Shelf Awareness for Thursday, July 6, 2017

Algonquin Young Readers: the Beautiful Game by Yamile Saied Méndez

Berkley Books: Books that will sweep you off your feet! Enter Giveaway!

Feiwel & Friends: The Flicker by HE Edgmon

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers: The Pumpkin Princess and the Forever Night by Steven Banbury

St. Martin's Griffin: Murdle: The School of Mystery: 50 Seriously Sinister Logic Puzzles by GT Karber


Real Estate Developer Buys Bookstore in the Grove

LointerHome, a residential and commercial real estate development company, has bought the Bookstore in the Grove, in Coconut Grove, Fla., and has already begun renovations on the property, the Miami Herald reported.

Former owner Felice Dubin had put the store up for sale and indicated she would close it at the end of June if she didn't find a buyer. She founded the store 10 years ago.

The 7,500-square-foot store is remaining open during renovations, which are taking place in the evenings, after the store's regular closing time, and will continue through the fall. Interior design and décor changes are being handled by Louis1978, a creative studio.

Amanda De Seta, founder of Lointerhome, told the Herald that after she reviewed the store's financial information, "I realized it was still a great business opportunity. As a developer, I see where the Grove is heading, with new residential towers being built and high-worth individuals coming in. I view the space not just as a bookstore or cafe, but as a community center. The Grove doesn't need a big-box anything. It needs a quirky, well-curated place to buy books. I use Amazon all the time, because it's very convenient. But I also enjoy going to the Bookstore with my 8-year-old daughter and spending time there browsing."

De Seta added that she plans to survey store customers to figure out which kinds of books to stock and increase sales. She also hopes to work with local companies to sell their products, such as olive oil.

The store's café is featuring a new menu created by Glass and Vine chef de cuisine Adriana Egozcue. "Offerings include baked goods, vegetable quiches, empanadas and sandwiches. The café, supervised by Amber Rapicavoli, will serve coffee, smoothies and juices. Libations such as beer and wine will be added soon." Also on the menu in the future: a pop-up oyster bar and a weekend seafood brunch.

Blackstone Publishing: Rogue Community College: A Liberty House Novel by David R Slayton

Harper's Books Opens in Lebanon, Tenn.

Harper's Books held its grand opening yesterday in Lebanon, Tenn., offering new and used books, the Lebanon Democrat reported.

Harper's Books owner James Kamer told the newspaper, "Lebanon has needed a bookstore for a while. It's something I felt was a need that wasn't being filled. I kept waiting for someone else to come and open a bookstore here so I can have one to shop at, but I thought, 'Well, it's not going to happen. I might as well do it myself.' "

The bookstore offers a large selection of children's books and comics and has "reading zones and a vintage section where books are more than 100 years old," the Lebanon Democrat wrote.

Carla Gray Memorial Scholarship for Emerging Bookseller-Activists

In honor of Carla Gray, the executive marketing director at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt who died May 30, Hannah Harlow, Jenna Johnson and MaryBeth Long ("friends of the extraordinary Carla Gray") have created the Carla Gray Memorial Scholarship for Emerging Bookseller-Activists. "Carla Gray believed that books could change people and that people change the world," the organizers said. "This memorial fund in her honor connects on both fronts, at the intersection of books and activism."

The professional development award, which will be managed by the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation, will be given annually to a bookseller with fewer than five years of experience and working at a store with less than $500,000 in revenue. The scholarship will include attendance at a key industry trade show (which the organizers noted was "one of Carla's favorite activities") and a stipend (with an amount to be determined) that will support a community outreach project of the winner's own creation. The award is intended to give the recipient "the opportunity to connect with booksellers, publishers, and authors and to establish the kind of long-term relationships Carla held dear and that keep this business thriving... This scholarship and its recipients will celebrate and honor Carla's boundless enthusiasm for the books themselves, her delight in pairing the right book with the right reader, and her faith in the bookselling community."

Contributions can be made via the Binc Foundation here.

Amazon Opening Its First Warehouse in Utah

Amazon is opening its first warehouse in Utah, in Salt Lake City, an 855,000-square-foot facility that will handle "smaller customer items, such as books, electronics and toys," the company announced.

Both Governor Gary R. Herbert and Mayor Jackie Biskupski had warm words for the online retailing behemoth. The warehouse will offer some 1,500 "full-time hourly associate roles."

Obituary Notes: James Berry; Pat O'Sullivan

James Berry, who "was one of the best loved and most taught poets in Britain, a great champion of Caribbean culture, an influential anthologist and a determined though unsentimental advocate of friendship between races," died June 20, the Guardian reported. He was 92. Berry's poems "ranged from the lyrical to the caustic, but almost all of them intimately caught the speech patterns of his native Jamaica."

Berry associated himself with the Caribbean Artists Movement, which was formed in London in 1966 "and whose effects are still felt today, long after its formal expiration six years later." Berry's books include A Story I Am In: Selected Poems; Lucy's Letters and Loving; Chain of Days; Hot Cold Earth; and Windrush Songs. Among his many honors were the Smarties prize, the Signal poetry award and the Coretta Scott King book award. In 1990, he was appointed OBE.

Berry "greatly influenced reading choices in schools and colleges through his outstanding anthologies of black verse, especially Bluefoot Traveller (1976) and News for Babylon (1984)," the Guardian noted. He won the National Poetry prize in 1981 for "Fantasy of an African Boy," which "is one of the most anthologized Caribbean poems" and includes these lines:

We can't read money for books.
Yet without it we don't
read, don't write numbers,
don't open gates in other countries,
as lots and lots never do.


New Zealand bookseller Pat O'Sullivan, who "is remembered by many current and former booksellers and publishers as a tireless advocate of the book trade in this country and also a great supporter of individual bookshops, even when they might be in competition with him," died June 29, Booksellers NZ reported.

O'Sullivan became "an almost accidental owner" of the Plaza Bookshop in Timaru and at one time owned two bookshops there. In 1981, he bought the Merivale Bookshop in Christchurch, selling his two shops in Timaru. He became a councillor of the Booksellers Association in 1980, and then a board member of the newly established Booksellers NZ and its subsidiary Book Tokens Ltd. He chaired the association from 1985 to 1987.

John Schiff, former CEO of Booksellers Association/Booksellers NZ, said O'Sullivan was a "true gentleman with the utmost of integrity and a great ambassador for the Book Trade."

G.L.O.W. - Galley Love of the Week
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A Forty Year Kiss by Nickolas Butler is a passionate, emotionally complex love story that probes tender places within the heart and soul. When 60-somethings Charlie and Vivian--married then divorced in their 20s--reunite after four decades, they are swept up by the very best of what their romantic relationship once offered. "Anyone who has ever thought about what might have been will find this book fascinating," says Shana Drehs, senior editorial director at Sourcebooks Landmark. "The story is a brilliant exploration of a second chance at love, always realistic but never saccharine." As Charlie and Vivian build a bridge from past to present, their enduring love paving over potholes, Butler (Shotgun Lovesongs) raises questions about how life changes people--or does it?--and delivers another heartening, unforgettable novel. --Kathleen Gerard, blogger at Reading Between the Lines

(Sourcebooks Landmark, $27.99 Hardcover, 9781464221248, 
February 4, 2025)


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Image of the Day: Strange Journey on the Way

At the "Trying to Say 'God': Re-enchanting Catholic Literature" literary conference at the University of Notre Dame last month, Jonathan Ryan and Jessica Mesman Griffith, creators of the Sick Pilgrim blog and authors of Strange Journey: How Two Homesick Pilgrims Stumbled Back into the Catholic Church (Loyola, November), had an early launch party and reading. Here they appear with Bishop Daniel Flores (center), who opened the conference with a talk on art.

Happy 10th Birthday, Blue Ridge Books!

Congratulations to Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville, N.C., which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month. Allison Lee, co-owner of the bookshop with Jo Gilley, told the Smoky Mountain News that she "can't help but be thankful for the countless customers that look to the business as something of importance--economically, academically, and intrinsically."

"Ten years is a long time in this day and age, in this economy, with technology and online purchasing," Lee said. "It's a long time for a Main Street business--and we're proud of that."

Prior to owning Blue Ridge Books, Lee worked at a women's bookstore in Durham during graduate school, and later at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, experiences that helped her to see "the importance of what she and Gilley do, each and every day."

"I remember working in Raleigh when the first big box stores arrived. How do you stay in business when you have these big box bookstores? Well, you focus on what you do, and what you do well," Lee said. "[With Amazon], it is what it is, and people are going to make decisions on the priorities they have, and to the ability that you are able to buy within your community is so very helpful. Amazon can track your purchases and try to suggest things by some algorithm, but it's never going to be like somebody that knows you. We have customers where over the years I'd help choose their Christmas gifts for their grandchildren, and it's because I've known their family for years."

Asked about what her hopes for the next decade are, Lee replied: "We love coming to work, we really do. It's about being led by your love of books, trying to respond the best you can to your customers, and knowing who your customers are--what they want, what they need, and how to be involved in the community."

Personnel Changes at Dey Street Books, Workman

Benjamin Steinberg is joining Dey Street Books in the newly created role of associate publisher. He was formerly director, partnerships and imprint consumer marketing, for Knopf Doubleday. He earlier worked in editorial at Random House.


JT Green has joined Workman Publishing as national accounts sales manager, responsible for selling Barnes & Noble College and managing Workman's relationship with Nook and He formerly worked with book trade accounts and field reps at Abrams and in production at Skyhorse.

Media and Movies

Media Heat: Haroon Moghul on Fresh Air

Fresh Air: Haroon Moghul, author of How to Be a Muslim: An American Story (Beacon Press, $17, 9780807020746).

Tonight Show repeat: Derek Jeter, co-author of Fair Ball (Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman, $16.99, 9781481491488).

Movies: Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them Sequel

Principal photography began yesterday "on the as-yet untitled Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel at Warner Bros Studios Leavesden outside London," Deadline reported, adding that along with the main cast from the first film and previously announced newcomers like Jude Law as a young Albus Dumbledore, the most recent cast additions include Claudia Kim, William Nadylam, Ingvar Sigurdsson, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson and Kevin Guthrie.

J.K. Rowling wrote the screenplay for the film, "which opens in 1927, a few months after magizoologist Scamander helped to unveil and capture the infamous Grindelwald in the first installment," Deadline noted. This is the second in a planned five-movie series with the original film's director David Yates. Warner Bros. has set a release date of November 16, 2018 for the sequel. 

This Weekend on Book TV: Roxane Gay

Book TV airs on C-Span 2 this weekend from 8 a.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Monday and focuses on political and historical books as well as the book industry. The following are highlights for this coming weekend. For more information, go to Book TV's website.

Saturday, July 8
8:45 a.m. An interview with James Patterson at BookExpo.

4 p.m. Paul Hawken, editor of Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming (Penguin Books, $22, 9780143130444). (Re-airs Sunday at 8 a.m.)

6 p.m. Conrad Crane, author of Cassandra in Oz: Counterinsurgency and Future War (Naval Institute Press, $39.95, 9781682470077). (Re-airs Sunday at 7 a.m.)

7 p.m. Peter B. Doran, author of Breaking Rockefeller: The Incredible Story of the Ambitious Rivals Who Toppled an Oil Empire (Viking, $28, 9780525427391).

7:45 p.m. Roxane Gay, author of Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body (Harper, $25.99, 9780062362599). (Re-airs Sunday at 10 p.m.)

8:45 p.m. James Kakalios, author of The Physics of Everyday Things: The Extraordinary Science Behind an Ordinary Day (Crown, $26, 9780770437732). (Re-airs Sunday at 2:15 p.m.)

10 p.m. Brian Merchant, author of The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone (Little, Brown, $28, 9780316546164). (Re-airs Sunday at 9 p.m. and Monday at 12 a.m. and 3 a.m.)

11 p.m. Pat Buchanan, author of Nixon's White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever (Crown Forum, $30, 9781101902844). (Re-airs Sunday at 7:30 p.m.)

Sunday, July 9
12:30 a.m. Michael Wallis, author of The Best Land Under Heaven: The Donner Party in the Age of Manifest Destiny (Liveright, $27.95, 9780871407696). (Re-airs Sunday at 3:30 p.m.)

1:45 a.m. Floyd Abrams, author of The Soul of the First Amendment (Yale University Press, $26, 9780300190885). (Re-airs Sunday at 6:15 p.m.)

6:45 a.m. An interview with Bob Weil, editor-in-chief of Liveright.

11 a.m. Jack Ewing, author of Faster, Higher, Farther: The Volkswagen Scandal (Norton, $27.95, 9780393254501). (Re-airs Monday at 1:15 a.m.)

1 p.m. Scott Selisker, author of Human Programming: Brainwashing, Automatons, and American Unfreedom (University of Minnesota Press, $26, 9780816699889). (Re-airs Monday at 1 a.m.)

5 p.m. James Wright, author of Enduring Vietnam: An American Generation and Its War (Thomas Dunne, $29.99, 9781250092489). (Re-airs Sunday at 7 a.m.)

Books & Authors

Awards: Ledbury Forte Poetry; PEN Ackerley

Sandeep Parmar won the inaugural £5000 (about $6,470) Ledbury Forte Poetry Prize, which is dedicated to second poetry collections, for Eidolon, the Bookseller reported, noting that the work, "partly a modern revision of the Helen of Troy myth, meditates on the visible and invisible forces of Western civilization from classical antiquity to present-day America."

The judges praised Eidolon for its "combination of intimacy and sweep," noting that the "language is sharp and contemporary, but also very gentle in places, and lyrical. There are lines which seem to reach far back (to Whitman and Shakespeare and Sappho, and of course to the book's basis in the Helen of Troy myths), and there are other sections which use the stilted language of contemporary reports and news and snatches of conversation. A strange and compelling mix."


Amy Liptrop has won the PEN Ackerley Prize for her memoir, The Outrun. The award is given annually to "a literary autobiography of excellence."

Chair of judges Peter Parker commented: "In this exhilarating and rigorously unsentimental memoir, Amy Liptrot describes returning to her native Orkney after her life catastrophically unravels in London. Liptrot writes with wonderful clarity and invention about the experiences of being an alcoholic and about her immersive encounters with the weather, landscape, seascape and wildlife of the remote northern archipelago in which she starts to put her life back together."

Attainment: New Titles Out Next Week

Selected titles appearing next Tuesday, July 11:

Two Nights: A Novel by Kathy Reichs (Bantam, $28, 9780345544070) is a thriller about a scarred woman's search for a missing girl.

House of Spies: A Novel by Daniel Silva (Harper, $28.99, 9780062354341) is the latest thriller featuring art restorer and assassin Gabriel Allon.

The Great Nadar: The Man Behind the Camera by Adam Begley (Tim Duggan, $28, 9781101902608) is a biography of the innovative 19th-century French photographer.

The Darkening Web: The War for Cyberspace by Alexander Klimburg (Penguin Press, $30, 9781594206665) explores the complexities of cyberwar, information control and other Internet issues.

Tornado Weather: A Novel by Deborah E. Kennedy (Flatiron, $24.99, 9781250079572) takes place in a small town where a child and her father go missing.

Watch Me Disappear: A Novel by Janelle Brown (Spiegel & Grau, $27, 9780812989465) follows the husband and daughter of a woman who vanishes while hiking.

The Merciless III: Origins of Evil by Danielle Vega (Razorbill, $17.99, 9780448493527) is teenager Brooklyn's third encounter with the devil, this time amid the members of a Christian youth group.

All the Ways the World Can End by Abby Sher (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $17.99, 9780374304256) depicts all the wrong ways a teenage girl attempts to deal with her father's terminal cancer.

Reading with Patrick: A Teacher, a Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship by Michelle Kuo (Random House, $27, 9780812997316) is the memoir of a young teacher whose student was jailed for murder.

Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8: A Young Man's Voice from the Silence of Autism by Naoki Higashida, translated by KA Yoshida (Random House, $27, 9780812997392) is the followup from an autistic author who wrote the bestseller The Reason I Jump at age 13.

Bannerless by Carrie Vaughn (John Joseph Adams/Mariner Books, $14.99, 9780544947306) is the start of a sci-fi dystopian series in a post-apocalyptic setting.

I Hear Your Voice by Young-ha Kim, translated by Krys Lee (Mariner, $13.99, 9780544324473) follows two South Korea orphans who join a gang together.

IndieBound: Other Indie Favorites

From last week's Indie bestseller lists, available at, here are the recommended titles, which are also Indie Next Great Reads:

Blackout: A Novel by Marc Elsberg (Sourcebooks Landmark, $26.99, 9781492654414). "Already a huge bestseller internationally, Marc Elsberg's Blackout is poised to be a sensation in the U.S. this June. In Blackout, hackers are able to take down all the electrical grids across Europe, resulting in a total blackout more far-reaching than anything previously thought possible. Once it becomes clear that this event is not a glitch and the depths of the crisis--no lights, no heat, no Internet, no cell service--become evident, chaos ensues. Piero Manzano is an activist and a former hacker whose investigation into the cause of the disaster soon makes him a prime suspect and forces him to run from the authorities. This is a taut, fast-paced thriller about a frighteningly plausible scenario." --Cody Morrison, Square Books, Oxford, Miss.

Shadow Man: A Novel by Alan Drew (Random House, $27, 9781400067800). "Shadow Man is supposed to be the story of a serial killer who was horribly abused as a child and the efforts of the police to track him down and keep him from killing others. However, this book is really about Ben Wade, one of the detectives on the case. While the victims of the serial killer greatly affect Wade, who gives his all to catch him, it is the apparent suicide of a young teenager that really shakes up his world. Much more than just a search for a killer, Shadow Man is about living in the shadows of what happened in the past. Shadow Man could be called a thriller, but it is really much more than that, with characters that are so real you can feel their pain." --Nancy McFarlane, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, S.C.

My Last Continent: A Novel by Midge Raymond (Scribner, 9781501124716, $16). "Suspense and love intertwine against the starkly beautiful backdrop of Antarctica in this wonderful debut. Deb is a researcher devoting her life to the magnificent penguins that populate this remote corner of the world, where the ice-choked waters set the stage for the tragic collision of a supersized cruise liner and mountainous iceberg. When Deb discovers the man she loves is aboard the doomed ship, the poles of her world shift, as she must now focus on rescuing the one person who has saved her from her self-inflicted solitude. Raymond does a masterful job building the tension while the dramas of both the past and present unfold." --Luisa Smith, Book Passage, Corte Madera, Calif.

For Ages 4 to 8
Toad on the Road: A Cautionary Tale by Stephen Shaskan (HarperCollins, $17.99, 9780062393470). "Stephen Shaskan knows how to make a book for story time! Toad on the Road is full of the great rhymes, vibrant illustrations, funny jokes, and ample sound effects that are trademarks of his books. A great story to share with toddlers and preschoolers, or for the emerging reader to try on her own." --Angela Whited, Red Balloon Bookshop, St. Paul, Minn.

For Ages 9 to 12
The Girl With the Ghost Machine by Lauren DeStefano (Bloomsbury, $16.99, 9781681194448). "The Girl With the Ghost Machine is quite a touching story. For children who are working through a loss, this book is like a good friend who has been through the same and understands just how you feel. The characters are well developed and the relationships ring true. I truly enjoyed this book. I lost my father when I was young and this book helped me to play the 'what if' game with Emmaline, her father, and her friends and to become engrossed in their ideas of a ghost machine." --Dwi Grandison, Hockessin Bookshelf, Hockessin, Del.

For Teen Readers: An Indies Introduce Title
Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali (Salaam Reads/Simon & Schuster, $18.99, 9781481499248). "In an ideal world, Saints and Misfits wouldn't need to be an important tent-pole book of Muslim representation; it would be one of many books about Muslim teens doing all sorts of things. And then we could just talk about how it's a funny, sharp, feminist book that tackles real issues with grace. It's just really good. Read it, for that reason and more." --Anna Kaufman, DIESEL: A Bookstore, Santa Monica, Calif.

[Many thanks to IndieBound and the ABA!]

Book Review

Review: The Art of Flavor: Practices and Principles for Creating Delicious Food

The Art of Flavor: Practices and Principles for Creating Delicious Food by Daniel Patterson, Mandy Aftel (Riverhead, $28 hardcover, 288p., 9781594634307, August 1, 2017)

Following on their 2004 collaboration, Aroma, chef and food writer Daniel Patterson and perfumer Mandy Aftel (Fragrant) have created a guide to creative cooking in The Art of Flavor.

"Good cooks, like good perfumers, learn to orchestrate ingredients into delicious combinations without thinking about it, let alone talking about it." Patterson and Aftel offer rules for building flavors with the particular ingredients you have, to please your personal tastes and desires. They also offer both amateurs and professional cooks ways to develop a personal vocabulary for discussing this process with others, whether in a home kitchen or a classroom. Although the authors provide more than 80 recipes to demonstrate their ideas, this is not a cookbook so much as it is an instruction manual, "designed to make you into someone who confidently adapts recipes to your needs and desires--ultimately into someone who does not even need a recipe."

The first chapter is a historical overview of flavor, the relationships among medicine, perfumery and cooking and the development of the flavor industry in the 19th and 20th centuries. The authors explain how to select and understand ingredients, to be aware of how no two carrots or apples or vanilla beans are the same. "The point is not to nose out the exact provenance of every ingredient you use... but to cultivate an awareness of the qualities of the ingredients before you." They define four rules of flavor that involve contrast, unification and the perfumer's concepts of top, middle and base notes. A chapter on the "four directions of flavor" explains how to use spices, herbs, citruses and flowers. Another on "the seven dials" illustrates how to adjust and balance salt, sweet, sour, bitter, umami, fat and heat. They discuss the controlled transformations that are possible with different cooking methods, and present their concepts of "locking"--"what happens when ingredients combine with impact that seems to be more than the sum of their individual characters" and of "burying"--how to incorporate strong flavors without allowing them to overwhelm a dish.

This is a technical book in many ways, complete with a bibliography for further reading, but it is also a friendly and accessible one for anyone with a serious interest in the art of cooking. The ingredient lists are simple and affordable. Cooks at every level of experience are likely to find fresh clarity and new insights here. --Sara Catterall

Shelf Talker: A perfumer and a chef systematically explain the art of good cooking using simple ingredients in this guide to understanding and constructing flavor.

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