Good news from Bunch of Grapes.
The store on Martha's Vineyard, which was wrecked by fire on July 4 (Shelf Awareness, July 7, 2008), has temporary office space with computer and phone access (at the old number of 508-693-2291). In a letter to reps, manager Katherine Fergason said that Bunch of Grapes will reopen eventually, probably next spring.
Fergason said, too, that she and assistant manager Dailis Merrill are defining the store's core inventory and that some store staff will be at the NEIBA trade show next month.
Most important, Fergason stated that the store very much wants publishers and distributors to begin sending ARCs and catalogues--particularly for next spring--again. "We feel so sad without books," she wrote. "So in our best Oliver Twist impression, 'Please, sir, may we have some more?' "
The store's temporary address is:
Bunch of Grapes
54 Main St., Apt. 1
P.O. Box 1608
Vineyard Haven, Mass. 02568
Time Out Chicago recommends Chinaski's, a new bar that is "doing its part to bring a little literary culture to its strip of Damon Avenue," a neighborhood that "badly needs" a bookstore. The owners "refashioned the bar to be a haven for people who like beer and words in equal amounts. (To wit, the name of the bar is taken from an autobiographical Charles Bukowski character.) The stage in the back room will now be put to use at a weekly Wednesday-night literary open mike, a comedy open mike on Thursdays and other bookish events, and the sandwiches on the menu are named for maverick authors and poets." On Mondays, beer- and book-lovers get an added treat inherited from the bar that preceded it: bacon, all you can eat.
Congratulations to Debra Ginsburg, one of Shelf Awareness's regular book reviewers, who had the good fortune to have her new novel, The Grift, be reviewed in yesterday's New York Times. The paper wrote in part, "For anyone who seeks an escape between two covers in these last few weeks of summer, Ms. Ginsberg's new book makes for far less ominous beach reading. The Grift is a gift with no strings attached, no dark outcome to dread, a satisfyingly voyeuristic vision of a mysterious stranger's supernaturally charged fortunes."
And don't miss Marilyn Dahl's commentary on Debra and The Grift, which she called "a story of illusion, fraud, reality and redemption, with a bang-up ending" (Shelf Awareness, July 24, 2008).
You may have thought Margaret Atwood's LongPen was the latest thing in author autograph avoidance, but, according to the Guardian,
"One smart publisher seems to have devised a way of easing the pain for
the millionaire bestseller writer: they have posted an advert on the
listing site, Craigslist, inviting a team of part-time workers to fake
the signatures and get paid in cash for the privilege. . . . The New
York-based blog Gawker, which spotted the advert, has been unable to
ascertain the identity of the publisher, or the authors involved."
Familia Bookstore, which includes a small cafe, opens today in Wallingford, Conn., and will stock primarily Catholic and Christian books, DVDs, rosaries and other spiritual items, the Meriden Record-Journal reported. The store, which has a small cafe, is owned by Jose and Evelyn Robles.
Never try to swim against the Crimson Tide, especially in Alabama. Books-A-Million said customer demand at its stores persuaded Forbes
magazine to reprint 10,000 copies of the issue with University of
Alabama football coach Nick Saban on the cover. The September 1 issue
of the magazine sold out in 10 minutes at BAM's Alabama stores last
Friday, the company reported.
"Like Kafka, But With Better Clothes" was the headline for a fashionista graphic novel (complete with brands and prices) in New York magazine's Fall Fashion '08 section.