Shelf Awareness for Thursday, August 22, 2019

Scholastic Press: Playing the Cards You're Dealt by Varian Johnson

Etch/Clarion Books: Hooky by Míriam Bonastre Tur

Bloomsbury Publishing: When I Grow Up: The Lost Autobiographies of Six Yiddish Teenagers by Ken Krimstein

Macmillan Children's Publishing Group: Introducing Shelf Essentials, a new publishing program encouraging readers everywhere to make storytime more inclusive

Little Simon: Good Night, Good Night: The Original Longer Version of the Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton

Page Street Kids: Tonight We Rule the World by Zack Smedley

Legendary Comics: The Heart Hunter by Mickey George, illustrated by V Gagnon

Quotation of the Day

Bookshops 'Serve an Important Role in Our Community'

"When I set about writing the Traitor series I deliberately tailored it to be appealing to boys. From experience as a bookseller it seems boys can be harder to entice into reading but once they find something they like they're hooked....

"I feel that now more than ever bookshops and the love of reading they promote serve an important role in our community. Through the vicarious experience of sharing a story we can learn empathy, tolerance and understanding."

--Gareth Ward, New Zealand author, bookseller (Wardini Books) and magician (The Great Wardini), quoted on the Booksellers NZ blog

Red Lightning Books: Forgiveness: The Story of Eva Kor, Survivor of the Auschwitz Twin Experiments by Joseph E Lee


Tattered Cover to Open in Westminster, Colo., Next Year

Rendering of the new Origin Hotel/Tattered Cover coming to Westminster, Colo.

In partnership with the Origin Hotel, Tattered Cover Book Store, which has four stores in and near Denver, Colo., and three satellite stores at Denver International Airport, is opening a new store next year in Westminster, a suburb northwest of Denver. The 5,000-square-foot bookstore, tentatively scheduled to open in April 2020, will be on the ground floor of the Origin Hotel, which also is expected to open in early 2020.

"We are thrilled to come to Westminster," said Len Vlahos, Tattered Cover's CEO and co-owner. "The city's vision for a true downtown--distinct, vibrant, and developed over time--will be a boon to residents, and we're proud to be a part of it. We also feel privileged to be working with our friends at the Origin Hotel, who are kindred spirits in creating unique customer experiences."

The new Tattered Cover will have entrances from the street, the parking lot and the hotel, and is at the center of the newly planned downtown, across the street from the recently opened Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Central Square plaza.

"Our travelers are searching for truly local experiences," said Walker Thrash, partner at Origin Hotel. "And Tattered Cover delivers a product that is simply different from the rest."

Founded in 1971 and run for many years by Joyce Meskis, Tattered Cover was bought by Len Vlahos and Kristen Gilligan in 2015. Tattered Cover Westminster will be the first new Tattered Cover location since the Union Station store opened in 2014.

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Baltimore's Ivy Bookshop: Move Update

The Ivy Bookshop's future home.

The Ivy Bookshop, Baltimore, Md., which will be moving next spring into larger quarters in the former Divine Life Church, is completely renovating the new location, which has about 2,700 square feet of space, plus a basement, and nearly 2.5 acres of outside grounds.

"The first floor will function as a traditional bookstore and is coincidentally about the same size as the former space at 1,750 square feet, but will also include a coffee bar, integrate unique nooks and crannies where people can become lost reading a book and feature large windows with adjacent seats," owner Emma Snyder said. "Large social spaces will also be a key element to support the more than 125 in-store events that we plan to sponsor annually."

Owner Emma Snyder (left) with her broker, Kate Jordan, at the new space.

The second floor will be a multi-functional area that will host yoga classes, writing workshops, summer camps and for artists to sell their wares, depending in large part on what the community wants. "We want the community to figure things out and we are here to support them," Snyder explained.

The basement will be used as storage for "the literary needs of Baltimore-area institutions" while the upper floor will be converted into a studio apartment that will be the site of a writing residency. "This is slated to be used by a writer in need of a space for several months to work on a current project," Snyder said. "There will also be expectations for this individual to participate in community writing workshops and seminars."

The outdoor grounds, which include meditation gardens, will be "immediately accessible by the public to encourage wandering around with a book and coffee in a beautiful natural setting," Snyder continued. "Over time, we want to gradually transform the area into a space suitable for outdoor concerts, theater shows, salon dinners" as well as any other events or gatherings the community wishes.

New World Library: Sit Down to Rise Up: How Radical Self-Care Can Change the World by Shelly Tygielski

B&N College Managing Chicago's Columbia Bookstore

Columbia College Chicago has partnered with Barnes & Noble College, which is now managing the campus bookstore at 624 S. Michigan Ave. The Chronicle reported that when the college's contract ended with Follett, Columbia administrators decided to try to find an operator who could bring more value to students.

"Before, the bookstore just existed," said Bryon Gilstrap, director of procurement and administrative services. "It was just there. Now it will be driven by the needs of Columbia and our students. If the students decide that there is something [that will] add value, we can have that option now. Whereas, in the past, we didn't feel that Follett brought that to the table."

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Obituary Note: Richard Booth

Richard Booth

Bookseller and self-appointed "King of Hay" Richard Booth, who turned the small Welsh town of Hay-on-Wye "into a second-hand bookshop capital," died August 20, BBC News reported. He was 80. Booth opened his first bookshop in the town's former fire station in 1961. His passion for Hay-on-Wye "led him to proclaim it an independent kingdom on 1 April 1977, crowning himself as monarch and issuing passports to locals." 

"This town has become what it is because of him," said Anne Addyman of Addyman's Books. "We are absolutely devastated. It feels like we have lost our father, he is such a legend. We are going to have black books in the windows and a week of mourning for the king of Hay. He was unique. He was the first person to diversify a rural economy; what he did was cutting edge in the '60s and '70s. There are now over 50 book towns in the world. Hay is still the best. He was like the emperor of the book town movement as well."

Booth was chairman of the Welsh Booksellers Association, life president of the International Organization of Book Towns, and was honored with an MBE in 2004. He sold his bookshop in 2007.

Hay Festival director Peter Florence told the Bookseller: "Richard was a maverick, full of mischief and delight, who had an idea of genius about how to diversify a rural economy with secondhand book dealing and made a life of it. He inspired generations of bookdealers and browsers. There are many people in Hay who are here because of him. We all owe him the easygoing, happy spirit of the town.

"There was a time in the '70s and '80s when he was a tremendously charismatic, visionary entrepreneur who had great fun. He was a book man, and he loved a good deal, but I always thought he wasn't really in it for money; he was in it for the craic, for the party and the good times. And everybody treasures that image of him now."


Image of the Day: Dog Day Afternoon

The Riverhead Pop-Up Reading Room returned to Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York City last weekend, celebrating canine companions both fictional and real. Readers were invited to stop by the the "pup-up" reading room and hang out with other dogs and dog lovers while browsing a collection of Riverhead books by Julie Klam, Sigrid Nunez, Emma Straub and others that explore the powerful bond between human and canine. The event featured a photo booth and hourly giveaways of tote bags filled with signed books, gift cards, a Riverhead dog bandana.

Round Table Books' Shattered Window Display Rx

Last Saturday, London's Round Table Books posted a photo on Facebook of its damaged display window. Noting: "NEVER A DULL DAY! Our front window was smashed overnight so we're missing our busiest day of the week. Apologies to anyone making their way to us today--we are around, checking what’s been taken, tidying up and selling books." In an update posted later, the bookshop wrote: "We are open again! It's not pretty (boarded up window) but come by!!"

On Tuesday, Round Table Books showcased its ability to make lemonade out of lemons with an inventive option: "Down, but NOT out. We got creative with our missing window--come through and say HI!"

Personnel Changes at Penguin Press

Danielle Plafsky has joined Penguin Press as associate marketing director. She was most recently assistant marketing director at Knopf.

Lauren Lauzon has joined Penguin Press as marketing manager. She was formerly a marketing associate at William Morrow.

Media and Movies

This Weekend on Book TV: Philip Mudd on Black Site

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, August 24
12:30 p.m. An interview with David Rubenstein, co-founder of the Carlyle Group and financial supporter of the National Book Festival. (Re-airs Sunday at 5:30 p.m.)

6:30 p.m. Mark Lee Gardner, author of Rough Riders: Theodore Roosevelt, His Cowboy Regiment, and the Immortal Charge Up San Juan Hill (Morrow, $16.99, 9780062312099). (Re-airs Monday at 7:30 a.m.)

7 p.m. Zahar Hankir, editor of Our Women on the Ground: Essays by Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World (Penguin Books, $17, 9780143133414), at Politics and Prose in Washington, D.C. (Re-airs Monday at 1 a.m.)

8 p.m. Philip Mudd, author of Black Site: The CIA in the Post-9/11 World (Liveright, $27.95, 9781631491979).

9 p.m. Harriet Washington, author of A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind (Little, Brown Spark, $28, 9780316509435), at Politics and Prose. (Re-airs Sunday at 3 p.m.)

10 p.m. Brent Bozell, author of Unmasked: Big Media's War Against Trump (Humanix Books, $24.99, 9781630061159). (Re-airs Sunday at 9 p.m. and Monday at 12 a.m. and 3 a.m.).

11 p.m. Emily Guendelsberger, author of On the Clock: What Low-Wage Work Did to Me and How It Drives America Insane (Little, Brown, $28, 9780316509008). (Re-airs Sunday at 6:15 p.m.)

Sunday, August 25
12 a.m. David Horowitz, author of Mortality and Faith: Reflections on a Journey through Time (Regnery, $28.99, 9781621578130). (Re-airs Sunday at 4 p.m.)

6:50 a.m. Burton W. Folsom, author of The Myth of the Robber Barons: A New Look at the Rise of Big Business in America (Young America's Foundation, $9.95, 9780963020314).

7:45 p.m. Imani Perry, author of Breathe: A Letter to My Sons (Beacon Press, $18, 9780807076552).

10 p.m. Sarah Parcek, author of Archaeology from Space: How the Future Shapes Our Past (Holt, $30, 9781250198280), at the American Writers Museum in Chicago, Ill.

11 p.m. Douglas Waller, author of Lincoln's Spies: Their Secret War to Save a Nation (Simon & Schuster, $35, 9781501126840).

Books & Authors

Awards: Cinderella2CEO; SCIBA Book Finalists

Kathy L. Murphy, founder of the Pulpwood Queens Book Club, which has more than 780 chapters internationally, was one of 36 finalists in nine categories for the inaugural Cinderella to CEO Awards, which "recognize women who have overcome obstacles to change businesses, communities and industries for the better." Inspired by the book From Cinderella to CEO by Cary J. Broussard (with Anita Bell), the awards ceremony was held August 8 in New York City.

Murphy attended the luncheon as one of four finalists in the Rapunzel Award category, honoring women who used their voices "to spark an innovative, positive result, advocating for others and building alliances." Bo Talley-Williams, founder, Balling for Lupus Luvs Foundation, was named the category winner.

"Though I did not win at the Cinderella to CEO Awards in NYC I still consider myself a winner for representing authors, books, literacy, and reading as one of the 36 nominees honored at this event," Murphy said. "For me, I got to portray Cinderella at the BALL with all these amazing and incredible women doing such wondrous good in the world and to me, this is a happily ever after event!"

The Pulpwood Queens Book Club will celebrate two decades of reading next January at the 20th Anniversary Pulpwood Queen Girlfriend Weekend Author Extravaganza.


The Southern California Independent Booksellers Association has announced finalists for its 2019 book awards, winners of which will be celebrated at SCIBA's annual trade show, to be held September 27-28 in San Gabriel. SCIBA Book Award finalists can be seen here.

Attainment: New Titles Appearing Next Week

Selected new titles appearing next Tuesday, August 27:

The Dark Side: A Novel by Danielle Steel (Delacorte, $28.99, 9780399179419) follows a new mother haunted by the events of her own childhood.

Everything Inside: Stories by Edwidge Danticat (Knopf, $25.95, 9780525521273) collects eight short stories set in and around the Caribbean.

The Ventriloquists: A Novel by E.R. Ramzipoor (Park Row, $27.99, 9780778308157) is historical fiction about an act of resistance in Nazi-occupied Belgium.

Galaxy's Edge: Black Spire by Delilah S. Dawson (Del Rey, $28.99, 9780593128381) is a Star Wars novel that ties in with Disneyland's new Star Wars park.

My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich by Ibi Zoboi (Dutton, $16.99, 9780399187353) is a middle-grade debut, featuring a young, black girl in 1980s Harlem.

Radicals, Resistance, and Revenge: The Left's Plot to Remake America by Jeanine Pirro (Center Street, $28, 9781546085188) contains the thoughts of a conservative commentator.

Vern Yip's Vacation at Home: Design Ideas for Creating Your Everyday Getaway by Vern Yip (Running Press, $27.50, 9780762464821) is an interior designer's guide to replicating luxury destinations at home.

Best Friends by Shannon Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham (First Second, $12.99, 9781250317469) is the followup to middle-grade graphic novel Real Friends.

Wrath by K'wan (Urban Books, $15.95, 9781601621320).

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:

Family of Origin: A Novel by CJ Hauser (Doubleday, $26.95, 9780385544627). "CJ Hauser has written a completely original novel featuring an eccentric cast of characters who distract themselves from the ignorance and squalor of the past, their failures and fears, and all the warning signs of imminent end times. It's also about a duck with joie de vivre. A comedy of maladaptive manners, Family of Origin is hard to pin down and even harder to put down. Hauser's uncommonly funny and moving novel transported me out of my day-to-day life while letting me see the world as it is but also anew." --John Francisconi, Bank Square Books, Mystic, Conn.

The Escape Room: A Novel by Megan Goldin (St. Martin's Press, $26.99, 9781250219657). "Megan Goldin's debut is sheer perfection. I was enthralled, obsessed, and utterly delighted from the gripping first chapter to the very end. The genuine quality of Goldin's voice is so engaging, you feel like you're discussing your favorite topics with a best friend. In The Escape Room, four investment bankers trapped in an overheated elevator reach a literal and figurative boiling point as survival becomes questionable. As these deeply flawed central characters fight to keep it together, a mysterious force works behind the glass walls to ensure they leave the elevator changed forever, if they leave at all. I loved every second of this novel and simply cannot wait to tell everyone about it!" --Lauren Messamore, Watermark Books & Café, Wichita, Kan.

The Right Swipe: A Novel by Alisha Rai (Avon, $14.99, 9780062878090). "With a diverse cast of emotionally mature yet complex characters, The Right Swipe delivers an interesting and fun modern love story. Rai's finger is obviously on the pulse as she engages with current trends such as the #MeToo movement, and she does so masterfully while still creating a fun and enjoyable read. I wish all my beach-and-bath romance novels could be so well-written and inclusive." --Ellie Frank, 57th Street Books, Chicago, Ill.

For Ages 4 to 8
Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend! by Cori Doerrfeld (Dial, $17.99, 9780525554233). "Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend! transforms some of the saddest, most difficult moments of childhood (and adulthood) into happier ones. With beautiful illustrations accompanying the simple story, this book shows that saying goodbye to everything from a beloved friend to the summer sun can lead to new possibilities. This is a beautiful book to share with all children, but especially those trying to cope with change in their lives." --Beth Seufer Buss, Bookmarks, Winston-Salem, N.C.

For Ages 9 to 12
This Was Our Pact by Ryan Andrews (First Second, $21.99, 9781250196958). "The pact is simple: keep going down the river to see where the lanterns go. No one turns for home and no one looks back. This is a refreshing adventure story featuring two boys who follow lanterns along the river, lit by their town on the autumn equinox, to see where they end up. The myth says they turn into stars, but Ben and Nathaniel are the only two who make the journey to actually find out. The illustrations and color palate helped tell the story, which was in parts sweet, funny, magical, and touching. Also, there's a dashing talking bear." --Katrina Bright-Yerges, Books & Company, Oconomowoc, Wis.

For Teen Readers: An Indies Introduce Title
Nocturna by Maya Motayne (Balzer + Bray, $18.99, 9780062842732). "Maya Motayne's Nocturna is the fantasy that you have been waiting for. With the sneaky cleverness of Stephanie Gaber's Caraval and the moral grayness of Marissa Meyer's Renegades, Nocturna offers up a tale of a brother in search of a way to save his kingdom and a girl doing all she can to survive. This tale set in a Latin-inspired world provides just the right amount of magic and adventure, as heir-to-the-throne Alfie and shape-shifter Finn race to stop the terrible darkness they have released." --Jen Pino, Vroman's Bookstore, Pasadena, Calif.

[Many thanks to IndieBound and the ABA!]

Book Review

Review: The Dutch House

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett (Harper, $27.99 hardcover, 352p., 9780062963673, September 24, 2019)

Following the pyrotechnics of her novels Bel Canto and State of Wonder, Ann Patchett demonstrated her versatility in the more subdued family drama Commonwealth. With The Dutch House, another multigenerational family story, she continues in that vein, demonstrating her gift for perceptive character portraits and her depth of understanding of the way we both damage and forgive those most dear to us.

Built in 1922, in the Philadelphia suburb of Elkins Park (then mostly farmland), the eponymous house takes its name from the VanHoebeeks. The family lavishes some of a fortune amassed in the wholesale distribution of cigarettes on a dwelling that features a ballroom and Delft mantels imported from a castle in Utrecht. Selling off parcels of land in the aftermath of the Depression, the VanHoebeeks occupy the house until 1944, when it sits idle until it's purchased by Cyril Conroy, a World War II veteran who's beginning to dabble in real estate development.

Seen through the eyes of the youngest member of the Conroy family, Danny, The Dutch House recounts how that optimistic purchase profoundly shapes his family's story over the next five decades. Revolted by her ambitious husband's extravagance and motivated by a strong social conscience, Cyril's wife, May, decamps for India several years after the family moves in, to work among the poor. She leaves behind three-year-old Danny and his 10-year-old sister, Maeve. After the divorce, and Maeve's departure for college in New York City, Cyril remarries, welcoming his new wife, Andrea, and her two young daughters into the home--the first in a series of events that culminate in the Conroy children's eventual banishment.

Patchett focuses on the sibling relationship between Maeve, who returns to the Philadelphia area to handle the finances of a frozen vegetable distributor, and Danny, who secures a medical degree but never abandons his ambition to follow his father into the real estate business. She gently probes their emotional bond, one that's both strengthened and tested by their mother's sudden abandonment. Absent any contact with their mother over the decades, her departure remains an open wound, even as Danny marries and starts his own family in New York and Maeve settles into a modest but seemingly happy life as a single woman in suburban Philadelphia. Their sense of loss is dramatized in scenes of Danny and Maeve sitting in a parked car across the street from the Dutch House, as they imagine the life that's unfolding without them behind its glowing windows.

Patchett's resolution of their story is both efficient and emotionally resonant. Without judging the adults whose actions, even the well-intentioned ones, seem motivated more by self-interest than by concern for their offspring, she creates a realistic portrayal of the lifelong injury they have inflicted. That wisdom makes the understated The Dutch House an admirable addition to her already impressive body of work. --Harvey Freedenberg, freelance reviewer

Shelf Talker: A family's life is shaped irrevocably by its relationship to an opulent house in Philadelphia's suburbs.

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