Boneshaker Books will open this coming Saturday in the Seward area of Minneapolis, Minn., and will host a reception that evening at 7 p.m., according to the Minneapolis City Pages.
The store, in a former movie theater, will feature "progressive/radical literature, children's books and a curated fiction section," the store said. Sections include international politics, LGBTQ issues, people's history, green living, international fiction, labor and economics, science fiction and much more. Boneshaker Books will also carry zines and house the Women's Prison Book Project, which provides literature to female inmates across the country through mail requests.
Boneshaker fans raised $20,000 to start the store, which will be run by volunteers. One unusual service: free bike delivery for local orders made online or on the phone.
Boneshaker Books is located at 2002 23rd Ave. S., Minneapolis, Minn. 55404; 612-871-7110.
The Twin Cities Daily Planet profiled Once Upon a Crime, the mystery bookstore in Minneapolis, Minn., that is co-winner of the 2011 Raven Award, sponsored by the Mystery Writers of America. Owners Gary Shulze and Pat Frovarp will receive the award at the Edgar Awards banquet in April.
The store is quite a labor of love for the pair: in 2002 they were dating and Frovarp was working at the store, which was put up for sale. They bit, and five years after becoming business partners, the two made their personal relationship official, marrying on the fifth anniversary of their purchase of the store.
Among highlights of the store: a bookshelf dedicated to local authors and the annual Write of Spring event, which features all local mystery authors who are published. "It's good for the authors because it's a lot of publicity," Frovarp told the paper. "They appreciate it; it's our biggest sales day of the year."
Random House, Carlei Wines and Brooklyn Brewery are sponsoring the World's Most Literary Rent Party Ever!, a fundraiser to support Random House novelist Charles Bock (author of Beautiful Children), his wife, Diana, and his baby girl, Lily, as Diana enters her second year of expensive and difficult treatments for leukemia.
The part will be held Sunday, February 6, at P.S. 122. Hosts include Jonathan Franzen, Jonathan Safran Foer, Mary Gaitskill, Susan Cheever, Joshua Ferris, Rivka Galchen, Amy Hempel, A.M. Homes, Mary-Beth Hughes, Nicole Krauss, Rick Moody, Richard Price, George Saunders, Gary Shteyngart, Wesley Stace, Hannah Tinti and Sean Wilsey. The Magnetic Fields's Claudia Gonson will perform music at the event.
For more information and to buy tickets go to www.most-literary-rent-party-ever.info.
After seeing The King's Speech this past weekend, we wish to bow in appreciation to the director, cast and crew of this marvelous movie and note again the publication late last year of The King's Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi (Sterling). Logue is the grandson of Lionel Logue, the speech therapist who worked for years with King George VI on his stammer--which is the focus of the movie. The book is based on Logue's diaries, which had been "locked in an attic for 50 years," as well as letters from the King and Queen. Colin Firth plays George VI; Helena Bonham Carter is his wife, Queen Elizabeth; and Geoffrey Rush plays Logue.
See the book trailer here.
In a q&a in Business News Daily about how businesses can use social media, Sherrie Madia, a professor at the Wharton School of Business and author of The Social Media Survival Guide, cited one of our favorite bookstores, saying:
"On the small business side, Liberty Bay Books (@LibertyBayBooks), an indie bookstore out of Poulsbo, Wash., does a super job of optimizing the social media space through consistent branding, an authentic voice, networking its blog, website, Facebook page and Twitter account, and providing content of value such as upcoming events and book reviews."
Congratulations to the Voracious Reader, Larchmont, N.Y., named by Westchester Magazine as "best of the decade" for kids. Owner Francine Lucidon noted that her daughter said the store gets to hold the title for 10 years.
The magazine wrote: "Blogs and Seventeen have their place, but the best way to make sure those are not the only reading materials your kids will get their hands on is to take them to the Voracious Reader. Since 2007, parents have flocked to this indie shop to find books for their kids, from babies through teenagers--and yes, sometimes for themselves, too. (Who among us hasn't dipped into Harry Potter?) But the books aren't the only attraction here. The staff understands what gets young readers excited, knows the hot books (Mockingjay, anyone?), and throws parties, brings in authors to read, and hosts book clubs to make reading a fun, social thing to do. Blogs seem boring in comparison."
In a long piece in the Traverse City Record-Eagle about Michael Moore, who founded the Traverse City Film Festival, the filmmaker said one of his New Year's resolutions is to "spend more time hanging out in bookstores." He recommended Brilliant Books, Sutton Bay, Mich., where, he said, "You'll find things there that you won't find elsewhere, so there's that sense of discovery."
Washington, D.C., tops this year's most literate cities list, based on Central Connecticut State University's annual study ranking the "culture and resources for reading" in the nation's 75 largest metro areas, USA Today reported. Rounding out the top five are Seattle, Minneapolis, Atlanta and Pittsburgh.
difference does it make how good your reading test score is if you
never read anything?" asked researcher Jack Miller, the university's
president. The study examines not just whether people can read, but if
they actually do. "One of the elements of the climate, the culture, the
value of a city is
whether or not there are people there that practice those kinds of
Among the study's highlights: "Washington's climb to
number one this year was likely helped by troubles in Seattle, which has
claimed or shared (with Minneapolis) the top spot four of the past five
years. In recent years, Seattle has lost a newspaper and some legendary
local bookstores have struggled.... New Orleans, which ranked 42nd in
2005, then dropped off the list because its population dipped after
Hurricane Katrina, has more than bounced back. It returned last year at
17 and this year climbed to 15. Changing demographics likely explain the
Flavorwire showcased 10 Great Works of Literature for America's 10 Most Literate Cities,
advising readers not to worry "if you're not conversant in the literary
classics of our most well-read cities. We've matched each with a book
that’s set there. Take a virtual roadtrip through America's most
December, I'd say fully one quarter of all the people who came in to
the store have said, 'I'm shopping here because I want to support an
independent bookstore.' I've never heard that as a refrain before," said
Simone Lee, owner of Pages Books on Kensington, Calgary, Alberta, in Quillblog's roundup of Canadian indie bookstore holiday sales.
Expressing similar thoughts was Deb McVittie, owner of 32 Books & Gallery,
Vancouver, B.C. She cited the spring closure of the last Duthie's Books
location in Vancouver as "a real wake-up call" for her customers: "For
local people here, independents closing [across] Canada... got them
thinking, 'If we don't want our independents to close, we have to show
up. People are thinking more about buying local, buying independent."
Mark Twain's use of realistic language may offend many, but his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer topped the list of ParentDish.com's Top 100 Books for Tweens.
The Kindle app has made a successful debut in the Mac App Store. TechCrunch reported that, as the "first e-book app in the Mac App Store, it is already the fifth most downloaded free app."
The Huffington Post asked 13 fiction writers to name the author they each considered "the most important contemporary fiction writer, and what had been his/her influence on their own writing and on the writing of other contemporary fiction writers."
For NPR's Three Books series, Gish Jen recommended "Three Modern Fables to Capture Your Imagination": Michael Kohlhaas: A Tale from an Old Chronicle by Heinrich von Kleist, Waiting for the Barbarians by J.M. Coetzee and Diaries of Adam and Eve by Mark Twain.
it is time for something fabulous," wrote Jen, "by which I mean not
something great to wear to your next party, but something fable-like in
its imaginative insight into the human condition."
Book trailer of the Day: The Memory Palace by Mira Bartók (Free Press), whose pub date is today. Our Maximum Shelf issue about The Memory Palace appeared last December 7.
The Wall Street Journal surveyed a book genre that probably doesn't have a BISAC subject code: national record books.
"Up-and-coming nations have long published books along the lines of the Guinness Book of World Records, chronicling the feats of their fearless citizens to help provide that sense of national purpose politicians love," the paper wrote. "India and Malaysia were among the first, shrugging off the yoke of colonialism to bake giant pizzas or weave enormous carpets. Former Soviet satellites including Poland and Ukraine followed, publishing their own national record books. Even the tiny Mediterranean island Malta, population 411,390, published a slender volume, the Malta Book of Records and Facts."
Now Vietnam is joining the competition. Viet Books is publishing Vietnam Book of Records, which includes statistics about, among other things, "the village with the most portraits of revolutionary hero Ho Chi Minh; the largest model turtle made of dried squid; and, not least, Tran Minh Thiem, a 75-year-old pensioner credited with spinning around more times than any other Vietnamese without falling down."
Effective tomorrow, Allison Verost joins HarperCollins's children's publicity department as assistant director of publicity. She has worked for nearly eight years in publicity at Penguin Young Readers Group.