Shades of the campaign to keep the Brown Bookstore at Brown University, Providence, R.I., from being outsourced?
The academic senate of Sonoma State University in California passed a
resolution Thursday opposing the administration's decision to lease the
university's bookstore to Barnes & Noble College.
The resolution calls on Sonoma State Enterprises, which runs the store,
to delay the contract with B&N, scheduled to be signed any moment,
to "allow time to fully assess, in cooperation with the Academic Senate
and a broad representation of faculty and students, the capabilities of
our own state employees and/or local and regional vendors to manage the
The resolution noted that the proposal for store management was issued
March 10 with a deadline of April 6 and went only to three national
bookstore chains. "Local and regional independent bookstores such as
Copperfield's and North Light were deemed unqualified, and thus
excluded from applying for this contract. It is unclear why the option
of continuing the bookstore as is, with a new manager, has seemingly
The store's longtime manager retired earlier this year.
The Village Bookshop, which will sell new, used, rare and collectible books,
is opening in late June or early July in the Village of the Arts in
Bradenton, Fla., according to the Bradenton Herald
. The grand opening will be in early September.
"The overall theme will be the literary arts and, more specifically,
the art of storytelling," owner Doug Knowlton told the paper. "We will
have ample sections for the novel, creative nonfiction, poetry, the art
of personal and historical narrative, including the biography and
In addition to the store, Knowlton's wife, Valorie, an R.N., will offer
"healing touch" sessions in the Healing Cottage, a converted shed in
the garden behind Village Bookshop.
The Village Bookshop and the Healing Cottage are at 1006 11th Ave. W., Bradenton, Fla. 34205; 941-720-2775.
Robert Aikens, owner of Verbatim Booksellers, Vail, Colo., has raised
almost $75,000 from the community to keep the bookstore open, the Vail Daily
reported. Verbatim plans to move July 1 to a smaller but more visible
location. Donations ranged from "as little as $20 to as much as
$10,000," the paper said. One of Vail's longtime residents, Dick
Hauserman, helped raise money, in a way that mirrored the fundraising
for the original community of Vail. Over time, Verbatim has changed,
Aikens said, from a community bookstore to a resort bookstore, and many
customers are tourists and second-home owners. He said Verbatim needs
another $25,000 to
Borders Group is opening its second store in the Baltimore/Washington
Thurgood Marshall International Airport in early June. The
1,050-sq.-ft. store in the main terminal will offer more than 5,000
book titles, including audiobooks, as well as some magazines and
newspapers, DVDs and CDs.
Borders's first store at BWI opened in May 2005 in the Southwest
Airlines terminal. Borders has stores in airports in Phoenix,
Orlando, Seattle, Newark, Boston, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami,
Washington, D.C., and Cincinnati.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch
chats with Laura Bradford whose new book is Forecast of Evil
(Hilliard & Harris, $28.95 hardcover, 1591331498, $16.95 paperback,
1591331501). One unusual thing about Bradford: she spends "up to four
mornings a week" writing at the Borders store in St. Peters, Mo., a St.
Louis suburb. "It gives me background noise for writing and keeps me
away from the house and chores," she told the paper. "I used to think I
needed total quiet. Now I find I do better work if I have some
background noise. Plus, it's good to get out and see people and watch
And last but not least in Borders news, the company will pay a dividend of ten cents a share in July.
Today's New York Times
draws attention to a new Hurricane Katrina book, The Storm: What Went Wrong During Hurricane Katrina--The Inside Story from One Louisiana Scientist
by Ivor van Heerden and Mike Bryan (Viking, $25.95, 0670037818),
published last week. Deputy director of the Louisiana State University
Hurricane Center and former head of the state office of coastal
restoration, van Heerden had been "one of the state's best-known
Cassandras on the coming crisis for New Orleans," as the Times
put it. The book is a mix of scientific history and anger, and because
much of van Heerden's anger is directed at the federal
government--"this city was flooded by the failure of its
levees"--he was criticized by LSU administrators and at least one
colleague whom he charged were worried about federal funding for future