Anonymous until recently because of a federal gag order, four
Connecticut librarians who have fought a national security letter
appeared in public yesterday at a press conference and "expressed
frustration about the sweeping powers given to law enforcement
authorities by the USA Patriot Act," the New York Times
reported. The four, who are among the leaders of the Library
Connection, Windsor, Conn., won part of their court fight over the
demand for library records when a panel of the federal court of appeals
dismissed the government's appeal of a lower court ruling lifting the
One of the librarians, George Christian, Library Connection's executive
director, said that he and the other leaders of library consortiums in
Connecticut had discussed hiring a lawyer to lobby against parts of the
Patriot Act but accepted government assurances that here was little
chance of federal investigators seeking library records. "We trusted
them but apparently we shouldn't have," he said.
After rising to a four-year high in April, the Conference Board's
consumer confidence measure dropped almost seven points, its biggest
fall since Hurricane Katrina, according to the AP. Although the drop
wasn't as large as feared by analysts, it might indicate a tightening
of consumer spending. Lynn Franco of the Board's Consumer Research
Center attributed the drop to "apprehension about the short-term
outlook for the economy, the labor market and consumers' earning
We were sad to hear that Dan Lundy, v-p, academic sales and marketing
and library sales, at Penguin, died on Sunday after a battle with
cancer. Many college booksellers and librarians considered him one of
the nicest people in the business. A service will be held Friday
Letters and cards may be sent to his family (he was the father of young
children) via Heather Hart at the Penguin Group, 375 Hudson St., New
York, N.Y. 10014. She is available also to answer questions or provide
information at Heather.Hart@us.penguingroup.com
Everybody Reads, the new bookstore in Lansing, Mich., that opened
earlier this month, carries general books, but owner Scott Harris
focuses on "what he calls underserved groups, such as single parents,
minorities, women, gays and lesbians, and children," the Lansing State Journal
reported. The store offers a free meeting space and a book exchange. The grand opening will be Saturday, June 17.
is located at 2019 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, Mich. 48912; 517-346-9900.
The Lima News
profiles Book Reviews Et Cetera, the nonprofit used bookstore in
Bluffton, Ohio, owned by Ruth Unrau, a former teacher, author and
librarian. The store is affiliated with the Et Cetera Shop, which is
run by several Mennonite churches in the area.
Because of "tension between being a librarian and being a bookseller,"
Unrau lets an unsold book linger on the shelves for a year before
pulling it. She also recommends bookselling for retirees who are
comfortable financially, saying, "It is a good retirement project. I
people outside my usual circles."
Earlier this month, Lisa Knudsen, executive director of the Mountains
& Plains Independent Booksellers Association, took a five-day
campaign-style swing through Texas with the aim of promoting
association membership to as many bookstores as possible. (The area
used to be represented by the Mid-South Independent Booksellers
folded a little over a year ago.) The trip was "certainly a success,"
Knudsen said. MPIBA now
has 21 bookstore members in Texas, and more stores are expected to join.
Kepler's, Menlo Park, Calif., is launching a series of author events
called Grassroots Tuesdays that will run through the summer, feature
local and new authors and be organized around themes.
The first Grassroots Tuesday will be held next Tuesday, June 6, with Robert Greenfield, author of Timothy Leary: A Biography
"Overturning Conventional Wisdom" is the theme of the second Grassroots
Tuesday, which will be held on June 13 and include Stanford University
psychologist Carol Dweck, author of Mindset
, and Jeffrey Pfeffer, whose new book is Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths, and Total Nonsense: Profiting from Evidence-Based Management.
"Our Understanding of the World" is the theme for the June 20 Grassroots
Tuesday, presenting Pacifica Radio reporter Aaron Glantz, author of How America Lost Iraq
; Rucha Humnabadkar, whose novel Dance of the Fireflies
draws on her work as a journalist and her experiences with India's street children; and Hemila Pedram, whose Bazaar Stories
chronicles the people she met while visiting Iran for the first time in 28 years.
More on the "wake up, not a wake" event for Cody's Books on Telegraph
Avenue in Berkeley, Calif. The community rally will be held on
Thursday, June 8, at 7 p.m., at the Trinity United Methodist Church at
Bancroft Way and Dana Street, according to the Berkeley Daily Planet
profiles Donna Tusak, the new CEO of the Aztec Shops of San Diego State
University in San Diego, Calif. The campus auxiliary service runs,
among other things, the bookstore, food service and at least one
"The market we serve changes every year with the arrival of new
students," Tusak told the paper. "Our goal is to make sure that we are
constantly changing and evolving to match their needs, whether it is in
the services of the bookstore, the food in the restaurants or in new
A reminder: podcasts of some events at BEA are available at bookexpocast.com
Among the first offerings: John Updike's breakfast talk about
booksellers, books and culture; an interview with AAP head Pat Schroeder; and
appropriately, pointers on the "best way to leverage podcasting" from
Tee Morris, co-author of Podcasting for Dummies
, and Rob Simon, president of BurstMarketing, the company that is producing the BEA podcasts.