Shelf Awareness for Wednesday, September 6, 2006

Roaring Brook Press: Crossing on Time: Steam Engines, Fast Ships, and a Journey to the New World by David Macaulay

Grand Central Publishing: Out East: Memoir of a Montauk Summer by John Glynn

Head of Zeus: Killing State (A Michael North Thriller) by Judith O'Reilly

Seven Stories Press: Bernie by Ted Rall

Forge: A Dog's Journey (Dog's Purpose #2) by W. Bruce Cameron

Soho Crime: The Satapur Moonstone (A Perveen Mistry Novel) by Sujata Massey

Greenwillow Books: A Wolf Called Wander by Rosanne Parry


Notes: Japanese Buyer for Cody's?; Hue-Man & Hudson

The Berkeley Daily Planet reported late yesterday that Cody's Books, which has a store in Berkeley and a store in San Francisco, will be bought by either Hiroshi Kagawa or his company, Yohan. Cody's owner Andy Ross will make an announcement about the sale this morning, according to the paper.

Founded in 1953, Yohan is a major distributor of general foreign books and magazines in Asia, owns several bookstores in Japan and last year bought Stone Bridge Press, a Berkeley publisher that specializes in books about Japan. Kagawa lives in Tokyo and New York and is CEO and president of Yohan.

In July, Ross closed Cody's flagship store on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley. Last fall, Cody's opened a 20,000-sq.-ft., $3.5 million store on Stockton Street in San Francisco.


Hue-Man Bookstore, the African-American bookstore in New York City, and Hudson Group, which operates more than 500 bookstores, newsstands and other shops in airports and other transportation terminals, have created a partnership under which some Hudson stores will have Hue-Man sections, the Amsterdam News reported.

The first sections will be in some 50 bookstores in 10 cities, including New York City, Chicago and Atlanta. Sara Hinckley, v-p of book purchasing and promotions at Hudson, told the paper that Hue-Man will stock its bays with children's books and adult bestsellers to start. "They will blend their stock in with the store's existing stock, but it will be properly branded with a Hue-Man sign," she said. "They will determine which of these books will be best suited for the store and its location. We will rely on them for recommendations."

Marva Allen, co-owner of Hue-Man, commented: "You have to meet your customers where they are."

The arrangement is similar to one between Hudson and Rueben Martinez, owner of two Libreria Martinez Books and Art Gallery locations, in Santa Ana and Lynwood, Calif., who is directing the selection of Latino-related books and magazines at three Hudson News stores at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, a program that may be expanded to other Hudson stores (Shelf Awareness, August 10).


Books-A-Million plans to repurchase up to $25 million of its stock, Reuters reported. In June, it began a program to buy $10 million of its stock, and so far has repurchased $4.4 million of its shares.


Congratulations to Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center, Vt., which held a 30th anniversary party last week! To see a few birthday photos, click here.


Port Royal Bookstore on Hilton Head Island, S.C., will close next month, just before what would have been its 15th anniversary, the Hilton Head Island Packet reported. Owners John and Linda Stern told the paper that "the biggest blow" came 10 years ago when Barnes & Noble opened a store on the island. "The day they opened, they took 40% of our business and we never got it back," John Stern said.


The Des Moines Register covers the sad ending of Big Table Books, Ames, Iowa, a store that opened in 1993, supported by 156 investors who raised $125,000. The aim was to create something like Prairie Lights in Iowa City, but when a Borders opened nearby in 2003, sales dropped 20%.


Here's a twist. While many bookstores add more and more sidelines, Kelly's Gift Place, Hollister, Calif., is converting part of the store into a bookstore and coffee shop, according to the Hollister Free Lance.

The paper wrote that "the renovation is just as much about encouraging locals to hang out downtown when the urge to curl up with a good book strikes instead of heading to an out-of-town mall as it is about expanding" business.

"We always knew we wanted a bookstore to be part of our business," Kelly Owczarzak, who owns the store with her husband, Todd, told the paper. The pair plan a "secular/non-secular" bookstore that will specialize in Christian books but also offer "women's lit," children's, self-help, self-discovery, Spanish titles and mind/body/health.


On the other hand, Paradise Book and Gift Shop, a Christian bookstore in Tunkhannock, Pa., is cutting back on books and adding more gifts and "specialized items," according to the Scranton Times-Tribune. Owner Patti St. Clair noted the loss of book sales to mass merchandisers and chains and said, "If I carry different gifts that the big stores don't carry and a bigger variety, that's probably where my money will come in."


The Booksmith/Musicsmith store in Orleans, Mass., is moving on Tuesday to temporary space while a neighboring Shaw's market is being demolished and expanded, the Cape Codder reported. Owner Matt Reid told the paper the move should last six to eight months. Because the temporary space is smaller, he said, "there may be some stuff we can't (have in stock), but we planned it pretty carefully, and we should be O.K."


Pennie Clark Ianniciello, Costco's book buyer, has made White Ghost Girls by Alice Greenway (Grove Press/Black Cat, $13, 0802170188), which came out in paperback in February, her book pick of the month. In the September Costco Connection, which goes to many of the warehouse club's members, she wrote about the first-time author: "Greenway's experience of living in Hong Kong as a child is made obvious in every last, luscious and sensuous detail--which easily play to all five senses. The result is a novel of substance and beauty that will remain with readers long after the last page is done." 


The Ivy Bookshop, Baltimore, Md., which opened in 2001 in 1,200 square feet of space in the Lake Falls Village Shopping Center, is moving into new quarters with 2,400 square feet of space in the shopping center, in November, according to the Jeffersonian.

Manager Barbara Richardson said that the store won't have to grow to fill the new space. "We outgrew [the current space] about two years ago," she commented.


The Union of Grass Valley, Calif., profiles Words on Paper, which opened a year ago and features "exclusively chosen pieces of literature, cards and, of course, paper." Founder Julie Hiramatsu, who founded and used to own Odyssey Books, told the paper, "I love cards and books and paper. I wanted to share that with the community. I actually missed interacting with the community and the book people in the community."


The Bangor Daily News profiles Chapter Two, a new gallery, bookstore and studio in Corea, Me., owned by Rosemary and Garry Levin. (He is former manager of the Borders bookstore in Bangor.)

Besides Garry's Accumulated Book Gallery, which stocks used books, the store offers tea, coffee and snacks, arts, crafts, photos, antiques and rug hooking. Chapter Two is the only shop in the village.


The newest Books Inc. store, in the Opera Plaza location in San Francisco vacated earlier this year by A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, is opening September 27, according to the company's newsletter. The store will be connected via "a walk through" to Peet's Coffee & Tea and will celebrate the opening with an author event that night.


LightWedge, the Nantucket, Mass., company that makes wedge-shaped reading book lights and portable lighting and magnification products, has made Inc. Magazine's list of the 500 fastest-growing companies in the country.

To appear on the Inc. 500 list, which is in the magazine's September issue, companies have to be based in the U.S., independent and privately held as of the end of last year. They need to have had at least $600,000 in net sales in the last year and are ranked on revenue growth from 2002.

Inc. described the flagship product as "a book light, but it's also a relationship saver. Using a tapered sliver of acrylic, the LightWedge directs soft beams of LED light onto a page without any of it escaping into the eyes of someone slumbering nearby."

CEO Jamey Bennett said the company's success stemmed from its "ability to meet consumers' craving for well-designed, stylish, useful consumer products."


Zachary Marcus of Maverick Media Projects has been named director of strategic marketing at the Literary Ventures Fund. The former marketing director of Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center, Vt., he earlier worked at Elliott Bay Book Co. and the University Bookstore in Seattle, Wash.

Marcus commented: "Together we can and will discover more readers for books that matter--draw them out of their living rooms, and engage them in community conversation with authors and each other."

Founded last year, Literary Ventures Fund is a nonprofit foundation that supports works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry that are "exceptionally well written, make an impact and resonate with the reader."

Berkley Books: Layover by David Bell

Media and Movies

Media Heat: Glamor and Glamour

Beginning today, the Today Show features the rest of the week Cindi Leive, editor-in-chief of Glamour, who talks about Glamour's Big Book of Dos & Dont's: Fashion Help for Every Woman (Gotham, $25, 159240233X).

Also on the Today Show today and tomorrow: Kevin Clash, Sesame Street veteran and author of My Life as a Furry Red Monster: What Being Elmo Has Taught Me About Life, Love, and Laughing Out Loud (Broadway, $19.95, 0767923758).

And finally on the Today Show, a book that may not soothe new parents: David Perlmutter, M.D., talks about his Raise a Smarter Child by Kindergarten: Build a Better Brain and Increase It by Up to 30 Points (Bantam Dell, $23.95, 0767923014).


The Book Report, the weekly AM radio book-related show organized by Windows a bookshop, Monroe, La., will feature two author interviews on today's show, which has the theme Girls Growing Up:

  • Diane Les Becquets, author of Love, Cajun Style (Bloomsbury, $16.95, 1582346747)
  • Meg Cabot, author of How to Be Popular (HarperTeen, $16.99, 0060880120)

The show airs at 8 a.m. Central Time and can be heard live at; the archived edition will be posted this afternoon.


On WAMU's Diane Rehm: Aviel D. Rubin, author of Brave New Ballot: The Checkered Past and Frightening Future of Electronic Voting in America (Broadway, $24.95, 0767922107).

Also on the Diane Rehm Show: Jamie Lee Curtis, whose new book, illustrated by Laura Cornell, is Is There Really a Human Race? (HarperCollins, $16.99, 0060753463).


Today on NPR's Talk of the Nation: Geoff Nunberg will talk about his new book, Talking Right (PublicAffairs, $26, 1586483862).


Today Fox and Friends travels for a segment with Nathan Gebhard, author of Roadtrip Nation: Find Your Path in Life (Ballantine, $13.95, 0345496388).


Tonight on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Democratic Party strategist James Carville talks about All the King's Men, the upcoming movie based on the Robert Penn Warren novel about Huey Long.


Tonight in a repeat on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart: former Defense Secretary William Cohen, whose new novel is Dragon Fire (Forge, $24.95, 0765316196).


GLOW: Atria/Emily Bestler Books: The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal

Books & Authors

Awards: Midwest Booksellers' Choices; Wallace Stevens

The following are the winners and honorable mentions of the 2006 Midwest Booksellers' Choice Awards, nominated and chosen by members of the Midwest Booksellers Association:

  • Winner: The Painted Drum by Louise Erdrich (HarperCollins)
  • Honorable mention: Gardenias by Faith Sullivan (Milkweed Editions)
  • Winner: The Children's Blizzard by David Laskin (HarperCollins)
  • Honorable mention: The Final Frontiersman: Heimo Korth and His Family, Alone in Alaska's Arctic Wilderness by James Campbell (Atria/S&S)
  • Winner: Good Poems for Hard Times selected and introduced by Garrison Keillor (Penguin)
  • Honorable mention: Meticulous Attachment: Poems by Mary Logue (Mid-List Press)
Children's Picture Book
  • Winner: Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert (Harcourt)
  • Honorable mention: Gitchi Gumee by Anne Margaret Lewis, illustrated by Kathleen Chaney Fritz (Mackinac Island Press)
Children's Literature
  • Winner: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline (Candlewick)
  • Honorable mentions: The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering (Candlewick)
  • The Wright 3 by Blue Balliett, illustrated by Brett Helquist (Scholastic Press)

The awards will be presented on September 28 during the MBA's annual trade show in St. Paul, Minn. Winners Louise Erdrich, David Laskin, Lois Ehlert and Kate DiCamillo will speak at the event. Honorable mention recipients Faith Sullivan, Mary Logue and Anne Margaret Lewis also will attend.


Michael Palmer has won the 2006 Wallace Stevens Award. Sponsored by the Academy of American Poets, the $100,000 prize recognizes "outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry." The judges were poets Robert Hass, Fanny Howe, Susan Stewart, Arthur Sze and Dean Young. In explaining the judges' decision, Hass wrote:

"Michael Palmer is the foremost experimental poet of his generation and perhaps of the last several generations. A gorgeous writer who has taken cues from Wallace Stevens, the Black Mountain poets, John Ashbery, contemporary French poets, the poetics of Octavio Paz, and from language poetries. He is one of the most original craftsmen at work in English at the present time. His poetry is at once a dark and comic interrogation of the possibilities of representation in language, but its continuing surprise is its resourcefulness and its sheer beauty."

Palmer will be the featured speaker at the Academy of American Poets Award Ceremony and Reading on November 8. This event will be held in New York City and is open to the public. For more information, go to the Academy's Web site.

G.P. Putnam's Sons: How Not to Die Alone by Richard Roper

Attainment: New Books Out This Week and Next

Significant titles appearing next Tuesday, September 12:

The Way We Were by Paul Burrell (Morrow, $25.95, 0061138959). By Princess Diana's former butler and confidant, this is a followup to author's A Royal Duty and commemorates Diana's life. 

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield (Atria, $26, 0743298020). The author's debut, a ghost story.

Mephisto Club
by Tess Gerristen (Ballantine, $25.95, 0345476999). From the author of Vanish, a thriller featuring a detective and medical examiner who look into a series of gruesome satanic murders.

The Taste of Home Cookbook: Timeless Recipes From Trusted Home Cooks
(Readers Digest, $29.95, 0898214971). More than 1,200 recipes from the editors and home cooks of Home magazine.

Out today in paperback:

At First Sight by Nicholas Sparks (Warner, $13.99, 0446698466).

G.P. Putnam's Sons: Her Daughter's Mother by Daniella Petrova

The Bestsellers's August Bestseller List: A Textbook Case

Reflecting ever-increasing purchases by college students of textbooks online,'s top 10 bestsellers during August features only college textbooks, the first time in the company's 10-year history that such a sweep has occurred.

1. Biology by Neil A. Campbell and Jane B. Reece (Benjamin Cummings)
2. Principles of Anatomy and Physiology by Gerard J. Tortora and Sandra R. Grabowski (Wiley)
3. Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry by David L. Nelson and Michael M. Cox (W.H. Freeman)
4. Managerial Accounting by Ray H. Garrison, Eric Noreen and Peter C. Brewer (McGraw-Hill/Irwin)
5. Calculus: Early Transcendentals by James Stewart (Brooks Cole)
6. Intermediate Accounting by J. David Spiceland, James Sepe and Lawrence A. Tomassini (McGraw-Hill)
7. Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
8. Intermediate Accounting by Donald E. Kieso, Jerry J. Weygandt and Terry D. Warfield (Wiley)
9. Human Anatomy and Physiology by Elaine N. Marieb and Katja Hoehn (Benjamin Cummins)
10. Principles of Marketing by Philip Kotler and Gary Armstrong (Prentice Hall)

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