Congratulations to McNally Robinson bookstores, which just celebrated its 25th anniversary, the Winnipeg Sun
reported. The company, which has four stores in western Canada--in
Winnipeg, Manitoba; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; and Calgary, Alberta--and
a store in New York City that opened in late 2004 and is run by family member Sarah McNally, is considered Canada's largest independent bookstore.
Jim Huang and members of his family have bought a building in Carmel,
Ind., and plan to move his Mystery Company bookstore and publishing
operations into the larger space--and rent out some of it to someone to run a coffee shop, the Indianapolis Star reported.
Mystery Company has been in 1,500 square feet of space in the Carmel
Walk shopping center. The new building, which is on the edge of
Carmel's "emerging Arts & Design District," has 6,000 square feet
of space. Huang told the paper that the store will add "more
children's books and some general titles that may have a topical
connection to things happening or of special interest here." The store
will also have space to host children's birthday parties, book
parties and signings.
Only three years old, First Page, the Costa
Mesa, Calif., children's store, has opened a branch in nearby Newport
Beach, according to the Daily Pilot.
Owner Christy Coyne celebrated the opening of the second First Page by
inviting librarians from more than 40 schools to pick up special gifts
donated by customers.
Hue-Man Bookstore, New York City, which recently signed on with Hudson
Group to operate sections in some of its airport stores, will be a
partner in AOL's Black Voices, according to the Amsterdam News.
Co-owner Marva Allen told the paper, "They will take advantage of what
we have to offer and we will be in a position to benefit from the
tremendous traffic they receive."
In November 2007, Barnes & Noble plans to open a store in
Tuscaloosa, Ala., in the Midtown Shopping Center at 15th Street and
May 2007, B&N will open a store in Glendora, Calif., in
the Diamond Ridge Marketplace at Valley Center Avenue and Gladstone
Both stores will stock the usual nearly 200,000
book, music, DVD and magazine titles.
The first Borders in the Gulf States, the result of a franchise deal announced earlier this year with Al Maya Group (Shelf Awareness, February 5, 2005), will open in Dubai's Mall of the Emirates at the end of the month, according to Trade Arabia. Another store will open in Muscat, Oman, next year.
The 16,000-sq.-ft. Dubai store will stock 65,000 titles in English and
Arabic. To celebrate its opening, it will host a signing by Lord
Borders is making its first airport
bookstore landing in New York, in LaGuardia Airport's Central Terminal
Marketplace early next month. The 2,850-sq.-ft. store will stock more
than 10,000 book titles, including audiobooks, some magazines, "a
selection of health and beauty products and top-selling DVD and CD
titles as well as music accessories," the company said. The store will
also have snack items and some "soft seating."
Borders operates stores at nearby Newark Liberty International Airport as well as in 11 other airports.
Vivien Jennings and Roger Doeren, owners of Rainy Day Books, Fairway,
Kan., are launching a campaign against the rumored opening of a Borders
bookstore in a mixed-use development a mile and a half from their
store, the Kansas City Star reported.
In an e-mail last week, the pair asked customers "to voice their
concerns to the developer, city officials, the center's brokers and the
Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce," according to the paper.
The developer, who said he is seeking locally owned retailers who are
not the "same old run of the mill tenants," is talking with Jennings
Congratulations to Sanj Kharbanda, who has
been promoted to senior marketing manager and named manager of
e-marketing initiatives of Houghton Mifflin's trade and reference
division. Kharbanda joined Houghton Mifflin last year as a marketing
manager and before that worked for 15 years at WordsWorth bookstore in
Cambridge, Mass. He was an early user of Web technology and among many
other things, created the first independent bookstore bestsellers list,
a forerunner of the Book Sense list.
Last night and today Chicago celebrates Jhumpa Lahiri, whose Pulitzer Prize-winning Interpreter of Maladies
(Mariner, $13, 039592720X) is the choice of One Book, One Chicago. She
appeared at the Chicago Public Library last night in conversation with
Library Commissioner Mary Dempsey. This morning she meets with the
members of Mayor Richard Daley's High School Book Club--350 high school
November 1, Rugged Land Books, New York City, will be distributed by
Perseus Books Group's Client Distribution Services, which handles distribution for some 50
"In just three years, Rugged Land has built a reputation for publishing
compelling works of both fiction and nonfiction in categories ranging
from sports biography/autobiography to historical novels," David
Steinberger, president and CEO of Perseus, said in a statement.
Next month Rugged Land will publish two more titles in its Icons of the NFL series: Taylor by Lawrence Taylor (9781590710821) and Namath
by Joe Namath (9781590710814). The company will extend the franchise
into baseball next June, in conjunction with MLB Properties, with Yastrzemski, about Carl Yastrzemski and Munson,
about the late Thurman Munson. Rugged Land has also published titles by
CBS Sports commentator David Feherty, Court TV anchor Catherine Crier,
Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace and football star Brett Favre.
Publishing, the U.K. publisher of interior design, culinary arts,
gardening and mind/body/spirit titles, will be distributed in the U.S.
by Ingram Publisher Services. Among the titles in its fall list, its
first in the U.S., are:
- Decorating Easy: Create A Simple, Comfortable Home with Pure Style by Jane Cumberbatch, a style authority
- Source: An Internet Directory of Modern Interior Design by Fay Sweet, an author and broadcaster
- Heal Yourself with Flowers and Other Essences by journalist Nikki Bradford
- Heart & Soul Angel Cards by Angela McGerr, a most-appropriately named angel author
- How to Do Everything and Still Have Time For Yourself by Dawna Walter, presenter of TV's The Life Laundry
- Italia: The Recipes and Customs of the Regions by Antonio Carluccio, London restaurateur
- The Really Useful Guide to Red Wine and The Really Useful Guide to White Wine by Susy Atkins, wine editor of delicious magazine