Shelf Awareness for Thursday, April 3, 2008

Balzer & Bray/Harperteen: The Night Is for Darkness by Jonathon Stutzman, illustrated by Joseph Kuefler and Greenwillow Books: Lone Wolf by Sarah Kurpiel

Forge: Lionhearts (Nottingham, 2) by Nathan Makaryk

Zonderkidz: Pugtato Finds a Thing by Sophie Corrigan

Kensington Publishing Corporation: The Suicide House (A Rory Moore/Lane Phillips Novel #2) by Charlie Donlea

Del Rey Books: Malorie: A Bird Box Novel by Josh Malerman


Notes: Recipe for Finding Good Cookbooks


Although cookbook buyers can find the latest bestseller from Rachael Ray in "almost any bookstore," advised, "if you'd like to check out some lesser-known books about food and cooking . . . you'll have to go to a place that specializes in cookbooks."

Recommended destinations were Farley's Bookshop, New Hope, Pa., and the Cookbook Stall at Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia.

"We try and stock a great selection of all sorts of cookbooks," Farley's manager Julian Karhumaa said.

At the Cookbook Stall, owner Jill Ross "delights in stocking unusual and unexpected books."

"The quirkier the better,” she said, recommending Death Warmed Over, a book about food for funerals. "There are just so many diverse and interesting books."


The Lenox, Mass., estate where Edith Wharton wrote The House of Mirth and other novels is faced with imminent foreclosure due to financial difficulties. Trustees of the Mount have launched a fundraising campaign to save this National Historic Landmark, and $3 million needs to be raised before April 24. Pledges can be made at and won't be called in unless the monetary goal is reached.

Wharton designed the house and gardens, and in addition to its literary significance, the Mount is notable for being one of only 5% percent of National Historic Landmarks dedicated to women. For more information visit

Today's New York Times reports that the problems have led to the resignation of the president of the organization that owns and manages the property. 


The Literary Ventures Fund is helping support the publication of Feather Man by Rhyll McMaster by Marion Boyars Publishers, which is distributed in the U.S. by Consortium. The publication is the Literary Ventures Fund's first partnership with a U.K. publisher.

Feather Man is the Australian author's first novel. Set in rural Australia in the 1950s and the London art world of the 1970s, the book paints the landscapes of protagonist Sooky's internal and external worlds through a narrator not unlike Scout of To Kill A Mockingbird. Last week, Feather Man won the inaugural $32,000 Barbara Jefferis Award, which is administered by the Australian Society of Authors and honors "the best novel written by an Australian author that depicts women and girls in a positive way or otherwise empowers the status of women and girls in society."

McMaster's Washing the Money, a collection of poems, won the Victorian Premier's Prize and the Grace Leven Prize, and her work has been broadcast on Australian national radio and television. 


Calling all early adopters!

Penguin Group is seeking four people to participate in testing the beta version of its e-book classics program. Anyone interested in trying out the Penguin Enhanced E-Book Classic edition of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen should contact Gabrielle Gantz at Testers need to have their own e-book reader, whether adobe, eReader, Microsoft Reader, Mobipocket, Amazon Kindle or the Sony Reader. The four winners will be chosen at random from among those who respond in the next 24 hours. 


Effective with the fall 2008 season, Profile Books, London, will be distributed here by Consortium Book Sales & Distribution. Profile's U.S. backlist will continue to be distributed by Trafalgar Square Books until the end of the year.

Profile publishes history, memoir, current affairs, business, popular science and fiction. In 2003, it published its first high-profile bestseller, Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss. Last year, Profile Books bought Serpent's Tail, also a Consortium client, and in November the two set up GreenProfile, a green and ethical imprint headed by Rough Guides founder Mark Ellingham.


Suzanne Wickham has been promoted to senior director of publicity at HarperOne and will oversee the publicity department. She has been at HarperCollins for almost two years, first as publicity director for ReganBooks, then as director of media relations for HarperOne. Earlier she had her own pr firm and was West Coast publicity director for Random House.


Nicole Vines has joined the special markets department of HarperCollins as director of premium and corporate sales. She was formerly senior manager at Macmillan, focusing on premium and corporate sales and helped develop new books for specific markets.


Atheneum Books: Saucy by Cynthia Kadohata, illustrated by Marianna Raskin

Future Store 1: Idlewild Books

Although it won't begin conducting business until the middle of the month, Idlewild Books, a new world literature and travel store on W. 19th Street in Manhattan, is opening its "as-yet unpainted doors" temporarily tonight for what owner David Del Vecchio calls Idlewild's "inaugural event":

The event focuses on Five Years of My Life: An Innocent Man in Guantanamo (Palgrave Macmillan, $24.95, 9780230603745/0230603742), the story of Murat Kurnaz, a Turk who was born in Germany, arrested in Pakistan in 2001 and held at the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, until 2006. Stacy Sullivan, an advisor on counterterrorism for Human Rights Watch who is working on a report on the mental health of Guantanamo prisoners, will moderate a discussion. Panelists are Baher Azmy, Kurnaz's U.S. attorney and professor at Seton Hall Law School; Bernhard Docke, Kurnaz's German attorney; and Justine Sharrock, freelance journalist and Mother Jones contributor who is working on a book about the homecoming of U.S. soldiers who engaged in torture. In addition, Helmut Kuhn, co-author of Five Years of My Life, and a journalist with Aufbau, Stern and Focus, will speak. Kurnaz himself is not able to attend: living in Germany again, he is unable to obtain a visa.

Idlewild Books organizes books by country rather than genre. The stock will include fiction and nonfiction, including new and classic works in translation, travel guides, books about politics and culture, graphic lit, language-learning books, maps and more. Idlewild also will carry a range of travel accessories, cards and gifts, making the store a one-stop shop for travelers or people shopping for a gift.

More on Idlewild, including official opening times, in the next few weeks.

Idlewild Books is located at 12 W. 19th St., New York, N.Y. 10011; 212-414-8888;


University of Minnesota Press: Listening: Interviews, 1970-1989 by Jonathon Cott

Future Store 2: Paragraphs on Padre Blvd.

Joni Montover won't open the doors of her South Padre Island, Tex., bookstore until the fall, but she's already garnering a following of readers--and potential customers--with the Paragraphs on Padre Blvd. blog. "It's a way to introduce myself to the community," said Montover. In addition to offering reading suggestions, commenting on local happenings and sharing publishing industry news, she's chronicling the creation of the store.

Not only will the newly-built edifice house the island's only bookstore, it will also be Montover's home. The u-shaped building will contain 1,700 square feet of retail space and a 1,400-sq.--ft. residence. The two parts will be connected by a storage room as well as a courtyard, which will be used for hosting store events. Combining business and home, explained Montover, made the venture more financially viable.

A long-time visitor to South Padre Island, Montover began several years ago to consider the idea of settling there permanently and opening a bookstore. The former CPA, who currently divides her time between Colorado and upstate New York, took early retirement from her job but envisions working for another decade--but only at a vocation she truly enjoys and one that will enable her to play a part in the island's community.

South Padre Island is home to 2,500 year-round residents. "Most of the people here are retired professionals with a fairly high educational level, and everybody I've talked to craves the idea of having a bookstore," she said. In addition, the island attracts one million visitors annually--retirees from the Midwest and elsewhere who winter there, followed by spring break crowds and beach-goers in the summer, the busiest season. "It fluctuates," said Montover. "Fall is the quietest season, but I hope there are enough full-timers to tide the business over."

The nearest bookstore is about 30 miles away on the University of Texas campus at Brownsville; Montover considers the local library and online retailers like Amazon her biggest competitors. Paragraphs on Padre Blvd. won't carry mass market titles or other books that can be purchased at a nearby Wal Mart, and instead the focus will be on literary fiction, current events, history, biography, classics and tomes by Texas authors.

Due to a growing environmental awareness movement on the island, which is home to a sea turtle rescue facility and a renowned bird-watching center, there will be a section devoted to nature and local interest travel. The store will also carry some used books, along with a small selection of collectible and antiquarian titles. Montover is planning to create a pre-opening survey to find out what residents are interested in reading, as well as to get an idea of their book-buying habits.

Montover intends to take up permanent residence on the island during the summer, and Paragraphs on Padre Blvd. is slated to open in September. Then South Padre Island residents will no longer have to go on treks in search of reading material. "Some people make a weekend of it and go to Austin and Houston and come back with a trunk full of books," said Montover. Instead they can browse the shelves of their neighborhood bookstore.--Shannon McKenna Schmidt

Joni Montover can be reached at or 303-358-4464.


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Image of the Day: Cody's Books Moves Downtown

Congratulations! On Tuesday, Cody's Books celebrated the grand opening of its new store in downtown Berkeley, which is located at 2201 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, Calif. 94704; 510-559-9500; Cody's had been on Fourth St. Photo: Mark Anderson



Disney-Hyperion: The Mirror Broken Wish (Mirror #1) by Julie C. Dao

Media and Movies

Media Heat: 40th Anniversary of Dr. King's Death

Today on Writer's Roundtable, hosted by Antoinette Kuritz: Greg Snider, CEO of Blu Sky Media Group, on what to expect from a distributor, what a distributor expects from a publisher and finding the right match; and Lisa Jackson, the bestselling author, who talks about suspense thrillers, writing stand-alone novels vs. writing series characters and process. Tune in via or


Starting today on WETA's Author, Author!: Tracy Chevalier, author of Burning Bright (Plume, $14, 9780452289079/0452289076).


Today on NPR's Talk of the Nation, talking about Robert Mugabe and the Zimbabwe elections: Martin Meredith, author of Diamonds, Gold, and War: The British, the Boers, and the Making of South Africa (PublicAffairs, $35, 9781586484736/1586484737) and Mugabe: Power, Plunder, and the Struggle for Zimbabwe's Future (PublicAffairs, $14.95, 9781586485580/158648558X).


Tomorrow morning on the Today Show: Michael Eric Dyson, author of April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Death and How It Changed America (Basic Civitas Books, $24.95, 9780465002122/0465002129). Dyson also appears tomorrow on Tavis Smiley, NPR's News & Notes and NPR's Here and Now.


Tomorrow on Real Time with Bill Maher: Senator Arlen Specter, author of Never Give In: Battling Cancer in the Senate (Thomas Dunne Books, $24.95, 9780312383060/0312383061).


This Weekend on Book TV: Why Women Should Rule The World

Book TV airs on C-Span 2 from 8 a.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Monday and focuses on political and historical books as well as the book industry. The following are highlights for this coming weekend. For more information, go to Book TV's website.

Saturday, April 5
8 a.m. Michio Kaku, author of Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration Into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel (Doubleday, $26.95, 9780385520690/0385520697), talks about the advancements in science that could make several science-fiction technologies a possibility in the real world. (Re-airs Saturday at 8:15 p.m. and Monday at 4 a.m.)

9:15 a.m. At an event hosted by Melville House, Brooklyn, N.Y., Andre Schiffrin talks to Jacob Stevens of Verso Books and Anthony Arnove of Haymarket Books about publishing contemporary political books and the future of independent publishing. (Re-airs Sunday at 12:15 a.m.)
6 p.m. Encore Book Notes. For a segment first aired in 1998, Taylor Branch, author of Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years 1963-65 (S&S, $17, 9780684848099/0684848090), discusses the second volume of his America in the King Years trilogy.

7 p.m. Cynthia Cooper, author of Extraordinary Circumstances: The Journey of a Corporate Whistleblower (Wiley, $27.95, 9780470124291/0470124296), chronicles her experience during the rise and fall of WorldCom. (Re-airs Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 4 p.m. and Monday, April 14, at 6:00 AM

10 p.m. After Words: White House press secretary Dana Perino interviews Dee Dee Myers, author of Why Women Should Rule The World (Harper, $24.95, 9780061140402/0061140406). Myers, press secretary during the Clinton administration and the first woman to hold the position, writes about women who have achieved success. (Re-airs Sunday at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., Monday at 3a.m. and Sunday, April 13, at 12 p.m.)
Sunday, April 6

12 p.m. In Depth. In Depth: Michael Eric Dyson joins BookTV for a live interview. Dyson is University Professor of Sociology at Georgetown and the author of 16 books, including April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Death and How It Changed America (Basic Civitas Press, $24.95, 9780465002122/0465002129). Viewers can participate in the discussion by calling in during the program or e-mailing questions to (Re-airs Monday at 12 a.m. and Saturday, April 12, at 9:00 a.m.)


Books & Authors

Children's Book Review: Fine As We Are

Fine As We Are by Algy Craig Hall (Boxer Books, distributed by Sterling, $14.95, 9781905417728/1905417721, 32 pp., ages 4-8, April)

Newcomer Hall leaps onto the picture book scene with this exuberant tale of a reluctant older sibling. Little Frog and his mom inhabit a peaceful pond--just the two of them. The book's generous format (11" x 10") and a palette of earth tones allow the author-artist to emphasize the spaciousness of their environs. Their wide-eyed stares lend the duo a comical air, and their slit eyes as they embrace telegraph their contentment. When Mom asks Little Frog, "Would you like a baby brother or sister?" he answers with the title refrain, "We're just fine as we are." But astute readers will notice some strange circular blobs floating in the water near the little hero's webbed feet. "After a while the little squiggly swimming things changed into tiny frog babies. . . . Little Frog was worried." Soon the once-abundant white space teems with tiny frogs and, as the siblings grow in size and number, they crowd Little Frog right off the right-hand margin of the spread. Hall quickens the visual pacing with vignettes of the relentless baby frogs following their big brother everywhere ("Little Frog couldn't get a minute to himself"). But when Mom points out that "They only want to be like you," Little Frog gets an idea--and starts to take a liking to his newfound playmates. Quiet nocturnal scenes of the hero and his mother--even after the brothers' and sisters' arrival--make clear that Little Frog continues to remain special in her eyes and also provide a lovely counterpoint to the boisterous scenes of baby frogs gone wild. This is a must for children who were just fine as they were--before that baby came along. Hall, himself an older brother to quadruplets, clearly knows whereof he speaks; and youngsters will hope he has many more stories to come.--Jennifer M. Brown


Books for Understanding: Tibet

The latest Books for Understanding scholarly bibliography from the Association of American University Presses focuses on Tibet, which is again in the news because of this year's Olympics in Beijing and the recent protests in Lhasa. Titles in this bibliography include:

  • On the Margins of Tibet: Cultural Survival on the Sino-Tibetan Frontier by Ashild Kolas and Monika P. Thowsen (University of Washington Press, 2006)
  • Prisoners of Shangri-La: Tibetan Buddhism and the West by Donald S. Lopez Jr. (University of Chicago Press, 1998)
  • History As Propaganda: Tibetan Exiles Versus the People's Republic of China by John Powers (Oxford University Press, 2004)


The Bestsellers's March Bestsellers

The following were the bestselling titles on during March:

1. A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
2. Flat Belly Diet by Liz Vaccariello
3. The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
4. The Purpose-Driven Life by Rick Warren
5. Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama
6. Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
7. Change Your Brain, Change Your Life by Daniel G. Amen
8. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
9. Atonement by Ian McEwan
10. Why Business People Speak Like Idiots by Brian Fugere

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