Shelf Awareness for Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Little Simon: Angelina Ballerina by Katharine Holabird

Houghton Mifflin: No Place for Monsters by Kory Merritt

Algonquin Young Readers: Skunk and Badger (Skunk and Badger 1) by Amy Timberlake, illustrated by Jon Klassen

Timber Press: As the World Burns: The New Generation of Activists and the Landmark Legal Fight Against Climate Change by Lee Van Der Voo

IDW Publishing: Redbone: The True Story of a Native American Rock Band by Christian Staebler and Sonia Paoloni, illustrtaed by Thibault Balahy


Juneau, Alaska's Observatory Bookstore Closing

Dee Logenbaugh, who founded the Observatory bookstore in Juneau, Alaska, in 1977, is holding a closing sale, the Juneau Empire reported. Logenbaugh, who is 82, fell ill earlier this year, and the store has been shuttered since January. On November 16, the Observatory will reopen for a 10-day going-out-of-business sale.

"I've always loved it because I love books, and I love bookstores, but it was about time," Logenbaugh told the Juneau Empire.

But the store may be for sale. The paper said that Logenbaugh hasn't set a final closing date or "established a sale price for her business." Logenbaugh commented: "I really recommend a bookstore for anybody who loves books. It's wonderful having a bookstore and chatting with people who come by. That's been one of the charms of having the store."

Atheneum Books for Young Readers: Tune It Out by Jamie Summer

National Book Awards Week Begins on Monday

National Book Awards Week begins next Monday, November 14, with a series of events in New York City leading up to the announcement of the four NBA winners on Wednesday evening.

On Monday at the 5 Under 35 celebration, Karen Bender, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Meg Wolitzer, Jacqueline Woodson and honoree Amity Gaige will introduce five debut fiction writers whose work "promises to make a lasting impression on the literary landscape." The 2016 honorees are Brit Bennett, Yaa Gyasi, Greg Jackson, S. Li and Thomas Pierce. The invitation-only ceremony will be hosted by actor and writer B.J. Novak, and includes brief readings and a panel moderated by Ben Greenman, followed by an after-party.

On Tuesday morning at the Teen Press Conference, 600 New York City middle and high-school students interview this year's NBA finalists in Young People's Literature. YA author Brendan Kiely will host, and National Book Awards executive director Lisa Lucas will be a special guest.

On Tuesday evening at the Finalists Reading, this year's NBA finalists appear together at the New School. The event will be hosted by Isaac Fitzgerald, editor of BuzzFeed Books, and Saeed Jones, BuzzFeed executive editor of culture. The reading will be live-streamed on

And then on Wednesday evening, as previously announced, Larry Wilmore, comedian, writer and former host of the Nightly Show, will host the main NBA ceremony and benefit dinner at Cipriani Wall Street. In addition to the main awards, lifetime achievement awards will be presented to author Robert A. Caro and to Cave Canem, a writing center for African American poets. The ceremony will be streamed live on, Facebook and Twitter starting at 7:40 p.m., Eastern.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, NBA longlisted authors, finalists and winners in all categories will participate in the Miami Book Fair International. See for the full schedule.

AuthorBuzz for the Week of 07.06.20

Little Free Library: 50,000 Sites & Counting

Little Free Library has installed its 50,000th book exchange, which is at the Illumination Foundation homeless shelter in Santa Ana, Calif. Founder Todd H. Bol said: "Little Free Library is more than cute boxes of books. Along with placing our 50,000th library, we've established a global network of stewards, built partnerships with publishers and literacy organizations, and developed programming that leverages the power of sharing books to bring communities together."

Marytza Rubio, founder of the Makara Center for the Arts, applied to the Little Free Library's Impact Fund for a library to be placed at the Illumination Foundation as the first step in an effort to place Little Free Libraries throughout Santa Ana. "Makara Center for the Arts seeks to increase access to arts and culture in our community, and libraries, including Little Free Libraries, are part of those efforts," said Rubio. "We're starting at the Illumination Foundation because in Orange County our homeless population is our most vulnerable and many of them are children. Shelter residents have little access to books and the Little Free Library can address that need."

Bol added: "We call it the Impact Fund because that's the goal--we want to substantially improve our world--and so does the Makara Center. We are thrilled that our 50,000th library will be at the Illumination Foundation and part of such a wonderful mission."

University Press of Kentucky: The Redshirt (University Press of Kentucky New Poetry & Prose) by Corey Sobel

Shawn Donley of Powell's Joining Hachette as Pacific Northwest Rep

Shawn Donley

Shawn Donley is joining the Hachette Book Group as a sales rep in a newly created position in the Pacific Northwest that will be based in Portland, Ore., and will cover Washington State and Oregon. Donley has worked at Powell's Books in Portland, most recently as purchasing director, managing a team of eight buyers (both adult and children's) who buy for Powell's five retail locations. He is currently vice-president of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association.

G.P. Putnam's Sons: The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Jenny Bayliss

Paperchase Expanding to U.S.

Paperchase, the former Borders Group stationery, gift card and arts & crafts subsidiary in the U.K., is opening its first standalone stores in the U.S. next year, the Telegraph reported, adding that the company already sells cards in Target and Staples in the U.S.

Paperchase, owned by U.K. private equity group Primary Capital, which bought the chain from Borders in 2010, plans to open two stores in Chicago in 2017. Last year, the company opened 23 stores, including nine outside the U.K. The company has more than 130 stores in the U.K. and another 30 in Europe and the Middle East.

In 1999, Borders bought 15% of Paperchase, which was founded in the U.K in the 1970s. In 2004 Borders bought most of the rest of the company--excluding 3%. Borders sold Paperchase as its overall business was declining in a move that the president of the company at the time called "another major step in strengthening our balance sheet."


Image of the Day: Marcia Clark's Defense

Marcia Clark was the keynote speaker at the Arizona Women Lawyers Association annual meeting on November 4 in Tucson, Ariz. Afterward, the Poisoned Pen's Barbara Peters (standing) sold 150 copies of the two books in Clark's Samantha Brinkman series (Blood Defense and the new Moral Defense) in 25 minutes.

Vote Early, Buy Books at Indies

Yesterday, we showcased Broadway Books, Portland, Ore., which is offering an election day special. Other stores are encouraging voting:

Gibson's Bookstore in Concord, N.H., is featuring a 25% discount for all voters "whether you're on your way to vote, on your way back, or voted absentee. We're on the honor system, no proof required! Do your patriotic duty and VOTE."

Yesterday, Prairie Fox Books, Ottawa, Ill., posted: "Tomorrow is Election Day--are you registered to vote? Come in wearing your 'I voted' sticker and get 10% off!"

"Show us your I VOTED sticker (or other proof that you've been to the polls) and get 10% off your entire purchase on Election Day! Go Vote!!" Narberth Bookshop, Narberth, Pa., advised.

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Café, Washington, D.C.: "Show us your #ivoted sticker and get a FREE Kramerbooks koozie! #gotv #vote"

Bookstore Chalkboard of the Day: Curious Iguana

Posted yesterday on Facebook by the Curious Iguana bookstore:

"Yet another reason to love us... ;) Happy Monday, folks! -- in Frederick, Maryland."

Prairie Lights: Iowa City's 'Best Bookstore' Again

The Iowa City Press-Citizen has named Prairie Lights best bookstore of 2016. Its citation reads:

"Beloved by readers and writers in Iowa City and well beyond, Prairie Lights is the top pick in this category once again. The store is known for a diverse selection of books for adults and children, and for hosting regular readings by notable authors. 'Live from Prairie Lights' is an internationally known readings series, featuring some of the best up-and-coming and well-established authors and poets from all over the globe. The Staff Selections are always a great place to start for those looking for a new book. Check out Paul's Corner on the website for unique selections from book buyer Paul Ingram."

Media and Movies

Media Heat: Neil deGrasse Tyson on Colbert's Late Show

Live with Kelly: Megyn Kelly, author of Settle for More (Harper, $29.99, 9780062494603).

Steve Harvey Show: Joshua B. Drummond and Betty K. Bynum, authors of I'm A Brilliant Little Black Boy! (PaperUp Publishing, $23.95, 9780692555323).

Hallmark's Home & Family: Elise Strachan, author of Sweet! Celebrations: A My Cupcake Addiction Cookbook (Atria, $35, 9781501142222).

Last Call with Carson Daly: Alton Brown, author of EveryDayCook (Ballantine, $35, 9781101885710).

Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Neil deGrasse Tyson, co-author of Welcome to the Universe: An Astrophysical Tour (Princeton University Press, $39.95, 9780691157245).

Movies: The Man Who Invented Christmas;The Good Nurse

Bleecker Street has acquired U.S. rights to The Man Who Invented Christmas, a film based on Les Standiford's book "that recounts how Charles Dickens created his iconic A Christmas Carol," according to the Hollywood Reporter. The project will be directed by Bharat Nalluri (Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day) from a script by Susan Coyne (Mozart in the Jungle). The young Dickens will be played by Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey), with Christopher Plummer as Scrooge and Jonathan Pryce as Dickens's father.

Robert Mickelson and Ian Sharples are producing, with Paula Mazur, Mitchell Kaplan, Andrew Karpen and Vadim Jean executive producing. Parallel Films and Rhombus Media are co-production partners. The movie is set to begin production in December, with a planned 2017 release.

"The Man Who Invented Christmas is an emotionally rich story of Dickens' creative process and illustrates his love of the holiday spirit," said Karpen, Bleecker Street's CEO.


Lionsgate has set Tobias Lindholm to direct his first English-language film, The Good Nurse, which is based on Charles Graeber's book The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness & Murder. The script is by Krysty Wilson-Cairns and Darren Aronofsky's Protozoa is producing.

Deadline reported that Lindholm "is the Danish writer-director whose 2015 film A War (Krigen), about a Danish military company captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan, was Oscar nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. His other films include the hostage drama A Hijacking, Submarino and R, and he is acclaimed for his work on the TV drama Borgen and for teaming with Thomas Vinterberg on the script for the Oscar-nominated The Hunt."

Books & Authors

Awards: Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Nonfiction

Deborah Campbell won the C$60,000 (about US$44,840) Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction, which honors works published in Canada that "demonstrate a distinctive voice, as well as a persuasive and compelling command of tone, narrative, style and technique," for A Disappearance in Damascus: A Story of Friendship and Survival in the Shadow of War.

"In a seamless blend of storytelling and reportage, Deborah Campbell's A Disappearance in Damascus draws us into the struggles of Iraqi refugees settled in Syria after the fall of Baghdad," the jury noted in its citation. "The principal character, an Iraqi 'fixer' who is also a grieving mother and a nurturing humanitarian, is taken by secret police. Campbell's account of the search to find her, written with compelling prose, nuanced context, and intimate narration, illuminates the dangers of life and work in a conflict zone through a riveting tale of courage, loss, love, and friendship."

A complete list of this year's Writers' Trust of Canada award winners is available here.

Book Review

Review: Brewing Revolution

Brewing Revolution: Pioneering the Craft Beer Movement by Frank Appleton (Harbour Publishing, $24.95 paperback, 224p., 9781550177824, December 17, 2016)

Books on craft beer and the craft beer movement abound, and readers may feel underwhelmed at the prospect of another. But Frank Appleton's memoir, Brewing Revolution: Pioneering the Craft Beer Movement, is different. For one, his focus is on British Columbia, rather than the much-discussed scene in the United States. And Appleton's unapologetic, lively personality communicates a story both personal and national, even global, in scope. Brewing Revolution also expands into an impassioned indictment of mass-market adjunct lagers, as well as a manual for the next generation of brewers.

Appleton, a native of Manchester, England, applied his studies in microbiology to food science and later, after immigrating to Vancouver, B.C., to brewing. His science background, appetite for innovation and uncompromising insistence on quality in food and drink led him through an unplanned but inspired career. He began in one of Canada's "Big Three" brewing conglomerates, where he developed a scorn for adjunct ingredients (or "added junk") like corn, rice and corn syrup, where traditional, quality brews use only malted grains like barley.

Retiring in frustration to a cabin in the woods, he learns that an article he'd written comparing adjunct lagers with "tasteless white bread and the universal cardboard hamburger," and calling for a do-it-yourself response, has drawn the attention of an ambitious pub owner. From there, Appleton's career as a consultant begins. After helping to open the first craft brewery in Canada--which required lobbying for a change in legislation--he consults on the design and launches of dozens of new breweries in Canada, several in the United States and one in France. Along the way, he trains new brewers, invents new equipment and creatively tackles problems in brewing-related architecture, physics, sanitation, welding, human resources and more.

While Appleton is occasionally acerbic in railing against brewing practices and certain former employers, he stops short of bitterness. This distinctive voice may be off-putting for some, but his readers will likely share his disdain for adjuncts and his passion for the details of malt, hops, yeast and water. Enjoying the irreverence of Appleton's fervent campaigning, craft beer fans will find his character amusing, quirky and sympathetic.

Brewing Revolution tells the story of a country's craft beer movement and of the author's life work, but it doesn't stop there. In his enthusiasm, Appleton can't help but offer troubleshooting advice for ambitious brewers, and a healthy review of brewing techniques, including the niceties of equipment, yeast cultivation and malting. Humorous asides include Appleton's dodging of U.S. customs agents and his exasperation with the hired help in Lyon, France. As a history of a movement and a personal memoir brimming with zeal, Brewing Revolution is educational, entertaining and, perhaps most of all, thirst-inducing. --Julia Jenkins, librarian and blogger at pagesofjulia

Shelf Talker: This personal history of Canada's craft beer movement, from a distinctive and accomplished participant, amuses as well as instructs.

The Bestsellers

Top-Selling Self-Published Titles

The bestselling self-published books last week as compiled by

1. Submission is Not Enough (Masters and Mercenaries Volume 12) by Lexi Blake
2. Marriage Games by CD Reiss
3. Luke by Barbara Freethy
4. Taming the Vampire by Various
5. Three Wise Men Box Set by Serenity Woods
6. Shadow Marked (Shadows of Salem Book 2) by Jasmine Walt and Rebecca Hamilton
7. Beneath These Shadows by Meghan March
8. The Sexy One by Lauren Blakely
9. The Negotiation by Sandi Lynn
10. Sinful Nights Bundle by Lauren Blakely

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