Congratulations to Senator Barack Obama, who won a Grammy for best spoken word album for the audio edition of Dreams From My Father
(Random House Audio) and to Marlo Thomas and friends, who won best spoken word album for children for Marlo Thomas & Friends: Thanks & Giving All Year Long
, produced by Christopher Cerf and Thomas (Warner Strategic Marketing).
Cool, fertile idea of the day: Chapter 11, the Atlanta, Ga., area
bookseller, is selling gardening, landscape design, outdoors titles and more at the Southeastern
Flower Show at the Georgia World Congress Center through Sunday. It's
also coordinating book signings by more than 20 gardening authors.
Federal prosecutors have charged that Abdulrahman Farhane, a U.S.
citizen born in Morocco who runs the House of Knowledge bookstore in
Brooklyn, N.Y., aided terrorists, the New York Times
reported. Farhane's lawyer said that the government's charges rest on
accusations from the informer who set himself on fire in the front of
the White House in November 2004 in a dispute with the FBI over pay.
Farhane said, "I'm not guilty, I didn't do anything. This is my
country, I love this country, I work hard."
Between November 15 and December 15, Borders and Walden encouraged
customers to donate more than $450,000 to benefit First Book, the
program that provides books to children in need. The money has been
converted to Borders and Walden gift cards, which are being distributed
to organizations affiliated with First Book, including Head Start and
Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Borders had made a kickoff donation
of $50,000, which brings the total donated to $500,000.
The groups will work with local Borders and Walden stores, which will
host story times and other events and help children select titles. For
many of them, it will be their first trip to a bookstore and first time
picking out a new book.
Eugene and Springfield, Ore., take a slight twist on the one book, one
city program. Appropriately for the Pacific Northwest locale, the cities'
annual event--one book, two cities?--is called Readin' in the Rain
. The 2006 iteration will shine attention on Crescent
, the novel by Diana Abu-Jaber about a love affair set in the Iraqi expatriate community in Los Angeles.
The Umbrella Opening event last Friday featured a bellydancer, live
Turkic and Arabic music by the Ala Nar band and a talk about the book.
On Thursday, Feb. 23, Abu-Jaber will stage a free reading, and the
following Saturday, she will sign at a dinner fundraiser. During the
month, book discussions will take place at libraries and bookstores in
In Other Words, the nonprofit feminist bookstore in Portland, Ore., has moved to a new location, at 8 N.E. Killingsworth, the Portland State University Vanguard
reported. The 13-year-old store is paying less rent but has nearly
twice the floor space. The store hopes to use the extra space for
lectures, community readings and other events. It also has begun
partnering with neighboring businesses, including the Talking Drum
Bantam aims to try a proven technique for building buzz among booksellers on consumers: in ads in the current New Yorker
, it's offering free ARCs to the first 100 people who visit the Web site for The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters
by Gordon Dahlquist, a September thriller.
The Baltimore Sun
shed some light on Basset Books
, a used and antiquarian bookstore that
sells a lot of children's and military books and has substantial sales
online. Founded in 1998 by Jan and Dan Riker, who now have Geoff
Gibson, a former HarperCollins rep, as a partner, the store is in the
Savage Mill marketplace in Savage, Md. Basset Books is named after the
Rikers' dog, and is cheerfully reminiscent of Waldenbooks's brief
experiment in superstores--Basset Book Shops--in the early 1990s.