Shelf Awareness for Monday, September 10, 2012

Grove Atlantic: The Yellow House: A Memoir by Sarah M. Broom

Feiwel & Friends: A Delayed Life: The True Story of the Librarian of Auschwitz by Dita Kraus

New Directions: Baron Wenckheim's Homecoming by László Krasznahorkai, translated by Ottilie Mulzet

Workman Publishing: Real Happiness, 10th Anniversary Edition: A 28-Day Program to Realize the Power of Meditation (Second Edition, Revised) by Sharon Salzberg

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers: The Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci, illustrated by Jim Rugg

Clarion Books: The Thief Knot: A Greenglass House Story by Kate Milford


'Enthusiastic Response' at SIBA Show to ABA's Kobo Deal

Booksellers attending the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance trade show in Naples, Fla., over the weekend exhibited a "strong interest" in and "enthusiastic response" to the American Booksellers Association's recently announced deals with Kobo and Ingram to replace Google as an e-book solution for indies, according to ABA CEO Oren Teicher.

"They get it," he said. "Based on what we learned here, I have every confidence that the 400 stores we had projected with Kobo will happen." Teicher added that among the booksellers who indicated they would take advantage of the launch incentives being offered for the purchase of 10 Kobo devices (five Glo and five Mini) before October 20, "at least half went beyond the initial order."

One of them was Sally Brewster, owner of Park Road Books, Charlotte, N.C., who said she had also "talked four or five booksellers into upping their order. I think this is a great opportunity to get into the e-book game for us. It's a no-brainer. It lets our customers know Kindles are not the only game in town. I'm really excited about it. The ABA worked out a great deal with Ingram."

At an education session held Friday to further explain the digital option now available for ABA members, Teicher began with a cautionary note: "I should say at the outset that all of this is unfolding as we speak. There are still details we're working out."

During that session, and throughout the weekend, SIBA booksellers continued to ask ABA representatives at the show clarifying questions about the program and to offer suggestions.

"We're going to learn as we go and Kobo is going to learn," Teicher said. "They are not static. They realize that dealing with indies is different from dealing with large corporate headquarters."--Robert Gray

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Books on Broad Opens in Camden, S.C.

Congratulations to Bill Funderburk, a retired attorney and part-time English professor, and his wife, state Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk, who this summer opened Books on Broad in Camden, S.C., according to the State.

An IndieBound member, the store has a small coffee bar and patio and carries children's books and titles on South Carolina, Southern history, the Revolutionary War and the Civil War as well as used and collectible books.

"Its an intimate experience, sitting down with a book," Bill Funderburk said. "Especially for a child, it's a life-changing experience."

Books on Broad is located at 944 Broad St., Camden, S.C. 29020; 803-713-7323.

Soho Press: The Seep by Chana Porter

Amazon Blinks: For $15 Extra, Ad-Free New Kindles

Though it wasn't emphasized in Amazon's dog-and-pony show for its new Kindles on Thursday, all of the new devices include ad-supported "special offers" featured on their lockscreens. Now, in response to many complaints via social media and blogs, the e-tailer has backed down a bit: as CNET reports, customers will be offered the option to pay an additional $15 to opt-out of seeing on-screen advertising. Amazon explained, "We know from our Kindle reader line that customers love our special offers and very few people choose to opt out. We're happy to offer customers the choice."


G.P. Putnam's Sons: Providence by Max Barry

My Bookstore Publisher Offers WI8 Scholarships

To highlight My Bookstore, a collection of essays by more than 80 writers about their favorite bookstores, publisher Black Dog & Leventhal has established three $2,500 scholarships for booksellers to attend the American Booksellers Association's next Winter Institute, February 22-25, in Kansas City, Mo. Booksellers may apply by October 15 by submitting either an essay of up to 1,000 words or a video or audio of up to two minutes on the subject of "why my bookstore matters."

My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop is edited by Ronald Rice, who for a long time was sales manager at Bookazine; the book, due out November 13, includes an introduction by Richard Russo and illustrations by Leif Parsons. A major portion of the scholarship funding was provided by the contributing authors.

Black Dog & Leventhal will set up a panel to judge the contest entries, giving special consideration to entries that include creative and practical ideas of benefit to other independent booksellers.

AAP Sales for May: E-Children's Keeps Growing

In May, total net book sales rose 4.4%, to $1.055 billion, representing sales of 1,188 publishers and distributed clients as reported to the Association of American Publishers. For the year to date, net book sales have risen 7.3%, to $4.26 billion.

After a one-month break in April, children's/YA e-books resumed their triple-digit growth rate, nearly quadrupling in sales compared to May 2011. The top four categories in terms of sales growth rate were all digital.



 % Change

 Children's/YA e-books

 $27.7 million


 Univ. press e-books



 Adult e-books

 $106.3 million


 Downloaded audio

 $9.2 million


 Univ. paperbacks

 $4.6 million


 Univ. hardcovers

 $4.9 million


 Adult paperbacks

 $134.9 million


 Religious e-books

 $7.8 million


 Professional publishing

 $53.6 million


 Adult hardcovers

 $106.6 million


 Children's/YA hardcovers

 $61.1 million





 Children's/YA paperbacks

 $43.2 million


 Religious paperbacks

 $15.8 million


 Adult mass market

 $27.8 million



 $7.3 million


 Religious hardcovers

 $21.6 million




Image of the Day: Lupica's True Legend Road Trip

Last week, Quail Ridge Books & Music, Raleigh, N.C., hosted an event for sportswriter and author Mike Lupica and his new book, True Legend (Philomel), a YA novel about basketball legend Drew "True" Robinson. More than 150 fans attended, and the store sold 73 copies of the book and a lot of Lupica backlist. As events coordinator René Martin wrote, "Everyone really enjoyed the event."


Happy 35th Birthday, King's English!

Congratulations to the King's English Bookshop, Salt Lake City, Utah, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary today with a 35% sale, birthday cake at 4 p.m., and a range of food, drink and gifts. The store is also holding a contest in which customers are asked to submit a wish list of 35 titles; the store will pick at random 35 of the submitted lists, then a single book from each list, and will present the books to the 35 people whose lists were chosen. The store is also holding events this week featuring Mo Willems, Elizabeth George and others.

For the anniversary, the Salt Lake Tribune offers a long retrospective of the store and its founders and owners.

Sheryl Cotleur, Christine Lindauer Joining Copperfield's

Copperfield's Books has made the following appointments:

Effective October 1, Sheryl Cotleur is joining Copperfield's as an adult trade buyer at its Sebastopol headquarters. She has been a bookseller in Northern California for 26 years and was most recently head buyer at Book Passage. She may be reached at or 707-823-8991.

Effective September 17, Christine Lindauer is becoming manager of the Copperfield's bookstore in Healdsburg. She was most recently owner and operator of Cheshire Books in Ft. Bragg. She may be reached at or 707-433-9270.

Bookseller Trade Show Video of the Day: The SIBA Twist

How do you fire up a trade show crowd for that often deadly final two hours in the exhibit hall? When the clock struck 10 a.m. yesterday at the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance show in Naples, Fla., executive director Wanda Jewell magically transformed the aisles into a temporary dance floor by leading booksellers, publishers and authors in a rousing version of the SIBA Twist.

Media and Movies

Movie Trailers: Wuthering Heights; Cloud Atlas

A new trailer has been released for director Andrea Arnold's (Fish Tank) adaptation of Wuthering Heights. Indiewire noted that "the classic tale from Emily Bronte practically jumps off the screen. Skins star Kaya Scodelario plays Catherine, and, in an attention-grabbing first, young black British actor James Howson plays Heathcliff. As anyone who has taken a literature class in the past twenty years can tell you, it's not exactly an easy romance." The film opens in New York City October 5 before expanding nationwide.  


Warner Bros released a new version of its trailer for Tom Twyker and Andy & Lana Wachowski's Cloud Atlas, based on David Mitchell's novel.

Media Heat: Tona Danza Apologizes

This morning on NPR's Morning Edition: Hanna Rosin, author of The End of Men: And the Rise of Women (Riverhead, $27.95, 9781594488047).


This morning on Imus in the Morning: Dr. Lawrence Rosen, co-author of Treatment Alternatives for Children (ALPHA, $19.95, 9781615641819).


This morning on CBS This Morning: Kurt Eichenwald, author of 500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars (Touchstone, $30, 9781451669381). He will also appear today on PRI's the Takeaway and tomorrow on MSNBC's Morning Joe and Current's Viewpoint..


This morning on the Today Show: Big Ang, author of Bigger Is Better: Real Life Wisdom from the No-Drama Mama (Gallery, $21.99, 9781451699609). She will also appear on Extra.

Also on the Today Show: Tony Danza, author of I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High (Crown Archetype, $24, 9780307887863). He will also appear on the View today and again on the Today Show tomorrow.


Today on CNN's Starting Point: Lynn Povich, author of The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued their Bosses and Changed the Workplace (PublicAffairs, $25.99, 9781610391733).


Today on CBS's the Talk: Jamie Lee Curtis, author of My Brave Year of Firsts: Tries, Sighs, and High Fives (HarperCollins, $16.99, 9780061441554).


Today on NPR's Diane Rehm Show: Danny Danon, author of Israel: The Will to Prevail (Palgrave Macmillan, $17.15, 9780230341760).


Tonight on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360: Kofi Annan, co-author of Interventions: A Life in War and Peace (Penguin Press, $36, 9781594204203).


Tonight on ABC's World News Tonight: Bob Woodward, author of The Price of Politics (Simon & Schuster, $30, 9781451651102). He will also appear tonight on Nightline and tomorrow on Good Morning America, NPR's Marketplace, Fox News' Hannity and Charlie Rose.


Tonight on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon: Tavi Gevinson, author of Rookie Yearbook One (Drawn and Quarterly, $29.95, 9781770461123).


Tomorrow morning on the Today Show: Alicia Ybarbo and Mary Ann Zoellner, co-authors of Sh*tty Mom: The Parenting Guide for the Rest of Us (Abrams, $18.95, 9781419704598).


Tomorrow morning on NPR's Morning Edition: Junot Diaz, author of This Is How You Lose Her (Riverhead, $26.95, 9781594487361). He will also appear on Sirius XM's Martha Stewart Living Channel.


Tomorrow on NPR's Diane Rehm Show: Randy Cohen, author of Be Good: How to Navigate the Ethics of Everything (Chronicle, $24.95, 9781452107905).


Tomorrow on Tavis Smiley: Colin Powell, co-author of It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership (Harper, $27.99, 9780062135124).

Books & Authors

Awards: Washington State Book Winners

The winners of the 2012 Washington State Book Awards, sponsored by the Washington Center for the Book at the Seattle Public Library (via the Seattle Times), are:

Fiction: A Young Man's Guide to Late Capitalism by Peter Mountford (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Poetry: Woodnote by Christine Deavel (Bear Star Press)
Biography/memoir: In Earshot of Water: Notes from the Columbia Plateau by Paul Lindholdt (University of Iowa Press)
History/general nonfiction: In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson (Crown)
Scandiuzzi Children's Book Award: (tie)
To Market, To Market by Nikki McClure (Abrams).
Something to Hold by Katherine Schlick Noe (Clarion Books)

Book Review

Review: Kaffe Fassett: Dreaming in Color: An Autobiography

Kaffe Fassett: Dreaming in Color: An Autobiography by Kaffe Fassett (Stewart, Tabori, & Chang, $40 hardcover, 9781584799962, September 15, 2012)

Renowned artist and designer Kaffee Fassett connects with readers in Dreaming in Color. Through storytelling about images of his early paintings, illustrations, hand-knitting, fabric design, quilts, needlework and so much more, he re-creates his bohemian childhood in Big Sur, Calif., his world travels and his forays into every kind of creative design.

His parents bought a cabin from Orson Welles in the 1930s and transformed it into the world-famous Nepenthe restaurant, still a gathering place for creative types as well as tourists who come to marvel at the view. His father was the business manager, his mother the visionary. Kaffe and his siblings lived ouside as much as in; his childhood was not one of cosseted overprotection. He was allowed to roam the acreage, encouraged to help the workmen and learned to work with his hands as an artist, an artisan and a craftsman.

He went to a boarding school run by disciples of Krishmamurti, studied painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and then traveled to England. From this eclectic background came his fascination with design, whether in needlepoint or mosaic, tapestry or rugmaking, costume and set design or quilting. His travels around the world inspired him to create different patterns, to use dyes and colors in unusual ways. He is the first living textile designer to have a one-person show at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Now in his 70s, Fassett's life continues to be fascinating, filled with interesting people (famous and not) and adventures and sojourns in India, Vietnam, Hawaii, Europe and South Africa that have exposed him to global influence in color and pattern. His passion for quilts provides a grand sense of scale that makes knitted garments seem too restrictive. There is nothing restrained about Fassett--in person nor in design. His creative energy flows through every medium in which he chooses to work.

Dreaming in Color, lavishly illustrated with 500 color pictures, is a feast for the eyes. The text, filling in the story of his life, is straightforward, with a conversational tone, giving credit to those people and events that inspired him--but always, first and foremost, filled with the color and drama that are Kaffe Fassett. --Valerie Ryan

Shelf Talker: A gorgeous look at the life and world of Kaffe Fassett in all its creative manifestations: art, quilting, knitwear and textiles.


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