Trish Brown and Ellen Klein, two former staff members of A Likely Story, the Alexandria, Va., children's bookstore that closed last November, have opened Hooray for Books in the same space and have hired three part-time employees who also worked at A Likely Story, the Washington Post reported.
The paper said the Hooray for Books "plans Friday and Saturday morning story hours; child safety-seat inspections from a licensed inspector; a summer camp; and a career camp showcasing people with different professions, such as a canine police officer, firefighter, photographer and restaurateur."
The National Association of College Stores's Campus Marketplace has a detailed report on and pictures of the flooding last week at the University of Iowa. At the flood's height, there were five feet of water in the college store. The store was able to remove 95% of its inventory before staff had to leave. The store has relocated temporarily to a mall, where for now it will sell mostly textbooks. Several inches of water seeped into the library's basement, but all its books had been removed.
The Southern California Independent Booksellers Association and IndieBound's outreach liaison Paige Poe are holding four meetings next month with booksellers. SCIBA wrote, "We will talk about how to incorporate IndieBound in your store and your community, using the holiday catalog to increase sales and visibility, our SoCalBookScene.com website, and using our mentor program to improve your business."
On Wednesday, July 9, the group is meeting for lunch at the DoubleTree Hotel in San Diego and for dinner at the home of Lisa Kaplan, manager of Laguna Beach Books, in Laguna Beach. The following day there will be meetings for lunch at the Athenaeum at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena and dinner at the new, as-yet-unopened DIESEL: A Bookstore in Brentwood.
RSVP to SCIBA by July 1.
On Tuesday, July 15, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association is holding its fourth annual summer Trunk Show in central New York, where publishers will present frontlist titles to booksellers. The event will be held at the Holiday Inn Carrier Circle in East Syracuse, N.Y. This year's program includes appearances by several Penguin authors. For more information and to register, e-mail NAIBA.
Michael Tucker, president, CEO and co-owner of Books, Inc., which has 11 stores in California, has become vice president of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression. As the new vice president of the American Booksellers Association, he automatically takes the ABFFE position, replacing Gayle Shanks, who is now president of the ABA.
When ABFFE was created, the ABA enacted the policy of having its vice president also be ABFFE's vice president so that ABA vice presidents would learn about First Amendment issues in depth before becoming ABA president.
Wide World Books & Maps, Seattle, Wash., has won the NWSource People's Choice award for best independent bookstore in Seattle.
The citation reads: "This Wallingford map mecca has been serving Seattleites suffering from acute wanderlust since 1976. Plan your next vacation with the bookstore's unparalleled selection of guidebooks and maps, or travel without leaving your armchair with works from famous travel writers like Bruce Chatwin and Paul Theroux. And if you're inspired to take action, browse through a great selection of travel accessories, backpacks and more."
Owner Simone Andrus credited "our wonderful customers, of course, who make customer service easy, as well as the efforts of our buyers to provide great selections in all areas of the store. Of special mention is Holly Smith--she always makes sure that we have a fine selection of new hardbacks and paperback books that will interest our customers."
When the Cape Cod Times
polled five local booksellers for their favorite summer books this
year, they "focused on excellent reads that will get people talking.
There's a good reason for that."
"Word of mouth sells more books than anything," said Michelle Lemay of Inkwell Bookstore, Falmouth.
Bob Reed, owner of Reed Books, Harwich Port, even contributed a
bookseller's ideal summer weather forecast: "What we pray for is
overcast and light mist. The perfect weather is a forecast of a weekend
that's going to be lovely that turns into a reality that's overcast, a
little bit windy and maybe some light sprinkles."
For an article on local indie booksellers, headlined "In a Bind," Long Island Business News
asked 30-year bookselling veteran Bob Klein, co-owner of Book Revue,
Huntington, "if he would go into the book-selling business today."
Klein replied before qualifying his response slightly. "If I had a lot
of money and wasn't interested in making a profit, maybe I'd become an
Rex Weltz, co-owner of Pandemonium Booksellers & Cafe, Anchorage, Alaska, told the Anchorage Daily News that he was asked by a businesswoman recently if his new shop was part of a chain.
"My response was, 'Yes. It's the first one,'" said Weltz.
Leonard Cullip, one of the partners in Pandemonium, "It's a fun name,
it's a name you don't forget. To me it says chaos but it also says
energy and excitement. For a bookstore that's kind of the opposite of
what you'd expect."
Florida's Flagler County is home to three independent bookstores, and the News-Journal
reported that while the region "will soon be graced with its own
behemoth bookstore with the opening of Books-A-Million . . . bookworms
don't have to wait until its opening next month to get their literary
The Book & Tackle Shop, Westerly, R.I.,
reopened last week, "more than a year after it closed during demolition
and reconstruction of the original building," according to TheDay.com. The used bookshop had been "open in the summer at the old location since the 1950s."
The last of the current Emerging Voices series sponsored by the New York Center for Independent Publishing takes place tomorrow evening and focuses on McPherson & Co., which was founded 34 years ago. McPherson publishes in a range of genres and promotes new authors as well as classics and little-known works that are out of print.
The panel will include publisher Bruce McPherson; professor and art critic Thomas McEvilley, who will read from his Triumph of Anti-Art; Jaimy Gordon, who will read from She Drove Without Stopping; and historical novelist George Robert Minkoff, who will discuss his trilogy, In the Land of Whispers, which focuses on Jamestown's role in the revolutionary period.
The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen, 20 W. 44th St., in New York City. For more information and to reserve a place, go to nycip.org or call 212-764-7021.