Elliott Bay Book Company opened its new Capitol Hill location yesterday "in an old truck-repair facility that is slightly smaller than its former store in Pioneer Square, but seems larger," the Seattle Times reported, adding that the "spacious feel comes partly from the new store having no used-book section, something that took up about 10% of Elliott Bay's old space, and partly from a floor plan so open that most parts of the store can be seen from any other part."
"I miss the old quaintness, but I'm glad the floors still creak," said customer Neil Smith.
Owner Peter Aaron expects more customers on Capitol Hill: "There's a dense residential population base that was completely lacking in Pioneer Square."
Stephenie Meyer's bestselling Twilight series ranks high on yet another list, rising to fifth place on the American Library Association's annual report of 2009's "challenged books," which was released yesterday, the Associated Press reported.
"Vampire novels have been a target for years and the Twilight books are so immensely popular that a lot of the concerns people have had about vampires are focused on her books," said Barbara Jones, director of the association's Office for Intellectual Freedom.
The ALA recorded 460 challenges in 2009, a drop from 513 the year before, with 81 books removed, the AP wrote.
Women & Children First bookstore, Chicago, Ill., where "everything feels personalized; an atmosphere of welcome permeates the place," was the focus of the third installment in Poets & Writers magazine's Inside Indie Bookstores series.
Speaking about community, co-owner Linda Bubon defined her bookshop as a "political gathering place, and a literary gathering place, and a place where we have unpublished teen writers read sometimes. We've developed four different book groups, plus a Buffy discussion group. And if you came on a Wednesday morning, you'd see twenty to thirty preschoolers here with their moms for story time, which I do. I love it. I just love it. It's absolutely the best thing of the week. I have a background in theater and oral interpretation, so it's just so much fun for me."
Looking to future, Bubon called herself "a bookseller, but I'm a feminist bookseller. Would I be a bookseller if I were going to run a general bookstore? I'm not sure. Sometimes I think, 'What will I do if the store is no longer viable?' And I think that rather than going into publishing or going to work for a general bookstore, I would rather try to figure out how to have a feminist reading series and run a feminist not-for-profit. Because the real purpose of my life is getting women's voices out, and getting women to tell the truth about their lives, and selling literature that reflects the truths of girls' and women's lives."
Mary Cotton and Jaime Clerke, owners of Newtonville Books, Newtonville, Mass., plan to close their children's bookshop, Lizard’s Tale, and move the inventory back into the main location, Wicked Local Newton reported.
"After three years of ownership, it’s easy to see that we just don’t sell enough children’s books to support the space we’ve allotted," Cotton said. "It’s clear by our numbers that we’re just carrying too many children’s books for our patronage."
In 2009, overall compensation for Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos "jumped 39%, to almost $1.8 million, as spending on his security increased $500,000" to $1.7 million, the Wall Street Journal reported. Aaron Boyd, a compensation expert for Equilar Inc., noted that the security costs for Bezos "rank him among the highest for U.S. chief executives."
Karl Rove has run into trouble at some of his tour stops promoting Courage and Consequences: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight, including an attempted citizen's arrest by Code Pink co-founder Jodie Evans at events in Beverly Hills last month and more recently in Las Vegas. The Colorado Independent wondered whether upcoming events at bookstores in Littleton and Colorado Springs might inspire similar incidents.
In a perhaps not unrelated note, the Guardian showcased the "return of radical bookshops," observing that in "a sorely troubled time for booksellers, these hubs of campaigning passion are proving surprisingly resilient."
"In the last five to 10 years there has been a massive resurgence in interest in grassroots politics and activism," said Mandy Vere of News From Nowhere bookstore, Liverpool. She cited the anti-globalization movement, the anti-capitalist backlash provoked by the current financial crisis, the recent growth in climate change and green activism, and the re-energised feminist movements as reasons for the upsurge in interest.
"The radical bookshops that have survived will continue to do so because we've carved out a niche," said Vere. "We've built up our reputation over the years, we've got a loyal readership, and while we can't compete in price we can offer something distinctive--knowledge, passion, meaningful books that come on trusted recommendations rather than being pushed by the publishers, and connections with other politically aware people."
John Schoenherr, a Caldecott Medal-winning children’s book illustrator, died last week. He at 74. The New York Times reported that Schoenherr illustrated more than 40 children’s titles, winning the Caldecott Medal in 1988 for Owl Moon by Jane Yolen), and "had a parallel, equally prominent career as a science-fiction illustrator."
You may be used to settling in on a couch with a good book, but the New York Times showcased another option from the new film Paper Man, in which a blocked novelist (Jeff Daniels) takes revenge against a floral sofa he despises as well as his failed first novel when he "builds a couch out of his old books, securing them with clear packing tape."
In what may be an e-sign of the times, CNET featured "a look at five dazzling e-books for kids, starting with an eye-popping rendition of Alice in Wonderland."
Author Carsten Jensen chose his top 10 seafaring tales for the Guardian: "Given that men have sailed the seas for thousands of years, it's perhaps surprising how few great works of literature have been inspired by the seafaring life. Sailing may have promised adventure, but in reality it was a dangerous profession that attracted only the toughest, few of whom were equipped with a talent for writing. Their yarns remained fixed in the oral tradition, and in general, writers directed their attention elsewhere. But the exceptions are majestic."
Book trailer of the day: The
Book of Awesome: Snow Days, Bakery Air, Finding Money in Your Pocket,
and Other Simple, Brilliant Things by Neil Pasricha (Amy
Einhorn Books/Putnam), whose pub date is today.
Effective April 19, Lottchen Shivers is joining Abrams as executive
director of adult marketing and publicity, a new position. She has been
head of Lottchen Shivers Communications and earlier was director of
publicity and marketing and then executive director of marketing at Holt
and worked in publicity at Viking Penguin, Random House and Workman.
Steven A. Clemente is joining Nebraska Book Company
as senior v-p of the retail division and will be responsible for
Nebraska's more than 275 college stores. Clemente has been a group v-p
at Target Stores, where he has worked since 1995. He replaces Rob Rupe,
who is retiring.