Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson 2. Blackberry Pie Murder, by Joanne Fluke 3. Shotgun Lovesongs, by Nickolas Butler 4. Raising Steam, by Terry Pratchett 5. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt I am still recovering from our late night with Brandon Sanderson in a good way and have noticed as I've been compiling bestseller lists that many of his favorite authors also had sales pops. One fellow he mentioned more than once is Terry Pratchett, whose new Discworld novel, Raising Steam, just came out this week.
Yes, after 40 novels, steam engines have finally come to Discworld. Ben Aaronovitch in The Guardian UK calls Pratchett "one of the most consistently funny writers around; a master of the stealth simile, the time-delay pun and the deflationary three-part list. Astoria , by Peter Stark 2. Jesus, by James Martin 3.
Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg 4. Command and Control, by Eric Schlosser 5. The Future of the Mind, by Michio Kaku I looked at the bestseller lists and saw Sheryl Sandberg back in ascendance and also saw Peter Stark pop onto the Indie Bound bestseller list and wondered where our pop was, considering Stark is appearing for Astoria at Boswell on Tuesday, April 8 and Sandberg is being heavily touted by the panelists at the Women's Leadership Conference on April 4 though I should emphasize here that she's not coming--Vernice Armour and Dara Torres are, however.
So here they are, both on our top five this week. Here's The Wall Street Journal review, where Gerald Helferich writes that Stark "recounts the colony's history as a fast-paced, enjoyable adventure tale. The Way of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson 2. The Emperor's Soul, by Brandon Sanderson 3. Life after Life, by Kate Atkinson 4. Dear Life, by Alice Munro 5. There's no particular media hit to my knowledge, just good word of mouth and strong placement at retailers.
For all the book clubs reading this book, hope you have this NPR interview from last year. I'm sure it will be very helpful. Paperback Nonfiction: 1. Monkey Mind, by Daniel Smith 3. The Bosnia List, by Kenan Trebincevic 5. He makes a powerful case for courage and human decency as the only way through the divisive madness of modern life.
Books for Kids: 1.
- Dead Girls Are Easy (A Nicki Styx Mystery);
- Full text of "ERIC ED Adolescent Literature Revisited after Four Years.".
- The Stone of Gutomi?
- Till Death Do Us Purl (A Black Sheep Knitting Mystery);
Ask Again Later, by Liz Czukas 2. Dangerous, by Shannon Hale 3. Barrowman 4. Princess Academy, by Shannon Hale 5. Steelheart, by Brandon Sanderson 6. The Rithmatist, by Brandon Sanderson 7. Goose Girl, by Shannon Hale 8. The Palace of Stone, by Shannon Hale 9. Insurgent, by Veronica Roth The Day the Crayons Quit, by Drew Daywalt with illustrations by Oliver Jeffers Friends Shannon Hale and Brandon Sanderson battled it out for domination on our bestseller lists but local Liz Czukas squeeked in a victory with her launch event at the Manpower headquarters for her new paperback original, Ask Again Later.
This prom-like party, a fundraiser for the Cinderella Project, played off the prom theme in the novel, where a teenage girl decides to not do a traditional prom no drama prom-a , only to have two offers. Booklist wrote "Czukas' debut is pure fun; at times, readers will feel as if in a John Hughes movie, and that's a good thing.
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Our event is Wednesday, March 26, 7 pm. Fischer notes "The Lagos presented here teems with stories; the question confronting Cole's unnamed narrator is whether he'll be able to tell them without falling apart. Fri, Our sister blog The Boswellians , has revved up over the last month, thanks to Mel's organizational skills. Last week, Jannis posted about new kids' books, and Friday's sister post is Mel's weekly t-gif, this time featuring a mysterious package inviting us to a particularly unusual wedding. The box at left does not have animation, but the post image does. Thu, Sometimes life gets in the way.
I had a display blog post planned out but it seemed like every day had another deadline. Now it's done! Our rep Jason wrote to me after receiving our bestseller list, asking if I had in fact replaced our Norwegian display with one featuring African writers. In fact it wasn't as simple as that--the Norwegian display took the place of the Story Prize finalists--but in fact the African voices display had gone up where the Norwegian one was. He had noted that several stores were doing this; I am nothing if not a copycat.
I asked around about baseball themes for this year's display and Hannah immediately said, "Hank the Dog! There's nothing like a cute and furry mascot to get attention. I was shocked my all the national media attention Hank is getting, and the line to meet him at Miller Park was crazy. I also met at least one female dog who was all dolled up, with her human companion telling me she was dressing for a date.
I don't know if they wound up getting together or not. We've got our own little event celebrating Wrigley's centennial, with Stuart Shea, author of the revised edition of Wrigley Field. Come hear him on Thursday, April 17, 7 pm. I should also note that we reuse display signs from year to year, but if I have a good idea, we print something knew. I don't exactly think "carpe diem" is original or anything, but I liked this cartoon of a diverse graduating class in a rainbow of robes. I guess Jason's big pick was clearly E. Wilson's paperback edition of Letters to a Young Scientist Liveright.
It was only because my old colleague Nancy became marketing director of the Audubon Nature Center that I noticed how many bird books were out this season. We're doing events for two of them; Joel Greenberg will be at the Urban Ecology Center on Monday, March 31 for A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction Bloomsbury ,while Brian Kimberling returns to Boswell for the paperback edition of Snapper Vintage , a beloved collection of stories that, lo and behold, has been morphed into a novel in its paperback incarnation.
I'll be writing more about that next week. Kimberling's event is Wednesday, April 16, 7 pm.
Dark Dude by Oscar Hijuelos
Ironmonger, Manuel Gonzales, and Lucinda Riley. Wed, One of the exciting things about the paperback table is that the books are priced low enough to have more of an impulse factor.
- Reviewer's Choice.
- Choices and Challenges: Charter School Performance in Perspective.
- Firebrand (Pia Lindsey thriller): Pia Lindsey is back.
- Guy Williams, The Man Behind the Mask?
- Greek and Roman Comedy: Translations and Interpretations of Four Representative Plays.
- Real Men Eat Salami (Revised Edition): A Cavemans Look At The War On Men?
Whereas the books on new and noteworthy hardcovers and Boswell's best usually either need name recommendation, great reviews, or strong bookseller reads to sell in any quantity, a paperback can sometimes come from nowhere. We don't know why it worked--it just did. She's also got a great recommendation from Barbara Kingsolver, praising the "stunning worldly wisdom packed into her beautiful prose.
Arcade, now an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, is bringing in more old Hans Fallada into print.
Fallada, born Rudolf Wilhelm Adolf Ditzen, spent most of his life in psychiatric care. Once a Jailbird i s the story of Willi Kufult, after a long-term prison stay, finds that he cannot escape his past when he gets out. I found it odd that the publisher does not list his breakout novel, Every Man Dies Alone , anywhere on the jacket copy, and does not provide a list of other titles.
This is one of the weird things about the rise of paperback publishing--the tradition was previously that hardcover publishers listed all works, whether they published them or not, but paperback publishers only list the books that they themselves publish. Well, needless to say, that doesn't work in the age of paperback publishing. To all those paperback kids, you're grownups now and you've got to take on the responsibilities of original publishing and list the author's entire works.
We've had a very nice sale of The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, but are probably not at that level of handselling I've seen at other stores that have sold well over a thousand copies. Her personal life falls apart, and it is probably not a coincidence that she also starts hearing voices. The narrative is intermixed with Nu Nu's, a Burmese woman whose life is shaken when the country goes to war. Translated from the German by Kevin Wiliarty, Jan-Philipp Sendker's novel shows that he is a mesmerizing storyteller with a romantic streak, or so says Kirkus Reviews.
Very romantic. I am down with this trend to do European authors as paperback originals, as I think many of these books would not come out otherwise. I should note that I am not down with the trend of changing titles of English novels when they come out stateside. The story opens in when a young girl is found alone at a Seaside Fairground. A year later, on the same day, her mother's body washes up.
Ten years later her adoptive parents are killed in a rebel uprising, and she begins to worry that these events are somehow related. The book has nice quotes from 1 NYT bestselling author Christina Baker Kline, as well as Simon Van Booy and Margot Livesey, who I just learned was friends with someone who my Massachusetts sister knows, who mentioned it when she saw my sister reading a Livesey book on some exercise equipment. I think not. There's nothing like a cartoon skull and crossbones to target the reader of a new book, right? Jenny Shank in the Dallas Morning News called the collection "clever and funny" and also throws her comparison hat in the ring, touting none other than David Foster Wallace.
I like that the only American flag bearer in this week's roundup is Latino. He is also the only writer of the bunch that really focuses on the zombie perspective in his fiction. More power to him!
And finally, a just on sale title many of the others have been published in January and February from Lucinda Riley called The Midnight Rose. We've done very well with her last two U. The new novel spans four generations, starting with a friendship started by the the noble but impoverished Anahita and the headstrong Princess Indira, the privileged daughter of Indian royalty--Anahita is the Princess's official companion, and follows her to England before the outbreak of World War I.
A parallel story is set almost a century later, where an American film star is sent to the English countryside, where she meets the great-grandson of Anahita and together they unravel the dark secrets that darken the family dynasty. I guess you'd call this an epic romance. The cover indicates that it's both Indian and moorsy British.