Baby Grand Books, Warwick, N.Y., has "become a cultural center," according to the Warwick Advertiser, which profiled the bookshop owned by George Nitti and Steve Calitri.
Baby Grand Books "is not standing still," the Advertiser
noted, adding that one of the exciting new plans is the construction
"currently under way to add a 50-seat lecture hall and reception area
on the main level to the rear of the bookstore along with an artist
cooperative on the lower level."
"I can't believe what we've
accomplished so far," said Nitti. "We have many loyal customers and
we're getting great feedback. We want this to be a store that's in a
class by itself."
After four years in business, Neighbors Bookstore, Tahoe, Nev., closed this past Saturday, and "went out in style," as the Nevada Appeal put it. On its last day, the store offered food and beverages, raffles, live music. Owner Michael Stroschein told the paper that the store hadn't covered its overhead since the second year in operation.
Little Sisters Book and Art Emporium, Vancouver, B.C., the store that filed several several obscenity suits against the Canadian customs agency, is up for sale, the Globe and Mail reported. The store has withdrawn from the suits--because of daunting legal costs--and has no outstanding legal matters. Still, co-owner Jim Deva said he wants to sell only to "someone willing to keep up the fight."
Deva said that he wants to sell because he wants to try something new after almost 25 years and because of co-owner Bruce Smyth's health problems.
"It's a good viable business, but it's going to be a unique fit," Deva added. "Maybe we won't find that fit, I'm not sure. But that's what we're trying for: to honour the store and to honour its history."
Nominations for the 2008 Edgar Awards, sponsored by the Mystery Writers of America, are listed online. Winners will be unveiled at the Edgar Awards banquet, to be held Thursday, May 1, in New York City.
The Australian, the national newspaper Down Under, charged that the chronology of events in A Long Way Gone, Ishmael Beah's memoir of life as a refugee and child soldier in Sierra Leone's civil war is off, meaning that, as the paper put it, although Beah "clearly went through a terrible ordeal in the war," that ordeal lasted one year, not three.
In letters to the Australian, Beah and his U.S. publisher Sarah Crichton defended the book and Beah denied knowing the teacher who told the paper that Beah was his student for a crucial period.
Barnes & Noble plans to open and close stores in Asheville, N.C., in spring 2009. The day before B&N opens a store in the Asheville Mall at 3 South Tunnel Road, it will close the B&N in the Dreamland Shopping Center at 83 South Tunnel Road.
Books-A-Million plans to open a store in the Statesboro Crossing shopping mall in Statesboro, Ga., inland from Savannah. This will be the 16th BAM store in Georgia.
On February 27, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., wholesaler BookStream, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., is hosting an event for booksellers in East Hartford, Conn. Called TitleWave, the event features a lunch with three authors as well as presentations of new titles and handselling tips from BookStream staff. Booksellers will be invited to share their favorite reads and bestselling titles. Authors participating in the lunch are: Steve Toltz, author of Fraction of the Whole (the inaugural title of Random's Spiegel & Grau imprint); Hillary Jordan, author of Mudbound (Algonquin); and Richard Price, author of Lush Life (FSG).
Last October, BookStream held a similar event geared towards children's booksellers. Called KidSplash, the event drew 26 booksellers from 10 stores.
For more information about the February 27 event, contact sales rep Carolyn Bennett at 845-790-7807 or email@example.com. For more information about TitleWave, contact Jessica Stockton Bagnulo at 917-539-0186 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Incidentally Jessica, who writes an occasional column for Shelf Awareness about graphic novels, is working for BookStream about half time while continuing at McNally Robinson bookstore in New York City. Her role in part, Herr said, is to help the company "intermediate beyond the book, connecting publishers, authors and retailers in ways in which publishers alone really can't," which is part of the emphasis of TitleWave.
Effective at the beginning of the year, Chronicle Books has moved all of its customer service, order fulfillment, credit and warehousing to Hachette Book Group. Chronicle continues to sell its titles through its trade and specialty sales force. The company has new retail and wholesale terms, including free freight. For more details go to chroniclebooks.info. In addition, as noted here late last year (Shelf Awareness, December 2, 2007), Chronicle is distributing Moleskine, the Italian maker of little black notebooks, journals, planners and guidebooks.
The bulk of Chronicle's titles have been moved to the Hachette warehouse in Lebanon, Ind., and the rest will be moved by the end of February.