Shelf Awareness for Monday, August 11, 2008

Balzer & Bray/Harperteen: The Night Is for Darkness by Jonathon Stutzman, illustrated by Joseph Kuefler and Greenwillow Books: Lone Wolf by Sarah Kurpiel

Forge: Lionhearts (Nottingham, 2) by Nathan Makaryk

Zonderkidz: Pugtato Finds a Thing by Sophie Corrigan

Kensington Publishing Corporation: The Suicide House (A Rory Moore/Lane Phillips Novel #2) by Charlie Donlea

Del Rey Books: Malorie: A Bird Box Novel by Josh Malerman

Quotation of the Day

Warning: Novels 'Might Turn Out to be Habit-forming'

"Bookish people drolly claim to be addicted. I think, in some cases, this is literally true. . . . I suppose this makes me a small-time pusher, holding a couple of capsules of a novel compound, looking for vulnerable readers for whom it might turn out to be habit-forming. There's enough of them. When I walk into a bookshop--one of the big ones, a vast dispensary stacked with complex uppers and downers--I can't help thinking, my God, what army of junkies is all this feeding?"--Henrietta Rose-Innes, author of Shark’s Egg and The Rock Alphabet, in the Johannesburg, South Africa, Times.


Atheneum Books: Saucy by Cynthia Kadohata, illustrated by Marianna Raskin


Notes: Obama Throws Book in the Ring; Oddest Titles

On September 9, Crown's Three Rivers Press imprint will publish a new book called Change We Can Believe In: Barack Obama's Plan to Renew America's Promise, the Associated Press reported. The paperback will have a first printing of 300,000 copies and be priced at $13.95. The e-book version will also sell for $13.95 and go on sale September 8.

The book, which has a foreword by Senator Obama, consists of material from the Obama for America campaign as well as some of Obama's speeches. The contract for the book is between Obama's campaign and Crown. The campaign will donate net proceeds to charity.

Obama has a contract with Crown to write two more books, including a children's book.


For those of us who spent too much time in the woods last week: There's a literary angle to the story of former Senator John Edwards's affair with Rielle Hunter. Hunter was once known as Lisa Druck, who in the 1980s was, shall we say, active on the party circuit in Manhattan. During that time, Jay McInerney was her boyfriend for at least a few months. He said later, "I spent a lot of time with her and her friends, whose behavior intrigued and appalled me to such an extent that I ended up basing a novel on the experience." The book is Story of My Life (Vintage, $12, 9780679722571/0679722572), first published in 1988. The Druck/Hunter character is Alison Poole.

In yesterday's New York Times, Maureen Dowd commented: "When you appall Jay McInerney, you know you're in trouble." 


Books-A-Million has opened a 15,500-sq.-ft. store in Spring Hill, Tenn., south of Nashville. Grand opening celebrations for the store, located at 1040 Crossings Boulevard, are planned for August 16 and 17. The new BAM is the company's 17th in Tennessee.


The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression and the American Library Association have created a website to help booksellers and librarians promote Banned Books Week, September 27-October 4. In part, the site,, will help consumers find participating bookstores and libraries.

Bookstores and libraries that would like to be listed should submit details of their Banned Books Week activities at After a review, the material will be posted. 


The Women's National Book Association is launching the second National Reading Group Month in October "to promote reading groups and to celebrate the joy of shared reading." Events featuring popular reading group authors will be held around the country, and some take place at bookstores and book festivals. The group also plans a publicity campaign. A range of publishers are involved, and other groups in the book world are invited to join the effort.

For more information about becoming involved, contact Jill Tardiff, WNBA National Reading Group Month chair, at


On the bookstore tourism road again. Deborah Baker, owner of Baker Books, Dartmouth, Mass., will sponsor another Greenwich Village Bookstore Adventure September 13, according to SouthCoast Today, which reported that the new trip follows a successful tour last spring (see Shelf Awareness, February 25, 2008), when "more than 100 SouthCoast booklovers bused down to Greenwich Village in New York City for a fun day of exploring more than 20 independent bookstores, all within walking distance."


Forget Obama vs. McCain. Denver, Colo., squared off with St. Paul, Minn.--sites of this year's Democratic and Republican conventions--in the Seattle Times travel section, where the Tattered Cover Bookstore was described as "the best of Seattle's Elliott Bay Book Co. and Portland's Powell's combined in an 1800s building with plush green carpeting, reading lamps and comfy sofas and chairs."


In the Wall Street Journal, ESPN's Jeremy Schaap suggested five books on the Olympics that "are pure gold."


In the grand tradition of the recent Best of the Bookers award, the Bookseller will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year with the "Diagram of Diagrams--a public vote to find the oddest book title of the past 30 years."

Among the contenders are previous winners Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Nude Mice (1978), How to Avoid Huge Ships (1992), Greek Rural Postmen and Their Cancellation Numbers (1996) and The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification (2006).


University of Minnesota Press: Listening: Interviews, 1970-1989 by Jonathon Cott

Media and Movies

Media Heat: Colbert's Dark Side

Today on the Tavis Smiley Show: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, author of Know Your Power: A Message to America's Daughters (Doubleday, $23.95, 9780385525862/0385525869). She will also appear tonight on Larry King Live.

Also appearing on the Tavis Smiley Show: Diana DeGette, author of Sex, Science, and Stem Cells (Lyons Press, $24.95, 9781599214313/1599214318).


Today on CNN's Anderson Cooper: Ron Suskind, author of The Way of the World: A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism (Harper, $27.95, 9780061430626/0061430625). He is also on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart tonight.


Today on the Diane Rehm Show: Senator Mel Martinez, author of A Sense of Belonging: From Castro's Cuba to the U.S. Senate, One Man's Pursuit of the American Dream (Crown Forum, $26.95, 9780307405401/0307405400). He will also appear today on Hannity & Colmes and tomorrow night on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Also on Diane Rehm: Abbe Smith, author of Case of a Lifetime: A Criminal Defense Lawyer's Story (Palgrave Macmillan, $24.95, 9780230605282/0230605281).


Today on Fresh Air: David Carr, author of The Night of the Gun: A Reporter Investigates the Darkest Story of his Life--His Own (S&S, $26, 9781416541523/1416541527).


Tonight on the Colbert Report: Jorge Ramos, author of The Gift of Time: Letters from a Father (Morrow, $14.95, 9780061353109/0061353108).

Also on Colbert: Robert Kagan, author of The Return of History and the End of Dreams (Knopf, $19.95, 9780307269232/030726923X).


Tomorrow morning on Fox & Friends: Tommy Chong, author of Cheech & Chong: The Unauthorized Autobiography (Simon Spotlight, $23.95, 9781416953456/1416953450). He will also appear today on Sirius Radio's Howard Stern Show.


Tomorrow on NPR's On Point: Courtney Humphries, author of Superdove: How the Pigeon Took Manhattan . . . And the World (Collins, $24.95, 9780061259166/0061259160).


Tomorrow on the Diane Rehm Show: Marie Brenner, author of Apples and Oranges: My Brother and Me, Lost and Found (Sarah Crichton Books/FSG, $24, 9780374173524/0374173524).


Tomorrow on the View, in a repeat: James Van Praagh, author of Ghosts Among Us: Uncovering the Truth About the Other Side (HarperOne, $24.95, 9780061553394/0061553395).


Tomorrow night on the Colbert Report: Jane Mayer, author of The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals (Doubleday, $27.50, 9780385526395/0385526393).


AuthorBuzz for the Week of 06.01.20

Books & Authors

Awards: The Hugos; Golden Crown; World Fantasy

The winners of the 2008 Hugo Awards, chosen by members of the World Science Fiction Society and presented this past weekend at Denvention 3, this year's World Science Fiction convention, are:

  • Novel: The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon (HarperCollins/Fourth Estate)
  • Novella: "All Seated on the Ground" by Connie Willis (Asimov's, December 2007; Subterranean Press)
  • Novelette: "The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate" by Ted Chiang (Subterranean Press; F&SF, September 2007)
  • Short Story: "Tideline" by Elizabeth Bear (Asimov's, June 2007)
  • Non-fiction Book: Brave New Words: The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction by Jeff Prucher (Oxford University Press)
  • Dramatic Presentation, Long Form: Stardust, written by Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn, based on the novel by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Charles Vess (Paramount)
  • Dramatic Presentation, Short Form: Doctor Who, "Blink," written by Steven Moffat (BBC)
  • Professional Editor, Long Form: David Hartwell
  • Professional Editor, Short Form: Gordon Van Gelder (F&SF)
  • Professional Artist: Stephan Martiniere
  • Semiprozine: Locus, edited by Charles N. Brown, Kirsten Gong-Wong and Liza Groen Trombi
  • Fanzine: File 770
  • Fan Writer: John Scalzi
  • Fan Artist: Brad Foster

The winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, sponsored by Dell Magazines and administered by the World Science Fiction Society, is Mary Robinette Kowal.


The fourth annual Golden Crown Literary Awards, sponsored by the Golden Crown Literary Society and recognizing the best in lesbian literature, have been awarded. For a full list, click here.


Finalists for the World Fantasy Awards, sponsored by the World Fantasy Convention, can be seen here. The winners will be presented during the next World Fantasy Convention, to be held October 30-November 2 in Calgary, Alberta.

Amusingly two of the nominees for best novel are husband and wife and have the same publisher: Emma Bull, author of Territory, and Will Shetterly, author of The Gospel of the Knife, both from Tor. Dot Lin at Tor/Forge wonders if this is a first in awards history. Does anyone know of any similar situations?

Disney-Hyperion: The Mirror Broken Wish (Mirror #1) by Julie C. Dao

IndieBound: Other Indie Favorites

From last week's Indie bestseller lists, available at, here are the recommended titles, which are also Indie Next picks:


The Mercy Rule by Perri Klass (Houghton, $24, 9780618555963/061855596X). "In this arresting novel about marriage, parenting, working, and finding balance, Perri Klass tells the story of Lucy Weiss, a pediatrician working in a clinic that serves families who are just barely getting by. The novel is strong, poignant, and, often, funny."--Betsey Detwiler, Buttonwood Books & Toys, Cohasset, Mass.

Waiter Rant by the Waiter (Ecco, $24.95, 9780061256684/0061256684). "Reading this entertaining front-of-house answer to Kitchen Confidential reminded me of all the summers I spent waiting tables--and reminded me to tip more generously."--Cheryl Patton, Eclipse Coffee & Books, Montevallo, Ala.


Land of a Hundred Wonders by Lesley Kagen (NAL, $14, 9780451224095/0451224094). "Gibby is what her grandpa calls NQR (Not Quite Right). But she is an investigative reporter and is determined to solve the murder mystery of the future governor of Kentucky so that she can become Quite Right again. You get the privilege of discovering the truth right along with this wonderful heroine."--Michelle Burcky, Cover to Cover Bookstore, Arlington, Tenn.

For Ages 4 to 8

How I Learned Geography by Uri Shulevitz (FSG, $16.95, 9780374334994/0374334994). "Author and illustrator Uri Shulevitz tells of his family's long journey and difficult new life. Even though they are hungry, his father brings home a map instead of food. But Uri dreams many dreams looking at the large colorful map tacked up on the wall, as we learn that surprising things may sustain us during hard times in our lives. This is a wonderful tale and a timely message of hope."--Ellen Scott, the Bookworm, Omaha, Neb.

[Many thanks to IndieBound and the ABA!]


The Bestsellers July Bestsellers

The following were the bestselling titles on during July:

1. When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris
2. Books: A Memoir by Larry McMurtry
3. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
4. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
5. My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte
6. The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel
7. Big Russ and Me by Tim Russert
8. Fleeced by Dick Morris
9. Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
10. The 100 Year Lifestyle by Eric Plasker

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AuthorBuzz: Revell: An Appalachian Summer by Ann H. Gabhart
AuthorBuzz: Radius Book Group: The 24-Hour Soup Kitchen: Soul-Stirring Lessons in Gastrophilanthropy by Stephen Henderson
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