unusually large even at the height of superstore expansion a decade ago--at 150 E. 86th St. (and Lexington Ave.) in New York City. The store, which the company called "a flagship," will stock more than 400,000 book, music, DVD and magazine titles and have a cafe.
The store has two floors, and among features are a video wall in the lobby and video streams of live information and entertainment on video walls throughout the store.
B&N has had a much smaller store at 240 E. 86th St.
Cool idea of the day: Chapters Bookstore, Pittsfield, Mass., is hosting the "Birdhouse Spectacular," a preview exhibit put on by Pittsfield Garden Tours. The Berkshire Eagle reported that Chapters "was selected for Garden Tours' ninth Birdhouse Spectacular after the bookstore allowed the group to hold its weekly meetings in the store's community room."
"The generosity of their store is pretty remarkable," said Anne Pasko, founder of Pittsfield Garden Tours.
"Basically they came and asked if they could put their birdhouses at our store, and we said of course," added bookseller Kelly Wright.
The 51 birdhouses on exhibition, with "themes ranging from castles to boats to lighthouses to abstract art," will be displayed through July 14. On July 18, they will be "auctioned at the American Red Cross, where proceeds will go to the garden tour via the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. The tour has donated approximately $80,000 in the past 12 years to community causes," the Eagle reported.
Mostly Books, Pittsburg, Kan., which was opened in 1988 by the late Roger O’Connor and his wife, Jan, will sell off the buildings and their contents in a pair of auctions over the next two weekends. The Morning Sun reported that after Roger died in 2006, Jan struggled to keep the bookshop viable.
"The heart and soul of this book store was Roger," she said. "I tried to keep it going, but there was just no way. Roger and I were together 24 hours a day all those years, and we had a great time. It was just no fun coming in the store alone."
Poets at this year's Ledbury poetry festival were asked "to list the oddest spots where they've been moved by the muse," according to the Guardian. The wide-ranging responses included Phillis Levin, who said she "found inspiration sitting between two women in a subway car, one flipping the pages of a tiny Bible while the other spun a miniature globe--and there was a grim lyricism in her other setting, waiting with a friend and her mother at a bus stop in Tokyo, listening to the death throes of a cricket that had fallen from a tree to their feet."
Molly Barton has become director of business development at Penguin Group and continues as associate publisher of eSpecials. In her new position, she will identify and pursue publishing opportunities in new and old media platforms.
Barton launched the Penguin eSpecials program last fall, created and implemented the "What to Give, What to Get" campaign during the holidays last year, has been involved in the company's e-book business for four years, worked on the From the Publisher's Office online network that was mentioned here yesterday and worked on the Amazon Breakthough Novel Award.