The auction of Joseph-Beth Booksellers' five remaining stores (Shelf Awareness, March 24, 2011) will take place this Wednesday morning, and Neil Van Uum remains the only bidder who has been publicly identified, the Lexington Herald-Leader said.
Liquidators might buy the company and would likely make a relatively low bid--then close all the stores. Several industry observers speculated to the Herald-Leader that Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million might be interested in Joseph-Beth. Bids can be for the whole company or parts of it.
Karl Lagerfeld, fashion designer, artist, photographer and book lover, plans to open a bookstore in New York City together with Gerhard Steidl, who has published many of his books and with whom he has an imprint called Edition 7L, according to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
Called Word and Image, the store would highlight Steidl titles as well as books from other publishers chosen by Lagerfeld and build on what has been a profitable business in Lagerfeld's 7L bookstore in Paris: selling custom libraries to readers. Steidl told the paper that the best location for the store would be in lower Manhattan near the New Museum on the Bowery.
One title to be carried is a sweet novelty: a hardcover book called Paper Passion whose interior will be hollowed out to hold a container of a new perfume with the same name that smells of paper--an idea Lagerfeld had while leafing through the new Chanel catalogue.
Buffalo Street Books, the Ithaca, N.Y., bookstore that closed last month and has reorganized as a coop (Shelf Awareness, March 7, 2011), is opening this coming Saturday, according to the Ithaca Journal. The store has more than 600 members and has raised $250,000.
The opening will include catering by Ithaca Bakery and music in the evening.
Daedalus Books & Music, whose headquarters and warehouse are in Columbia, Md., is closing its store in Belvedere Square in Baltimore, according to the Baltimore Messenger.
The store, which has specialized in new and remainder books, overstock DVDs and jazz and classic CDs, will close in mid-May. Daedalus president Robin Moody said that the company's store and wholesale business in Columbia and its online business are doing well.
The store opened in 2007 in Belvedere Square, which includes some popular, fun shops: a market, wine bar, deli and boutiques. But walk-in traffic for the store wasn't sufficient, Moody told the Messenger. "Our books are very cheap. We have to sell a lot of books to make that critical mass of income."
Book trailer of the day: What Is Real
Karen Rivers (Orca Book Publishers).
Cool idea of the day: First Person Singular, "a more-or-less monthly series of dramatic readings designed to highlight personal voice, broadly defined," at Pegasus Books
, which has locations in Berkeley and Oakland, Calif. As the East Bay Express
described it, "each First Person Singular event is one-of-a-kind, something between a spoken-word event, a play, and a book reading, all organized around a theme."
The organizer is Joe Christiano, a Pegasus bookseller for 20 years who besides offering monologues and short stories, also has "themed events around Sixties girl-group songs and Warren Zevon records." On Wednesday, the theme is Two Men Down and No One On: Baseball Stories. "Berkeley writer Barry Gifford will deliver the metaphorical first pitch with a monologue, after which local actors Wayne Wong and Stanley Spenger will conduct dramatic readings of Jim Shepard's 'Batting Against Castro' and J.D. Salinger's 'The Laughing Man,' respectively."
Christiano displayed his esthetic brilliance by telling the paper, "For some reason I find baseball to be the most lyrical sport--the lore, the terminology, the role of the players."
Sundance Bookstore and Music, Reno, Nev., was one of two winners of the Nevada Humanities 2011 Judith Winzeler Award for Excellence in the Humanities, recognizing "individuals, organizations, and businesses that make an outstanding and lasting contribution to Nevada communities by using the tools of the humanities to strengthen and enhance the lives of Nevadans."
Joe Crowley, president emeritus of the University of Nevada, Reno, who nominated the store for the honor, said that co-owners Dan Earl and Christine Kelly and the staff "think of themselves as servants first. The cause they serve is culture."
The organization praised Sundance's contributions to northern Nevada's literary and cultural community, including bringing authors to Reno for signings and readings, supporting local authors and local presses and collaborating with Nevada Humanities and other nonprofits. The store also "engages with their customers in a unique and enriching way. They regularly host literary discussion groups and sponsor events that enhance civic discourse."
The award was presented at the Governor's Mansion in Carson City.
"How little publisher made good with great writing" was the headline for a profile of Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill in the Charlotte Observer, which noted that recently Algonquin had a record four novels on the New York Times bestseller lists and then, "just a week later, another new record: A fifth novel, Jonathan Evison's West of Here,
joined the others.... Not bad for a publishing company that began in
Louis Rubin's house. But maybe not surprising. Algonquin has been
overachieving almost since its start."
"We've been very fortunate
to have the right book at the right time," said associate publisher Ina
Stern. "It's got to be that book you can hand to somebody and say,
'You've got to read this. You've just got to read it.' "
Coming soon to a venue near you: the Seething Resentment Reading Series, as conceived by Lucas Klauss in McSweeney's:
"So, let us come together, as we always do on the second Tuesday of
each month, in the poorly lit back room of a sparsely populated,
charmless bar, and grind our teeth in rage as we pretend to listen to
those more recently successful than we read from their latest
mediocrity. It's the May edition of the Seething Resentment Reading
Series, and it's going to be infuriating."
Apartment Therapy, which featured a "Literal Literary Lining for Your Living Room Floor,"
observed that there are "some ideas that surface which stun you. You
take a minute and quickly ridicule them in your head and then step back
and think, well I dunno--I don't hate it as much as I should. That's the
case with this book rug and although it's probably more of a show piece
than a functional item for your home--assuming all the books were
destined for an ill-fate anyway--it's actually kind of neat." The book
rug was created by Pamela Paulsurd.
Effective June 1, graphic novel publisher NBM will have all sales outside of the comic market as well as all warehousing and fulfillment handled by IPG.
"For a long time, we were able to handle [sales and distribution] ourselves well enough using a book fulfillment service warehouse," NBM publisher and founder Terry Nantier said. "But in the last few years, as graphic novels' acceptance has widened considerably, the scope of where they can be sold has widened a lot as well. That, plus logistics considerations, points to a good time to partner with such a strong distributor as IPG, bringing muscle to our distribution which they can do best, and let us concentrate more in our office on what we do best: publish and promote some of the best graphic novels the world has to offer."