Notes: Just Books Too Sold; 'Mulching,' the Banned Word
Just Books Too in Greenwich, Conn., is being bought by Marion Boucher Holmes, who plans "to renovate it and make it a more interactive community bookstore that caters to families and adults," according to the Advocate.
Jenny Lawton, who put Just Books Too and the neighboring Arcadia Coffee Co. on the market earlier this year (Shelf Awareness, March 19, 2008), has found some financial help and will keep Arcadia. She plans to renovate the store and expand the menu.
Boucher Holmes, who worked on Wall Street as a research analyst for 30 years, told the paper, "I want to bring [Just Books Too] back to life and do more with the infrastructure--take what Jenny did and extend it further." She added, "I understand it's not the best time in history to buy a bookstore, but I have a passion for it, and I'm happy to be keeping this institution in the community."
Lawton bought Just Books in 2002 and opened Just Books Too shortly thereafter. In 2004, she bought Arcadia Coffee Co., and in 2005 she closed the original Just Books.
Both Just Books Too and Arcadia will close for a week or two this summer for renovations.
Barnes & Noble plans to open a branch in Slidell, La., in spring 2010. The new B&N will be in the Summit Fremaux at the intersection of I-10 and Fremaux Avenue.
Never say "mulch." Such was the advice Jonathan Karp, publisher and editor-in-chief of Hachette Group's imprint, Twelve, received as an editorial assistant--"never to use a certain word when telling authors what would happen to their unsold books." In an article for the Washington Post, Karp also offered a brief overview of the publishing industry, saying that that "hope" remains an operative term, since "publishing is a business based primarily on blind hope."
SciFi.com featured a previously unpublished interview with the late Arthur C. Clarke, which "was conducted by phone, e-mail, snail mail, audio recordings and in person in New York City" between October 1999 and March 2000.
Asked how he felt about his fiction, Clarke replied, "Well, I haven't looked at it for years. In fact I can scarcely ever remember rereading any of my fiction. Writing has always been a sort of hole in my life, and perhaps I resent the fact that it was a way to avoid living--although of course it has enabled me to live as I wished to do."
"Poolside seminars" was the headline for New York magazine's list of recommendations for "summer reading, from pulp to politics (when they're not one and the same)."
ESPN.com's D.J. Gallo offered "the skinny on this summer's sports books," but with a caveat emptor: "Granted, I haven't read many of these books. Well, any of these books. But I think it's pretty easy to figure out what each book is about just by knowing the title and author."
A San Francisco Chronicle piece on the recent closings of local reading institutions Cody's Books, Berkeley, and De Lauer's newsstand, Oakland--headlined "Old guard of printed word fading away"--began with an all-too-familiar note of caution:
"I doubt if I'm the only one who has given nieces and nephews bookstore gift cards in hopes of nurturing their love of reading, only to wonder if they ended up being spent on a Bring It On DVD or the latest Coldplay album."
The final community event at Cody's "came Wednesday, after the lights of the bookstore were darkened, for a conversation with peace activist Daniel Ellsberg, of Pentagon Papers fame, and columnist Robert Scheer, author of the new book The Pornography of Power."
Scheer recalled his first job on the West Coast, at City Lights bookstore, where owner Lawrence Ferlinghetti offered these words to live and work by: "Keep an open mind, but not so open that your brains fall out."