Notes: McMurtry as Bookseller; Authors to Work in U.K. Stores
"I think about being a bookseller. I don't think about being a writer," said Larry McMurtry in an interview with Downtown LA Scene. McMurtry was in L.A. to receive the Los Angeles Public Library Literary Award. Calling him a "bibliophile par excellence," City Librarian Fontayne Holmes added, "He really is such a book person in every single meaning of the word, as a bookstore owner, as a book collector, as a writer and as an incredible reader of literature."
Domy Books, Houston, Tex., has opened a second store in Austin, according to the American-Statesman, which described Domy as "something of a hybrid: a bookstore of select stock (non-Marvel and -DC graphic novels, limited-edition signed monographs) shelved amid clothing, vinyl toys and a small gallery's worth of art."
Take an author to work day in Britain. Bookseller.com reported that several authors "will be put to work in independent bookshops as part of this summer's Independent Booksellers Week. . . . The nationwide week of events will take place from 1st–8th July with 231 shops signed up to take part so far."
"I am here because it has been a dream of mine to meet Laura Bush," Shannon Chanbley told Local6-TV, Orlando, Fla. Chanbley was one of an estimated 800 people lining up to meet the First Lady and her daughter Jenna for a book signing at the Borders bookstore in Winter Park.
Literary terror at 35,000 feet! Trapped on a 16-hour flight without a book, John Flinn shared his desperate search for alternative entertainment with readers of the San Francisco Chronicle.
The meager alternatives? "Pray this never happens to you," wrote Flinn, "but if it does, you might want to pass some of those eternities the way I eventually did on this flight . . . Commit your passport number to memory . . . Try to figure out what all the fuss is about Sudoku. . . . Concoct an elaborate revenge fantasy about the guy two rows ahead of you . . . the Skymall catalog, of course. . . . Turn to the route map in the back of the in-flight magazine and memorize the locations of all the "stan" countries of Central Asia. . . ." Etc.
The Books for a Better Life Awards, which are sponsored by the New York City Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and honor the best self-improvement books of the year, are adding an audiobook category: "self-improvement audiobook." The organization will begin accepting nominations for 2008 awards on June 2. Winners in the 10 categories will be announced February 23, 2009.
For more information, go to msnyc.org or call Jenny Powers at 212-453-3208.
Bookseller-publisher becomes a publisher-publisher:
Effective May 19, Nathaniel Marunas is joining Black Dog & Leventhal as associate publisher. He has been editorial director of Barnes & Noble's in-house publishing program and earlier was an editor at Michael Friedman Publishing.
Also at Black Dog & Leventhal:
- Elizabeth Van Doren has become editor in chief, effective immediately. She was formerly editorial director of Harcourt children's books and publishing director of its Red Wagon imprint and had worked at Harcourt for 18 years.
- Becky Koh has been promoted to senior editor from editor. Before joining the company in 2001, she worked at Lyons Press and St. Martin's.
- Lisa Tenaglia has been promoted to editor from editorial assistant. She earlier worked at Rizzoli Bookstore and Spring Science & Business Media.
- Editorial director Laura Ross has left the company after more than seven years but will continue to work on some projects on a freelance basis.
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing has made the following appointments:
- Lucille Rettino has been promoted to senior director of Pulse/Aladdin marketing, overseeing the newly formed Pulse/Aladdin publishing group.
- Chrissy Noh has been promoted to marketing associate, advertising and promotion.
- Grayson Walker has joined the marketing department as marketing assistant.
- Michael Hetrick has been named production coordinator, catalog and design. He formerly worked at Unique Homes magazine.