Shelf Awareness for Friday, June 16, 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

Happy Bloomsday!

Today is the 102nd anniversary of the day Ulysses took place, which has among the best first and last lines of any book, beginning Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stair head, bearing a bowl of lather and ending yes I said yes I will Yes.

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


Notes: Robert Gray's E-Mail; Verbatim's Story Verbatim

Yesterday's issue, which featured a debut column by Robert Gray in which he asked for reactions, included a link to his Fresh Eyes Now Web site, which has information about how to contact him, but we omitted to put in a direct e-mail link for Robert. It's Shelf Awareness regrets any confusion we caused!


Kelly Coffey, a bookseller at Verbatim Booksellers, Vail Colo., for the last six years and a freelancer for the Vail Trail, a local newspaper, offers a long piece about how the store has adapted to changes in the town and retail in general. As he puts it, "I've seen the town change. Vail's bookstore, as a result, has needed to re-invent itself more times than Madonna (who, by the way, writes children's books now). It has gone through three owners and four locations since it began. After each of these changes--whether it was a new owner or another move--the bookstore came out with a new identity. Same name; different store."

At the end of the month, Verbatim moves yet again to a new 500-sq.-ft. storefront--a third its current size--in the redeveloped Sonnenalp Hotel, on the town's bus route and location of the Vail Farmer's Market. "Though the new location is less than 200 yards from the store's current spot in the Village Inn Plaza, the move represents much more than just carrying boxes across the street," Coffey writes. "It represents another reinvention of the store. It also brings to the forefront the fight to keep a sense of community in Vail, and one small business's struggle to keep up with the ever-changing faces of the bookselling industry."

Owner Robert Aikens was able to raise about $75,000 from a range of people (Shelf Awareness, May 28) to stay in business and is reportedly optimistic.


Virginia Stanley has been promoted to director, academic and library marketing, at HarperCollins, where she has worked 18 years. In an announcement, Diane Burrowes said Stanley "has revolutionized the way we market our books to libraries."

Stanley helped create the AAP's Authors@yourlibrary Web site, is a Friends of Libraries, USA board member and was featured in Library Journal's "Movers and Shakers 2002."

AuthorBuzz for the Week of 04.22.24

NAIBA Trunk Show Packs Them In

One of our favorite reps, Chris Kerr of Parson Weems, reports:

The New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association held another successful Central New York "Trunk Show" Tuesday, June 13, attended by 39 booksellers from 21 stores and 18 publishers who sent 23 staff. New publishers this year included Walck-Rikhoff Bookpeddlers, Workman and Chesapeake & Hudson. Bookstores who hadn't participated at last year's inaugural event included Present Tense, Red Maple Books, Lavender Inkwell, the Bookery II, Ganesvoort Book House and Munchkins Books, the last of which came all the way from Wexford, Pa.

Located in beautiful East Syracuse, conveniently adjacent to the world-famous Dinosaur BBQ, the Trunk Show featured nine morning publisher presentations, followed by a non-poisonous Holiday Inn lunch, and afternoon individual store/publisher meetings. The recently rechristened Hachette Group seems to have sent all of the galleys they couldn't give away in Washington, requiring that each bookseller back their car up to the door for a trunk full of George Pelicanos and other hot authors. Rob Stahl, NAIBA board member, Colgate Bookstore trade book manager and one-person Central New York Chamber of Commerce, worked with Eileen Dengler, NAIBA executive director, and the region's other directors, Patty Kutz, Lift Bridge Bookstore, and Talking Leaves/Elmwood Ave. branch manager Lucy Kogler, to pull the show together. Stahl said that he wrote more orders at the trunk show than at any recent trade show. At the end of the day, survivors re-grouped for another assault on the Dinosaur BBQ.

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Media and Movies

Media Heat: Ex-Ombudsman Okrent Opens Op

This morning on Good Morning America: Julia Fox Garrison, author of Don't Leave Me This Way: Or When I Get Back on My Feet You'll Be Sorry (HarperCollins, $24.95, 0061120618).


Today on the View: Cesar Millan, star of the National Geographic Channel's Dog Whisperer show and author of Cesar's Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems (Crown, $24.95, 0307337332).


Today on WAMU's Diane Rehm Show: Stephan Poulter, author of The Father Factor: How Your Father's Legacy Impacts Your Career (Prometheus, $18, 1591024102).


Tonight on the Charlie Rose Show: Al Gore, whose new book is An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do about It (Rodale, $21.95, 1594865671).


Saturday morning the Early Show serves up Dan Silverman, author of The Lever House Cookbook (Clarkson Potter, $45, 1400097800).


Also tomorrow, hear all about it: NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross features Daniel Okrent, whose new book is Public Editor #1: The Collected Columns (with Reflections, Reconsiderations, and Even a Few Retractions) of the First Ombudsman of The New York Times (PublicAffairs, $22, 1586484001).

Spider Riders Book Series Rides Back of TV Series

The Spider Riders anime-style battle series by Tedd Anasti and Patsy Cameron-Anasti (who wrote The Smurfs cartoon) and published by Newmarket Press will be given a lift beginning this Saturday, June 17, when Kids WB! broadcasts the first of 52 episodes of a Spider Riders animated TV show. The hour-long premiere begins at 10:30 a.m. On the following Saturday there will another one-hour special, and on July 1, a two-hour "mini-marathon" airs. On July 8, the series will begin airing on a regular basis--for half an hour an episode.

The first two books of the Spiders Riders trilogy have been published--Spider Riders Book One: The Shards of the Oracle (Newmarket, $5.99, 1557046522) and Spider Riders Book Two: Quest of the Earthen (Newmarket, $5.99, 1557046816). The third book, Spider Riders Book Three: Reign of the Soul Eater (Newmarket, $5.99, 1557047286), scurries out into the world in September.

The books feature Hunter Steele, "a young teen on a hiking trip who falls down a hole in the ground and is plunged into the Inner World and the Kingdom of Arachnia, located near the Earth's core. There, he finds himself unintentionally involved in an ongoing epic war between Arachnia's human race--the Turandot--and a giant insect race called the Insectors."

The TV series is a coproduction of Cookie Jar Entertainment, Japanese ad agency Yomiko and Japanese animation studio Bee Train. Naturally there's also a related online game, available at

The Bestsellers

The Book Sense/SCBA List

The following were the bestselling titles at Southern California Booksellers Association stores during the week ended Sunday, June 11, as reported to Book Sense:

Hardcover Fiction

1. The Book of the Dead by Douglas J. Preston and Lincoln Child (Warner, $25.95, 0446576980)
2. Terrorist by John Updike (Knopf, $24.95, 0307264653)
3. Everyman by Philip Roth (Houghton Mifflin, $24, 061873516X)
4. The Foreign Correspondent by Alan Furst (Random House, $24.95, 1400060192)
5. Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky (Knopf, $25, 1400044731)
6. The Hard Way by Lee Child (Delacorte, $25, 0385336691)
7. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (Algonquin, $23.95, 1565124995)
8. Beach Road by James Patterson and Peter de Jonge (Little, Brown, $27.95, 0316159786)
9. Blue Shoes and Happiness by Alexander McCall Smith (Pantheon, $21.95, 0375422722)
10. The Husband by Dean R. Koontz (Bantam, $27, 0553804790)
11. The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue (Nan Talese, $23.95, 0385516169)
12. At Risk by Patricia D. Cornwell (Putnam, $21.95, 0399153624)
13. The Art of Detection by Laurie R. King (Bantam, $24, 0553804537)
14. Telegraph Days by Larry McMurtry (S&S, $25, 0743250788)
15. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, illustrated by James Noel Smith (HarperSanFrancisco, $30, 0060887966)

Hardcover Nonfiction

1. Marley & Me by John Grogan (Morrow, $21.95, 0060817089)
2. Godless by Ann H. Coulter (Crown Forum, $27.95, 1400054206)
3. Dispatches From the Edge by Anderson Cooper (HarperCollins, $24.95, 0061132381)
4. Cesar's Way by Cesar Millan and Melissa Jo Peltier (Harmony, $24.95, 0307337332)
5. Wisdom of Our Fathers by Tim Russert (Random House, $22.95, 1400064805)
6. Dream Big, Starring Olivia by Ian Falconer (Andrews McMeel, $9.95, 0740758187)
7. Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick (Viking, $29.95, 0670037605)
8. Heat by Bill Buford (Knopf, $25.95, 1400041201)
9. Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner (Morrow, $25.95, 006073132X)
10. The World Is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman (FSG, $30, 0374292795)
11. Armed Madhouse by Greg Palast (Dutton, $25.95, 0525949682)
12. The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan (Penguin Press, $26.95, 1594200823)
13. The Nasty Bits by Anthony Bourdain (Bloomsbury, $24.95, 1582344515)
14. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion (Knopf, $23.95, 140004314X)
15. Lies at the Altar by Robin Smith (Hyperion, $24.95, 1401302564)

Trade Paperback Fiction

1. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See (Random House, $13.95, 0812968069)
2. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (Penguin, $15, 0143034901)
3. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (Anchor, $14.95, 0307277674)
4. History of Love by Nicole Krauss (Norton, $13.95, 0393328627)
5. The Devil Wears Prada (movie tie-in edition) by Lauren Weisberger (Broadway, $13.95, 0767925955
6. The Wonder Spot by Melissa Bank (Penguin, $14, 0143037218)
7. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (Riverhead, $14, 1594480001)
8. March by Geraldine Brooks (Penguin, $14, 0143036661)
9. Saturday by Ian McEwan (Anchor, $14.95, 1400076196)
10. The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella (Dial Press, $12, 0385338694)
11. The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards (Penguin, $14, 0143037145)
12. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (HarperSanFrancisco, $13.95, 0061122416)
13. Zorro by Isabelle Allende (Harper Perennial, $14.95, 0060779004)
14. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (Vintage, $14, 1400078776)
15. A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby (Riverhead, $14, 1594481938)

Trade Paperback Nonfiction

1. An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore (Rodale, $21.95, 1594865671)
2. Night by Elie Wiesel (FSG, $9, 0374500010)
3. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz (Amber-Allen, $12.95, 1878424319)
4. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (Scribner, $14, 074324754X)
5. Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl (Penguin, $15, 0143036610)
6. Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer (Anchor, $14.95, 1400032806)
7. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki (Warner, $16.95, 0446677450)
8. Oh the Glory of It All by Sean Wilsey (Penguin, $15, 0143036912)
9. Zagat Survey: Los Angeles/Southern California Restaurants (Zagat, $13.95, 1570067422)
10. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell (Back Bay, $14.95, 0316346624)
11. 1,000 Places to See Before You Die by Patricia Schultz (Workman, $18.95, 0761104844)
12. Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss (Gotham, $11, 1592402038)
13. A Million Little Pieces by James Frey (Anchor, $14.95, 0307276902)
14. Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins (Plume, $15, 0452287081)
15. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (Vintage, $14.95, 0375725601)

Mass Market

1. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (Anchor, $7.99, 1400079179)
2. Angels and Demons by Dan Brown (Pocket, $9.99, 1416524797)
3. The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger (Anchor, $7.99, 0307275558)
4. Blood From a Stone by Donna Leon (Penguin, $7.99, 014303698X)
5. Velocity by Dean R. Koontz (Bantam, $7.99, 0553588257)
6. 4th of July by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (Warner, $9.99, 0446613363)
7. Strange Affair by Peter Robinson (Avon, $7.99, 0060544341)
8. Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo A. Anaya (Warner, $6.99, 0446600253)
9. The Closers by Michael Connelly (Warner, $7.99, 0446616443)
10. Deception Point by Dan Brown (Pocket, $9.99, 1416524800)

Children's Titles

1. Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss (Random House, $17, 0679805273)
2. Junie B., First Grader: Aloha-ha-ha! by Barbara Park, illustrated by Denise Brunkus (Random House, $11.95, 0375834036)
3. Hoot by Carl Hiaasen (Yearling, $6.50, 0440421705)
4. Dead Man's Chest (junior novelization of Pirates of the Caribbean) by Irene Trimble (Disney Press, $4.99, 1423100247)
5. Olivia Forms a Band by Ian Falconer (Atheneum, $17.95, 141692454X)
6. Rani in the Mermaid Lagoon by Lisa Papademetriou, illustrated by Judith H. Clarke (Random House/Disney, $5.99, 0736423753)
7. Fancy Nancy by Jane O'Connor, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser (HarperCollins, $15.99, 0060542098)
8. Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann (Putnam, $7.99, 0399230033)
9. Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff (HarperTrophy, $3.99, 0064440028)
10. Ark Angel by Anthony Horowitz (Philomel, $17.99, 0399241523)
11. Cars illustrated by Scott Tilley and Jean-Paul Orpinas (Disney Press, $2.99, 0736423478)
12. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick, $7.99, 0763625299)
13. Kiki Strike by Kirsten Miller (Bloomsbury, $16.95, 1582349606)
14. The Quillan Games (Pendragon) by D.J. MacHale (S&S, $15.95, 1416914234)
15. Tails by Matthew Van Fleet (Red Wagon, $13.95, 0152167730)

[Thanks to Book Sense and the SCBA!]

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