Shelf Awareness for Tuesday, March 28, 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


Borders Crosses Another Border, Adopts Brogue

This fall, Borders, which has stores in the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Malaysia, will open the first of what it called "multiple store locations" in Ireland. The 20,000-sq.-ft. store will be in the West End Retail Park in the Blanchardstown, a Dublin suburb.

The Irish Borders will have about 200,000 book, music, periodical and movie titles, a Paperchase stationery shop, a Starbucks café and seating. It will also have "an extensive selection of Irish language titles and books written by Irish authors."

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

Notes: Successions, Partnerships

Michael Powell, owner of Powell's Books in Portland, Ore., is "preparing to hand over the business" to his daughter, Emily, according to the Oregonian. Emily Powell, who has been working for the last two years at the company, will soon become director of the used book division. Over the next four to six years, she will gain experience in all of the company's divisions and then take charge of the business.

Coincidentally just last week Neal Coonerty announced that he is giving over day-to-day management of Bookshop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, Calif., to his daughter, Casey Coonerty Protti (Shelf Awareness, March 24).

After attending Haverford College, Emily Powell, 27, worked as a pasty chef and a real estate market analyst. "I always knew that I wanted to come back," she told the paper. "If I had spent my entire life at Powell's, I'd have a very narrow view of the world."


One of the giants of science fiction in the 20th century, Stanislaw Lem died yesterday in Krakow, Poland. He was 84.

Among the themes he addressed, as the New York Times put it, "the meaning of human life among superintelligent machines, the frustrations of communicating with aliens, the likelihood that mankind could understand a universe in which it was but a speck."

His books have sold 27 million copies.


Summary of Wall Street Journal story today. Online book summaries hot. Readers just so busy. Some services free, some not. Most sent via e-mail. Business books biggest focus. (500,000 subscribers for Business Book Review, e.g.) Also politics. Publishers work with summarizers but are wary: do book digests sell books? One digester says yes; a happy subscriber says he buys fewer books.


In another program begun since reopening last fall, Kepler's Books & Magazines, Menlo Park, Calif., is launching a travel series in partnership with a local travel agency, Town and Country KB [Karen Brown] Travel. Called Journey the World with Kepler's, the program includes regular events--at least monthly--featuring travel authors, Kepler's staff members and travel agents who will focus on travel, culture, cuisine, art history and more. This coming Saturday the series begins with an appearance by Frances Mayes, whose new book is A Year in the World.

Other authors who will journey to Kepler's to appear as part of the program are:

  • Travel writer and novelist Tony Cohan, whose new title is On Mexican Days: Journeys into the Heart of Mexico, appearing May 2.
  • Twice a Lowell Thomas Award winner, Maxine Rose Schur, whose latest book is Places in Time, an autobiographical travel narrative about her unusual honeymoon, May 16.
  • Stevie Smith, who in Pedaling to Hawaii: A Human Powered Odyssey chronicled a trip with a friend using pedal-power--bicycles, skates, pedal boats--from Europe to the 50th State. June 14.
  • Jason Roberts, whose A Sense of the World explores the life of the 19th century blind explorer James Holman. June 21.

Dr. Paul M. Lerner, an owner of the Owl & Turtle Bookshop, Camden, Me., died last Wednesday at the age of 68. Lerner was an authority on the Rorschach Test, a professor at several medicine schools and had a thriving private practice.

Lerner's family has owned the store since 1998.


Beginning this Saturday, Chronicle Books will begin offering podcasts downloadable from its Web site and iTunes. Designed by two former NPR producers, the podcasts will include title features, author interviews, "man-on-the-street commentary" and short features. The first program will feature Craig Ferguson, talk show host and author of Between the Bridge and the River; an ongoing feature from the Worst Case Scenario series; and an interview with the authors of The Meatclub Cookbook: For Girls Who Love Their Meat. A new show will be broadcast every two weeks.


Penguin Young Readers Group and Walden Media, the film and educational services company, are creating a publishing, film and TV joint venture under which film and TV properties will be made from new and old titles for which movie rights are available and Penguin will co-publish books adapted from Walden Media screenplays and related tie-in titles.

Walden will have a "presence" in Penguin's New York office. The companies will together promote and publicize their joint projects to the education, library and trade markets.


David Taylor, managing director of Lightning Source UK, has added the position of senior v-p of global sales of Lightning Source, Ingram's print on demand subsidiary. Taylor will have offices in both the U.S. and the U.K.

"We need to engage ever more closely with our publishers to ensure that we understand their needs and are fitting our offer to meet to meet those needs," Taylor said. "This increasingly means that we need a single approach rather than a separate U.S. and U.K. approach."

Taylor joined Lightning Source UK in 2003 as business development director and earlier co-founded, which sells books and e-books to the academic community, and was a director of Blackwell's Book Services, among other positions.

Harpervia: Behind You Is the Sea by Susan Muaddi Darraj

Used Books: Hot, Old Thing at Hastings

Sales dropped 0.9% to $171.5 million in the fourth quarter ended January 31 at Hastings Entertainment while net income rose 45.8% to $7 million. For the year, revenues dropped 0.8% to $537.9 million and net income dropped slightly to $5.7 million from $5.8 million.

The company has been testing used book sales in 14 stores, and results were positive enough to help raise book sales at stores open at least a year by 3.1%, a better performance than most other products at Hastings. During the current fiscal year, it plans to remodel 23 stores to "accommodate used book initiatives."

In non-book areas, music, in-store DVD rentals, video games and sideslines were off while music hardware such as iPods and MP3 players and DVD sales were up.

Chairman and CEO John Marmaduke said that the company's improvement in net earnings stemmed from "continued improvement in merchandise margin rates along with improved cost controls in our distribution, return center and store operations."

In the last year, Hastings has added $7.5 million to its stock repurchasing program, which began in 2001 with a pool of $5 million. As of January 31, the company had purchased almost 1.3 million shares of stock for about $6.7 million. It anticipates buying back another 8.5% of its stock.

Hasting has 153 superstores averaging 20,000 square feet in small- and medium-sized markets. In the fourth quarter, it relocated two stores and expanded two.

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

Harper to Distribute Tokyopop, Publish Jointly

HarperCollins is taking over distribution in North America for Tokyopop, and the two companies are creating a line of co-branded manga titles. The new line, set to begin publishing in 2007, will include adaptations of Meg Cabot's bestselling YA books. Other titles will be based on existing works or be original titles.

Tokyopop had been distributed by CDS. Tokyopop publisher Mike Kiley told Publishers Lunch that the change in distributor stemmed from "some deal terms we simply weren't able to come to agreement on . . . not anything more dramatic and complicated than not being able to cross every t and dot every i." The distribution deal becomes effective in mid-July.

Jane Friedman, president and CEO of HarperCollins, said that the company has been "eager to enter the manga marketplace."

Stu Levy, CEO and chief creative officer of Tokyopop, commented: "Together our companies will be able to expand the manga lifestyle into mainstream youth culture, building a new paradigm in entertainment, where East meets West and a new generation of multi-ethnic creators can flourish."

Media and Movies

Media Heat: Exposer Michael Baigent

This morning the Today Show gets together with Robi Ludwig, author of Till Death Do Us Part: Love, Marriage, and the Mind of the Killer Spouse (Atria, $25, 074327508X). Ludwig also appears today on Larry King Live and Court TV.

Also today on the Today Show: Michael Baigent, who is one of the two plaintiffs in the plagiarism trial in London against Dan Brown's publisher as well as the author of the new book The Jesus Papers: Exposing the Greatest Cover-Up in History (HarperSanFrancisco, $27.95, 0060827130), published today--the same day The Da Vinci Code comes out in paperback.


Today on Good Morning America: he, Michael F. Roizen, co-author with Mehmet C. Oz of YOU: The Smart Patient: An Insider's Handbook for Getting the Best Treatment (Free Press, $14.95, 0743293010).

Also on GMA, Mary Sheedy Kurcinka discusses her new book, Sleepless in America: Is Your Child Misbehaving or Missing Sleep (HarperCollins, $24.95, 0060736011).


This morning on the Early Show: Christopher P. Andersen, author of Barbra: The Way She Is (Morrow, $25.95, 0060562560).


Today on the View: Michael Schiavo, whose new book is Terri: The Truth (Dutton, $24.95, 0525949461), and his wife, Jodi.


Today on NPR's Talk of the Nation: Karen Armstrong, whose new great book is The Great Transformation: The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions (Knopf, $30, 0375413170).


Tonight on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Billy Crystal, whose new book is Grandpa's Little One (HarperCollins, $16.99, 0060781734), a children's book and CD-ROM with Crystal reading the book.


Tonight on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Fareed Zakaria, editor of Newsweek International and author of The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad (Norton, $14.95, 0393324877).

Books & Authors

Attainment: New Books Next Week, Vol. 2

Appearing next Tuesday, April 4:

Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq by Stephen Kinzer (Times Books, $27.50, 0805078614). The New York Times foreign correspondent traces the course of U.S.-sponsored government changes in other countries.


American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation by Jon Meacham (Random House, $22.95, 1400065550). Trying to find the place for religion in American politics.


The Jesus Dynasty: The Hidden History of Jesus, His Royal Family, and the Birth of Christianity
by James D. Tabor (S&S, $27, 0743287231). A different Word.


Giada's Family Dinners: Family Dinners by Giada De Laurentiis (Clarkson Potter, $32.50, 030723827X). From the author of Everyday Italian and host of the Food TV show of the same name.


My Life in France by Julia Child with Alex Prud'Homme (Knopf, $25.95, 1400043468). A memoir of the late chef's first years in France edited by her grandnephew. Dig in!


Laura Bush: An Intimate Portrait of America's First Lady by Ronald Kessler (Doubleday, $26, 0385516215). An authorized, flattering portrait.

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