Space-Crime Continuum, the 10-year-old Northampton, Mass.,
sci-fi/fantasy store where patrons could play fantasy card and board
games, is closing, the Springfield Republican
reported. Owners Chris A.
Aylott and Debora F. Tomaselli are moving to Austin, Tex., where Aylott
is taking a job as managing editor at Steve Jackson Games.
Copperfield and Co., Macomb, Ill., is closing, according to the Macomb Journal
Manager Stacy Peterson attributed the move to "the change in the
economic climate with the Internet, big box stores and corporate
bookstores. Despite our steady stream of devoted customers, we were
unable to keep up with that kind of competition."
Owned by Katherine Marion, Copperfield and Co. was founded in 1988.
The store burned to the ground in August 2001 but was able to reopen in another location in time for the
In the New York Sun
, Mysterious Bookshop owner Otto Penzler investigates the initial offerings
of Felony & Mayhem Press, the new mystery imprint founded by Maggie
Topkis, a co-owner of Partners & Crime, the New York City mystery
bookstore. The press publishes in six categories and sells only to
The Wall Street Journal
states that Barnes & Noble chairman
Len Riggio's rare but significant purchases of company stock are
followed by an average 50% rise in value in the following six months.
For his part, Riggio, who last month spent $15.3 million on some
380,600 B&N shares (apparently much of it cash flow from other businesses), said his investments in B&N are for the
long term and that July's buying occurred because certain limitations
on his purchases had lifted. In fact, considering B&N's big runup
in price already this year, he said, "If I was so timely, I would have
spent this extra $15 million six months ago."