Notes: NAIBA's Legacy Award; Titcomb's IndieBound 4th
Morgan Entrekin, president and publisher of Grove/Atlantic, Inc., is the recipient of the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association Legacy Award for 2008.
NAIBA's board of directors called Entrekin "the embodiment of true spirit of independent bookselling. In an age dominated by media hype, quick celebrity bios, and fluff volumes driven by popular culture, Morgan has been an individual that has placed purposeful meaning above money, and quality content ahead of all other considerations. And not unlike those independent booksellers in the community that he has so passionately served, Morgan Entrekin has taken risks, suffered setbacks, cherished the power of the printed word, valued the reader, and soldiered onward. The world of literature is a much brighter, richer, and varied place because of his presence."
Entrekin will be honored for his achievements on September 21, at an awards banquet during NAIBA's Fall Conference in Cherry Hill, N.J.
Titcomb's Bookshop, East Sandwich, Mass., celebrated a "wild and IndieBound Independence Day," according to Bookselling this Week, which reported that owner Vicky Uminowicz opted to use her IndieBound "Eat Sleep Read" poster "on the back of the bookstore's red, white, and blue Fourth of July parade float."
Titcomb's traditionally chooses a theme for the parade based upon a children's book. This year it was Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak because libraries in Massachusetts are celebrating "Wild Reads at the Library" this summer.
"We borrowed an antique Herreshoff wooden boat, where a costumed Max set sail for the land of the wild things," Uminowicz said. "My son and his cousins were all part of the float, and some of them squirted water at onlookers who squirted water back at them (a tradition)."
Somethin's Brewin' Book Cafe, Lakeville, Mass., will celebrate its first anniversary this weekend. South Coast Today reported that owners Lorraine Carboni and Kristen Scott "find it hard to believe that just last year close to 1,500 people came pouring into their newly opened . . . bookstore and coffee shop."
"The community response was huge and it's a lot more, in many ways," Scott said.
Customer Karen Yarmalovicz added, "Somethin's Brewin' is a unique gathering place. I feel that it has given Lakeville a meeting spot and a sense of community. Not only does it offer delicious coffee and special treats, it is also a wonderful setting to enjoy local musical talent. I have brought many friends and family members to the café. They have all enjoyed a memorable experience."
Hoping to reduce the environmental impact of the book trade in Japan, several Osaka Prefecture booksellers have joined forces to offer their customers "reusable cloth book covers and shopping bags made mostly from organic material," according to Daily Yomiuri Online.
"The bookstore industry is really lagging on environmental measures compared with the supermarket industry, which collects the cost of plastic shopping bags from customers. But we're taking positive steps on the issue," said a spokesman for the Osaka Tohan-kai Seinenbu, an organization of 16 book vendors.
What makes a perfect airline carry-on book? On NPR's Morning Edition, Nancy Pearl suggested you might want "something that's intriguing enough to make you forget that you're 34,000 feet in the air and, in your heart of hearts, you don't really understand how the plane stays up. The books I've chosen meet these criteria beautifully, and, as such, they've all been awarded the Nancy Pearl Wanderlust Award for Great Airplane Reading."
DK Publishing (a member of Penguin Group USA) announced two promotions in its publicity department:
- Mindy Fichter, who joined the company three years ago, has been promoted to the position of senior publicist.
- Susan Stockman, who began her tenure at DK as an intern before becoming an associate publicist, is now a publicist.
Stephen Pugh has been named vice-president, sales, U.S. and Asia-Pacific, for Coutts Information Services, the international supplier of books and electronic content to libraries. He has been a sales executive with Coutts since June 2007.