Shelf Awareness for Wednesday, May 7, 2008


Yearling Books: Samantha Spinner and the Super-Secret Plans by Russell Ginns

Ballantine Books: Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly

Central Avenue Publishing: Pickle's Progress by Marcia Butler

Bitter Lemon Press: Evil Things by Katja Ivar

Delacorte Press: Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly

Little Simon: Mia Mayhem Is a Superhero! (Mia Mayhem #1) by Kara West, illustrated by Leeza Hernandez

News

Notes: Books as Stimuli; Phone Etiquette?

Cool idea of the Day: Redbery Books, Cable, Wis., recently began using the tagline: Books: The Ultimate Stimulus Package.

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Barnes & Noble.com has begun selling subscriptions to more than 1,000 magazines in both digital and print format and will offer digital versions of more than 12,000 back issues of hundreds of magazines. The company is working with Zinio for digital fulfillment and M2 Media Group for print magazine fulfillment. 

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Can you love books just a little too much? According to the Guardian, the "baron of bibliomania" was Sir Thomas Phillipps, a 19th century collector in whose house were "stored the fruits of his acquisitional forays at home and abroad: a process already out of hand when he was at Oxford, and rampant forever after. Mostly bought with money he had not got: bills were left unpaid for years--at least one unfortunate bookseller went bankrupt because of it."

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A bookseller showed up in yesterday's nationally syndicated "Hints from Heloise" column (via the Houston Chronicle): "Dear Heloise: I work in a small bookstore, and is there anything called telephone etiquette anymore?" Well, is there?

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Is the declarative sentence becoming "a cultural antique?" Voice of America reported that "American teens admit to writing more, studying the craft of writing less, and thinking of what they're tapping out on their electronic gadgets as something completely different from writing. As for sentences, it's clear that in the teen world, that basic unit of human thought is little more than a relic of musty, fussy times gone by."

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Ian Fleming birth centenary update. The Guardian suggesteded that it may be little more than "literary snobbery" to dismiss the creator of James Bond "as a calculatingly commercial author of absurd misogynistic fantasies," who was once described by his wife "as 'hammering out pornography' when he spent his disciplined three hours a day writing the books in their Jamaican home."

The article concluded that "Fleming also has perhaps the greatest benchmark of writerly talent in spades: unputdownability."

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"Each evening, headscarf-shrouded women seeking romantic advice gather at book stalls lining a rush-hour intersection in Nigeria's Islamic heartland," noted the Associated Press in a report (via the Age) on the growing market for books "that address issues confronting women in a Shariah society: courtship, polygamy and the meaning of love."

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The Man Booker Prize is already celebrating its 40th birthday with a contest this spring "to determine the best Booker-winning title of the past four decades," according to Paper Cuts, the New York Times book blog. Although official Booker voting is closed, AbeBooks.com has been conducting a Best of the Booker customer poll to predict the winner. The top five thus far on AbeBooks's list:

  1. Life of Pi by Yann Martel (12.4%)
  2. Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie (10.5%)
  3. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (8.8%)
  4. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje (8.5%)
  5. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (6.9%)

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Book packager and literary agency LifeTime Media is beginning a publishing program that will be distributed in North America by Perseus Distribution. Its first book, Pressure Is a Privilege: Lessons I've Learned from Life and the Battle of the Sexes by Billie Jean King, appears in August.

Starting in January, LifeTime will publish one original title a month. "We want to publish titles that inspire, educate and entertain," president Jacqueline Grace said in a statement.

 


G.P. Putnam's Sons: Fifty Things That Aren't My Fault: Essays from the Grown-Up Years by Cathy Guisewite


NYC Indies to Meet to Consider Forming Association

New York City independent booksellers are invited to meet in two weeks to "discuss and explore the possibility of forming a trade alliance/coalition/association of independent bookstores in the five boroughs of NYC."

The organizers--Chris Doeblin, Annie Shapiro and Kelly Amabile of Book Culture and Sarah McNally and Jessica Stockton Bagnulo of McNally Robinson Booksellers--estimate there are 75 independents in New York City who face many of the same challenges and would benefit from joining as a "community, idea sharing, the possibility of making our collective voice heard."

The group will meet at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 21, in the Truman Capote Room on the 14th floor of the Random House Building, 1745 Broadway.

Interested booksellers should RSVP by May 15 with bookstore name and the names of booksellers attending to Kelly Amabile at shoplocal@bookculture.com or 212-865-1588. (Names are needed for security to allow booksellers to enter the building.)

 


Korero Press: The Home Bar Guide to Tropical Cocktails: A Spirited Journey Through Suburbia's Hidden Tiki Temples by Kelly Reilly and Tom Morgan


Image of the Day: Good Start for an Illustrious Career

Congratulations to Bonnie Rose Sullivan, who posed with the mural she painted recently in the children's department of the UConn Co-op in Storrs, Conn. Sullivan, who graduated from the University of Connecticut last year with a major in illustration, is currently a bookseller at the store and attending Central Connecticut State University. She aspires to illustrate children's books.

 

 

 

 


Soho Teen: The Art of Losing by Lizzy Mason - Request It!


Rough Guides on BEA: Eat, Pray, Look for Missing Boxes

"And you may ask yourself . . . How do I work this?"

Los Angeles is one of the major nodes on the country's dining map, its restaurants and cafés attract high-profile chefs and generate national culinary buzz. However, most of those restaurants are NOT within walking distance of the L.A. Convention Center.

There are, of course, a few places to eat inside the convention center, but at a certain point that semi-fresh Cinnamon Chip Scone is going to look less like a viable lunch option and more like an impromptu boomerang to knock out that annoying suit who just walked off with your triple-grande soy latte.

Sounds like it might be time to get a breath of fresh(ish) air, and perhaps a drink . . . or three. Here are a few Rough Guide favorites near the convention center:

Original Pantry
877 S. Figueroa St.
213-972-9279

Generous portions of meaty American cooking--chops and steaks, mostly--in this legendary 24-hour diner owned by former mayor Richard Riordan. The quirky old-fashioned brochures are worth a look while you wait.

Angelique Café
840 S. Spring St.
213-623-8698

A marvelous and affordable Continental eatery in the middle of the Garment District, where you can sit on the quaint patio and dine on well-crafted pastries for breakfast or savory sandwiches, rich casseroles and fine salads for lunch. Mon.-Sat., 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Wokcano
913 S. Figueroa St.
213-892-8999

Full-tilt pan-Asian dining, heavy on sushi and sashimi. The Volcano and Red Dragon rolls are best for those ready for a spicy spin, while others may be content with the Pad Thai or Chinese fare like the Shanghai noodles. Three other citywide locations, all moderately priced. Daily 11 a.m.-midnight, weekends closes at 2 a.m.

Engine Co. No. 28
644 S. Figueroa St.
213-624-6996

Longtime favorite for all-American fare, featuring expensive grilled steaks and seafood, served with great fries in a renovated 1912 fire station. A solid wine list rounds out this classic eatery. Mon.-Fri., 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat. and Sun., 5-9 p.m.

Zucca
801 S. Figueroa St.
213-614-7800

Italian bistro setting near the Convention Center that serves up Cal-cuisine-styled Italian fare, making pasta, salads and desserts with real flair for hungry conventioneers. Daily 5-9 p.m., also Mon.-Fri., 11:30-2:30 p.m.

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Still hungry? For more L.A. eateries, bars, and clubs, check out your official BEA travel guide, The Rough Guide to Los Angeles, or visit roughguides.com. Also access Rough Guides from your iPhone at http://iphone.roughguides.com.

Next Week--The Booth Is Out There!

Literary destinations and attractions outside the confines of the L.A. Convention Center . . .

 


Quirk Books: William Shakespeare's Much Ado about Mean Girls by Ian Doescher


Media and Movies

Media Heat: Gen. Sanchez Reports to Fresh Air

This morning's Book Report, the weekly AM radio book-related show organized by Windows a bookshop, Monroe, La., features two interviews:

Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss-Glasser
, author and illustrator, respectively, of Fancy Nancy: Bonjour Butterfly (HarperCollins, $16.99, 9780061235887/0061235881) and Fancy Nancy's Favorite Fancy Words: From Accessories to Zany (HarperCollins, $12.99, 9780061549236/0061549231).

The show airs at 8 a.m. Central Time and can be heard live at thebookreport.net; the archived edition will be posted this afternoon.

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Today on Fresh Air: Ricardo S. Sanchez, the retired Army general who was commander of armed forces in Iraq 2003-2004 and author with Donald T. Phillips of the memoir Wiser in Battle: A Soldier's Story (Harper, $26.95, 9780061562426/0061562424). 

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Tomorrow morning on the Early Show: Patricia Wells, author with Walter Wells of We've Always Had Paris . . . and Provence: A Scrapbook of Our Life in France (Harper, $26.95, 9780060898618/0060898615). From the author of The Food Lover's Guide to Paris.

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Tomorrow on CNN American Morning: Mary Tillman, author of Boots on the Ground by Dusk (Modern Times/Rodale, $25.95, 9781594868801/1594868808).

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Tomorrow morning on Good Morning America: Jill Price, author of The Woman Who Can't Forget: The Extraordinary Story of Living with the Most Remarkable Memory Known to Science--A Memoir (Free Press/S&S, $26, 9781416561767/1416561765).

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Tomorrow on KCRW's Bookworm: Jim Krusoe, author of Girl Factory (Tin House, $14.95, 9780979419829/0979419824). As the show put it: "In Jim Krusoe's strange and funny new novel, six women are being preserved in acidophilus in the basement of a frozen yogurt shop. The innocent hero's attempts to save these kidnapped beauties are disastrous. Why are innocence and beauty destroyed, and, more to the point, why does it all read like a dream?"

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Tomorrow on the Diane Rehm Show:

  • George Soros, author of The New Paradigm for Financial Markets: The Credit Crash of 2008 and What It Means (PublicAffairs, $22.95, 9781586486839/1586486837).
  • Barbara Walters, author of Audition: A Memoir (Knopf, $29.95, 9780307266460/030726646X).

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Tomorrow night on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Robert Schimmel, author of Cancer on $5 a Day: How Humor Got Me Through the Toughest Journey of My Life (Da Capo Lifelong Books, $22, 9780738211589/0738211583).

 


Books & Authors

Awards: Lucile Micheels Pannell Winners

The Lucile Micheels Pannell Award, sponsored by the Women's National Book Association and given to a general bookstore and a children's bookstore that "excel at inspiring the interest of young people in books and reading," go this year to:

General bookstore: Kepler's Books and Magazines, Menlo Park, Calif., with an honorable mention to Vero Beach Book Center, Vero Beach, Fla.

Kepler's staff was cited for having done "an amazing job resurrecting a store that was on the verge of closing just three years ago" and for such programs as Kepler's African Library Project for "raising awareness of books for young people, not just in their community, but in parts of the world where children do not have books of their own."

The Vero Beach Book Center was cited for creative programming such as the Coral Reef, which was "designed in a way that customers young and old could learn while being entertained."

Children's bookstore: The Flying Pig Bookstore in Shelburne, Vt., whose owners, Elizabeth Bluemle and Josie Leavitt, "have created a place that gives back to everyone who wants to be part of the book community." The two were also cited for sharing their knowledge and experience with other booksellers and through national and regional booksellers associations.

The awards will be presented at ABA's Celebration of Bookselling on Thursday, May 29, beginning at 5 p.m. Each winner receives $1,000 and a framed work of original art by Janet Stevens and Chris Van Dusen.

 



The Bestsellers

The AbeBooks.com Bestsellers in April

The top 10 bestsellers during April at AbeBooks.com were:

1. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
2. A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
3. The Purpose-Driven Life by Rick Warren
4. Delta Wedding by Eudora Welty
5. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
6. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
7. Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama
8. The Shack by William P. Young
9. The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
10. Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson

[Many thanks to AbeBooks.com!]

 


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