Oprah's latest book club pick is The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Biography
by Sidney Poitier (HarperSanFrancisco, $14.95,
9780061357909/0061357901), the actor and director's "second" autobiography, released
in 2000. The title is also available in hardcover, large-print and
audio editions. The unabridged audio (HarperSanFrancisco, $24.95,
9780061355431/0061355437) is read by Poitier.
The Midwest Booksellers Association has launched a new bookstore events site, accessible at midwestbooksellers.org/events. The site will soon include banner ads, and Midwest Connections titles will always be featured.
In a move that kept a store from closing this month,
residents Joel and Christy Harris have bought Bonanza Books, Clayton,
Calif., and renamed it Clayton Books, according to the Contra Costa Times.
The new owners will celebrate the makeover on the weekend of February 10 and 11. The
new and used bookstore is at 5433D Clayton Rd., Clayton, Calif. 94517;
925-673-3325; the Web site is claytonbookshop.com.
The Christian Science Monitor surveys the state of independent bookselling, focusing on the stories of several new booksellers:
- Christopher Tarr, owner of Broad Brook Books & Stuff, Broad
Brook, Conn., who told the paper that he has always had a "veritable
bookstore" in his house. "And this town needed something. So it seemed
like the right thing to do."
- Mary McHale, owner of Fox Tale Books, New Durham, N.H., who wants
to give her town a heart. "Hopefully this will be a starting point,"
- Julie Swayze, who opened Metropolis Books in downtown Los Angeles
last month, "sees both arty loft-dwellers and homeless residents of
the nearby Midnight Mission as part of her customer base."
- Lisa Sharp, ower of Nightbird Books in Fayetteville, Ark., who
said she would love to earn a small salary but if the store "can
support itself and still be a contribution to the community that would
- Adam Tobin, owner of Adam's Books, Brooklyn, N.Y., an MFA poetry graduate whose store has become his "literary project."
Barbara Theroux, who founded Fact & Fiction, Missoula, Mont., in 1986, has put her store up for sale and plans to retire after it is sold, the Missoulian
reported. She will "absolutely not" close the store, she told the
paper. "I've taken it this far so I don't want to see that it fails. I
want to see it continue to grow and change with new blood."
The Ninth Street Bookstore in Columbia, Mo., owned by Crowley Distributing, is closing March 31, the Columbia Missourian
reported. V-p Jerry Crowley blamed low sales, high rent and a lack of
easy parking. The company has five other bookstores in Missouri.
Other stores in Columbia are scrambling. Acorn Books, a used bookstore,
must vacate its building, which houses the Missouri Theatre and is
being renovated. Owner Ken Green may relocate but has two other stores in Columbia and sells online.
Columbia Books moved last March to a spot with better visibility and parking, which has helped keep the store in business.
writes up Quimby's Bookstore, Chicago, Ill., which has "something to
please the inner rebel, deviant, or pseudo-intellectual snob in us all."
Paz & Associates' Bookstore
Training and Consulting Group will hold one of its bookstore workshops
for prospective booksellers--Opening a Bookstore: The Business
Essentials--March 19-23 in Amelia Island, Fla., which is near
Jacksonville. Many new booksellers have considered these intensive
workshops essential in the process of founding their stores. The
workshop is co-sponsored by the American Booksellers Association.
The week-long program includes discussions of marketing competitive
advantages, understanding financial dynamics, store design and
merchandising, computerized management systems and selecting an opening
inventory. Donna Paz Kaufman and Mark Kaufman are the facilitators. For
more information, go to the "New Store" page at pazbookbiz.com or call 800-260-8605.
Fans of President Bush please skip the following item.
The Los Angeles Times
takes a few minutes to give an update on the Bush Countdown Clock that
Bookshop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, Calif., features in the store ($11.98)
and online ($9.95) at nationalnightmare.com. In the past year, the store has sold some 30,000 units, about 82 a day or 3.4 an hour.
This has not been the first left-leaning promotion the store has
engaged in. Many years ago, co-owner Neal Coonerty sold Richard Nixon's
memoirs and Rush Limbaugh's The Way Things Ought to Be by weight for the price of baloney.