Shelf Awareness for Monday, March 20, 2006

Harper Voyager: Dragon Rider (Soulbound Saga #1) by Taran Matharu

Page Street YA: The Final Curse of Ophelia Cray by Christine Calella

HarperOne: I Finally Bought Some Jordans: Essays by Michael Arceneaux

Tor Nightfire: Ghost Station by S.A. Barnes

Severn River Publishing: Covert Action (Command and Control #5) by J.R. Olson and David Bruns

Scholastic Press: Heroes: A Novel of Pearl Harbor by Alan Gratz


Notes: V Vanquishes Competition; Avid Bookseller Honored

The movie V for Vendetta was A-1 at the box office over the weekend, with ticket sales of $26.1 million. The graphic novel by Alan Moore and David Lloyd (Vertigo, $19.99, 0930289528) is in the top 10 at both and B& this morning.


Since buying Wonderland Books, Hickory, N.C., last May, owner Dr. Fred Gachet and his wife, Shirley, have expanded and revamped the children's section, added hours, increased a focus on customer service (which has included tidying up the store), held a customer appreciation day and created a book club focusing on censorship and banned books, according to the Charlotte Observer. The 5,000-sq.-ft. used bookstore has 150,000 books. One marketing "tool" that the store is just making use of: advertising on a sign that the store has new ownership.


Alzada Knickerbocker, owner of the Avid Reader and the Avid Reader for Young Readers in Davis, Calif., and a bookseller for 19 years, has been named California's Small-Business Champion of the Year by the National Federation of Independent Business, the Sacramento Bee reported.

She was cited by the NFIB's California director for "her total dedication to the mission of small businesses to get the word out on the problems that small-business owners face. She's willing to testify and do almost anything to let legislators know how difficult it is to run a business."


The Arizona Republic profiles the Book Connection, a primarily used bookstore whose owners have "worked to distinguish themselves from the south Tempe shopping center's other bookstore, Changing Hands." Among the ways the store has distinguished itself: by specializing in "science fiction, with hard-to-find or out-of-print titles, and the wildly popular paranormal romance books."


A day after its stock hit in all-time high, last Friday Barnes & Noble was downgraded by Jeffries to hold from buy.


The limits of technology. After a complaint from a pro-abortion group that a search of books on abortion would result in recommendations headed by the question "Did you mean adoption?" deleted the query. The company told the New York Times today that many people who search abortion also search adoption (although not the other way around), which accounted for the question.


On Wednesday, March 29, at 7 p.m., a 92nd St. Y panel will address "what it takes to make the right book take off in an industry that's in flux" as well as the opportunities and challenges of Internet marketing, demographic change, evolving habits and the growing number of books. Panelists are Jonathan Karp, publisher and editor-in-chief of Warner Twelve; Johnny Temple, publisher of Akashic Books; and Sarah Weinman, an editor of Bryan Keefer, editor of CJR Daily, will moderate. Called A Manuscript and a Magic 8-Ball: Secrets to Success in Publishing Today, the panel takes place at the Steinhardt Building, 35 W. 67th St. in New York City. Tickets are $12 in advance; $15 at the door.


When Melville House rushed out Articles of Impeachment Against George W. Bush ($9.95, 1933633085) last month (Shelf Awareness, February 28), done in conjunction with the Center for Constitutional Rights, it made an unusual offer: it would pay shipping and handling fees to send the book to the Representative of any buyer who purchased the book on Melville House's Web site for that purpose.

As of today, the publisher has sent out nearly 1,000 copies to members of Congress. Dennis Johnson told Shelf Awareness that as a result, he is learning "a lot more about the makeup of the House of Representatives." A Roll Call article notes that Johnson's next campaign for the book will be to offer the same deal for buyers' favorite journalists.

HarperOne: Be a Revolution: How Everyday People Are Fighting Oppression and Changing the World--And How You Can, Too by Ijeoma Oluo

King's Pleasure: Small Press Month Wayzgoose

Wayzgoose is an old term for an annual party thrown by a master printer for his staff that nowadays means a gathering of printers. Next Sunday, March 26, King's Books, Tacoma, Wash., a used and new bookstore, is putting on its second annual wayzgoose as a wayz to celebrate Small Press Month.

Running from 1-5 p.m., the event features six local letterpress printers and members of small presses who will sell their products, which include cards, artist's books and broadsides. One participant will have a small handpress for people to print a keepsake on. (Because of their size, no letterpresses will be at the event.) Other activities include making origami and little books.

Last year's inaugural Small Press Month wayzgoose attracted as many as 100 people, events coordinator Sweet Pea Flaherty told Shelf Awareness. "People are still talking about it--or ruing the day they missed it."

This year's event is somewhat larger than last year's, which benefited the store and presses in a variety of ways, Flaherty said. After last year's event King's began carrying some of the presses' cards, among the store's first non-book items. "It was a good jump for us and a nice way to support the local presses," he said. "People definitely come in to buy them." The collaboration extended to Banned Books Week, when some of the letterpress people created a match book with folded paper listing banned books and quotations about censorship and designed a poster for the event.

King's Books, which has been in its current location for three years, doesn't put on many traditional events "with a single author reading" because they don't draw as many people as other events, Flaherty said. Among King's Books's other events: during the week of St. Patrick's Day, it staged a school event with a Celtic theme that included bagpipers and Irish dancers; the local ACLU chapter will be the center of an event at the store in April; and King's has arranged with a film club to do a film series. Flaherty observed, "The more interesting events we do, the more groups want to do things with us."

The participating groups and people at Sunday's wayzgoose are:

  • Jessica Spring of Springtide Press, who helped create the event and teaches the art of the book at Pacific Lutheran College.
  • Catherine Alice Michaelis who owns May Day Press on Vashon Island.
  • Beautiful Angle, a guerrilla arts project run by Lance Kagey and Tom Llewellyn that creates a letterpress poster each month and posts them around the streets of Tacoma.
  • Lisa Hasegawa, owner of ilfant press, who teaches letterpress printing at Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle and is co-founder of Postcard Exchange.
  • Jenny Craig of Notta Pixie Press in Seattle.
  • Chris Sharp of Hoosegrow Press in Tacoma.

Harpervia: Behind You Is the Sea by Susan Muaddi Darraj

Da Vinci Code: The Next Wave

In case anyone's missed it, next Tuesday, March 28, three years and 10 days after its hardcover publication, several paperback versions of The Da Vinci Code appear. The three new editions are:

  • Trade paperback: (Anchor, $14.95, 0307277674)
  • Mass market: (Anchor, $7.99, 1400079179)
  • Special illustrated paperback: (Broadway, $22.95, 076792603X)

The book has been getting enough renewed publicity because of the May 19 release of the movie, directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks. As if that weren't enough, the plagiarism suit against Random House UK, which is concluding in London, has drawn even more attention to the somewhat reticent Brown.

Among related titles appearing next Tuesday:

  • The Da Vinci Code Travel Journal by Dan Brown (Clarkson Potter, $12.95, 0307345769). First stop, the High Court?
  • Fodors Guide to the Da Vinci Code: On the Trail of the Best Selling Novel (Fodor's Travel Publications, $14.95, 140001672X).

Coincidence? A title by one of the authors who have sued Random House UK is also coming out on Tuesday: it's the The Jesus Papers: Exposing the Greatest Cover-Up in History by Michael Baigent (HarperSanFrancisco, $27.95, 0060827130).

University of California Press: The Accidental Ecosystem: People and Wildlife in American Cities by Peter S. Alagona

Media and Movies

Media Heat: Erica Jong, Diablo Cody

This morning the Today Show has no fear talking with Erica Jong, whose Seducing the Demon: Writing for My Life (Tarcher, $22.95, 1585424447) appeared last week.

The Today Show also dishes up David Nicholls, author of Off Duty: The World's Greatest Chefs Cook at Home (Morrow Cookbooks, $39.95, 0060841478).


Today on WAMU's Diane Rehm Show, fashion designer Dana Buchman talks about her book A Special Education: One Family's Journey Through the Maze of Learning Disabilities (Perseus, $21.95, 0738210331).


Today on WNYC's Leonard Lopate Show, Stephen Dando-Collins discusses his Standing Bear Is a Person: The True Story of a Native American's Quest for Justice (Da Capo, $18, 0306814412).


Tonight on the Charlie Rose Show, a panel "marking three years in Iraq" includes:

  • Francis Fukuyama, whose new book is America at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy (Yale University Press, $25, 0300113994)
  • George Packer, author of The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq (FSG, $26, 0374299633).


Tonight the Late Show with David Letterman invites Diablo Cody, author of Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper (Gotham, $24, 1592401821), to sit in the guest chair.

Books & Authors

Recommended Reading, Sir

As part of an official guide of how to fight counterinsurgencies that is still in draft form, the U.S. Army recommends several books and studies that are highly critical of the Army's approach during the Vietnam War, today's Wall Street Journal, in a front-page feature story, reported. The titles include:

  • Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam by Lt. Col. John A. Nagl, a military assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense (University of Chicago Press, $17, 0226567702).
  • The Army and Vietnam by Andrew F. Krepinevich Jr. (Johns Hopkins University Press, $20.95, 0801836573)
  • Secrets of the Vietnam War by Phillip B. Davidson, General Westmoreland's intelligence officer (Presidio Press)
  • The Village by Bing West (Pocket, $7.99, 0743457579)
  • Bureaucracy Does Its Thing by Robert Komer (Rand Corp.)

The Journal notes that two other titles currently are must reading among Army officers:

  • A Better War: The Unexamined Victories and Final Tragedy of America's Last Years in Vietnam by Col. Lewis Sorley (Harvest, $27, 0156013096)
  • Dereliction of Duty: Johnson, McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam by Col. H.R. McMaster (Harper Perennial, $16, 0060929081)

Attainment: New Books Next Week, Vol. 1

Appearing on Monday, March 27:

Terri: The Truth by Michael Schiavo with Michael Hirsh (Dutton, $24.95, 0525949461). The story of the man whose comatose wife became a cause celebre for years.

Appearing on Tuesday, March 28:

by Jonathan Kellerman (Ballantine, $26.95, 0345452615). Another novel featuring psychologist Alex Delaware.


Quite Honestly by John Mortimer (Viking, $24.95, 0670034835). A new Rumpole-less novel about female do-gooders and male ex-cons.


Tomb of the Golden Bird by Elizabeth Peters (Morrow, $25.95, 0060591803). The latest in the author's Amelia Peabody series.


Crazybusy: Overstretched, Overbooked, and About to Snap--Strategies for Coping in a World Gone ADD
by Edward Hallowell (Ballantine, $24.95, 0345482433). No time for details about this and you wouldn't pay attention anyway!


The Great Transformation: The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions by Karen Armstrong (Knopf, $30, 0375413170). The author of A History of God examines the origins of human religion.

Book Sense: May We Recommend

From last week's Book Sense bestseller lists, available at, here are the recommended titles, which are also Book Sense Picks:


Plum Wine by Angela Davis-Gardner (University of Wisconsin Press/Terrace Books, $26.95, 0299211606). "This elegant, multilayered novel offers pure pleasure. An American woman teaching in Japan during the Vietnam War era inherits a Japanese friend's memoirs, which shed new light on the horrors of the Hiroshima bombing and its aftermath--and compromise her love affair with a Japanese survivor. An altogether satisfying, beautifully crafted story."--Nancy Olson, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, N.C.

Beautiful Madness: One Man's Journey Through Other People's Gardens by James Dodson (Dutton, $24.95, 0525949356). "James Dodson's account of the world of gardeners is a wonderful book for those with verdure in the blood, and even for those within whom it's still latent. Believe this old gardener. This is a perfect read for those rainy spring days when you can't be in the garden."--Cathrine Carpenter, Cate's Books and Stuff, Louisiana, Mo.


Kornwolf by Tristan Egolf (Grove, $14, 0802170161). "It's not every day that someone tells you to read a book about an Amish werewolf, but today is that day of days. This story is not for the faint of heart. It is also one you want to keep reading and aren't always sure why. You'll come face to face with not-so-perfect families, religion, frustration with coming-of-age and fitting in."--Amy Gillard, McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Petoskey, Mich.

For Children to Age 8

The Magic of Color by Tracy Kane (Light-Beams Publishing, $17.95, 0976628902). "The Tinters and the Shaders are unaware that they live on the same black, white, and gray island. When they are brought together, magic begins to happen and transforms their world into beautiful colors. This is a great way to introduce children to what happens when colors mix."--Joyce Collins, Browsing Bison Books, Deer Lodge, Mont.

Mary Engelbreit's Mother Goose by Mary Engelbreit (HarperCollins, $19.99, 0060081716). "I can't think of a better combination than Mary Engelbreit's beautiful illustrations paired with favorite Mother Goose rhymes. Many popular Mother Goose rhymes are mixed in with ones you might not have heard in a while. This one has quickly become a storytime favorite around here!"--Dinah Paul, A Likely Story, Alexandria, Va.

[Many thanks to Book Sense and the ABA!]

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