A six-alarm fire Sunday night at the historic Brooks House in downtown Brattleboro, Vt., has caused severe damage to the Book Cellar, according to the Republican
. The Book Cellar is located in the former hotel, which now has 59 apartments, 15 storefronts and a radio station.
Book Cellar owner Lisa Sullivan, a New England Independent Booksellers Association board member who also owns Bartleby's Books in Wilmington, Vt., was on vacation. Everyone is reportedly safe.
Good news from Modern Times Bookstore
in San Francisco, Calif.: the store, which has to vacate its space by the end of the month (Shelf Awareness
, March 16, 2011), has a new location, at 2912 24th Street, between Alabama and Florida, in the old China Books location. The store plans to open in the new site at the end of May.
Modern Times said that the space is smaller "but we believe it will offer us an important opportunity to focus our stock and prioritize our mission as a progressive resource for the bay area and a neighborhood bookstore for the Mission."
The store is hosting a 40th Anniversary/Moving Party this Saturday, April 23, 3-6 p.m., with performances by Modern Times all-stars, and will have a volunteer moving party on April 30, its last day in the current space.
In West Hollywood, Calif., the Bodhi Tree Bookstore
continues in business and continues to talk with "prospects who have the vision and energy to operate a store and engage a new generation of readers and seekers," the store said yesterday. Longtime owners Stan Madson and Phil Thompson have sold the building and since January 2010 have been looking for a new owner who would buy the famed metaphysical store's inventory and continue the store in a different location.
To help "send the message that the customer base will be there for the next 'incarnation,' " the Bodhi Tree is offering a 20% discount to all customers who say the phrase "Bodhi 4ever" when making purchases from now through Monday, May 2.
As the strong Canadian dollar hovers at par with the weak U.S. dollar, one Canadian bookseller is again responding as it did four years ago, when the loonie and the buck were of equal value: Audreys Books
in Edmonton is selling U.S. books at the lower U.S. dollar price printed on the books, the Edmonton Journal
"I would be comfortable if these books were 10% above the U.S. price to take into account shipping and warehousing, but some books are 20% or sometimes 25% higher and that's unacceptable to us," co-owner Steve Budnarchuk told the paper.
Another independent in Edmonton, Greenwoods' Bookshoppe, is not considering a similar move because, Gail Greenwood said, "publishers and distributors, unlike in 2007, are responding much quicker to book pricing. We feel right now the average price is 10% to 15% over U.S., and that's a good price compared to some of the other products retailers are bringing in, like electronics and clothing, which are averaging anywhere from 20% to 25%. Book buyers are getting a pretty good deal."
Lacy Simons, manager of the bookstore part of Rock City Books & Coffee, Rockland, Maine, has raised most of her goal of $5,000 to buy the book operation, the Bangor Daily News reported.
She has used social media to raise the money (Shelf Awareness, March 25, 2011). "We've had some local people, but overwhelmingly it's been from people who have never even been to the store," Simons told the paper. "I think people tend to think of Twitter and Facebook as being kind of impersonal, but when random strangers entrust their money to you because they support your cause, it feels really personal and organic. You really do feel connected."
She hopes to take ownership of the bookstore in mid-May and will then change the name to Hello Hello. According to the paper, she will focus on "getting more new books in and increasing gifts and other forms of merchandise." She'll also change the look of the space.
Book trailer of the day: Forty Beads: The
Simple, Sexy Secret for Transforming Your Marriage by Carolyn Evans (Running
Writing on her blog, Inklings, bookseller Charlotte Ashley pays homage to the books being returned that "we'd been holding on to as long as possible for sentimental reasons; books which 'should' sell. What's maybe more depressing is that books that don't sell usually fall into very specific categories, and so maybe as booksellers we should learn simply not to order from these lists." Among those heartbreaker categories:
- Young Adult Literature Not Featuring the Occult
- Chinese Literature
- Post-Soviet Russian Novels
- NYRB Classics
"Become someone else. Pick your hero at Mint Vinetu." My Modern Metropolis featured an advertising campaign for a Lithuanian bookstore
From Boing Boing, a headline that says it all--"L.A. Library, 1960: Gun-toting child reads bunny book
Artist and designer Sebastian Errazuriz's Metamorphosis bookshelf
was inspired by memories of the thick ivy in his grandmother's garden, Modern Residential Design
With David Foster Wallace's The Pale King
making headlines in the book world, it seems like the perfect time to craft a literary mixtape for Hal Incandenza
, the protagonist of Infinite Jest
. Flavorwire imagined what Hal would "perfect his serve, talk to BooBoo and light up his one-hitter to."