Darlings, anyone who has any interest in Truman Capote, In Cold Blood
Harper Lee, the beginning of fictional nonfiction, an amazing
performance by Philip Seymour Hoffman, to name just a few of many
reasons, should see the film Capote
, which is slowly appearing
in more theaters after its initial limited release. Capote
may be one of
the best movies made about writing--and that's just one aspect of it.
is based, of course, on Gerald Clarke's biography. According to USA Today
Carroll & Graf has 30,000 copies of the tie-in edition in print.
And Vintage has gone to press three times for the tie-in edition of In Cold Blood
The Chicago Sun-Times
investigates the unhealthy state of two Chicago New Age retailers,
including Transitions Bookplace, which filed for Chapter 11 last month.
Founded in 1994, Transitions is "asking its customers to forgo the
lure of a discount and instead put their book-buying dollars to work in
their store." The major problem for the store is a combined monthly
rent of $23,000 on the store space and its Learning Center. Transitions
also spent $150,000 rehabbing space in Unity Church, but has not
attracted as many people there as it hoped.
Howard Mandel, who owns the store with his wife, Gayle Seminara Mandel,
told the paper that "vendors have been asking, 'Why didn't you tell
us?' Unexpected doors have opened for them, and some vendors are
providing special financing to help stock for Christmas."
We want to wish Larry Kirshbaum well and congratulate David Young and
Maureen Egen as Kirshbaum officially hands over the reins tomorrow at
Time Warner Book Group. Young becomes chairman and CEO, and Egen is now
deputy chairman and publisher. Kirshbaum will be a consultant and
maintain an office at Time Warner until Thanksgiving.
Kirshbaum has been a creative, energetic and enthusiastic publisher who
valued all bookselling channels and had many supportive, interesting
ideas for getting books to readers. We wish him well in his new career
as a literary agent.
Peter Osnos, founder and editor-at-large at PublicAffairs, has met
with ABA staff to discuss his plans to investigate ways of improving
book distribution (Shelf Awareness
, August 19). For more, see Bookselling This Week
coverage, which notes that the project will be based at the University
of North Carolina Press and include Yale University Press and several
other not-for-profit publishers.
The Newark Star-Ledger
sizes up the new $35 million College of New Jersey library in Ewing,
N.J., which exemplifies the "library as place." This place features
nooks and lounges that can seat 1,200; couches and armchairs with
ottomans; 25 group study rooms with marker boards; two computer labs
and a 105-person auditorium with grand piano. A Starbucks will open in
the lobby next semester.
Customers of the Chapter 11 in Norcross, Ga., are taking the store's
closing particularly hard, perhaps harder than customers at the other
five Chapter 11 outlets that are closing, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post
. The Norcross store was the one that, after public demand, replaced a closed Waldenbooks two years ago.
"This is my neighborhood. I feel very strongly about having a
neighborhood bookstore here," assistant manager George Scott told the
paper. "These customers have enriched my life. How many places can you
work where every customer knows your name?" Scott has been offered a
job at another Chapter 11 but doesn't know if he will accept it.
An appearance by Joel Osteen, the televangelist and author of Your Best Life Now
at a Borders in Auburn Hills, Mich., drew more customers and energy
than any other author or event--even Harry Potter--general manager Todd
Allen told the Detroit News
"It was almost like he was a pop star, not a minister," Allen
continued. The crowd was "crying, hyperventilating. They got a glimpse
of him and went crazy. That part was really unexpected."
blesses the new building housing the Central Baptist Church in Hixson,
Tenn., called Abba's House (Abba is Aramaic for father), which will
include the Abba's House Bookstore and Cafe "offering a full-service
Christian bookstore for the community and serving Greyfriar's coffee.
Plans include the offering of essential Christian literature, gift
items and inspiring worship CDs, and will open to the community in
December with ongoing weekday store hours."
Metro Santa Cruz
sheds light on the Rolling Darkness Revue, a troupe that
features authors Glen Hirshberg and Pete Atkins and tells ghost
stories. On Friday, the pair was joined by several local writers and
musicians in a performance at the Capitola Book Café in Capitola, Calif.
"The idea was always to go and light a metaphorical campfire at the
neighborhood bookstore," Hirshberg told the paper, "and then using your
voice and your words and some man-made fog if we could find some--see
if we could cast this kind of spell."