The longlist for the Man Booker Prize for contemporary fiction consists of 17 titles, including Ian McEwan's Saturday
, J.M. Coetzee's Slow Man
, Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go
, Zadie Smith's On Beauty
, Salman Rushdie's Shalimar the Clown
and Marina Lewycka's A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
. For the full list go to the Prize's Web site
. The short list will be announced September 8, the winner on October 10.
The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression is encouraging
booksellers and librarians to participate in Banned Books Week, Sept.
24-Oct. 1, the annual, sadly necessary event that is sponsored by
ABFFE, NACS, AAP and ALA.
To help the effort, ABFFE has a new electronic handbook
containing suggestions for displays, readings and other activities that
is available on the ABFFE Web site
In addition, ABFFE is offering a Banned Books Week discount on the
T-shirts, buttons and stickers that incorporate its FREADOM logo.
Booksellers may also receive a 50% discount on ABFFE membership if they join before the end of Banned Books Week.
Stevens Park in Hoboken, N.J., best-known as Frank Sinatra's hometown,
is now a free hot spot, courtesy of the city government, Stevens Institute
of Technology and Symposia Bookstore, a used bookstore affiliated with
the nonprofit community network group Symposia, according to the Jersey Journal
. The bookstore's contribution: the $75 Internet access fee.
Borders is closing its Framingham, Mass., store when the lease expires later this year, according to the MetroWest Daily News
A representative of the landlord indicated that the company had sought
additional space at the site to expand but couldn't be accommodated.
Borders has been revamping many of its stores and adding Paperchase
stationery sections and Seattle's Best cafes, among other features.
As Borders prepares to open in nearby Warrenton, Va., the Rappahannock News
profiles two bookstores, the Old Sperryville Bookshop and Fly-By-Night Books.
Opened two years ago by Pam Owen, Fly-By-Night, Flint Hill, Va., carries used books,
collectibles, crafts and photographs with an emphasis on nature, local
interest and children's titles. Robert and Julia Jordan of Blue Ridge
Books, which sells rare and collectible titles at shows, on the
Internet and from an antique shop, are renting space in the store to
showcase their titles.
Located in a former church in Sperryville, the Old Sperryville Bookshop is open only
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, carries new and used titles and has a
coffee bar. Owner Nancy Ostinato has also begun publishing, working
with the local historical society to obtain the necessary copyright and
reprint a 1950 collection of stories about the county. My Rappahannock Story Book
by Mary Elizabeth Hite, which retails for $23.95, is a store bestseller.