Cool idea of the day: Chester County Book & Music Co., West
Chester, Pa., currently has a wintry window display under a banner
reading "Snowed!" Decorated with bubble wrap ice and cotton snow, the
display features titles that are, as bookseller Joe Drabyak put it, "a
broad collection on cheats, scams, deceptions, misdirections and
frauds. Believe me, between the Jayson Blair journalists, Fox News,
Internet scams, ersatz memoirists and the Bush Administration, we were
not lacking in feature materials."
The owner of the Town Center in Corte Madera, Calif., has acknowledged
that Barnes & Noble will open a 27,000-sq.-ft. store in the mall,
in October, according to the Marin Independent Journal
When the store opens, the 10,000-sq.-ft B&N across Highway 101 will
close. The Town Center is a block from Book Passage, which in the past
weeks has argued strenuously against B&N's move (Shelf Awareness
, January 25).
In that vein, Bill Petrocelli, co-owner of Book Passage, told the
paper, "I don't think it's good for Marin County. This is a national
chain that has been targeting independent stores for 20 years or more.
They are aiming their sights at us."
MacGuffin: The Graphic Novel Bookshop has opened in the Shoppes at Oyster Point in Newport News, Va., according to the Virginian Pilot
Owned by Sam Hobart, MacGuffin specializes in graphic novels,
comics, alternative comics and manga as well as features a rotating
display of prints.
MacGuffin is located at 340 Oyster Point Rd., Suite 103, Newport News, Va. 23602; 757-249-1481; firstname.lastname@example.org
The movie Nanny McPhee
, starring Emma Thompson and based on the Nurse Matilda tales (Shelf Awareness
January 24), corralled a healthy $14.1 million in tickets over the
weekend, making it the No. 2 movie in the U.S. for the period. The
movie opened in the U.K. 15 weeks ago, and has grossed almost $36
Complicating its proposed takeover of Ottakar's, HMV Group, owner of
Waterstone's, has itself been approached as a takeover target,
according to Bloomberg
. The suitor is private equity fund Permira.
NACS's CM Bulletin
a range of bills introduced in state legislatures--in Illinois,
Maryland, Michigan, Oklahoma, Virginia and Washington--to make college
textbooks more affordable for students. Approaches include starting
rental programs, waiving sales taxes and unbundling packages.
Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, which manages bookstores on 23
Penn State campuses, has given $200,000 to the Penn State
IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON) that last year raised $4.1
million to fight pediatric cancer, Penn State Live
THON typically attracts about 700 students for 48 continuous hours of no-sitting, no-sleeping dancing.
Barbara O'Grady, a former chef, is in the process of buying Adventures
for Kids, the Ventura, Calif., children's books, music and video store
that Jody Fickes Shapiro has run for years. O'Grady has raised seed
money from friends, and Shapiro and her husband are carrying a note.
"Details are being hammered out," O'Grady told Shelf Awareness
O'Grady has been working at the store since September, learning the
business from Shapiro, who has offered to continue writing the store's
newsletter. O'Grady noted that the store's customers, many of whom feel
quite proprietary about it, were very happy that Adventures for Kids is
She added that there are some similarities between her old career and
bookselling. As at the Winter Institute, she said, her old industry
gatherings involved budgeting matters and people passionate about their
profession. "And a lot of chefs are writers!"
The Baltimore Sun
shone on the Wise Willow, a children's toy and book shop near the
capitol in Annapolis, Md. The store was opened in 2003 by Neely
Kennedy, a former librarian, and Abby Brown, a former architect, who
bring their small children to work with them.
The Fort Myers, Fla., public library celebrates its 50th anniversary
with plans to put up a new building in the next few years, according to
the Fort Myers News-Press
The library has come a long way since its first incarnation in a
donated home so small that "only a few people could fit inside at once."
For a peek at the draft of the new strategic plan for the New England
Booksellers Association and president Allan Schmid's introduction, click here
Black & White Books, the used bookstore in Reno, Nev., closed on Saturday, the Reno Gazette-Journal
reported. Owners Roman and Wendy Hruska, who bought the 12-year-old
store in 2001, are planning to go to business school and raise their
young sons, respectively.