Notes: Tudor to Close; Brisingr Heats Up
The Tudor Book Shop and Cafe, Kingston, Pa., is ending its 32-year reign sometime in March, according to the Citizen's Voice. Co-owner Lynn Gonchar attributed the closing to Internet competition and two Barnes & Nobles across the Susquehanna River in Wilkes-Barre, one in the Arena Hub, the other a new B&N college store downtown that serves Wilkes University and King's College and has a full selection of trade books (Shelf Awareness, September 2, 2006).
Tudor was founded in 1976 by Barbara Shaffer, Gonchar's sister. Gonchar joined the bookstore three years later. In 1987, the sisters opened a second Tudor Book Shop in Clarks Summit and closed it in early 2006 (Shelf Awareness, January 5, 2006). Over time, the Kingston store grew from 144 square feet of space to nearly 5,000.
The third title in the Inheritance series by Christopher Paolini will be called Brisingr--an old Norse word for fire, pronounced "BRIS-ing-gr"--and will go on sale at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, September 20. It's expected that many Potter-style parties will ignite.
Brisingr will have a first printing of 2.5 million copies, which marks the largest initial printing ever for a Random House Children's Book title.
In a statement, Nancy Hinkel, publishing director of Knopf Books for Young Readers, the Random imprint that publishes Paolini's titles, noted that the book's original pub date was to have been a more traditional Tuesday, September 23. "After the initial announcement of Book Three's release, we received an outpouring of requests from booksellers hoping to host midnight launch parties," she continued. "We have responded to their enthusiasm by advancing the date, and we know fans will welcome the opportunity to celebrate the publication together."
Eragon and Eldest, the first two titles in the series, together have sold more than 12.5 million copies worldwide.
Lewis Black, the stand-up comedian, playwright, actor, author and Daily Show regular, will be the headliner-ranter for BookExpo America's annual Saturday evening fundraiser for BEA Cares, which supports not-for-profit bookselling and publishing ventures that help protect free speech, promote literacy and develop new readers. The $35 event will be held at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Los Angeles on May 31 at 9 p.m. Black's new book, Me of Little Faith (Riverhead), in which he takes on religion and faith, appears on the following Tuesday, June 3.
Lance Fensterman, industry v-p and show manager for BEA and a bit of a stand-up comedian himself (but never a ranter), said he is "ecstatic to have a comedian of Lewis Black's stature, who is both wickedly funny and a widely respected writer, perform at our show in support of literacy and free speech--the latter an issue that is clearly dear to him if you've ever heard his exceptional act."
Adrienne Eaton, owner of A. Eaton Books, "stands with one foot on each side of the battle line. She's the indie bookseller--online," Time Out Chicago wrote. For her part, Eaton said, "The best things to sell online are nonfiction, academic books and strange things, things people couldn't go into a Borders and find, or something that has such a small audience that few stores even want to carry them. . . . I don't see myself as competing with Chicago bookstores. When I'm selling some gourd book to someone in Tokyo, it's a totally different marketplace."
"New Orleans is rich with book groups," according to the Times-Picayune, which noted that "since Katrina, the continuation of area book clubs and reading groups has taken on an added significance for members."
The reading groups profiled meet at a number of venues in the city, including Barnes & Noble, Jefferson Parish Library, Garden District Book Shop, Octavia Books and Maple Street Book Shop.
The writers' strike may prove to be good news for Sundance indie films. USA Today reported that film production delays may create a movie shortage and "turn the Sundance Film Festival, starting Thursday, into a good place to pull out the studio credit card, though many execs are keeping quiet about any eagerness to spend." Among the Sundance films showcased in the article were a pair of adaptations from novels: Michael Chabon's The Mysteries of Pittsburgh and Chick Palahniuk's Choke.
Cormac McCarthy's archives have been purchased by the Southwestern Writers Collection at Texas State University-San Marcos for $2 million. The AP reported "the archives include correspondence, notes, drafts and proofs of his 11 novels. There is also a draft of an unfinished novel and materials related to a play and four screenplays. The center hopes to open the archives to the public in the fall."
"Ever since I read the first paragraph of Blood Meridian and went on to read all of his other books, I've known how exceptional he is," said Connie Todd, curator of the writers collection. "And now to be in a position to make his archives available to people who love his work as much as I do and preserve them forever . . . is a great responsibility and one that we welcome."
Priscilla Painton, a former reporter, editor and deputy managing editor at Time magazine, is becoming editor in chief of the adult imprint at Simon & Schuster, aiming to fill the shoes of Michael Korda, who retired several years ago. Painton had worked at Time for 18 years.
S&S executive v-p and publisher David Rosenthal told the New York Times that Painton would bring "a very fresh perspective of things" and that her connections would benefit the house, adding, "Media is critical to how we publicize and promote our books, so a sophisticated knowledge of that ain't a bad thing to have."
Check out Collecting Children's Books, a new blog by librarian and children's book author and reviewer Peter Seiruta, who on Tuesday discussed "Newbery Day," similar to some people's NFL Draft Day or Election Evening. On that day, he wrote, "I always take the day off work, then get up early and sit anxiously in front of computer and telephone, waiting for the big news. Then, when it arrives, I often need to run out."