Two bookstore birthdays made news over the weekend:
The Seattle Times
noted that "Lake Forest Park's Third Place Books, a success story in
the world of independent bookstores, is throwing itself a
10th-anniversary birthday party. . . . Ten years ago this month, local
developer Ron Sher took a chance--he opened an independent bookstore in
an era when independent stores were closing all over America. . . . Ten
years later, independents are still struggling, but the owners and
staff of Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park are in a celebratory
mood--their location in a shopping mall is a magnet for book lovers."
And Accent on Books, Asheville, N.C., "celebrates 25 years in business this year," the Citizen-Times
reported. Co-owner Lewis Sorrells said, "Bookstores and libraries tend
to complement each other. Book lovers both borrow and buy books. The
same with independent book stores: In fact, we refer customers back and
forth with Malaprop's all the time."
The Great Crash of 1929 by John Kenneth Galbraith (Mariner, $14, 9780395859995/0395859999) has found a renewed audience in the past month. Just yesterday the New York Times Week in Review wrote on its front page that "few could have exhumed the financial apocalypse with more wit and panache than [Galbraith] . . . The book is perhaps most intriguing for its depiction of the delusion that swept the culture, and the ways financiers and bankers, wishful academics and supine regulators willfully ignored reality and in the process encouraged the epic collapse of the stock market." In the last few weeks, the publisher has gone back to press several times for The Great Crash of 1929, which has been in print since its publication in 1954.
Subtitle this story the Subtitles You Regret.
Using the example of A Bound Man: Why We Are Excited About Obama and Why He Can't Win by Shelby Steele, which was published by the Free Press late last year, the New York Times notes that "many an author has come to incorrect conclusions, but only a few have had the courage to make a prediction in a title that could be directly contradicted."
Steele told the Times, "My feeling is that I stand by every word of the analysis--what is between the covers of the book." He chose the subtitle, he said, when Obama was trailing Hillary Clinton in the polls.
The subtitle will change when the book appears in paperback.
Noting that the Miami Book Fair International, which is
being held this week, is "widely known as one of the biggest and best
in the country if not the biggest and best, started out small," the Miami Herald looked back in time for perspective on an event that "speaks volumes about local passion for books."
in any car-culture city, people didn't know there were other
like-minded people here,'' recalled Books & Books owner Mitch
Kaplan, who still serves as the book fair's chairman. "Eduardo Padrón
threw the weight of [Miami Dade] college behind this thing, at a time
when people thought the only books being read here were
nonprescription-drug books. I knew better, but there were few models
for what we were doing.''
The book fair's evolution has been dramatic. According to the Herald, "Fair administrators guesstimate that $2 million worth of books are sold during the weeklong event every year."
Extra! Last Tuesday's presidential election results made news on many
fronts, including the astounding sales figures for copies of Wednesday
morning's newspapers. Boing Boing highlighted the world's obsession with a link to a wall of front pages and monumental headline type.
The Macon Telegraph profiles Christopher Paine, manager of a Barnes & Noble in Macon, Ga., who as a teenager wanted to own a bookstore but became a lawyer. After working in New York City in law for some 15 years, Paine moved to San Diego, Calif., in 2000 and decided to try his old dream. He worked for three B&Ns before transferring in 2005 to Georgia, where he became an assistant manager at a B&N.
He said he's happy he made the career move, commenting: "What we sell has a lot to do with people's hopes, dreams and aspirations, as well as their problems. For everything that people do, there is a book for it. And the other part of it is more pleasure-driven--people are looking for a good read."
This coming Thursday, November 13, at 7 p.m. in the Celeste Bartos Forum of the New York Public Library, Live from the NYPL commemorates the 15th anniversary of the publication of The Stone Diaries by the late Carol Shields. Among the guests: Sarah Botsford, Anne Giardini, Martin Levin, Sarah McNally, Shelagh Rogers, Don Shields, David Staines, Jane Urquhart and Meg Wolitzer. For more information, click here.
The Association of Jewish Libraries has a new reading list on Israel for adults and children. The list, called Israel@60, includes more than 30 fiction and nonfiction titles as well as websites and videos.
Effective January 1, Victoria Davies is joining Nancy Suib & Associates as Rocky Mountains sales rep and will sell in Colorado, northern Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, Wyoming and selected publishers for Arizona and southern Nevada.
Most recently Davies has been sales and marketing manager at the University of Nevada Press and earlier was the buyer and general book manager for the ASUN bookstore at the University of Nevada at Reno.
She may be reached at 775-787-5903 and email@example.com.
[Thanks to the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association newsletter!]