Notes: 'Storybook Season'; Nobel Odds (and Creative Spelling)
Because of a strong lineup of novels by well-known authors, this fall is shaping up as "a storybook season" for local indie bookstores, the Boston Globe said.
Jane Jacobs, buyer at Porter Square Books, Cambridge, Mass. "normally orders six to eight titles in quantities as great as a dozen copies apiece. And that's the upper end of what she expects to sell. This year she placed orders for two to three dozen copies of no fewer than 15 hardcover titles, one barometer of these A-list authors' collective drawing power," as the Globe put it. "I've been in business for 12 years, and I've never seen this many big-name authors publish in one season before," Jacobs said.
"It's the best fall we've seen in a long, long time for big [fiction] books," added Dana Brigham, co-owner of Brookline Booksmith.
Bookstore trailer of the day: Just Browsing, a documentary film about local independent bookstores in Buffalo, N.Y., including Talking Leaves Books. The film will be screened on Wednesday, September 30, at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, where filmmaker Yuichiro Yamada will discuss his work.
Yikes. Minnesota Daily reported that a man who allegedly stole two textbooks from the University of Minnesota Bookstore in Minneapolis was followed by security guards who caught up with him and wrestled with him atop a bluff over the Mississippi River. The man broke free but then slid over the edge of the bluff, eventually falling to the river's edge. He then tried to camouflage himself and hid in bushes, but police found him. He suffered a broken wrist and leg.
A deputy chief of the university police called the wrestle 'n' roll a message to thieves: "You don't want to have word spread amongst thieves that as long as they can make it out of the building they're fine, they're home free, so there should be a practice or a policy of trying to apprehend these individuals."
For Nobel Prize in Literature prognosticators, it's time to place your bets. The Complete Review's Literary Salon reported that Ladbrokes has posted odds, but cautioned that "the Ladbrokes folk really don't take this seriously. Among the misspelled author-names are: 'Luis Goytisola' (surely they mean Juan Goytisolo), 'Antoni Tabucchi,' 'Umberto Ecco,' The Kindly Ones author 'Jonathan Little,' and 'Michael Tournier.' And, as every year, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o is listed under a name he hasn't published under in decades, James Ngugi." Top 10 betting favorites, "keeping Ladbrokes' (mis)spellings intact" include:
- Amos Oz 4/1
- Assia Djebar 5/1
- Luis Goytisola 6/1
- Joyce Carol Oates 7/1
- Philip Roth 7/1
- Adonis 8/1
- Antoni Tabucchi 9/1
- Claudio Magris 9/1
- Haruki Murakami 9/1
- Thomas Pynchon 9/1
Effective January 1, Hachette Book Group will directly handle sales and distribution of Guinness World Records in the U.S. in all traditional trade channels.
Alistair Richards, managing director of Guinness World Records, commented: "Over the past eight years, Hachette has been a diligent partner in growing our business and we are looking forward to continuing this relationship for the years to come."