To celebrate the publication of Indignation, Philip Roth's new novel, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is planning a live video broadcast to 50 bookstores next Tuesday, the book's pub date. The stores signed up at BEA or on the publisher's website and have been able to buy books signed by Roth to sell in connection with the event, which the publisher is calling Indignation Day.
In the broadcast, HMH publisher Rebecca Saletan will provide an introduction and then Roth will be interviewed by author Ben Taylor. Attendees may submit questions in advance.
Changing Hands, Tempe, Ariz., will the hold the event in-store and has 48 signed copies of the book available. Purchasers of those books are automatically included in a raffle for a signed first edition copy of Roth's The Plot Against America.
Other stores are holding the event off-site. For example, the Odyssey Bookshop, S. Hadley, Mass., will have its Indignation Day viewing across the street at Mount Holyoke College's Hooker Auditorium.
For more and a list of participating stores, click here.
In connection with Lyons Press, Amazon is offering two potential-First Lady biographies exclusively on its Kindles for $9.99. The titles are Michelle Obama: Grace and Intelligence in a Time of Change by Elizabeth Lightfoot and Cindy McCain: Elegance, Good Will and Hope for a New America by Alicia Colon. The Obama bio is already available on Kindle; McCain's will be available next Monday.
Scott Watrous, president and publisher of Globe Pequot, owner of Lyons Press, told the Wall Street Journal that the press will offer a print edition only of the bio of the winning spouse and will start printing when the November 4 election results are in. Oddly the Amazon announcement says that Obama's book is "scheduled to be available later this year" while McCain's will go to print only if her husband wins.
"Get lost in a good book," advised the Denver Daily News in its report on the 2008 selection for One Book, One Denver-- Dashiell Hammett's The Thin Man--as well as the city's many options "for Denverites looking for a literary vacation. Bookstores around town are always offering activities and new books to keep people entertained."
The Daily News spoke with Tattered Cover's manager Joe Eichman, who said, "People are welcome to sit and read or browse through a magazine. I think it's what makes the atmosphere." He added that the shop's ambitious events schedule offers "a chance for the reading public to meet their favorite authors."
Brant's Used Books, Sarasota, Fla., which has occupied its present location for more than 50 years, must find a new home. The Herald Tribune reported that the land on which the bookstore stands has been sold and owner Barbara Sciarretta "has less than two months to move."
"I have around 250,000 books, but I can't store all of them," she said, adding that she hopes an ongoing book sale will help fund the down payment on a new location. "I'm not going out of business, I'm moving. I just don't know where I'm moving to yet. The perfect situation for me is a bigger space so that I could sponsor book signings and poetry readings, maybe have a coffee shop. I'm open to whatever possibilities come; all my options are open."
The South African government "has agreed to exempt books from the Second Hand Goods Bill," according to the Cape Times, which reported that "bookshop owners feared it would force them out of business because they would have been required to keep a register of each book bought and sold, including the details of the seller and the buyer. Copies of IDs of buyers and sellers would have had to be kept."
Although the act "was intended to make it more difficult to sell stolen goods," the Southern African Book Dealers' Association had expressed concern about ramifications. "The paperwork would've crippled the average bookshop," said Paul Mills, owner of Clarke's Africana & Rare Books.
Allison Hollett has been promoted to director of trade sales and marketing, a new position, at the Taunton Press, where she will be responsible for U.S. and Canadian trade sales (through Ingram Publisher Services and Random House of Canada, respectively), export and foreign rights sales, consumer direct marketing, trade marketing, promotion and publicity. She was formerly senior national accounts manager and earlier held sales positions at Soundprints, Random House Special Markets, Arcade Publishing and Little, Brown.