Part-time Palm Beach, Fla., resident James Patterson set his current bestselling Lifeguard
written with Andrew Gross (Little, Brown, $26.95, 0316057851) in Palm
Beach and mentioned the Classic Bookshop and two employees there. Owner
Jeffrey Jacobus, not one of the named, told the Palm Beach Daily News
that the book has been selling well, particularly considering that it's
off season. (Even Patterson is up north.) "He's a great friend to the
store," Jacobus continued. "He's in here all the time and is always
gracious signing books for stock."
Particularly helpful for those who couldn't travel to New York for BEA
in June, the ABA will hold its first annual Winter Education Institute
on January 26 and 27 in Long Beach, Calif. Free to all ABA members and
staff, the Institute will feature education programming ABA put on at
BEA and some new sessions; it is for both new and veteran booksellers.
The program includes a "What Are You Reading?" breakfast (its lunch
equivalent at BEA is highly popular), a welcome lunch, an evening
reception and an independent retailing luncheon.
An article in the Contra Costa Times
in California debates the issues stirred up by racy YA books such as Rainbow Party
. Pam Spencer
Holley of the ALA has the wise last word: "Unless you read stuff that's
perhaps not the most literary, you'll never understand what good works
are. But when you get them hooked on reading, then you can lead them so
many other places, as far as books go."
If only all college students were like this. . .
In an essay in the Winston-Salem Journal
Brandon Alexander Robinson, a history major at Western Carolina
University, part of the UNC, system, discussed how he and other
students benefit from the school's textbook rental program. In his
case--his family has "limited financial resources," he said--he has put
most of the "income made disposable by the book-rental program" to buy
hundreds of books he wasn't assigned and classical music CDs. On
his first visit to the bookstore, when he and his mother discovered his
book charges would be much lower than expected, he celebrated by buying
a bilingual edition of Dante's Inferno
, the first of his
"extracurricular purchases." He said the program "has eased the burdens
of financing my education and allowed me to make more reasonable and
fulfilling sacrifices for my enlightenment."
Bell's Books, the Palo Alto, Calif., bookstore that stocks some 150,000 used and
antiquarian titles, celebrated its 70th birthday on Saturday.
Founded by the late Herb Bell, the store is run his widow, Valeria, and
daughter, Faith. The party featured live jazz and local food.
A former Stanford professor told the San Jose Mercury News
that he had been to bookstores around the world, "and none of them,
except maybe for Powell's in Portland [Ore.], can hold a candle to
Today's Chicago Tribune
on some aspects of the new dynamics of the used book market, including
used books's steadily growing popularity, the effect of the Internet on
the availability of used books, the definition of "used" and the effect
on authors and publishers.