Specialty Bookselling

22 Oct

The Grand Daddy of the Graphic Novel -- A Talk With Will Eisner

The graphic novel genre, or "Graphica," is now estimated to be a $100 million market, one which runs the gamut of subjects: from Art Spiegelman's Pulitzer Prize-winning Maus (Pantheon) to all sorts of Japanese manga (comic books), from Harvey Pekar's American Splendor series to Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics (HarperPerennial).

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20 Oct

The Book Sense 2003 Baseball Season Bestseller List

Based on reporting from well over 400 independent bookstores across the U.S. during the period March 1, 2003, to October 12, 2003.

Thanks to all the stores that report!

Attention Media: Please contact Kristen Gilligan at kristen@bookweb.org for reprint guidelines for your newspaper or magazine.

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09 Oct

Autumn 2003 Mystery Book Sense 76 Top Ten

It's not a mystery why these titles were chosen by independent booksellers as their top ten picks for the fall.

Thanks to all who contributed to the wealth of enthusiastic nominations.

Pads of the Mystery 76 are being sent in the October White Box mailing, and a downloadable PDF file is available by clicking here.

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02 Oct

More Intriguing Kennedy Titles to Supplement Book Sense 76 JFK Top Ten

Last week, Book Sense announced the Autumn 2003 Top Ten JFK Picks. The list is based on the nominations of independent booksellers nationwide and is the second time Book Sense has compiled a list in association with The History Channel, which will air a week of specially themed programming focusing on JFK and his times next month. November 22 will mark 40 years since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

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01 Oct

The Book Sense Music Literature Bestseller List

Based on four weeks of sales ended September 28, 2003, at hundreds of independent bookstores across the U.S.

Past Category Bestseller lists are available at www.bookweb.org/read/5677.

Attention Media: Please contact Kristen Gilligan at kristen@bookweb.org for reprint guidelines for your newspaper or magazine.

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01 Oct

Teen Book Market in Flux

This is the third in a series of four articles looking at the results of the recently released 2002 Consumer Research Study on Book Purchasing, conducted by Ipsos BookTrends and published by the Book Industry Study Group (BISG). This week's focus is the teen (14 to 17 years old) book market.

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29 Sep

Introducing Femmes Fatales to a New Generation

Hard-boiled noir, taboo lesbian romances, radical science fiction, and other forms of pulp fiction written by women can be found in a new series called Femmes Fatales: Women Write Pulp, which was recently launched by The Feminist Press at the City University of New York.

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25 Sep

Autumn 2003 Book Sense 76 Top Ten JFK Picks

This week, Book Sense is announcing the latest Book Sense 76 Top Ten list, the Autumn 2003 Top Ten JFK Picks.

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18 Sep

The 2003 Halloween Book Sense 76 Top Ten


Here are the independent booksellers' picks for the top ten Halloween titles for the fall. This list of children's and adult titles was developed by Book Sense in collaboration with the Association of American Publishers' Get Caught Reading initiative. Look for more such lists in the upcoming months, and many thanks to all the independent booksellers who contributed a wealth of enthusiastic nominations for this list. Pads of the list are included in the September White Box mailing.

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18 Sep

The Book Sense Biography and Memoir Bestseller List

Based on four weeks of sales ended September 14, 2003, at hundreds of independent bookstores across the U.S.

Past Category Bestseller lists are available at www.bookweb.org/read/5677.

Attention Media: Please contact Kristen Gilligan at kristen@bookweb.org for reprint guidelines for your newspaper or magazine.

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17 Sep

Children's Book Market Suffers Decline

This is the second of four articles looking at the results of the recently released 2002 Consumer Research Study on Book Purchasing, conducted by Ipsos BookTrends and published by the Book Industry Study Group (BISG). This week's focus is the children's book market (13 years old and under).

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04 Sep

The Wit, Satire, and Humor Book Sense Bestseller List

Based on four weeks of sales ended August 31, 2003, at hundreds of independent bookstores across the U.S.

Past Category Bestseller lists are available at www.bookweb.org/read/5677.

Attention Media: Please contact Kristen Gilligan at kristen@bookweb.org for reprint guidelines for your newspaper or magazine.

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04 Sep

Esme Raji Codell Expounds on Potato Pedagogy and the Power of Books

Esme Raji Codell, and yes, she was named for Salinger's Esme -- came to national attention with her first book, Educating Esme: Diary of a Teacher's First Year (Algonquin). The insightful, funny, unbelievably energetic Codell began her first year of teaching in an underachieving, charmless public school in a very poor section of Chicago. She chronicled the experience and gave readers a glimpse of what a gifted teacher can do even in the humblest environments.

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