Flintridge Bookstore & Coffee House, La Cañada Flintridge, Calif., whose building was damaged by a truck last year, will be moving into a new, larger location early next year, according to Bookselling This Week.
Owner Peter Wannier said that when he opened the store in 2007, he had been planning to move to the new site when the building was completed. Wannier plans to have an Espresso Book Machine in the new location, which is across from the La Cañada Community Center.
The second installment of Algonquin's Booksellers Rock!, which, in q&a form, profiles independent booksellers, stars Lanora Hurley, owner of the Next Chapter Bookshop, Mequon, Wis. Among her many great answers is one of several to the question of "what you won't find at any other store":
"We have this ugly beat-up chair on wheels with gaudy flowered upholstery that we refuse to get rid of because it's Rosemary's favorite chair, and Rosemary has been buying books at this location since before I graduated from college."
"Bring a bunch of writers together, like last week's Litquake
festival did in San Francisco, and you'll hear plenty of gloomy
prognostications about the future of the book," the Chronicle observed, while noting that Dave Eggers added an upbeat take to the proceedings.
optimistic about the future of books, both as an author and a
publisher," he said. "There is a perception in the publishing industry
that today's kids aren't that interested in books, or that they'll be
reading only electronically. But most kids under 18 have already read
five to six thousand pages of book text between Harry Potter, Lemony
Snicket and Twilight. Youth reading, in many ways, is at an all-time high."
Congratulations to Diane's Books,
Greenwich, Conn., which is celebrating its 20th anniversary on Sunday,
October 31, from noon to 4 p.m., with book characters, authors and, for
children, craft activities and face painting. Refreshments will be
served. The store was founded November 3, 1990.
Diane's Books has
also been celebrating its anniversary by holding a monthly "20th day"
raffle that continues into November. On the raffle ticket, customers
describe their favorite "Diane's moment." Some entrants have remembered
coming into the store as a child and learning to read with a book that
owner Diane Garrett picked out for them. Raffle winners receive a free
Bookselling This Week noted other bookstore anniversaries:
Trappe Book Center, Collegeview, Pa., which marks its 20th birthday
on November 8. The store, which began as a Little Professor, is growing
to 8,000 from 5,500 square feet in February. The owners are P.K.
Sindwani and his wife, Indira.
Bank Street Books, New York City, which has been celebrating 40 years in business
with events during the past month. Owned by the Bank Street College of
Education, the store began in the lobby of the college, mainly selling
And on the occasion of the 25th birthday of Mrs. Nelson's Toy and Book Shop, La Verne, Calif., the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin talked with Mrs. Nelson herself--Judy Nelson--who is now retired but whose family still owns and operates the store.
The store's main anniversary party will be held this Sunday at 2 p.m. and features Laura Numeroff, author of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Cake but no mouse or cookie is promised.
Fire Petal Books,
Centerville, Utah, opened in August, but "getting a regular flow of
customers coming in to help keep the store in business has been a
challenge. So has paying the rent," the Standard-Examiner reported. The bookshop has launched an online effort to raise awareness and funds.
lot of people are shopping at these big stores that sell books for
less, but because we are a small business, we aren't really able to do
that," said owner Michelle Witte, adding, "If you are buying locally you
are supporting the economy in your area. There are a lot of independent
businesses that really need help from their community."
William Fotheringham, the Guardian's cycling columnist and author of Cyclopedia: It's All About the Bike, recommended his top 10 cycling novels:
"The criteria I imposed were deliberately restrictive: the novel has to
be centered on the act of cycling, rather than merely including bike
riding as a means of transport or in background description. Sadly, this
eliminated the short passage in The Sun Also Rises in which
Hemingway describes the riders in the Tour of the Basque country, and on
the same count I ruled out Alfred Jarry's chapter on cyclists involved
in a perpetual motion race in The Supermale."
Next week, an enhanced app version of Bram Stoker's classic novel will be available for the iPad. USA Today reported that Dracula: The Official Stoker Family Edition
"is a Halloween surprise that mixes words, music and video-game-like
features.... In addition to nearly all of the original novel (about 300
pages), the cutting-edge application contains interactive versions of
journals, notes and maps. Also hidden in the application: the entire
1922 film Nosferatu, an unauthorized film version of the Dracula
story directed by F.W. Murnau, and an Orson Welles radio adaptation, as
well as Stoker's death certificate (added after the family approved of
the product). Beyond the mood music, the enhanced book app has 21
independent rock songs that complement chapters, a move 'to appeal to
the Twilight, True Blood and Vampire Diaries generation,' [Padworx
Digital Media's Jeffrey] Schechter says."
Twilight of an era. For the first time since July 12, 2007, none of Stephenie Meyer's novels are among the top 50 on USA Today's bestseller list.
As reported by CNet, the latest version of Amazon's iPhone app allows users to take a picture of a book's bar code. Amazon then finds a match, and if owners want, they can immediately buy the book.
Mobylives tartly observed that with the feature, "Amazon has just made it easier for its faithful followers to rip off brick and mortar bookstores."
On E-Reads, Richard Curtis recounted how a marketing move--giving away a sampler with the opening chapters of the first three books in M.J. Rose's Reincarnationist series in New York City--had an unexpected bounce. Kevin Tucker, a gregarious shoe shine man at Grand Central Terminal, saw the samplers being handed out on the street and took a pile of the books to give to his own customers. As he told Curtis: "I said to them, 'Why don't you give me a bunch and I'll give them to my customers. That will be good for your business and mine at the same time.' "
For fans of Dewey the Library Cat and Dewey's Nine Lives by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter, Penguin has set up a sunny spot on its website where readers can share cat photos. Check it out here.
Book (ink) trailer of the day: How Ink Is Made, from the PrintingInkCompany.
Tumblr show of the day: Everything You Know Is Pong: How Mighty Table Tennis Shapes Our World by Roger Bennett and Eli Horowitz (It Books), whose many contributors include Howard Jacobson, who just won the Booker Prize for The Finkler Question.
PEN American Center, Dr. Edward O. Wilson and Harrison Ford are creating a new award, the annual PEN/E.O. Wilson Award for Literary Science Writing, which will "acknowledge new and compelling literary writing about the physical and biological sciences." The first award will be given next fall. The winner receives $10,000. Wilson and Ford have provided funding for the first three years.
Examples of the kind of books that would have won the award in the past: Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, Dr. James Watson's The Double Helix, Lewis Thomas's The Lives of a Cell, Christian de Duve's Guided Tour of the Living Cell and Douglas Hofstadter’s Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid.
Wilson is a scientist, naturalist and writer--and winner of two Pulitzer Prizes for general nonfiction. In addition to being an actor, Ford is an advisory board member of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation and vice chair for Conservation International.