Notes: NAIBA Sales Conference Set; Candidate Books
The New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association,
which has changed its fall meeting from a trade show to
a "booksellers sales conference," will unveil the new approach Sunday
and Monday, October 14 and 15, in Baltimore, Md.
The conference will focus on rep picks of the list; marketing plans for those picks; authors appearing in the region; coop for those books; and events for those books.
"The emphasis is helping to sell the books coming into the stores at the time of the conference and thinking of the booksellers as an extension of the sales team," NAIBA executive director Eileen Dengler told Shelf Awareness. The association has given publishers interested in attending "very specific ideas" of what to provide, including lists of authors in the region who can tour, reviews, text for store newsletters and more.
In addition, NAIBA will encourage booksellers to hold their own version of events the association puts on at the meeting such as the authors feast ("booksellers could have dinner with authors at a local restaurant," Dengler said), the quiz bowl and the noir bar, which features mystery and suspense writers.
In other NAIBA news, the association has formed the NAIBAhood Network, something like the book doctors programs at other regional booksellers associations. Experienced booksellers will answer any bookseller's questions about such topics as coop, local alliances, events, reading groups, children's bookselling, children's events and staffing issues.
This coming Saturday, the Northern California Children's Booksellers Association holds its 20th Annual Otter Award Dinner, at which it honors a person or organization that has shown a dedication to bringing books and children together. This year the association will honor Children's Book Press. Speakers include Robert San Souci, Robert Sabuda and Matthew Rinehart. NCCBA will also announce its literacy grant awards.
In a piece on what it calls "candidate lit," today's New York Times includes these great observations on the near-obligatory book or books by presidential aspirants:
- "You're not a real candidate, Pinocchio, if you haven't written your own book."--Mark Halperin, political director of ABC News.
- "Candidates can win even if their books don't sell well."--Halperin again
- "The book publishing business has become the new exploratory committee."--Chuck Todd, editor of Hotline.
And Peter Osnos, founder and editor-at-large of PublicAffairs,
posited three types of candidate books: the "introduction," for
relative unknowns; the "manifesto," about policies the candidate will
pursue; and the "off-topic," such as Al Gore's Earth in the Balance or Senator Christopher Dodd's Letters from Nuremburg, about the war crimes trials, based on letters from his father, who was a prosecutor there (and later became a Senator).
The building housing Stacey's Bookstore in San Francisco, Calif., has been bought for $11 million by a Southern California real estate investment partnership that includes former professional tennis player Michael Chang and is looking for a new tenant "to take advantage of the new retail environment" downtown, according to a real estate agent quoted by the San Francisco Chronicle. Owned by Brodart, Stacey's has a lease that runs until 2011, but the agent said the new landlord might try to buy the store out.
The building is unusual, the Chronicle said, because it is one of the few all-retail buildings outside of the Union Square area.
Yesterday's RadioFreePGW offers an unofficial list of PGW publishers' status with Perseus, gives advice to Perseus head David Steinberger, has details about layoffs at AMS and reports that PGW president Rich Freese fell in his home and suffered several broken ribs and other trauma. We agree with RadioFreePGW's sentiment wishing Freese "a fast, full and speedy recovery. We also hope they are giving him some really good drugs."
Borders has signed a lease for a 23,250-sq.-ft. space in the Village of Merrick Park shopping center in Coral Gables, Fla., the Miami Herald reported. The space had been empty for a year; the paper said that the center has struggled since opening five years ago and that the owners continue to try to reposition it. The new Borders is expected to open by the end of the year.
A New Age bookstore is converting to Christianity. Body, Mind, Spirit, Mocha & More, Clarksville, Tenn., will close on February 28 and reopen on March 8 as a Christian bookstore, according to the Leaf Chronicle. Owner Susie Clark told the paper that "a change of heart" motivated her decision.
The Dickson Herald
checks out the Lighthouse Christian Bookstore in Dickson, Tenn., which
opened February 10. Owners Linda and Joe Epley told the paper that it
took eight years to open after having the original inspiration for the
store. Besides Bibles and
inspirational books, Lighthouse sells plaques, jewelry, gift items, music CDs
geared toward teens and has a children's activity area.
The Louisville Courier-Journal
gallops into the Bookstore, Horse Cave, Ky., with more than 40,000
books, owned by Tom Chaney. This weekend the store is helping put on
the first Horse Cave Book Fair, which will feature area book dealers
and authors who will sell a range of antique, collectible, used and