Shelf Awareness for Thursday, May 8, 2014

Margaret K. McElderry Books: Tender Beasts by Liselle Sambury

Scholastic Press: Heroes: A Novel of Pearl Harbor by Alan Gratz

Flatiron Books: Anita de Monte Laughs Last by Xochitl Gonzalez

Peachtree Publishers: King & Kayla and the Case of the Downstairs Ghost (King & Kayla) by Dori Hillestad Butler, illustrated by Nancy Meyers

Doubleday Books: The Husbands by Holly Gramazio

Quotation of the Day

Indies' Place in the Modern Age

"I wouldn't work at a bookstore if I didn't think they had a place in the modern age. Yes, I think bookstores have a home as a place for events, for brick-and-mortar business, and as an avenue for both local and travelling customers.... Indies can compete by focusing on their strengths--curation, expertise, creativity, and a connection to community (be it local partnerships, donations, or events)--and fulfilling the wants and needs of their customers, rather than fretting about the behemoth companies. Things like the 'buy local movement' have also helped lift bookstores alongside other independent businesses."

--Josh Christie, manager of Sherman's Books and Stationery, Portland, Maine, in a q&a with DNA Photography

Holiday House: The Five Impossible Tasks of Eden Smith by Tom Llewellyn; The Selkie's Daughter by Linda Crotta Brennan


Locks Changed, Marcus Books Looking for New Space


The long, tortured struggle of Marcus Books, San Francisco, Calif., has taken an ominous turn. According to a post on Facebook by co-owners Tamiko, Greg and Karen Johnson, "the locks have been changed, the cavalry is not in sight and it's time to pack up the books and store them till we find another space."

The owners needed to raise $1 million to add to a loan of $1.65 million from Western Community Services to buy the building for $2.6 million but, last month, when the deadline for a purchase passed, they had raised only $250,000.

In a sign of support, SF Weekly just honored Marcus Books in an unusual category of its annual best of San Francisco awards, calling Marcus Books Best Bookstore on the Brink. The citation reads: "Marcus Books has occupied the same Fillmore Street Victorian since 1960, where it has served as a pillar of the black literary community--it's the oldest continuously run black-owned bookstore in the nation. However, financial troubles have pushed the historic bookstore to the brink of closure. A recent fundraiser by the store's owners to help them buy back the Victorian fell short of its goal, and it's not clear how the store will proceed. Although Marcus Books operates a second location in Oakland, we hope that the store won't join the rest of us who've been forced across the bay by rising rents."

Marcus Books' troubles began when Blanche Richardson, daughter of Marcus Books founders Julian and Raye Richardson and manager of the Marcus Books in Oakland, filed for personal bankruptcy. (The family had taken out a $950,000 loan on the building in 2006, and monthly payments rose to about $10,000 a month by 2009.) A co-owner of the San Francisco building, she could have been bought out by her sister, Karen Johnson, and Karen's husband, Greg Johnson, who operate Marcus Books in San Francisco. But the Johnsons were not able to do so, and the building was sold to Nishan and Suhaila Sweis.

After buying the building, the Sweises tried to have the Johnsons and the bookstore evicted and, at one point, wanted at least $3.2 million for the building.

Amistad Press: The Survivors of the Clotilda: The Lost Stories of the Last Captives of the American Slave Trade by Hannah Durkin

New York Public Library Ends 42nd St. Renovation Plans

Calling the decision a "striking about-face," the New York Times reported that the New York Public Library "has abandoned its controversial plan to turn part of its research flagship on 42nd Street into a circulating library and instead will renovate the Mid-Manhattan library on Fifth Avenue."

"When the facts change, the only right thing to do as a public-serving institution is to take a look with fresh eyes and see if there is a way to improve the plans and to stay on budget," said Library president Tony Marx.

The Times described the change as "something of a defeat for the library, which had long defended its plan against a roster of prominent scholars and authors who said the introduction of the circulating library in the research building would diminish its capacities as a center for scholarship."

Assouline to Open Bookshop in London's Piccadilly

French publisher Assouline plans to open a new store in London's Piccadilly. The Bookseller reported that Assouline, which specializes in high-end fashion and beauty, lifestyle, art and photography coffee-table books, "will set up in 196a Piccadilly, a building designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and let by Westminster Council." Piccadilly is also the site of the flagship Waterstones store and Hatchards. The new bookstore's opening date has not been confirmed. Assouline operates several boutiques internationally, including in London at Claridge's, Costa Mesa, Calif., New York City at the Plaza Hotel, Paris, Venice, Istanbul, Lima, Mexico City and Seoul.

Borders Closing--Again

On May 18, the Borders bookstore in Singapore's Westgate Mall--opened five months ago by Popular Holdings--will be renamed a Popular store and will close its café, the Straits Times reported. Popular bought the Borders name for Singapore two years ago.

The 5,000-square-foot store was an attempt by Popular to create a "lifestyle bookstore." Popular's Victor Tan told the paper that the "Borders's brand has not been dropped" and the company intends "to find a better location for Borders."

Borders had a busy flagship store in central Singapore, as well as a branch in Parkway Parade, both of which closed in 2011.

Obituary Note: Farley Mowat; Jack Agüeros

Farley Mowat, "a passionate activist and environmentalist, intrepid adventurer, and, most of all, a wildly talented and prolific author whose work captured this country's natural landscape better than perhaps any other writer," died yesterday, the National Post reported. He was 92. Mowat wrote 40 books, including Never Cry Wolf, and said he was lucky to be able to combine his two passions: writing and nature, calling it "the only subject I really want to write about."

"First and foremost, he was a writer in every fiber of his being," said his friend and former publisher, Scott McIntyre. "He was also the first Eco-Warrior. He was writing about the planet, with conviction and passion, long before anyone else. He wrote from his heart, and he had a very deep passion for this country, for the land and the creatures."

Dorris Heffron, chair of the Writers' Union of Canada, which Mowat helped found, said Mowat "contributed so much to Canadian literature and to the moral conscience of Canada with his books and actions. He encouraged people to care better for our aboriginal people in the north, for our wildlife and for the environment. He is a hero of Canadian literature."


Activist and poet Jack Agüeros, who went from "a childhood in East Harlem to defending its Puerto Rican people as an antipoverty official, celebrating its culture by expanding and moving El Museo del Barrio, and memorializing its greatest poet by translating the complete works of Julia de Burgos," died Sunday, the New York Times reported. He was 79. Poet Martin Espada was instrumental in getting Agüeros's writing published, including Correspondence Between the Stone Haulers, Sonnets from the Puerto Rican and Lord, Is This a Psalm?


Image of the Day: The Reappearing Act

Wade Davis (r.), former NFL player and executive director of the You Can Play Project, and Nevin Caple (l.), co-founder of Br{ache the Silence campaign and former Division 1 basketball player, joined ESPN's Kate Fagan (center) for a panel discussion of LGBT issues in sports today. They gathered in celebration of the publication of Fagan's The Reappearing Act: Coming Out as Gay on a College Basketball Team Led by Born-Again Christians (Skyhorse Publishing) at BGSQD on the Lower East Side, a queer cultural center, bookstore and event space.

Suddenly: A Sudden Light

From Garth Stein, the author of The Art of Racing in the Rain, the cover for his new novel, A Sudden Light, which Simon & Schuster is publishing in September.

North Korean Bookstore's 'Strange, Spare Contents'

While Portuguese writer Jose Luis Peixoto "saw many strange things" during his 2012 visit to North Korea, Jacket Copy reported that one of the strangest may have been his tour of the Foreign Language Bookshop in Pyongyang, where "most of the books for sale were the complete works of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il translated into various languages, or books about them."

"I bought a copy of everything they had," Peixoto wrote in Ninth Letter. His purchases included "an anthology of folk tales called The Legends of Pyongyang translated into French; a long epic poem in English called "Mount Paektu"; a novel entitled Sea of Blood, adapted from the famous revolutionary opera." He also acquired a volume that, "despite not being in the literary fiction section, seemed to me could be read in the same light. It was called The Democratic People's Republic of Korea: an Earthly Paradise for the People."

Media and Movies

Media Heat: Roz Chast on Fresh Air

Today on Fresh Air: Roz Chast, author of Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir (Bloomsbury USA, $28, 9781608198061).


Tomorrow on Fox News: Dari Alexander, author of The Quick & Clean Diet: Lose the Weight, Feel Great, and Stay Lean for Life (Skirt/Globe Pequot, $19.95, 9780762791934), will host a half-hour special called "Body and Soul with Dari Alexander."

On the special: Tammy Lakatos Shames and Lyssie Lakatos, authors of The Nutrition Twins' Veggie Cure: Expert Advice and Tantalizing Recipes for Health, Energy, and Beauty (Skirt/Globe Pequot, $22.95, 9780762784769).


Tomorrow on the View: Bette Midler, author of A View from a Broad (Simon & Schuster, $29.99, 9781476773551).


Tomorrow night on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher: Ariana Huffington, author of Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder (Harmony, $26, 9780804140843).

Movies: Stephen King's Bad Little Kid

"Bad Little Kid," a new short story by Stephen King, has been optioned for a film by Laurent Bouzereau and his production company, Nedland Media. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the story "was released as an e-story in Germany and France on March 14. King says he wrote it specifically for his fans in those European countries who were so hospitable to him when he visited in November." Bouzereau will direct.

TV: Blood Will Out

Sheldon Turner, whose adaptation with Jason Reitman of Walter Kirn's novel Up in the Air was nominated for an Oscar, is teaming with the author again. reported that Sony Pictures TV has put in development Blood Will Out, a limited series based on Kirn's Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery and a Masquerade. Kirn and Turner are writing the screenplay, which Turner and Jennifer Klein will produce through their Vendetta Prods. The producers "plan to attach talent to the project before pitching it to networks."

This Weekend on Book TV: John Yoo and Point of Attack

Book TV airs on C-Span 2 this weekend from 8 a.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Monday and focuses on political and historical books as well as the book industry. The following are highlights for this coming weekend. For more information, go to Book TV's website.

Saturday, May 10
5 p.m. Michael Sims, author of The Adventures of Henry Thoreau: A Young Man's Unlikely Path to Walden Pond (Bloomsbury, $27, 9781620401958), at the Concord Bookshop in Concord, Mass. (Re-airs Monday at 2 a.m.)

7 p.m. Deborah Hicks, author of The Road Out: A Teacher's Odyssey in Poor America (University of California Press, $29.95, 9780520266490), part of Book TV's College Series. (Re-airs Sunday at 1 p.m. and Monday at 1 a.m.)

7:30 p.m. Larry Diamond and Marc Plattner, editors of Democratization and Authoritarianism in the Arab World (Johns Hopkins University Press, $34.95, 9781421414164).

9:20 p.m. Ed Offley, author of The Burning Shore: How Hitler's U-Boats Brought World War II to America (Basic, $27.99, 9780465029617). (Re-airs Sunday at 2 p.m.)

10 p.m. Nomi Prins, author of All the Presidents' Bankers: The Hidden Alliances that Drive American Power (Nation Books, $32.99, 9781568587493). (Re-airs Sunday at 9 p.m., Monday at 12 a.m. and 3 a.m.)

11 p.m. Jacob Soll, author of The Reckoning: Financial Accountability and the Rise and Fall of Nations (Basic, $28.99, 9780465031528).

Sunday, May 11
1:30 p.m. Henry Petroski, author of To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure (Belknap Press, $27.95, 9780674065840), part of Book TV's College Series. (Re-airs Monday at 1:30 a.m.)

5:15 p.m. Kembrew McLeod, author Pranksters: Making Mischief in the Modern World (NYU Press, $29.95, 9780814796290), at Prairie Lights Bookstore in Iowa City, Iowa.

6:15 p.m. Tony Dokoupil, author of The Last Pirate: A Father, His Son, and the Golden Age of Marijuana (Doubleday, $26.95, 9780385533461), at the Community Bookstore in Brooklyn, N.Y.

7:30 p.m. John Yoo, author of Point of Attack: Preventive War, International Law, and Global Welfare (Oxford University Press, $35, 9780199347735). (Re-airs Monday at 4 a.m.)

10 p.m. Paul Dickson, author of Authorisms: Words Wrought by Writers (Bloomsbury, $18, 9781620405406), at Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C.

11 p.m. George Michael, author of Extremism in America (University Press of Florida, $74.95, 9780813044972).

Books & Authors

Awards: Orion; Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse; Ben Franklin

The winners for the Orion Book Award, honoring "books that deepen the reader's connection to the natural world through fresh ideas and excellence in writing" and sponsored by Orion magazine, are:

Fiction: MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood (Nan A. Talese). The editors commented: "Margaret Atwood's witty insights into the lay of our cultural and environmental landscape infuse her work with just the right balance of devastation and humor. She has a masterful grasp of how storytelling is intimately tied to resilience, and nowhere is that more evident than in this newest novel."

Nonfiction: Sightlines: A Conversation with the Natural World by Kathleen Jamie (The Experiment). The editors said, "Kathleen Jamie's Sightlines dissects the natural world with precision, humor, and love. The essays in this book not only inspire us to look more closely, but also have the power to open us up to a new kind of emotional experience of the planet."


The shortlist for this year's Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction includes, appropriately enough, Sebastian Faulks's Jeeves and the Wedding Bells. The winner will be announced on May 19, and receive a jeroboam of Bollinger Special Cuvée, a case of Bollinger La Grande Année and a set of the Everyman Wodehouse collection, which now totals more than 90 books. The winner will also be honored with the presentation of a locally-bred Gloucestershire Old Spot pig, to be named after the winning novel. The shortlisted titles are:

Jeeves and the Wedding Bells by Sebastian Faulks
Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding
The Last Word by Hanif Kureishi
Straight White Male by John Niven
The Thrill of it All by Joseph O'Connor
Lost For Words by Edward St Aubyn


Honorees in the 52 categories of the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards, recognizing "excellence in book editorial and design," have been selected and can be seen here. Gold winners will be announced on May 28 in New York City

Attainment: New Titles Out Next Week

Selected new titles appearing next Monday and Tuesday, May 12 and 13:

Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner (Morrow, $28.99, 9780062218339) provides a Freakonomics analysis of a range of subjects.

Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises by Timothy F. Geithner (Crown, $35, 9780804138598) gives an insider account of the financial crisis.

Sting of the Drone by Richard A. Clarke (Thomas Dunne, $25.99, 9781250047977) is a thriller by the former national security official about the U.S.'s drone assassination program.

No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State by Glenn Greenwald (Metropolitan Books, $27, 9781627790734) analyzes the Snowden leaks and their broad implications.

Debbie Doesn't Do It Anymore: A Novel by Walter Mosley (Doubleday, $25.95, 9780385526180) follows a porn star trying to leave the business.

Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee by Michael Korda (Harper, $40, 9780062116291) is a biography of the Confederate general.

The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941-1942 by Nigel Hamilton (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $30, 9780547775241) explores the early years of Franklin Roosevelt's wartime leadership.

Enduring Courage: Ace Pilot Eddie Rickenbacker and the Dawn of the Age of Speed by John F. Ross (St. Martin's Press, $27.99, 9781250033772) chronicles a pioneer of American aviation.

Next Life Might Be Kinder by Howard Norman (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26, 9780547712123) follows a writer who sells the story of his tragic marriage to a filmmaker.

Spartan Up!: A Take-No-Prisoners Guide to Overcoming Obstacles and Achieving Peak Performance in Life by Joe De Sena and Jeff O'Connell (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $24, 9780544286177) gives advice from the creator of the Spartan Race obstacle course.

The Kraken Project by Douglas Preston (Forge, $26.99, 9780765317698) is the second thriller with CIA agent Wyman Ford.

Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $25, 9780544129917) takes place in a hotel with a famous murder, where a high school band is trapped by snow.

Book Review

Review: The Untold

The Untold by Courtney Collins (Amy Einhorn/Putnam, $26.95 hardcover, 9780399167096, May 29, 2014)

In the bush of 1920s New South Wales in Australia, readers observe a young woman digging by a river and then running for the hills. Her story unfolds slowly, in fractured time and brief views, in The Untold, a dreamy debut novel by Courtney Collins based on the life of legendary Australian wild woman Jessie Hickman.

Jessie's past is varied and often tragic. She left home at 12 to join the circus, then moved on to an illustrious and mostly successful career rustling horses. At age 21, she was convicted for stealing two chickens. Upon her release from prison, she fell in with a rancher who put her back to work stealing horses and cattle, then forced her into a profoundly miserable and violent marriage. Her latest traumas have now sent her, and her beloved horse, Houdini, crashing uphill. They are headed for the top of the highest mountain she can see, through driving rain and flowing blood, in the scene that opens the novel.

Jessie will encounter gangs of men and boys, some friendly, some not: there is a bounty on her head and the residents of the town and the bush have turned out for the hunt. Among those pursuing her are a former lover--an Aboriginal tracker--and a police sergeant, purportedly working together but each unclear which side he's really on; their quarry exerts a strange magnetic pull and counter-pull. As the reader is increasingly drawn into the story, The Untold rushes precipitously toward a heady convergence among Jessie, Houdini, the gangs and the two men with more personal business to conduct.

Collins has composed a truly startling and singular saga, set in a wild and brushy backdrop of mountains and elemental forces, peopled with hard-edged creatures of all sorts who each have a savage mood and a desperate will to live. Death is a consistent theme in Jessie's life, beginning as early as we can know, but she has a surprising ally. In fact, while Collins keeps her reader guessing throughout, the biggest surprise of all is the narrator's role in Jessie's story.

The Untold is lyrical and untamed, with a firm emphasis on survival and redemption and a full array of improbably charming characters, none with an unstoried past but few as feral as Jessie herself. The reader will be as exhilarated as the protagonist by her struggles, and quite possibly come up gasping for air. --Julia Jenkins

Shelf Talker: An astonishingly fresh and surprising novel of adventure, heartbreak, grit and love, set in the Australian bush.

Deeper Understanding

Andrea Davis Pinkney: 'Rejoice the Legacy'

On Saturday, May 3, Andrea Davis Pinkney delivered the 2014 May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture, titled "Rejoice the Legacy," at the University of Minnesota Children's Literature Research Collections in Minneapolis. The Arbuthnot is an annual lecture delivered by a person chosen by the Association of Library Service to Children who has made "significant contributions to the field of children's literature."

Andrea Davis Pinkney's presentation begins in darkness.
A lone trumpet's wail breaks the silence with
"Late One Night" from George C. Wolfe's Harlem Song.
On a large projection screen,
images in black and white appear:
the Middle Passage,
sharecroppers, soldiers, baseball players,
children in churches, children in schools,
students at lunch counters,
the Rex Theatre for Colored People,
the Apollo and the Cotton Club,
everyday people and famous people.
Ruby Bridges and the Little Rock Nine,
Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.,
Lyndon Baines Johnson,
Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway,
Zora Neale Hurston and Billy Holiday.

Andrea Davis Pinkney enters Willey Hall auditorium
clapping in rhythm.
The sold-out crowd claps with her.

"What does one wear to deliver the May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture?"
Andrea Davis Pinkney begins.
Her glorious garnet-colored knee-length jacket fits her like a glove
and perfectly matches her ruby-red slippers
with a bit of heel to augment her height, just shy of 5 feet.
As she describes consulting her "fashionista" teenage daughter,
the light mood allows everyone to settle into their seats
following the powerful images and soulful voices of the overture.

The woman standing before us,
award-winning author and editor of award-winning books,
confesses she'd struggled to read.
Her mother, an English teacher and
the first woman in her family to go to college,
would not give up on her daughter, Rae,
as her family and friends called her.
A picture of Rae as a smiling girl of perhaps seven
appears on the projection screen.
A librarian matched her with the right book,
Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss.
Worlds opened up to her.
She dreamed of emulating
John Boy Walton and Mary Richards,
becoming a writer and a journalist,
moving to the city and having a career
and a best friend like Rhoda Morgenstern.
She carried notebooks with her wherever she went,
recording all the things grown-ups say.
An array of colorful spiral-bound notebooks appears on the screen.

Andrea Davis Pinkney puts on a hat,
plays the part of a male peer:
"Hey, Rae, whatcha got in that notebook?"
(Takes the hat off, as Rae) "Nothin.' "
(Hat back on) "Well let me see the nothin' in your notebook."

Her mother continued to encourage her,
"Let's start at the beginning of those who wrote and spoke."
Pinkney quotes the words of Frederick Douglass,
"The more I read, the more I was led," from his Narrative of the Life
of Frederick Douglass an American Slave, Written by Himself
and one of the 10 men featured in her book Hand in Hand.
She added, "I was granted the freedom to read
and go anywhere I wished."
She takes us on a journey down what she calls
"the Fine Black Line," the legacy
of African American storytelling:
The rhythms of talking drums,
following the drinking gourd,
The Renaissance in Harlem.
She sings a phrase from "Wade in the Water" and "We Shall Overcome."
She connects to Langston Hughes, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Richard Wright,
and Zora Neale Hurston--especially, "How It Feels to Be Colored Me."

"What if May Hill Arbuthnot ran into Zora Neale Hurston
at a Columbia University reunion?" Pinkney wonders.
They were students on the campus at around the same time.
Two side-by-side, black-and-white photos of the women
appear on the projection screen.
Pinkney pulls up her red coat's collar, leans into her words, "Hey, May!"
Then puts her collar down, stands primly, even stiffly, "Hello, Zora."
Pinkney moves between the two women
as they catch up on their accomplishments.
With affection, admiration and humor
Pinkney contrasts their differing styles.

In journalism school at Syracuse University,
"My habit of carrying notebooks was affirmed," Pinkney joked.
There she met John Keats (named after the poet),
who taught her, "Writers write no matter what,"
and also, "When you share your writing, it may help someone,
touch someone, or change someone."

Few have done more
to further "the Fine Black Line"
than Andrea Davis Pinkney.
First as a senior editor at Essence magazine,
then as a writer and editor of children's books,
she has shown children--and adults--
that they come from a lineage of writers, artists and citizens
capable of changing the world.

At Essence, her charge was to assemble
a round-up of books for and about African American children.
Pinkney discovered Virginia Hamilton,
Eloise Greenfield, Patricia McKissack,
Mildred Taylor and Walter Dean Myers.
She began to "nag" her then-boyfriend, artist Brian Pinkney,
who urged her to write the books.
She was hired as a children's book editor,
later invited to launch the Jump at the Sun imprint at Disney.
There she bought a first novel by Sharon Flake, The Skin I'm In,
"a modern version of 'How It Feels to Be Colored Me,' "
as Pinkney referred to it.
Still, she heard the voice of her boss at Essence:
"Remember your charge."

"How could I approach the topic of lynching for young people?"
Pinkney asked herself.
Marilyn Nelson would be the one who could do it.
The day before Thanksgiving, Pinkney invited Nelson
into her office, screwed up her courage, and made her request.
"I can't do it," Nelson replied. "It's too sad."
But the following Monday, Pinkney found in her in-box
a heroic crown of sonnets, A Wreath for Emmett Till.
Nelson still receives letters from middle school
and high school students about the book, more so
after the death of Trayvon Martin.

On the projection screen, two black-and-white photos appear:
Trayvon Martin and Emmett Till.
They lived 54 years apart. But
"What if they attended Morehouse College together,
and walked on a path to change, comfortable and casual,"
Andrea Davis Pinkney asks.
She removes her glorious garnet-colored jacket
and ruby slippers
and puts her arms through the sleeves
of a dusky blue sweatshirt.
She pulls up its hood:
"Comfortable and casual, ready for study."
She turns her back to the audience.
We sit alone in the silence with our thoughts.
Uta Hagen in Respect for Acting wrote that
the greatest achievement with an audience
is the tears and the hush. Not the applause.
We sit in the hush.

Andrea Davis Pinkney turns to us in her dusky blue hoodie and asks:
"What does one wear to deliver the May Hill Arbuthnot lecture?"
--Jennifer M. Brown

The Bestsellers

Top-Selling Self-Published Titles

The bestselling self-published books last week as compiled by

1. Smart Money Smart Kids by Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze
2. The Fixed Trilogy by Laurelin Paige
3. Seals of Summer by Various
4. Nathan Hale: The Life and Death of America's First Spy by M. William Phelps
5. America's Bravest by Kathryn Shay
6. Phenomenal X by Michelle A. Valentine
7. Between Now and Forever by Barbara Freethy
8. Dark and Deadly by Various
9. Night After Night by Lauren Blakely
10. Bender (the Core Four) by Stacy Borel

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