William Morrow has worked extensively with the tourism agency, local merchants and historic site organizations in Salem, Mass., to promote the area in connection with its publication of The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry, the Boston Globe reported. Appearing today, the novel is narrated by a member of a family of Salem women who can read the future in patterns of lace and who have secrets that go back generations.
"It has been the greatest thing to fall into Salem's lap, for promotion and marketing," Kate Fox, director of Destination Salem, told the Globe. Salem "already has this great literary past, with Hawthorne and playwright Arthur Miller (author of The Crucible, about the Salem witchcraft trials), and now having a contemporary novel is a treat."
Morrow has made a video of Salem scenes from the book as well as a lacemaker at work. The House of Seven Gables will offer a walking "literatour" of locations mentioned in the book. The Salem Trolley plans Lace Reader tours. Morrow is sponsoring a sweepstakes whose prizes are trips to Salem.
The Globe noted the impact on tourism of The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger on Gloucester, Mass., and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt on Savannah, Ga.
The "large bookstore that anchors Main Street" in Brockport, N.Y., mentioned in the lead of a story in yesterday's New York Times but mysteriously anonymous is Lift Bridge Book Shop. The story was about a folk singer who is canoeing from Buffalo to New York City, at least part of it on the Erie Canal.
Congratulations to Kathleen Carey of the Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany, N.Y., who handsold the store's 1,000th copy of Jon Hassler's Staggerford (Ballantine). She has been handselling the book since 1992 and was instrumental in keeping it in print when it almost went o-o-p in 2000.
Carey said that Staggerford "is a joy to handsell because the late Mr. Hassler had an uncanny knack in writing about everyday people and situations with grace, humor and understanding. All his books are peopled with characters we know--some of whom we love, other we don't necessarily like--and his observations of human behavior are spot on. Staggerford is a deceptively benign and simple story that gradually reveals itself as great fiction, right up to its shocking conclusion. Jon Hassler was one of our best and most underrated writers of contemporary fiction."
Football titles are proving to be a faithful niche for Christian publishers, the New York Times reported today. While authors of such books mixing God and the gridiron--for example, head coaches Jim Tressel of Ohio State University and Tony Dungy of the Indianapolis Colts--"sometimes sacrifice industry name recognition" by not publishing with a "mainstream publisher," they have an easier time being accepted by Christian bookstores, the paper wrote. As Jan Long Harris of Tyndale House said, "Christian retailers look to Christian publishers to bring them books that they can feel good about presenting to their customers. They obviously can't read every book that they bring into their stores, so they trust us to bring them such books, and they trust us to prescreen."
Rock City Books and Coffee, Rockport, Me., is acting as a collection point for books and donations for the library destroyed by fire on Swans Island last week, according to the Bangor Daily News. "The greatest need is for kids' books," Patrick Reilley, owner with his wife, Susanne Ward, of Rock City, told the paper.
Believe it or not, Goodnight Bush, the unauthorized parody of Goodnight Moon by Erich Origen and Gan Golan (Little, Brown, $14.99, 9780316040419/031604041X), is stocked at the official Guantanamo Bay gift shop, according to a friend of the authors who is an attorney involved in some of the enemy combatant cases.
Check out goodnightbush.com, which includes a weekly couplet contest--winners receive signed copies of the book. Goodnight Bush also will be featured on the Bush Legacy Bus, sponsored by United Americans for Change. Some 100,000 copies of the book are in print.
In Point Reyes Station, Calif., a "literary renaissance has
quietly evolved over the past decade in this unlikely rural setting,"
according to the Marin Independent Journal, which called Steve Costa, owner of Point Reyes Books, the "person driving this literary phenomenon."
of the town's literary resurgence was the national attention garnered
in March for a conference called "Geography of Hope: Celebrating
"The Stegner conference, like most things out
here, happened because of him," said author Philip Fradkin. "More than
anyone else, he's responsible for the creation of a literary scene out
"We're hopeful that Point Reyes, over time, will be
recognized as an epicenter in Northern California for the exploration
of the relationship between literature and place, which is an
expression of what West Marin is all about," Costa said. "We've become
an area that is attracting writers from all over the country, and we're
not afraid to ask anybody to come to West Marin. For a rural community,
we've been incredibly gifted and honored to have these wonderful
authors who come here and walk away having been touched in some way by
Spoiler alert. If you don't want to know ahead of time about the wedding scene in Stephenie Meyer's much-anticipated Breaking Dawn, stop reading now. The author revealed a key plot point to Entertainment Weekly:
"And no, the forthcoming information is not from a fever dream or a
filched copy of the book found in the dusty stock room of a Barnes
& Noble. This exclusive spoiler comes straight from Meyer herself,
with her explicit go-ahead to share with her fans."
think Comic-Con is in danger of having Hollywood co-opt its soul,"
Michael Uslan--former comic book writer turned executive producer
(including, most recently, The Dark Knight)--told the Los Angeles Times. "It's turning into something new, and you could really see it this year. There's some worry about that."
Calling the show "a frenetic Super Bowl of pop culture," the Times suggested that "this is the year they tried to take the comic out of Comic-Con."
actor Bill Nighy seemed less concerned: "This is madness. I love it. I
saw a fellow with a stake through his chest and blood splattered on his
shirt, a woman dressed as a hunchback, a Terminator, some superheroes.
. . . I feel quite at home here. I've been a zombie, a vampire and a
squid on screen. All considered, I'm quite legitimate here at