The Waldenbooks in the Volusia Mall in Daytona Beach, Fla., which closes on Saturday--one of the 100 or so Waldenbooks to be closed in the past two years--in effect will be replaced by a Books-A-Million that is opening in the mall in April, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.
Mall owners had been wooing BAM for several years and are relocating several other tenants to create a 15,000-sq.-ft. space for the store. Several customers told the paper that they welcomed the new BAM outlet.
The nearest major indie to the Tempe, Ariz., Borders that is closing is not gloating. Gayle Shanks, co-owner of Changing Hands, told the ASU Web Devil, "When any bookstore closes, it is a loss to the community."
She suggested that Changing Hands would not draw a lot of customers from Borders, a favorite of students at Arizona State University, because many of the students don't have much money for books and have enjoyed spending time at Borders in large part because of "the free Internet, free music stations and essentially 'free' magazine rack."
"Praise Song for the Day: A Poem for Barack Obama's
Presidential Inauguration" by Elizabeth Alexander will be published as
a commemorative chapbook edition by Graywolf Press on February 6.
According to the publisher's website,
Alexander "crafted the poem for the occasion, drawing inspiration from
poets such as Gwendolyn Brooks, Robert Hayden, and Walt Whitman."
Check out poetryvlog.com,
Founded by Michael Mart and George Wallace.
Weekly videos of a poet reading his or her poetry.
Free for bookstores and others
To upload to their websites.
Alternately fascinating and unsettling, poetryanimations
"is a YouTube channel put together by British videographer Jim Clark.
His project animated old images of famous [poets] to make it appear as
if they are reading their poems. Some of the recordings are the poet's
reading their works. Where archived readings were unavailable, they are
voiced by other readers," according to the National Post, which showcases a few favorites.
Two-term Oxford, Miss., mayor Richard Howorth, co-owner of
Square Books, will not seek a third term and will return to
bookselling, the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal
reported. He hasn't ruled out running for alderman, however, admitting,
"I've kind of gotone eye on the composition of the next board and am
trying to figureout whether a former mayor would be more of a help or a
pest in serving."
Howorth said, "I've been away from my business
for a long time," adding that his staff members have "done a wonderful
job without me, but it's time in the life of the business and my own
Bad news for one indie bookseller is
never good news for another. Lisa Baudoin, owner of Books &
Company, Oconomowoc, Wis., told the Freeman the recent announcement that Harry W. Schwartz Bookshops would close at the end of March was "sad."
don't know if it's the economy as much as it is the playing field," she
said. "It's Amazon, discount stores, the availability that makes it a
challenge (to operate an independent bookstore)."
Included among the News-Tribune's
"101 Things to Do in Ballard" is a visit to the neighborhood's Abraxus
Books, Seattle, Wash., where "you won't find espresso machines and People
magazine. You'll find the musty smell of old books . . . For the past
twelve years owner Tony Topalian has run the kind of bookstore that
actually feels like a bookstore, not a multi-level department store for
Effective February 1, Ryland, Peters & Small and CICO Books will be distributed by the Maple Press Company's Mount Joy Distribution Center, which is located at 1000 Strickler Rd., Mount Joy, Pa. 17552.
The companies have been distributed by Stackpole Distribution, which will accept authorized returns until February 15.
The customer service department remains the same and can be contacted for orders, order inquiries and return authorizations either by phone at 877-342-1478, by fax at 201-840-7242 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.