"Home to a wide range of mystery and history
literature, as well as a meeting place for book lovers and local
authors alike," Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore, Forest Park, Ill., was
profiled by the Business Ledger, which noted that one constant since the bookshop's opening in 1990 has been its double-genre focus.
like (both genres) and I feel comfortable talking about the subject
matter," said owner Augie Aleksy. "I get a lot of people who have read
the historical mysteries we have and after that they start reading the
actual histories on that period to get more factual background."
How does a bookstore survive for 99 years?
"It's probably service," Anne Gusha, 88-year-old co-owner of Williams' Book Store, San Pedro, Calif., told the Long Beach Press-Telegram. "We're willing to really try and find a book for somebody."
One of the shop's more renowned customers was Charles Bukowski. "We knew him quite well," Gusha said. "Every time he came in, he signed his books, and we didn't even know it."
International visions. The February issue of Words Without Borders showcases graphic novelists from five continents.
Award-winning novelist Zadie Smith is no fan of literary awards. The Telegraph reported that Smith, author of White Teeth and Beauty, contends that most literary prizes are "only nominally" about literature.
"They are really about brand consolidation for beer companies, phone companies, coffee companies and even frozen food companies," she wrote recently on the Willesden Herald's blog.
Smith, who is chairman of the Willesden Herald's short story competition, added that she and other judges on the panel had chosen not to award the prize this year: "Just because this prize has the words Willesden and Zadie hovering by it, does not mean that I or the other judges want to read hundreds of jolly stories of multicultural life on the streets of north London."