Book Sense

03 Oct

Prince Books Celebrates a Reign of 25 Years

The silver anniversary celebration of downtown Norfolk, Virginia's Prince Books may be understated, but the community it has served since 1982 has been enthusiastically showing its support.

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26 Sep

Matrimony: The History of a Marriage and a Novelist

By setting his novel, Matrimony (Pantheon), an October Book Sense Pick, on college campuses, as well as within a marriage, married writer Joshua Henkin chose familiar territory.

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26 Sep

October Notables Fliers & Shelf-talkers Now Available

The October 2007 Book Sense Notables flier is now available in a downloadable PDF on BookWeb.org. The flier includes jacket images, bibliographic information, and bookseller quotes. In addition, all 20 Notables titles are also featured in an electronic file of shelf-talkers for in-store use.

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26 Sep

Barrett Bookstore -- Serving Southern Connecticut Since 1939

Barrett Bookstore, a presence in the Stamford, Connecticut, area since 1939, has been owned by Sheila and Tom Daley for the past 10 years. To celebrate their decade of ownership, on September 22, the Daleys served refreshments and offered a 20 percent discount on all books.

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20 Sep

Announcing the Autumn - Winter Book Sense Reading Group Picks

Stores with Book Sense will be receiving the Autumn - Winter 2007/2008 Book Sense Reading Group Picks list in the October Red Box mailing; however, the full list, with bookseller quotes, can be previewed online now.

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20 Sep

Mary Engelbreit Gift Cards Now Available

New card to celebrate Ann M. Martin's Main Street Series coming soon

The popular Mary Engelbreit design "A Book Is a Present You Can Open Again and Again" is now available on Book Sense gift cards and presenters. The design also continues to be featured on a traditional paper card that can be used as either a gift certificate or as a greeting card, with space for a gift card.

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19 Sep

The Book Sense Sci/Fi & Fantasy Bestseller List

For the eight-week period ending September 18, 2007, and based on sales at independent bookstores with Book Sense nationwide.

1.

The Children of Hurin
J.R.R. Tolkien, Houghton Mifflin, $26, 9780618894642

2.

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13 Sep

Gift Card Program Lowers Increment Fees

With more than $20 million in sales, the Book Sense Gift Card program is beginning its fifth holiday season. And, for the 380-plus participating ABA-member bookstore locations, there is more good news: the fee for incrementing cards is being lowered.

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12 Sep

Hue-Man Bookstore & Cafe: 360 Degrees of Humanity

When Hue-Man Bookstore & Cafe in New York City turned five years old last month, the owners and staff of the Harlem cultural landmark were busy doing what they always do: finding creative ways to meet the reading needs of one of the nation's best known and largest African-American communities.

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12 Sep

The Book Sense All About Music Bestseller List

For the eight-week period ending September 11, 2007, and based on sales in independent bookstores with Book Sense nationwide.

1.

This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession
Daniel J. Levitin, Plume, $15, 9780452288522

2.

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06 Sep

The October 2007 Book Sense Picks & Notables Preview

Here is the full listing of October Book Sense Picks, with booksellers' comments, as well as a preview of the month's Notables. Independent booksellers in the Book Sense program will be receiving their October Picks fliers in the September Red Box.

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05 Sep

Hollywood Glamour & Jamaican History Intertwine in Multigenerational Saga


Margaret Cezair-Thompson

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05 Sep

Skippyjon Jones & Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka Debut on Book Sense Gift Cards

Beginning Wednesday, September 12, at noon EDT, new gift cards featuring Judy Schachner's Skippyjon Jones or Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka will be available to stores participating in the Book Sense Gift Card Program via the reorder website, booksenseorders.givex.com. The Dahl card features a Quentin Blake illustration of Willy Wonka and the tag line "A splendiferous gift for you!"

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04 Sep

The King's English: Spoken in Utah for 30 Years

The King's English, a center of book culture and local business activism in Salt Lake City, Utah, is celebrating its 30th anniversary on September 10. The 2,000-square-foot store, with retail space divided among eight cozy, book-filled rooms, started anniversary festivities in January 2007 with updated store decor and the beginning of its 30-30-30 sale.

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