Escape Fiction Books, Salem, Ore., which opened in 1994,
"sprang from a book lover's passion and a willingness to sacrifice," WillametteLive.com
bookstore was created because we have a love for books; we also have a
powerful need to eat. When we realized that both were compatible, we
started Escape Fiction Books," said Scott Conover, co-owner of the shop
with his wife, Maria. "The one love you should not have if you want to
run a bookstore is a love of money--it will not be forthcoming. You can
live a modest life running a bookstore, but it is not a path to riches,
quick or any other kind."
In the Guardian
, Lucy Mangan called it "the
bookcase you'll want to live in." The Ark is a "free-standing,
multi-storey wooden tower comprising a spiral staircase and walls
composed of open shelves lined with 6,000 books. Designed and
constructed by Rintala Eggertsson Architects, it's called the Ark
and is part of the Victoria & Albert Museum's 1:1 Architects Build Small Spaces
Eggertsson himself, on the video playing, likens it to 'a gigantic Ikea
bookcase'--but, my dears, it is so much more."
One of the Profiles in Courage in the Christian Science Monitor's Chapter & Verse blog is a Q&A with Daniel Goldin, owner of the Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, Wis. Goldin's definition of what makes a good bookseller: "I think what counts is that we put as much personality into the business as possible. My staff are all book-obsessed people. But I tell them that the bookstore is about the people who come in here as much as it is about the books. The customers are coming here because they like our vision of what a bookstore should be. That doesn't mean I'm catering to every desire of every customer. If I did, then we'd be a milquetoast kind of place. I think I know who my core customers are and it's my job to make them as happy as I can."
Book trailer of the day: Let's Take the Long Way Home by Gail Caldwell (Random House), a memoir that will be published August 10.
As noted on the Consumerist, a reader bought a used hardcover copy of Mars Life by Ben Bova (Tor) for $1 from the Salvation Army and was about three-fourths of the way through the book, which was published in 2008, before realizing 32 pages were missing.
"The book isn't damaged, it just looks like the pages were never put into the binding," said Anonymous, who then wrote Macmillan's website, including the fact that the book had been bought at a thrift store.
Anonymous continued: "Someone replied the next business day asking for my address so they can send a new copy! They don't sell the hardcover version any more so they offered to send a mass-market (paperback) edition. Seeing as how I was happy to buy a book from a thrift store, that was just fine with me. A week and a half later I can finish the story!"
Hollywood book gossip of
the day: Troubled actress Lindsay Lohan "is turning to self-help books
to assist in turning her life around," according to People, which reported that as Lohan
prepares to serve time behind bars, her current reading matter of choice
is Toxic Friends: The Antidote for Women Stuck in Complicated
Friendships by Susan Shapiro Barash (St. Martin's).
the many memories of former Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, who died
earlier this week, one of our quirky favorites was shared by Samantha
Farlow, who wrote in the New York Times about an encounter with
Steinbrenner in 1988 when she was checking in at an airport. She asked
George to autograph the most logical thing she had with her, a copy of Sweet
Lou by Lou Piniella, whom Steinbrenner had fired at the end of the
NPR recommended this summer's best science books,
"five engrossing summer releases that will satisfy anyone from a curious
nonscientist to a biochemist eager to refresh her mind with new ideas
Suggestions titles: Bounce: Mozart,
Federer, Picasso, Beckham, and the Science of Success by Matthew
Syed, Bursts: The Hidden Pattern Behind Everything We Do by
Albert-Laszlo Barabasi, The Male Brain by Louann Brizendine,
M.D., How to Defeat Your Own Clone... and Other Tips for Surviving
the Biotech Revolution by Kyle Kurpinsky and Terry D. Johnson, and Long
for This World: The Strange Science of Immortality by Jonathan
Asylum Press is now being distributed to the book trade by SCB Distributors.
Asylum Press titles available to bookstores include Satan's 3-Ring Circus of Hell by Robert S. Rhine, Deadly Are the Naked by Jim Smith, Chestaclese Sketchbook by Jim Smith and Frank Forte and The Bomb by Steve Mannion. Upcoming titles include two anthologies, Zombie Terrors and EEEK!.
"We are thrilled to be working with SCB Distributors to bring our books to an entirely new audience outside the comic book store world," Asylum publisher Frank Forte said. "The graphic novel industry is exploding and we've got some great new titles coming out in the next few years."