Nikki Furrer, who has just opened, Pudd'nhead Books, Old Orchard, Mo., told the Webster-Kirkwood Times that her new shop is "a small, community book store with a very cozy, relaxed atmosphere."
of the bookshop's features is a library design service. "Pudd'nhead
Books can help you create your own personal library," Furrer said.
"Home or office, by look or by content, we can find just the books you
are looking for. Whether it's a shelf of books about butterflies, or a
room of mystery novels, let us do the research for you, for just the
cost of the books."
Pudd'nhead Books is located at 37 S. Old Orchard in Webster Groves, Mo. 63119; 314-918-1069; puddnheadbooks.com.
opening of Pauper's Books & More, Clayton, N.C., fulfills the
desire of local residents who "have been wishing and hoping for a
bookstore for years," according to the Raleigh News & Observer,
which also noted that the used bookshop "is the brainchild of Patrick
Kelly and his wife, Mandy. The Garner residents are both UNC graduates
and share a love of reading and words."
Pauper's Books & More is located at 11801 Hwy. 70 West, Clayton, N.C. 27520; http://paupersbooks.com.
BookCourt, Brooklyn, N.Y., has completed its expansion (Shelf Awareness, October 9, 2008), which has doubled the shop's space. The Brooklyn Paper
reported that even though the city (and the nation) is experiencing
"one of the worst retail nosedives in decades . . . you wouldn't notice
from the inside the beloved Court Street shop . . . where the literati
continue their love affair with the printed word in the store's new
"It gives us much more flexibility and people seem to love it," said co-owner Mary Gannett.
More on the expansion of the main Powell's store in Portland, Ore. (Shelf Awareness, January 23, 2008).
The architect's plan for the 28,000-sq.-ft. building that replaces the building with Powell's main entrance "envisions a giant cube, 15 to 18 feet, suspended over the awning of the new entrance and displaying art on several sides," according to the Associated Press (via the Seattle Post-Intelligencer). The idea is to create "an iconic piece of architecture."
The sour economy may delay the project. Powell's Miriam Sontz told the AP: "We will reconsider the (construction) timing in January and then commit to a date. Economic realities are affecting this building."
Village Books, Bellingham, Wash., is being honored as the 2008 Outstanding Philanthropic Small Business in Washington by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. The store was cited for being "much more than an independent book store. . . . Village Books is a community leader through philanthropy, education and activism. Owned by Chuck and Dee Robinson, the Bellingham book store is part of the fabric of the community, connecting individuals and causes through the store's newsletter, book signings and fundraising events in support of community good works."
Chuck Robinson said that Village Books is "honored and humbled" by the award, which will be presented at a luncheon in Seattle this coming Thursday. The bookstore's most recent fundraising effort--the Chuckanut Radio Hour with Garrison Keillor--raised more than $10,000 for the Pickford Film Center.
Happy 25th anniversary to Katy Budget Books, Katy, Tex., near Houston, owned by Tamra Dore. The Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association newsletter noted that store has had to deal "with the aftereffects of the hurricane, which thankfully did no damage to the store, but several employees had their homes damaged."
Following the call of distress last month from Vertigo Books, College Park, Md., the Washington Post surveyed the pressures faced by the store and what it is trying to do to help customers help the store. That has included a showing of Paperback Dreams at the store. "We thought, we'll give people a heads-up that that's what will happen if you don't come in with more than your good thoughts," co-owner Todd Stewart said.
HarperCollins's project to publish a paperback next year comprised of essays by booksellers about states or parts of states a la Ecco's State by State (Shelf Awareness, October 19, 2008) is being opened up to librarians, too.
Essays should be about 2,500 words. The deadline is February 1. Part of the proceeds benefit the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression. For questions, contact Harper's Carl Lennertz, v-p, independent retailing, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Speaking of our favorite advocate for booksellers, Lennertz, who edits in his spare time, has just acquired his sixth book. The debut novel is Postcards from a Dead Girl by Kirk Farber, a librarian in Colorado Springs, Colo., and was a semi-finalist in the 2007 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award competition. Lennertz writes that he met Farber's agent, Sandra Bond, through the Denver Publishing Institute. "I read the first 15 pages under the Brooklyn Bridge late one afternoon this summer, waiting to have dinner with Dennis and Karen of Melville House, and I fell in love with it."
Lennertz calls Postcards from a Dead Girl "a surreal love story about this lost soul who is, yup, getting postcards from his dead girlfriend. It reads like a Wes Anderson movie."
Perennial will publish the book in winter 2010. Farber will appear at some fall regional shows next year and library shows as well.
The Harvard Independent
offered a prescription for students under pressure from midterms and
papers, suggesting that "taking a few hours out of your day to explore
literary Cambridge is well worth it. Bookstores are a great place to
Sixteen downtown businesses in Fremont,
Ohio, banded together to hold open houses last weekend "to make the
best of the holiday season," the News-Messenger reported.
each trying to plan special events," said Tammy Wellman, manager of the
Open Book, adding that she did not believe the slow economy would hurt
business. "I think we're going to be fine. I'm keeping a positive
The "Shopportunities" section of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
praised the architecture books selection at Harry W. Schwartz
Bookshops, noting that "at many bookstores, architecture gets
integrated with interior design in sections filled with glorified
picture books, coffee-table tomes on subjects such as cottages and
By contrast, the Schwartz stores "have small but
exceptionally well-constructed architecture sections that also explore
subcategories such as public art and urban design. This is especially
true of the shop at 2559 N. Downer Ave., perhaps because of its
proximity to the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at the
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee."
John Updike's latest novel, The Widows of Eastwick, is getting mixed reception from the town where it is--or is not--set. The Providence Journal reported that "Updike, author of the 1984 The Witches of Eastwick,
is back to his fictitious plot in his fictitious Rhode Island town of
Eastwick. Its characteristics and name amalgamate East Greenwich and
Wickford." Updike, denying any connection, writes that "the merchants
of Eastwick yearned to make it a tourist trap, and several shops along
Dock Street stocked aromatic candles."
Jennifer Wheeler of the
Grateful Heart, a New Age bookshop in Wickford, admits to selling
aromatic candles but enjoyed the novel: "It's fun to read a book with
the perspective that it's from this area." Added her mother and
co-owner, Katherine Wheeler: "Anything that brings recognition and
attention to our village is welcome. We're business people."
Fischer, owner of the Book Garden used bookshop, is reading the Updike
novel now, but has been surprised by the lack of local interest: "I
thought people would be curious to see what has happened with the three
witches and the village. But nobody's that enthusiastic."
The slowing economy, retirement planning and thou. The Wall Street Journal
featured five books on retirement, advising that, "At times, media
coverage of the economic crisis can be too much of a good thing: too
much detail, too many experts. Taking a step back can help bring some
perspective to the story."
Kate Blum has joined Harper as associate director of publicity. She formerly worked in publicity at Random House for eight years.