Shelf Awareness for Friday, September 30, 2005
Quotation of the Day
Bookselling Notes: 'Random Acts of Bookstore Goodwill'
The University Book Store at the University of Washington in Seattle is paying for six students' textbooks during the quarter, up to $400 for each student, according to the university Daily. Store CEO Bryan Pearce called the program "a random act of bookstore goodwill toward students." The store plans to offer similar free prizes during buyback at the end of the quarter and possibly on other occasions. At least one student was surprised yesterday at the cash register when buying a book.
After announcing a month ago that it is in "growth mode," Indigo Books & Music has launched a revamped children's section, CBC reported. The section is "geared toward kids up to 12 years of age and features in-store specialists with an emphasis on 'edutainment,' including educational toys, books, software and games that encourage literacy."
Congratulations to Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe, Ariz., which has won the Spirit of Enterprise Award from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. Some 75 businesses were nominated. Before an audience of 950, owner Gayle Shanks gave an acceptance speech talking about the importance of independent businesses in a community. For the school's citation and a profile of the store, go to the Carey School's Web site.
Just as the movie Capote opens, Random House announced plans to publish Summer Crossing, Capote's first first novel (as opposed to Other Voices, Other Rooms), long thought to have been lost, Reuters reported. The story, set in New York after the war, resurfaced late last year and is now owned by the New York Public Library. The book will be published October 25.
Incidentally the movie, being released today, Capote's birthday, continues to garner excellent reviews. Today Joe Morgenstern in the Wall Street Journal called it a "remarkable film. . . . the most thoughtful mainstream feature ever made about writers and writing."
A 362,000-sq.-ft. expansion of the already huge Tysons Corner Center in McLean, Va., which opens today, is representative of several trends in mall development: it caters to teenagers and offers a variety of entertainment possibilities, including a huge theater and restaurants, the Washington Post reported.
Barnes & Noble has a new two-story, 33,000-sq.-ft. store in the middle of the restaurant area. David S. Deason, v-p for development at B&N, told the paper that the bookstore's location offers mutually beneficial opportunities. "We help [the restaurants] maintain their waits," he said. "As opposed to sitting and waiting for a table, [customers can] come on in and browse."
Erin and Brian Wolfe, employees of Emerald City Fine Books, Eugene, Ore., have bought a majority interest in the used and collectible store from owner Jerry Weinstein, according to the Eugene Register-Guard. They closed the store last Sunday and are re-opening it today as Wolfe Bros. Books.
Today's Wall Street Journal notes that tomorrow 18 states are implementing the "Streamlined Sales Tax Project," which aims to make it easier for Internet sellers to charge state and local sales taxes. The group is also offering an amnesty on past taxes not collected by the retailers. Amazon.com called the plan "a good first step down the long road of truly simplifying sales taxes."
Forget about one city/one author. As a way to "celebrate all the distinctive voices" of Harper Perennial, according to Carrie Kania, senior v-p and publisher, on Thursday, October 20, the trade paperback imprint is putting on a night of readings--by 25 Perennial authors in 20 cities and four countries. Called the Harper Perennial World Tour, the event includes appearances by Russell Banks, Louise Erdrich, Bruce Feiler, Ann Patchett, Jonathan Safran Foer, Bobbie Ann Mason, Joyce Carol Oates, Francine Prose and Simon Winchester, among others. Events will be held at a range of locations, from Barnes & Noble and Waterstone's (in the U.K.) to college stores like Arizona State University to independents like Bookshop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, Calif., Carmichael's in Louisville, Ky., Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, N.C., and Newtonville Books, Newton, Mass., to libraries such as the Exeter Central Library in Exeter, England, and even the Missouri Botanical Gardens in St. Louis.
Perennial did not overlook the Frankfurt Book Fair, which takes place the week of the "tour." Michael Perry, author of Off Main Street, will appear at the Weinstube im Hinterhof in Frankfurt that night.
Anyone who buys a Perennial title will receive a road tour-style T-shirt listing all authors and cities involved in the World Tour.
Calling all booksellers and prospective booksellers!
NEBA notes that Brighton Main Streets, which is seeking to revitalize the Cleveland Circle business area in Brighton, Mass., a Boston suburb, would love to have a bookstore open in available retail space of about 7,000 square feet that was previously leased by CVS.
Brighton Main Streets executive director Rosie Hanlon writes: "Cleveland Circle is a densely populated business district with a healthy mix of professionals of all ages and college students. There is tremendous expendable dollar leakage here, and a bookstore could certainly capture a great share of these dollars. Pedestrian traffic is heavy. . . . A bookstore here would be ideal, and we are working hard to see it happen."
Hanlon may be reached at email@example.com.
Lyman W. Newlin, whose career in bookselling and publishing lasted almost 70 years, died on Tuesday. He was 95.
He was the manager of the Follett Book Co. in Chicago before managing Kroch's & Brentano's in Chicago and the Minnesota Book Store at the University of Minnesota. In the 1960s and 1970s, he was v-p of Richard Abel & Co., the book distributor, and then was merchandise manager for Coutts Library Services. He also ran his own company, Broadwater Books, which markets books to academic and professional organizations. Three years ago, Scholarly Publishing, which he co-wrote, appeared. In the 1990s, Newlin, who lived in Lewiston, N.Y., led the drive to build a library and was chairman of its board.
A memorial service will be held tomorrow in the Lutheran Church of the Messiah, 915 Oneida St., Lewiston.
After a renovation, the Tufts University Bookstore, Medford, Mass., aims to boost trade book sales, both by offering more author events and making trade books more visible in the front of the store, according to the Tufts Daily.
Media and Movies
Media Heat: Pearl on Short Story Gems
GMA also hands the mic to Fantasia Barrino, of American Idol fame and author of Life Is Not a Fairy Tale (Fireside, $21.95, 074328156X).
This morning on Today Show, Michael Gurian talks about The Minds of Boys: Saving Our Sons From Falling Behind in School and Life (Jossey-Bass, $24.95, 0787977616).
Oprah chats with Terry Ryan, author of The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less (Touchstone, $13, 0743211235). The movie based on the book opens today.
Today WNYC's Leonard Lopate Show walks double-time with E.L. Doctorow on his new novel, The March (Random House, $25.95, 0375506713).
Yesterday on Morning Edition, Nancy Pearl, the former librarian of Book Lust fame, discussed some of her favorite short story collections. Read and listen to it on NPR's Web site.
Yesterday Talk of the Nation talked with:
- Alice Kaplan, author of The Interpreter (Free Press, $25, 0743254244), which recounts two courtroom cases that resulted in death sentences for American soldiers after World War II.
- Simon Blackburn, whose new book is Truth: A Guide (Oxford University Press, $25, 0195168240), which, quite honestly, looks at the historical debate over absolute truth.
Books & Authors
Awards: Giller, Lenore Marshall Finalists
- Luck by Joan Barfoot (Carroll & Graf, $14.95, 0786716460, March 2006)
- The Time in Between by David Bergen (Random House, $23.95, 1400062403, December 2005)
- Sweetness in the Belly by Camilla Gibb (Penguin Press, $23.95, 159420084X, March 2006)
- Alligator by Lisa Moore (House of Anansi Press, $29.95, 0887841953)
- A Wall of Light by Edeet Ravel (Perennial, $13.95, 0060761474, February 2006)
The winner, who receives C$40,000, will be announced November 8.
The finalists for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, a $25,000 award for the most outstanding book of poems published in the U.S. during 2004, are:
- Poems New & Selected by Marianne Boruch (Oberlin College Press)
- Strike Sparks: Selected Poems, 1980-2002 by Sharon Olds (Knopf)
- Don't Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine (Graywolf)
- New and Selected Poems by Michael Ryan (Houghton Mifflin)
- Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems, 1965-2003 by Jean Valentine (Wesleyan University Press)
- The Displaced of Capital by Anne Winters (University of Chicago Press)
The winner of the prize will be announced in October. The award is sponsored by Academy of American Poets and the Nation.
A Few Used Books Find Spots in Chains
The Book Sense/NAIBA List
1. The March by E.L. Doctorow (Random House, $25.95, 0375506713)
2. On Beauty by Zadie Smith (Penguin, $25.95, 1594200637)
3. Shalimar the Clown by Salman Rushdie (Random House, $25.95, 0679463356)
4. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (Little, Brown, $25.95, 0316011770)
5. The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks (Warner, $24.95, 0446500127)
6. Friends, Lovers, Chocolate by Alexander McCall Smith (Pantheon, $21.95, 0375422994)
7. Lipstick Jungle by Candace Bushnell (Hyperion, $24.95, 0786868198)
8. The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd (Viking, $24.95, 0670033944)
9. Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman (Morrow, $26.95, 006051518X)
10. The Painted Drum by Louise Erdrich (HarperCollins, $25.95, 0060515104)
11. Goodnight Nobody by Jennifer Weiner (Atria, $26, 0743470117)
12. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (Doubleday, $24.95, 0385504209)
13. Indecision by Benjamin Kunkel (Random House, $21.95, 1400063450)
14. Good Poems for Hard Times edited by Garrison Keillor (Viking, $25.95, 0670034363)
15. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom (Hyperion, $19.95, 0786868716)
1. The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer (Hyperion, $23.95, 1401300642)
2. The World Is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman (FSG, $27.50, 0374292884)
3. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown, $25.95, 0316172324)
4. 1776 by David McCullough (S&S, $32, 0743226712)
5. Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner (Morrow, $25.95, 006073132X)
6. A Man Without a Country by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (Seven Stories, $23.95, 158322713X)
7. On Bullshit by Harry G. Frankfurt (Princeton, $9.95, 0691122946)
8. The Universe in a Single Atom by the Dalai Lama (Random House, $24.95, 076792066X)
9. Natural Cures "They" Don't Want You to Know About by Kevin Trudeau (Alliance, $29.95, 0975599518)
10. The Shame of the Nation by Jonathan Kozol (Crown, $25, 1400052440)
11. New Rules by Bill Maher (Rodale, $24.95, 1594862958)
12. 1491 by Charles C. Mann (Knopf, $30, 140004006X)
13. Wild Ducks Flying Backward by Tom Robbins (Bantam, $25, 0553804510)
14. Five Families by Selwyn Raab (Thomas Dunne, $29.95, 0312300948)
15. 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America by Bernard Goldberg (HarperCollins, $25.95, 0060761288)
Trade Paperback Fiction
1. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (Riverhead, $14, 1594480001)
2. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (Vintage, $12.95, 1400032717)
3. Light on Snow by Anita Shreve (Back Bay, $14.95, 0316010677)
4. Snow by Orhan Pamuk (Vintage, $14.95, 0375706860)
5. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (Penguin, $14, 0142001740)
6. The Known World by Edward P. Jones (Amistad, $13.95, 0060557559)
7. My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult (Washington Square, $14, 0743454537)
8. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (Penguin, $15, 0143034901)
9. Wicked by Gregory Maguire (ReganBooks, $15, 0060987103)
10. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury, $15.95, 1582346038)
11. I Am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe (Picador, $15, 0312424442)
12. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (Harvest, $14, 015602943X)
13. The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant (Random House, $13.95, 0812968972)
14. White Teeth by Zadie Smith (Vintage, $14.95, 0375703861)
15. The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst (Bloomsbury, $14.95, 1582346100)
Trade Paperback Nonfiction
1. A Million Little Pieces by James Frey (Anchor, $14.95, 0307276902)
2. Bad Dog by R.D. Rosen, et al. (Workman, $9.95, 0761139834)
3. Will in the World by Stephen J. Greenblatt (Norton, $14.95, 039332737X)
4. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell (Back Bay, $14.95, 0316346624)
5. The Old Farmer's Almanac 2006 (Old Farmer's Almanac, $6.95, 1571983678)
6. Sudoku Easy to Hard edited by Will Shortz (St. Martin's, $6.95, 0312355033)
7. Chronicles by Bob Dylan (S&S, $14, 0743244583)
8. Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer (Anchor, $14.95, 1400032806)
9. Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs (Picador, $14, 031242227X)
10. Why Do Men Have Nipples? by Mark Leyner, et al. (Three Rivers, $12.95, 1400082315)
11. What to Expect the First Year by Heidi Murkoff (Workman, $15.95, 0761129588)
12. Bad Cat by Jim Edgar (Workman, $9.95, 0761136193)
13. Sudoku Easy, Volume 1 by Will Shortz (St. Martin's, $6.95, 0312355025)
14. The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad (Back Bay, $12.95, 0316159417)
15. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (Vintage, $14.95, 0375725601)
1. Hour Game by David Baldacci (Warner, $7.99, 0446616494)
2. Angels & Demons by Dan Brown (Pocket, $7.99, 0671027360)
3. The Constant Gardener by John le Carre (Pocket, $7.99, 1416503900)
4. The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell, Dustin Thomason (Dell, $7.99, 0440241359)
5. Trace by Patricia D. Cornwell (Berkley, $7.99, 0425204200)
6. The Godfather Returns by Mark Winegardner (Ballantine, $7.99, 0345478983)
7. Deception Point by Dan Brown (Pocket, $7.99, 0671027387)
8. Double Shot by Diane Mott Davidson (HarperTorch, $7.99, 0060527307)
9. 50 Harbor Street by Debbie Macomber (Mira, $7.50, 0778322084)
10. The South Beach Diet by Arthur Agatston, M.D. (St. Martin's, $7.99, 0312991193)
Children's (Fiction and Illustrated)
1. Eldest by Christopher Paolini (Knopf, $21, 037582670X)
2. Inkspell by Cornelia Funke (Chicken House, $19.99, 0439554004)
3. Flush by Carl Hiaasen (Knopf, $16.95, 0375821821)
4. A Family of Poems edited by Caroline Kennedy, illustrated by Jon J. Muth (Hyperion, $19.95, 0786851112)
5. Eragon by Christopher Paolini (Knopf, $9.95, 0375826696)
6. Junie B., First Grader: Boo . . . and I Mean It! by Barbara Park, illustrated by Denise Brunkus (Random House, $3.99, 0375828079)
7. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling (Scholastic, $29.99, 0439784549)
8. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd (HarperCollins, $7.99, 0694003611)
9. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Movie Tie-in) by Ann Brashares (Delacorte, $6.99, 0553494791)
10. The Invasion of the Boy Snatchers (The Clique #4) by Lisi Harrison (Little, Brown, $9.99, 0316701343)
11. Dragonology by Ernest Drake, illustrated by Helen Ward and Douglas Carrel (Candlewick, $19.99, 0763623296)
12. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (Scholastic, $8.99, 0439139600)
13. Tails by Matthew Van Fleet (Red Wagon, $13.95, 0152167730)
14. Cranium Big Book of Outrageous Fun! (Little, Brown, $19.99, 0316011932)
15. Dragonology Handbook by Ernest Drake (Candlewick, $12.99, 076362814X)