Shelf Awareness for Monday, May 15, 2006

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Bramble: The Stars Are Dying: Special Edition (Nytefall Trilogy #1) by Chloe C Peñaranda

Blue Box Press: A Soul of Ash and Blood: A Blood and Ash Novel by Jennifer L Armentrout

Charlesbridge Publishing: The Perilous Performance at Milkweed Meadow by Elaine Dimopoulos, Illustrated by Doug Salati

Minotaur Books: The Dark Wives: A Vera Stanhope Novel (Vera Stanhope #11) by Ann Cleeves

Soho Crime: Exposure (A Rita Todacheene Novel) by Ramona Emerson

Wednesday Books: When Haru Was Here by Dustin Thao

Editors' Note

Editors' Note: BEA Bye; Search Us

Because of BEA, this week we will publish Shelf Awareness only today and tomorrow. We'll be back bright and early--well, maybe early--on Monday, May 22. We hope to run into those of you who are going to the show!

Also, in what we plan as the first of many improvements and upgrades, Shelf Awareness's Web site now has a search function for our back issues, which will make our lives easier--and help you find articles in any of our 209 issues and counting. And it's not even a full year yet.

G.P. Putnam's Sons: Four Weekends and a Funeral by Ellie Palmer


Notes: Book Warehouse Files Chapter 11

National Book Warehouse and Book Market have filed for Chapter 11 reorganization in federal bankruptcy court in Nashville, Tenn., Bargain Book News reported. The company sells remainder, overstock, returns and promotional books at about 100 Book Warehouse and Foozles bookstores. Its Book Market stores are temporary bookstores. The filing was precipitated when the company's lender ended its line of credit. Secured creditor SunTrust is owned about $3 million while the 50 largest unsecured creditors are owed more than $4 million.

President David Hinkle said that sales were "severely impacted by the dramatic rise in gas prices, especially the outlet stores," and added that management is determined to turn the company around.

In 2005, the company had sales of $51 million and a net loss of $4 million. At the end of the year, the company closed 33 stores of its 134 permanent stores and cut the number of temporary stores to 4 from 62.


Burke's Book Store, the 131-year-old Memphis, Tenn., store that recently sent a letter to customers and friends seeking financial help (Shelf Awareness, May 3), has through donations and increased sales received $10,000 toward its short-term goal of $50,000, the Memphis Commercial Appeal reported. Owners Cheryl and Corey Mesler said that they had received several $1,000 gifts as well as $10 from a couple with an envelope from their children. The envelope had "four quarters and four $1 bills in it," Cheryl Mesler said. "That means as much as the big donations."

The paper also reported that used bookseller Midtown Books is opening a Downtown location, downstairs from the Memphis Tobacco Bowl. Owner Hugh Hollowell said that "the community Downtown is vastly under-served."


Faye Debroux is opening the Reader's Book Emporium on May 25 in Rocky Mount, N.C., the Rocky Mount Telegram reported. A former Sprint employee, Debroux will be helped by her sister and daughter. With the store, she aims to fill a void left by the closing last month of the Book Shoppe.

Reader's Book Emporium is located at 3012 Sunset Ave., Rocky Mount, N.C. 27804.


Beck & Stein Books, which opened two and a half years ago in Port Warwick in Newport News, Va., is closing June 1, the Hampton Roads Daily Press reported. Owner Patrice Beck Stein told the paper that the decision to close was difficult. "A bookstore is a labor of love for anybody," she said. "Our customers are so sad."


Minnesota Women's Press profiles the Loft, the Minneapolis literary center that offers writing classes, poetry readings and other cultural events.


Worthy of scanning! The cover story of yesterday's New York Times Magazine, called "Scan This Book!" by Kevin Kelly of Wired magazine, is a detailed look at the implications for books and copyright of the linking and tagging and the creation of a universal library that would include most of the 32 million books ever published.


The New York Times Book Review offers the best fiction of the past 25 years as picked by its pick of "a couple of hundred prominent writers, critics, editors and other literary sages." Their most loved title: Beloved by Toni Morrison.


Also in the Times--and this is our last mention of the Times for today!--the travel section journeyed yesterday to Hay, Wales, home of 40 or so used bookstores and where "for 10 days at the end of May, the town is given over to writers, and its population of 1,500 swells to a remarkable 80,000, as visitors troop to see the likes of Dave Eggers, Kazuo Ishiguro, Don DeLillo, John Updike, Clive James, Julian Barnes, Ali Smith, Patrick McGrath, Jeannette Winterson, Doris Lessing and Jaqueline Wilson, to name a few who have appeared recently."


Beginning June 2, the National Association of College Stores is retiring its weekly printed newsletter, Campus Marketplace. At the same time, it will give that name to its e-mail newsletter, currently called CM Bulletin. The new e-mail Campus Marketplace will make its debut using HTML format.


Borders Group, which already has stores in New Zealand in Auckland and Christchurch, is close to signing a lease for a store in Wellington, the Dominion Post reported. The store would be in the Capital on the Quay shopping center.


Tom Korman has been promoted to v-p of trade sales at DK Publishing. Before joining the company in 1996 as director of sales, he worked at Random House and Encore Books.

AuthorBuzz for the Week of 04.22.24

BEA on the Horizon: Channeling the Web

Here's another great BEA panel, for sure. (We can vouch for most of the panelists, particularly our own Jenn Risko.) It's Thursday's Channeling the Web for Readers & Buyers session, which will examine "new cost-efficient Web-enabled opportunities to reach readers, booksellers and librarians." The people who will share their experiences are Suzanne Beecher, founder and president of; Skye Van Raalte-Herzog, producer and co-founder of; M.J. Rose, author and creator of AuthorBuzz; and Jenn Risko, publisher and co-founder of Shelf Awareness. Carol Fitzgerald, founder of, will moderate. The panel will be held on Thursday, May 18, from 1-2:30 p.m. in Room 204A in the convention center.

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Books for Understanding: Sudan

The Association of American University Presses's Books for Understanding bibliography that focuses on Sudan has been revised and expanded to include new research and scholarship on the crisis in Darfur as well as the nation's colonial past and the cultures of the Sudanese people.

Examples of books on the Books for Understanding: Sudan list:

  • Darfur: The Ambiguous Genocide by Gérard Prunier (Cornell University Press, 2005)
  • The Lost Boys of Sudan: An American Story of the Refugee Experience by Mark Bixler (University of Georgia Press, 2005)
  • Sudan Peace Process: Challenges and Future Prospects edited by Korwa Adar, John G. Nyuot Yoh, Eddy Maloka (Michigan State University Press, distributed for Africa Institute of South Africa, 2005)
  • A Different Shade of Colonialism: Egypt, Great Britain, and the Mastery of the Sudan by Eve M. Troutt Powell (University of California Press, 2003)
  • In Whose Image?: Political Islam and Urban Practices in Sudan by T. Abdou Maliqalim Simone (University of Chicago Press, 1994).

Media and Movies

Media Heat: A Vet of the Iraq War

Unapologetically today on the View: Jim Belushi, author of Real Men Don't Apologize (Hyperion, $21.95, 1401301827).


Today on WAMU's Diane Rehm Show: Paul Rieckhoff, executive director and founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and author of Chasing Ghosts: A Soldier's Fight for America from Baghdad to Washington (NAL Caliber, $24.95, 0451218418).


Taking her turn tonight on Larry King Live: the Vice President's daughter, Mary Cheney, author of Now It's My Turn: A Daughter's Chronicle of Political Life (Pocket, $26, 141652049X).


Tomorrow on Good Morning America: Danica Patrick, author of Danica: Crossing the Line (Fireside, $23.95, 0743298144).

Also on Good Morning America: Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook, author of Live Like You're Blessed: Simple Steps for Making Balance, Love, Energy, Spirit, Success, Encouragement, and Devotion Part of Your Life (Doubleday, $17.95, 038551719X).


Tomorrow morning the Today Show has a quartet of authors:

  • Peter Greenberg, author of The Traveler's Diet: Eating Right and Staying Fit on the Road (Villard, $14.95, 0812976126). Greenberg sticks around an extra day on Today, appearing on Wednesday, too.
  • Eric Stromer, whose new book is Do-It-Yourself Family: Fun and Useful Home Projects the Whole Family Can Make Together (Bantam Dell, $20, 0553384023).
  • Jenny Minton, author of The Early Birds: A Mother's Story for Our Times (Knopf, $23, 1400043832).
  • Jonathan Murray, author of Two for the Money: Sensible Plan for Making It All Work (Carroll & Graf, $24.95, 0786717874).


Tomorrow on NPR's Fresh Air: Sandy Tolan, author of The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East (Bloomsbury USA, $24.95, 1582343438).


The No. 1 guest tomorrow on the Late Show with David Letterman: Christopher Russo, author of The Mad Dog Hall of Fame: The Ultimate Top-Ten Rankings of the Best in Sports (Doubleday, $23.95, 0385517467).

Books & Authors

Book Brahmin: Joseph Finder

Joseph Finder's new book is Killer Instinct (St. Martin's, $24.95, 0312347472), whose laydown date is tomorrow. Here he answers questions we pose occasionally to people in the industry:

On nightstand now:

Always a huge, teetering pile. Philip Roth's Everyman. Priscilla McMillan's The Ruin of J. Robert Oppenheimer. Barry Eisler's Rain Fall. J. P. Marquand's The Late George Apley. And a big stack of New Yorkers.  

Favorite book when you were a child:

Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time. Though I also loved Eleanor Cameron's The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet so much that I wrote her a letter, and she wrote back, and we corresponded for years. That's when I decided to become a writer. Only now our fans e-mail us.

Top five authors:

Vladimir Nabokov (my all-time favorite of his is Pnin, not Lolita, and I love his essays), Eric Ambler (the granddaddy of all of us suspense novelists), Nikolai Gogol (as trippy today as he must have been 150 years ago), Saul Bellow (not only a magician with language, but he actually did plots too!), Nelson DeMille (ever read The Gold Coast?  You should.).  

Book you've "faked" reading:

Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique.

Book you are an "evangelist" for:

Peter Abrahams' The Tutor. (I used to be an evangelist for Tom Perrotta's Little Children, but people seem to have caught on.)

Book you've bought for the cover:

Geek Love by Katherine Dunn. The cover is one of Chip Kidd's masterpieces. When I got to the part about the boy born with flippers instead of limbs, I closed the book and put it on the shelf and continue to admire the cover.

Book that changed your life:

J. K. Lasser's Your Income Tax.

Favorite line from a book:

"The top of Babe's head came off." From William Goldman's Marathon Man. His grad student hero, Babe Levy, meets the Nazi concentration-camp dentist, Dr. Christian "The White Angel") Szell, who has a unique way to "extract" the information he wants from Babe. Dentists should have filed a class-action suit against Goldman.

Book you most want to read again for the first time:

The Magus by John Fowles.

Book Sense: May We Recommend

From last week's Book Sense bestseller lists, available at, here are the recommended titles, which are also Book Sense Picks:


The Girls by Lori Lansens (Little, Brown, $23.95, 0316069035). "I believe that the best writing these days is coming out of Canada, and Lori Lansens is another one of the great ones. The Girls is as interesting a book as I've ever read about love and the many forms it takes. These girls, conjoined twins, are thoroughly lovable and are presented without a sappy note. I feel Rose and Ruby are part of my life."--Paul Ingram, Prairie Lights Books, Iowa City, Iowa

Two for the Road: Our Love Affair With American Food by Jane and Michael Stern (Houghton Mifflin, $24, 0618329633). "This is a memoir describing what it's really like to have a dream job. The Sterns have spent 20 years becoming experts in American cooking by driving and eating on the back roads of America. A fast, funny, and illuminating read."--Mary Muller, Market Block Books, Troy, N.Y.


Queen of the Oddballs: And Other True Stories From a Life Unaccording to Plan by Hillary Carlip (Harper Paperbacks, $13.95, 0060878835). "Hillary Carlip has lived a life we all wish we could claim . . . and never has being so different seemed so unbelievably cool. You will want to claim your inner oddball and let it radiate on the world around you!"--Cynthia St. John, Kepler's Books & Magazines, Menlo Park, Calif.

For Kids of All Ages

Fly by Night by Frances Hardinge (HarperCollins, $16.99, 0060876271). "A spellbinding adventure of a young girl who crosses paths with spies, smugglers, and secret societies. This is a must-read for everyone who loves the written word."--Amanda Parker, J.W. Beecroft Books & Coffee, Superior, Wis.

Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions You Can Build Yourself by Maxine Anderson (Nomad Press, $14.95, 0974934429). "This hands-on book will be a marvelous introduction to the complex artist and inventor who defined the Renaissance. It includes clear directions and accompanying illustrations showing how to build your own camera obscura, ornithopter, and armored tank, as well as basic lessons in several art skills."--Bev Denor, LaDeDa Books, Manitowoc, Wis.

[Many thanks to Book Sense and the ABA!]

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