Shelf Awareness for Friday, February 10, 2006

Gallery Books: The Lion Women of Tehran by Marjan Kamali

Other Press (NY): Deliver Me by Malin Persson Giolito, translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles

Two Trees: Among Friends: An Illustrated Oral History of American Book Publishing and Bookselling in the 20th Century edited by Buz Teacher and Janet Bukovinsky Teacher

Atlantic Monthly Press: I Cheerfully Refuse by Leif Enger


Cool Idea of the Day: Hamilton Book and Movie Club

Early reviews are positive.

Even before its first event, the Hamilton Book and Movie Club, run by the Colgate Bookstore and the Hamilton Movie Theater, Hamilton, N.Y., has attracted 45 members, said Rob Stahl, general book manager of the Colgate Bookstore, who founded the club.

The club's members will read a book, see the movie based on it and then discuss both. Members of the club will receive a 10% discount on the chosen title at the bookstore and have about six weeks to read it. On a Sunday afternoon, the club will watch the movie for free in the Hamilton Movie Theater, then walk across the street to the bookstore for a discussion.

The first title the club will read and see is The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler, with the screening scheduled for February 26. On April 9, the club will see the film based on One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey. After the second screening, the club will vote on the next two books and movies it will focus on. "The club has picked titles appealing to both men and women," Stahl said, who added that he was pleasantly surprised by the sizable number of male participants in the club. Most book clubs tend to attract many more women than men.

Neal Porter Books: Angela's Glacier by Jordan Scott, illustrated by Diana Sudyka

Notes: Online Sales Tax; Charis Changes; Goodwin Prized

Only a week after it became publicly known that Barnes& had begun collecting sales tax on transactions in 38 states (it had previously done so only in two), an executive testified before the House of Representatives' Small Business Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform and Oversight that sales tax collection is feasible, Bookselling This Week reported.

"We concluded almost six years ago . . . that it certainly would be reasonable for policymakers to decide that the tax should be collected by sellers," v-p for global public policy Paul Misener said. "We also concluded that Amazon would not be hurt by a sales tax collection requirement, so long as the administrative burdens of collection were eliminated and that our online competitors also would be required to collect."

Independent booksellers have argued that online sellers that don't collect sales tax have an unfair competitive advantage. The Northern California Independent Booksellers Association has campaigned for six years with the state's Board of Equalization--the tax agency--to require online book retailers to collect sales tax, particularly B& and Borders, which, of course, have long had stores in the state. (The case for Amazon having nexus in California has been less straightforward but one that NCIBA and others believe can be made.) Several years ago, the state legislature passed a bill on the issue that NCIBA supported but it was vetoed by former Governor Gray Davis.

NCIBA executive director Hut Landon praised the B& move and the Amazon statement, saying that in the case of B&, "Our booksellers can now compete on an equal footing."


Linda Bryant, co-owner and co-founder of Charis Books & More, the Atlanta, Ga., feminist bookstore that has been having financial difficulties (Shelf Awareness, December 22), is selling her 50% interest in the store, according to the Southern Voice.

"Although I'll always be connected to Charis, and intend to continue working part-time for Charis Circle, I believe it is time for me to step aside to make room for a new infusion of cash, energy, ideas and vision," she told the paper.

Since announcing its difficulties, the store has created a "Cuddle Up with Charis" Internet and print advertising campaign, working with Nghosi Productions. According to the Southern Voice, each month a new model-spokesperson will appear in the ads. Among them: Donna Narducci, executive director of Atlanta Pride; Audra Woodard, Internet TV host of Her Side; Maria Rivers, publisher of Labrys Magazine; and Lisa R. Campbell and Mary Anne Adams, owners of Urban Tea Party in Atlanta.


Doris Kearns Goodwin has won the Lincoln Prize for Team of Rivals (S&S), her bestselling title about Abraham Lincoln and the political rivals who became members of his cabinet. The $50,000 prize is awarded by Gettysburg College's Lincoln and Soldiers Institute to "the finest scholarly work in English on Abraham Lincoln, or the American Civil War soldier, or a subject relating to their era."


For more on the sad story of the death of Alan J. Shalleck, see the Palm Beach Post, which reports that two men have confessed to murdering the former Curious George collaborator. The pair, who said they met Shalleck through a dating network, stole jewelry and his bank card after killing him.


In an eerie coincidence, the feature film Curious George opens nationwide today. Directed by Matthew O'Callaghan and featuring the voices of Will Ferrell, Drew Barrymore, Dick Van Dyke and others, the movie received a rousing review in today's New York Times. The paper lauded the "top-drawer voice talent," the original songs and "old-fashioned two-dimensional animation that echoes the simple colors and shapes of the books. Curious George is an unexpected delight."

For a long list of Houghton Mifflin tie-ins, see our Monday, February 6, issue.


The Southern California Booksellers Association's third "I Feel the Need to Read" bookstore tour takes place on Saturday, February 25, and features a schedule like the last one, held in November: two buses will visit seven bookstores in Los Angeles and Pasadena; one will head east and the other west, and the two groups will convene for lunch at a restaurant near Book Soup, where they will meet a special guest. The tour begins with appearances by Greg Hurwitz, author of Troubleshooter, and Liza Palmer, author of Conversations with a Fat Girl. Besides Book Soup, the tour will stop at Bodhi Tree, Cook's Library, Dutton's Brentwood, Eso Won, Traveler's Bookcase and Vroman's. The charge is $50 per person.

SCBA continues to drive bookstore tourism, the concept created by Larry Portzline, down new roads. The association is planning a July bookstore tour that will be geared to parent and child or grandparent and child combinations; it will include a visit to a children's museum. The association's August tour will focus on stores in beach towns in Los Angeles County.


A longtime drag on the turn rate but what a nice ending.

On January 28, someone spent $100,000 at the Strand Bookstore in New York City to buy the William Shakespeare Second Folio, published in 1632, and kept in the store's rare book safe for more than 25 years.

Co-owner Nancy Bass told the Villager: "It's hard to let go of a book that was part of our store for such a very long time and something that is truly a rarity created by a literary master. At the same time I'm comforted that in an age of technology, celebrity and instant gratification . . . something so important is still appreciated, is still considered desirable."


Deutsche Securities has initiated coverage of both Barnes & Noble and Borders. B&N rated a "hold" while Borders got a "buy."


The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (formerly SEBA) will stage educational programming at the Spring Book Show, the bargain book fair that will be held in Atlanta, Ga., March 17-19. The SIBA seminars and discussions will take place in the mornings of March 17 and 18 before the show opens. Among topics: "creating killer events" and Web site marketing. There will also be an ABA Forum and Christian Bargain Book Forum. Presenters include SIBA board members and several ABA staff members.

The show is expected to draw more than 100 dealers, who will offer more than 50,000 titles. For more information, go to the show's Web site.


The sideline is now the main event at Holy Grounds, the Christian bookstore and coffee shop in the Marshall Town Center mall in Marshalltown, Iowa. Owner Shannon Mitchell began the coffeehouse to complement the bookstore, but the coffeehouse has kept her in business so she is shutting down the bookstore, according to the Marshalltown Times-Republican. "I'm just being financially responsible," she told the paper. "God calls us to be good stewards."

She is negotiating with mall owners for a new location and said she wants to "keep the music, keep the Bible studies and groups."


Baker & Taylor has hired two new inside sales reps.

Nancy Dalton, most recently manager of Cornerstone Books in Denver, has become the inside sales rep for independent booksellers on the West Coast. She will be based in B&T's Aurora, Colo., office and work with bookstores in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. She had worked for 12 years at the Tattered Cover, part of the time as head of the ordering department. She may be reached at or 800-775-3300, ext. 110.

Dianne Chrismer has also joined B&T as an inside sales rep, working with David Quinn to serve booksellers in the Mountains and Plains territory, including Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Wyoming. She was most recently national sales director for Fulcrum Publishing and earlier was sales director for Westcliffe Publishers. She is also a former board member of the Publishers Association of the West.

Chrismer will work in B&T's Aurora office and may be reached at or 800-775-3300, ext. 125.

GLOW: Avid Reader Press: The Ministry of Time by Kaliane Bradley

Beyond Words 'Blends' into Atria

Beyond Words Publishing, founded in 1984 by Richard Cohn and Cynthia Black to publish body, mind and spirit books, is becoming an imprint of Simon & Schuster's Atria Books. Under the agreement, Atria will have world rights to publish and distribute Beyond Words's frontlist and backlist titles. Cohn, publisher and CFO of Beyond Words, will report to Judith Curr, executive v-p and publisher of Atria. Black, president and editor-in-chief, will continue to oversee editorial.

Beyond Words, with offices in Hillsboro, Ore., and the motto "inspire to integrity," will publish 10-15 books a year with Atria. The company has published more than 200 titles.

Beyond Words and Atria have already collaborated, publishing three titles in Dr. Masaru Emoto's Water series, Hidden Messages in Water, True Power of Water and Secret Life of Water, which combined have 500,000 copies in print.

Cohn said that the "blending" will "allow our authors' works to inspire a larger, global audience."

Soho Crime: Ash Dark as Night (A Harry Ingram Mystery) by Gary Phillips

Media and Movies

Media Heat: Clear Field for Manhunt

Today on WAMU's Diane Rehm Show: James Swanson, author of Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer (Morrow, $26.95, 0060518499).

The Bestsellers

The Book Sense/NAIBA List

The following are the bestselling titles during the week ended Sunday, February 5, at New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association stores and reported to Book Sense:

Hardcover Fiction

1. Cell by Stephen King (Scribner, $26.95, 0743292332)
2. Arthur & George by Julian Barnes (Knopf, $24.95, 030726310X)
3. The Good Life by Jay McInerney (Knopf, $25, 0375411402)
4. The Brooklyn Follies by Paul Auster (Holt, $24, 0805077146)
5. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (Doubleday, $24.95, 0385504209)
6. On Beauty by Zadie Smith (Penguin, $25.95, 1594200637)
7. The Last Templar by Raymond Khoury (Dutton, $24.95, 0525949410)
8. The Cat Who Dropped a Bombshell by Lilian Jackson Braun (Putnam, $23.95, 0399153071)
9. The Sea by John Banville (Knopf, $23, 0307263118)
10. Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood (Canongate, $18, 1841957178)
11. The Lighthouse by P.D. James (Knopf, $25.95, 030726291X)
12. S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton (Putnam, $26.95, 0399152970)
13. Memory in Death by J.D. Robb (Putnam, $24.95, 0399153284)
14. The Hostage by W.E.B. Griffin (Putnam, $26.95, 0399153144)
15. Mary, Mary by James Patterson (Little, Brown, $27.95, 031615976X)
Hardcover Nonfiction

1. Marley & Me by John Grogan (Morrow, $21.95, 0060817089)
2. The World Is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman (FSG, $27.50, 0374292884)
3. You're Wearing That? by Deborah Tannen (Random House, $24.95, 1400062586)
4. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion (Knopf, $23.95, 140004314X)
5. Teacher Man by Frank McCourt (Scribner, $26, 0743243773)
6. Our Endangered Values by Jimmy Carter (S&S, $25, 0743284577)
7. Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner (Morrow, $25.95, 006073132X)
8. At Canaan's Edge by Taylor Branch (S&S, $35, 068485712X)
9. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown, $25.95, 0316172324)
10. 1776 by David McCullough (S&S, $32, 0743226712)
11. American Vertigo by Bernard-Henri Levy (Random House, $24.95, 1400064341)
12. Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin (S&S, $35, 0684824906)
13. Self-Made Man by Norah Vincent (Viking, $24.95, 0670034665)
14. Misquoting Jesus by Bart D. Ehrman (HarperSanFrancisco, $24.95, 0060738170)
15. The Lost Painting by Jonathan Harr (Random House, $24.95, 0375508015)
Trade Paperback Fiction

1. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (Picador, $14, 031242440X)
2. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (Riverhead, $14, 1594480001)
3. Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx (Scribner, $9.95, 0743271327)
4. Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld (Random House, $13.95, 081297235X)
5. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami (Vintage, $14.95, 1400079276)
6. Case Histories by Kate Atkinson (Back Bay, $13.95, 0316010707)
7. Honeymoon by James Patterson and Howard Roughan (Warner, $13.95, 0446696269)
8. Close Range by Annie Proulx (Scribner, $14, 0684852225)
9. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (Penguin, $15, 0143034901)
10. Snow by Orhan Pamuk (Vintage, $14.95, 0375706860)
11. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (Vintage, $12.95, 1400032717)
12. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (Vintage, $14.95, 0307275167)
13. Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult (Washington Square, $14, 0743454553)
14. Wicked by Gregory Maguire (Regan Books, $15, 0060987103)
15. My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult (Washington Square, $14, 0743454537)

Trade Paperback Nonfiction

1. Night by Elie Weisel (FSG, $9, 0374500010)
2. A Million Little Pieces* by James Frey (Anchor, $14.95, 0307276902)
3. Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins (Plume, $15, 0452287081)
4. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (Vintage, $14, 0679745580)
5. Animals in Translation by Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson (Harvest, $15, 0156031442)
6. Collapse by Jared Diamond (Penguin, $17, 0143036556)
7. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (Scribner, $14, 074324754X)
8. 365: No Repeats by Rachael Ray (Clarkson Potter, $19.95, 1400082544)
9. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (Vintage, $14.95, 0375725601)
10. The End of Faith by Sam Harris (Norton, $13.95, 0393327655)
11. Zagat Survey: New York City Restaurants (Zagat, $13.95, 1570067457)
12. Smashed by Koren Zailckas (Penguin, $14, 0143036475)
13. Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi (Random House, $14.95, 081297106X)
14. The Know-It-All by A.J. Jacobs (S&S, $14, 0743250621)
15. Imagined London by Anna Quindlen (National Geographic, $10.95, 0792242076)
Mass Market

1. The Broker by John Grisham (Dell, $7.99, 0440241588)
2. The Closers by Michael Connelly (Warner, $7.99, 0446616443)
3. Angels & Demons by Dan Brown (Pocket, $7.99, 0671027360)
4. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (Vintage, $7.99, 1400096898)
5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (Warner, $6.99, 0446310786)
6. Entombed by Linda A. Fairstein (Pocket, $9.99, 0743482271)
7. State of Fear by Michael Crichton (Avon, $7.99, 0061015733)
8. The Forgotten Man by Robert Crais (Ballantine, $7.99, 0345451910)
9. The Third Secret by Steve Berry (Ballantine, $7.99, 034547614X)
10. Night by Elie Wiesel (Bantam, $5.99, 0553272535)

Children's (Fiction and Illustrated

1. Small Steps by Louis Sachar (Delacorte, $16.95, 0385733143)
2. Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins (Greenwillow, $16.99, 0060092726)
3. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd (HarperCollins, $7.99, 0694003611)
4. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (children's movie tie-in edition) by C.S. Lewis (HarperCollins, $7.99, 0060765461)
5. Fancy Nancy by Jane O'Connor, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser (HarperCollins, $15.99, 0060542098)
6. Dragonology by Ernest Drake, illustrated by Helen Ward and Douglas Carrel (Candlewick, $19.99, 0763623296)
7. The Giver by Lois Lowry (Laurel Leaf, $6.50, 0440237688)
8. Napoleon Dynamite by Roger Price and Leonard Stern (Price Stern Sloan, $3.99, 0843120118)
9. Ptolemy's Gate (The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 3) by Jonathan Stroud (Miramax Books, $17.95, 0786818611)
10. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling (Scholastic, $6.99, 059035342X)
11. Travel Team by Mike Lupica (Puffin, $6.99, 0142404624)
12. Fairyopolis by Cicely Mary Barker (Frederick Warne, $19.99, 0723257248)
13. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K.Rowling (Scholastic, $8.99, 0439139600)
14. Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann (Putnam, $7.99, 0399230033)
15. The Second Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares (Delacorte, $8.95, 0385731051)

* The American Booksellers Association and Book Sense acknowledge the controversy surrounding this title in light of statements made by the author as to the veracity of its contents.

[Many thanks to Book Sense and NAIBA!]

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