Shelf Awareness for Thursday, June 26, 2008


Bloomsbury YA: Dreamland (YA Edition): The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones

Balzer & Bray: The Best At It by Maulik Pancholy

Rick Riordan Presents: Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky (Tristan Strong #1) by Kwame Mbalia

Magination Press: Trans+: Love, Sex, Romance, and Being You by Kathryn Gonzales and Karen Rayne

Sourcebooks Explore: Survivors of the Holocaust: True Stories of Six Extraordinary Children by Kath Shackleton, illustrated by Zane Wittingham

Central Avenue Publishing: Into Captivity They Will Go by Noah Milligan

Carolrhoda Books: A Time Traveler's Theory of Relativity by Nicole Valentine

News

Notes: Bookstore Changes; Injunction Denied in Oregon

Sadly we have to report that Under the Sycamore Tree, Grayslake, Ill., the children's bookstore that opened in late 2006, will close August 1. Owner Jackie Harris wrote that as "happens with many journeys, an unexpected turn or two in the road can come along, and such is the case with mine." She and her husband have decided to shut the store "because of some recent health concerns, combined with other factors. . . . I need to do what is best for my family.

Harris added, "I am looking forward to working myself back to good health, being more available to help structure a better school year for my children next year, and maybe even having some time to sit down with a good book or two!"

She thanked her staff and both "immediate and extended communities," including "all those bookstore friends who have dropped by just to converse or pay one compliment or another about the store."

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The Borders that will open in the Garden District of New Orleans, La., (Shelf Awareness, October 4, 2007) will be one of the company's new concept stores and will open in October, slightly earlier than previously expected.

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On Monday, the district court judge hearing the suit against Oregon's minors' access law denied the plaintiffs' request for a preliminary injunction that would block enforcement of the law until a trial is held. Six Oregon booksellers, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression and several other groups filed a suit against the law that makes it a felony to allow a minor under 13 to view or purchase a "sexually explicit" work (Shelf Awareness, April 24, 2008).

ABFFE president Chris Finan said that while the plaintiffs were disappointed in the judge's decision, they are glad that the judge set an early date for the trial, October 3.

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Bookstore owners in Aiken, S.C., told the Augusta Chronicle "they aren't concerned about Books-A-Million building a store at Aiken Mall."

"We have tried and true customers who are looking for speciality books," said Meg Ferguson of the Book Stall. "We pride ourselves on carrying a much wider selection, not just the New York Times best-sellers. We know our clients personally. We've delivered books to people who are sick or homebound, or we'll see books coming out that a customer would like, and we'll call them up."

Fran Bush, owner of the Booklovers Bookstore, added, "We have some of everything. Our used book section is tremendous, and that's a lot of our trade. We're still going to be here."

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Writing is hard, but autographing may be harder. USA Today reported that Janet Evanovich is wearing a brace on her right hand after a six-city tour to promote Fearless Fourteen.

"It's at least 1,000 people at each signing, which goes on for at least five hours, and they all have four or five books," she said. "The human thumb is not designed to do that six days in a row."

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A rare first edition of Jane Austen's Emma sold for a record-breaking £180,000 (US$354,267) during an auction at Bonhams in London. According to the Guardian, the "triple-decker edition was inscribed on behalf of Austen to her close confidante, the governess Anne Sharp. One of only 12 presentation copies printed, which otherwise went to family members and publisher John Murray's contacts, it was the only one given to a friend of the author."

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Lerner Publishing Group and USA Today have created a partnership to produce a program of new educational books for children and young adults. The first series will the USA Today Lifeline Biographies about both historical and popular "compelling" people mainly using USA Today material. The first four titles are Bill Gates: Entrepreneur and Philanthropist, Oprah Winfrey: Global Media Leader, Tiger Woods: Golf's Master and Vera Wang: Enduring Style. Future titles include biographies of presidents, Hollywood stars, and more.

Four titles will be available, too, from Lerner's Twenty-First Century Books division.

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Effective July 7, Felicia Frazier will become senior v-p, director of sales, for the Penguin Young Readers Group. Most recently she was v-p, sales director for national accounts, brand and category management, at Random House.

The company lauded Frazier's experience in sales and brand selling, in expanding sales at the chains and in directing the company's licensed program development with companies such as Disney and Nickelodeon, among other accomplishments. Her "sales management experience, along with her expertise in maximizing brand sales, will benefit the Young Readers Group greatly as Penguin Group (USA) moves forward in growing this important part of the Group," Penguin stated.

 


Mango: The Restaurant Diet: How to Eat Out Every Night and Still Lose Weight by Fred Bollaci


Celebrating Breaking Dawn at Midnight on August 1

Perhaps breaking midnight would be a more appropriate description. Call it what you may, booksellers nationwide are gearing up for the August 1 midnight release of Breaking Dawn (Little, Brown Young Readers), Stephenie Meyer's final book in the runaway bestselling series that began with Twilight.

In Decatur, Ga., Wordsmiths Books will hold "The Black and Red Prom," which begins at 10 p.m. and will offer "a night of festively awkward high-school merriment and ghoulishly macabre fun," according to Russ Marshalek, Wordsmiths's marketing director. On the menu: Themed food treats and drinks suitable for "teens and their equally-awkward parents." Marshalek says the store has enlisted local businesses that are "skilled bakers" to create both bland sugar cookies for Bella and--for Edward--"crepuscular cookie" oozing red filling (with tips from Top Chef Richard Blais, who was signing in the store recently). Naturally, "black and red attire is requested of those attending."
 
Creative teens can design Bella's wedding dress for the festivities at the King's English Bookshop, Salt Lake City, Utah. (The dress can be an actual dress, a painting, a sculpture, etc.) The three judges include author Shannon Hale, a local clothing designer whose shop is called "Whimsy," and a member of the city arts organization who is an artist. First prize is a Twilight Teez bracelet; second prize is a gift certificate at Whimsy. Quizmaster (and events coordinator) Jenn Northington will compile questions for the Twilight Trivia Bowl to test devoted fans. The winning contestant or contestants will receive a gift certificate for the bookstore. With ballots received already from Los Angeles to Wisconsin to Canada, the King's English also invites everyone to cast their votes for Edward or Jacob! The store will start posting the results in July, leading up to the final tally at 11:30 p.m. on August 1. According to Northington, as of this week, Edward was ahead 82% to Jacob's 18%.
 
Jamie Tan at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, Ariz., plans to make the celebration last: When attendees arrive at the August 1 Breaking Dawn event, they are invited to participate in a scavenger hunt with a list of things team members must complete. "We'll give them two days to do it, so they can read the book and then still have time to complete it," Tan explained. Then on Sunday night, August 3, the store will hold a "Recap Party" to announce the winners of the scavenger hunt and, more important, to get the teens back together to talk about the book.
 
Pannell Award winner in the children's bookstore category, the Flying Pig Bookstore in Shelburne, Vt., will host a "Vampire Ball," featuring an Edward lookalike contest "to guarantee we'll get teenage girls here--and guys who want to look like Edward," said co-owner Josie Leavitt.

Pannell winner in the general bookstore category, Kepler's Books & Magazines, Menlo Park, Calif., is throwing "Bella's Birthday Bash," hosted by Edward Cullen. (Invitations may be purchased at Kepler's for the price of a book.) At the stroke of midnight the invitation may "instantly be exchanged for one copy of Breaking Dawn." Youth event coordinator Angela Kroner said that in lieu of birthday gifts for Bella, "Edward requests donations be made to the Stanford Blood Center." A bloodmobile will be set up outside the store from 9 p.m. to midnight on August 1--for the duration of the party.
 
Inspired in part by the Thought Leadership panel at BEA, Andrea Vuleta of Mrs. Nelson's Toy and Book Shop in La Verne, Calif., decided to "think out of the box," since her YA business is rather modest at the moment. She was invited to a Breaking Dawn prom by the public librarian in nearby Ontario, Calif. "[She] has a great YA book club, and they're going to do a prom theme. I may even dress up and sell books in a prom gown," Vuleta confessed.

Borders and Waldenbooks will be hosting "From Twilight til Dawn: A Night with a Bite" parties that will include costume contests, trivia contests (based on the "So You're in Love with a Vampire?" trivia questions supplied from the editors at TwilightLexicon.com, the official Stephenie Meyer fan-sponsored Web site) and a "Love Is Perfectly Paranormal" debate, in which patrons can argue whom Bella will choose for her true love--Jacob or Edward.--Jennifer M. Brown

 


Charlesbridge Publishing: Baby Loves the Five Senses by Ruth Spiro, illustrated by Irene Chan


Media and Movies

Media Heat: Oprah Attracts Law of Attraction

This morning on the Today Show: Charla Muller, author of 365 Nights: A Memoir of Intimacy (Berkley, $14, 9780425222577/0425222578). Her husband, Brad, will also be on the show.

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Tomorrow on Oprah, who talks about the law of attraction: Rhonda Byrne, author of The Secret (Atria, $23.95, 9781582701707/1582701709).

Also on Oprah: Louise Hay, author of You Can Heal Your Life (Hay House, $14.95, 9780937611012/0937611018).

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Tomorrow on Charlie Rose: Salman Rushdie, author of The Enchantress of Florence (Random House, $26, 9780375504334/0375504338).

 


imon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books: Max & Ruby and Twin Trouble (Max and Ruby Adventure) BY Rosemary Wells


This Weekend on Book TV: Writings for a Democratic Society

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, June 28

8 a.m. For an event hosted by Book Passage, Corte Madera, Calif., former undersecretary of commerce Robert Shapiro, author of Futurecast: How Superpowers, Populations, and Globalization Will Change The Way You Live and Work (St. Martin's, $26.95, 9780312352424/0312352425), forecasts the economic and political climate of the year 2020. (Re-airs Monday at 4 a.m.)
     
2 p.m. For an event hosted by Hue-Man Bookstore, New York, N.Y., Brendan Koerner, author of Now the Hell Will Start: One Soldier's Flight from the Greatest Manhunt of World War II (Penguin, $26.95, 9781594201738/1594201730), recounts the life of Herman Perry, an African-American GI sent to South Asia in 1943 to build the Ledo Road. (Re-airs Sunday at 12:15 a.m. and Monday at 7:15 a.m.)

6 p.m. Encore Booknotes. For a segment that first aired in 1996, Michael Sandel, author of Democracy's Discontent: America in Search of a Public Philosophy (Belknap Press, $18.50, 978-0674197459/0674197453), talked about America's past and present political arguments.

10 p.m. After Words. University of California history professor Jon Wiener interviews Tom Hayden, author of Writings for a Democratic Society: The Tom Hayden Reader (City Lights, $21.95, 9780872864610/0872864618). Hayden's collection chronicles his life as a longtime activist for social and economic justice in the U.S. (Re-airs Sunday at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., Monday at 12 a.m. and 3 a.m., and Sunday, July 6, at 11 a.m.)

Sunday, June 29

5:15 p.m. For an event hosted by Kepler's Books and Magazines, Menlo Park, Calif., Roger Lowenstein , author of While America Aged: How Pension Debts Ruined General Motors, Stopped the NYC Subways, Bankrupted San Diego, and Loom As the Next Financial Crisis (Penguin, $25.95, 9781594201677/1594201676), argues that pensions due in the near future will hurt the American economy.
      
8:15 p.m. George Daughan, author of If By Sea: The Forging of the American Navy--from the Revolution to the War of 1812 (Basic Books, $30, 9780465016075/0465016073), recounts the creation of the American Navy.

 


Charlesbridge Publishing: Sumokitty by David Biedrzycki


Books & Authors

Awards: Prince of Asturias Prize

Margaret Atwood has won Spain's Prince of Asturias prize in the literature category, the Associated Press reported. The jury praised her work for its "sharpness and irony" and said that she "defends the dignity of women and denounces situations of social injustice."

The Prince of Asturias is Crown Prince Felipe, heir to the throne, who founded the awards.

 


Atheneum Books: Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks by Jason Reynolds, illustrated by Alexander Nabaum


Children's Book Review: Graceling

Graceling by Kristin Cashore (Harcourt, $17, 9780152063962/015206396X, 480 pp., ages 14-up, October 2008)

May you be graced with a long train or plane ride (or just an uninterrupted day at the beach) with this book as your companion. Cashore sets her first novel in seven neighboring kingdoms where, on rare occasions, a child is born with two different-colored eyes and a "grace" that does not make itself manifest right away. For Katsa, niece to King Randa of the Middluns, her grace showed itself at age 8, when one of her uncle's guests placed his hand lustily on her leg. Meaning only to defend herself, Katsa killed him instead--to her horror and the king's delight. Now the king had a way to mete out punishment by sending his niece to call on his erring subjects or enemies. But Katsa, an orphan and an independent thinker who has never relied on anyone, despises her role, and forms a council together with her cousin, Prince Raffin, and several others, to carry out secret goodwill missions. It is on one of these missions that Katsa meets her match--physically and intellectually--Po, the graceling seventh son of King Ror of Lienid. The mystery of the kidnapped royal they save at the novel's start, and the adventure as they unravel it, clips along. But the heart of this tale rests on the relationship that emerges between Katsa and Po, and what they learn from each other, as two graceling fighters who become friends. Most people flee from Katsa; Po looks deeply into her mismatched eyes. Together they explore the furthest extent of their graces and begin to grow up. Cashore explores the yin and yang of life and death, freedom and belonging. Is Katsa's grace purely a gift for killing? How then does one explain her missions with the council, so life-affirming and just? What does it mean truly to know another being? Does love bind one being to another or does the abiding trust that comes with mature love allow each partner greater freedoms? With humor and insight, the author goes to the essence of what defines human beings and their relationships to one another. And as to teens for whom first love is all-consuming, she hits them right between the eyes.--Jennifer M. Brown

 



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