In another major interview, George Jones, the new CEO and president of
Borders Group and onetime Warner Bros. executive, told the Detroit Free Press
that the company could use a touch of Hollywood to stand out from the crowd.
"If we think of ourselves as more than just selling books or music or
movies but as being a provider of information and entertainment, then
there are a lot of things we can do," Jones told the paper. "I have a
ton of ideas of things I can do with the relationships I built over
those years in Hollywood that I think I can tap into that could help
differentiate us as a company and make us stand out versus our
Borders is opening a two-level, 24,000-sq.-ft. store in the Newbry, the
former headquarters of the New England Mutual Life Insurance Co., in
the Back Bay area of Boston, according to the Boston Globe
. The 10-story retail and office building will include a Citibank financial center, Guess and Victoria's Secret.
Effective last Monday, Laura Norris is the new owner of Griffin Bay
Bookstore in Friday Harbor, Wash., in the San Juan Islands, according
to the San Juan Islander
She bought the store from Frank Eyerly of Vallejo, Calif., whose
mother, Susan Eyerly, owned Griffin Bay Bookstore for more than 25 years before
dying of leukemia in April.
Norris, a long-time resident of Friday Harbor, said she planned few
changes, but "as part of a general sprucing up, the bookstore sign is
being re-painted and new awnings are on order." The store now has a Web
site--www.griffinbaybooks.com--and a frequent buyer discount card
"I look forward to serving the community by continuing the high level
of service that Susan was known for," Norris said. "Supplying books for
special orders has long been our specialty, and I am dedicated to
meeting our customers' needs."
Amusingly Norris said that her favorite book is her passport--otherwise she
enjoys "anything that is well-written," especially by British authors,
both classic and modern. She is also a fiber artist and has owned
thistledown designs for 14 years.
Roger and Margy Layton are closing the Read Leaf, Springville, Utah, just south of Provo, in August, the Deseret Morning News
reported. A local store that specializes in toys and children's books will move into the space.
The Laytons began the business eight years ago selling used books, then
moved into the store's current space and focused on new books. They
also started sponsoring events, including a Friday night concert series
and children's story time.
The pair has plans for new careers. He is going to school to become a
librarian and hopes to be a museum curator or work at a college
library. She will be a guest curator at the Springville Art Museum.
The Courier News
profiles the new Family Christian Store branch that opened in June in
South Elgin, Ill., and is having its grand opening on Saturday.
Manager Kerrie Vujnovich said an interest in "helping people in a
Christian environment" led her to join the company. "It's a way I can
give back to the community by helping people that are really connected
Robert and Kay McDaniel, owners of the BlessingWell gallery and frame
store in downtown Paynesville, Minn., took an extra room in their
building and opened a new and used bookstore, Been Around Books, in it,
according to the Paynesville Press
. Their daughter, Monica Moore, is the general manager of the store.
The family plans to involve town book clubs in the store, put up book
reviews written by local children, invite area writers and poets to
sell their work in the store, have book signings by local authors and
offer a writing workshop.
Some $30,477.50 was raised for the Book Industry Foundation during BEA,
mostly from BEA's Saturday night comedy event, the author autographing
Gold Pass plan and individual donations made in the author autographing
area. The proceeds will be divided equally between the American
Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression and the AAP's Get Caught
Reading campaign, the two groups that comprise the Book Industry
BEA event director Lance Fensterman commented: "Censorship and literacy
are two of the most critical issues affecting the book industry, and
both ABFFE and the AAP are recognized as industry leaders in promoting
their causes. I am very pleased to see that we could help raise such a
significant amount of money for these causes." He also lauded "the many
attendees who willingly contributed to our fundraising initiatives and
who participated in BEA's Saturday Night charitable event."
Lerner Publishing Group, Minneapolis, Minn., has become the exclusive
distributor of all titles published by Kane Press, New York City, founded by Joanne Kane, whose
more than 100 paperbacks support curriculum standards in all subject
areas for grades K-3. Titles include Math Matters
, Math Matters en Español
, Social Studies Connects
, Science Solves It!
and Let's Read Together
"Kane Press has high-quality curriculum-oriented titles that perfectly
complement our own offerings for the educational market," Adam Lerner,
president and publisher of Lerner Publishing Group, said in a
statement. "In turn, Lerner Publishing Group offers Kane Press a
broader reach into the marketplace through our established, successful
sales and distribution channels."
Lerner's divisions and imprints include Lerner Publications,
Carolrhoda Books, Millbrook Press, Twenty-First Century Books, Graphic
Universe, ediciones Lerner (a Spanish-language imprint), First Avenue
Editions, LernerClassroom and Kar-Ben Publishing. Since 2003, Lerner
has been distributing fiction and nonfiction titles from Darby Creek
Publishing, Columbus, Ohio.
Larry Stevenson, who headed Chapters in Canada until the bookseller's
hostile takeover by Indigo, has resigned as CEO of Pep
Boys--Manny Moe and Jack, the U.S. auto-parts retailer, after some
stockholders pushed for him to be ousted because of the company's poor
performance recently, the Wall Street Journal