Notes: Spring Book Show Will Go On; Bookstore Changes
Because of tornado damage last weekend to the Omni and Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga., the Spring Book Show will now be held at the Hilton Atlanta at 255 Courtland St. N.E. The Show takes place March 28-30 and includes Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance educational panels.
On February 1, Murrie Zlotziver bought Page after page in Lewisburg, Pa., which NAIBAhood News described as "a quaint historical town located in the Susquehanna Valley and the home of Bucknell University."
Page after page was founded three years ago. Murrie, who has a background in education and nonprofits and for 30 years wanted to own a bookstore, plans on working with schools and sponsoring writing contests, book clubs, summer reading programs and more.
Zlotziver is in the process of creating a logo, tagline and website for the store and will hold a grand opening May 12-17. Page after page is located at 336 Market St., Lewisburg, Pa. 17837; 570-524-7243; email@example.com.
Because of a decline in sales and "a complicated divorce," Just Books, Too, and Arcadia Coffee Co., Greenwich, Conn., are up for sale, according to the Stamford Advocate. Jenny Lawton, who bought the old Just Books in 2002 from Warren Cassell, said, "I'm in an impossible financial situation. I'm just not able to continue to subsidize the businesses any longer."
Mentioned here yesterday, Al Roker's latest pick for the Today Show Book Club for Kids, Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett, illustrated by Brett Helquist, is also available in a mass market paperback edition (Scholastic, $6.99, 9780439799270/0439372976).
BookExpo America has designated Saturday, May 31, Graphic Novel Day, which will start with a breakfast sponsored by Diamond Book Distributors at which the legendary Art Spiegelman, Jeph Loeb and Mike Mignola will speak and Jeff Smith moderates.
The Day will be sponsored by New York Comic Con, another Reed Exhibitions show, and feature more than 10 conference sessions, including Graphic Novel Distribution, Bookstores, and the Direct Market; What Retailers & Librarians Should Know About Video Games and Gamers; Building a Graphic Novel Section for Kids and Teens; and Graphic Novel Buzz: Editors Share List Highlights.
"Since I run both BEA and New York Comic Con, this is sort of like a dream come true," Lance Fensterman, v-p and show manager, said in a statement. "I get to take one big show, in this case New York Comic Con, and give it a little home inside our other big show! Without a doubt, the strength of the content and personalities involved in our graphic novel programming this year give credence to the explosive impact graphic novels are having on the publishing and book retail industry."
One of our favorite booksellers, Betsy Burton, owner of the King's English Bookshop, Salt Lake City, Utah, has joined the board of directors of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression. She fills the term of Jack Buckley of Ninth Street Book Shop, Wilmington, Del., who resigned because of an increase in his workload as a member of the Wilmington school board.
Burton, author of The King's English: Adventures of an Independent Bookseller, has long been a free speech advocate and is a plaintiff in ABFFE's challenge to a Utah law that censors the Internet.
Books-A-Million chairman Clyde B. Anderson is stepping down as a director of Hibbett Sports Inc., where he has been a board member for more than 20 years, the Birmingham Business Journal reported. Joining the board are two people with ties to BAM: Terrance G. Finley, president of the merchandising group at BAM, and Albert C. Johnson, a financial consultant and former executive at Dunn Investment, who is on BAM's audit committee. Both BAM and Hibbett have headquarters in Birmingham, Ala.