Book Sense

01 Aug

Thursday Tip, Sleeper Alerts, and … a Movie Rec??

By Carl Lennertz

Tip of the Week: Booksellers are reporting that they have had great success tucking a copy of the current 76 flier into titles waiting on the hold/special order shelf.

Sales News: Here's an update from data gathered from 350 indies. (Booksellers: Some of this information went out by e-mail Tuesday; let me know if you're not getting that e-mail, along with the national list and the "On the Rises." Publishers: Let me know if you're not getting the list on Tuesday.)

Hardcover Fiction:

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01 Aug

The Book Sense Category Bestseller List: Fishing

Based on sales from over 300 independent booksellers across American over the last eight weeks.

Attention Media: Please contact Kristen Gilligan at [email protected] for reprint guidelines for your newspaper or magazine.

(Editor's note: For the best and funniest novel about family and fishing -- and the debate between fly vs. bait -- don't miss David James Duncan's The River Why. As funny as any Tom Robbins. Check it out.)

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01 Aug

The Book Sense Category Bestseller List: Nautical Interest

Based on sales from over 300 independent booksellers across American over the last eight weeks.

Attention Media: Please contact Kristen Gilligan at [email protected] for reprint guidelines for your newspaper or magazine.

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01 Aug

Bookseller Gives Michigan Community a New Song

Downtown Howell, Michigan, is about to have something new to sing about. Opening officially on September 15 is a 3,000-square-foot general bookstore named Aria Booksellers, complete with a Patagonian conure, a tropical American parrot whose name is Mozart.

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01 Aug

Moose Gets Goose From Book Sense 76 Selection

In Honk the Moose -- the classic 1935 tale of Boys Tease Moose, Moose Scares Boys, and Boys Save Moose -- Mary Koski, president of Trellis Publishers and a children's book author, found a long out-of-print book that she believed would appeal to children in the 21st century.

A prized spot for Honk the Moose on the Winter 2001/2002 Children's Book Sense 76 resulted in dramatic sales increases, along with second and third printings.

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31 Jul

ABA and Book Sense to Participate in Second National Book Festival

On July 25, First Lady Laura Bush and Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced that the second National Book Festival would be held in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, October 12, 2002. "America was transformed three days after the first National Book Festival was held September 8, 2001," Mrs. Bush said in a statement. "But one thing that did not change was our love of spending time with friends and family -- especially our children.

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25 Jul

Joyce Carol Oates on 76 Pick Big Mouth & Ugly Girl

The first young adult novel by Joyce Carol Oates, Big Mouth & Ugly Girl (HarperCollins), is number one on the Book Sense 76 Teen Summer Reads list. Oates weaves controlled, elegant writing with her storytelling magic in a sweet story that includes a bit of Kafka, a little David and Lisa, and even some Nicholas Sparks.

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25 Jul

Book Sense 76 Featured in USA Today Doubleheader

For the second consecutive day, USA Today featured the Book Sense 76 picks of independent booksellers. On page four of the Thursday, July 25, Life section, an article by Bob Minzesheimer highlighted the top ten Reading Group 76 under the headline "Independents Pick Top 10."

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25 Jul

Midwest Independent Bestseller List Announced

The first Midwest Independent Bestseller List, published in a cooperative effort between the Great Lakes Booksellers Association (GLBA), the Upper Midwest Booksellers Association (UMBA), and Book Sense, has made its debut. The Midwest bestseller list is the fourth regional Book Sense bestseller list, joining lists published in conjunction with the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association, New England Booksellers Association, and Southeast Booksellers Association.

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25 Jul

The Book Sense Category Bestseller List: Sports

Based on the last four weeks of sales from over 300 independent bookstores across America.

Thanks to all the stores that report, the new expanded electronic reporting options, and the software our team here has built to sort and slice a ton of data according to BISAC categories, this is the fifth of many subject category lists to run in BTW each week. These lists are intended as inventory checking tools for booksellers, alerts to publishers as to what's selling, and lists that the media can run.

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25 Jul

The Book Sense Category Bestseller List: Travel Writing -- Part 2

Based on eight weeks of sales from over 300 independent bookstores across America.

Travel Writing Bestsellers
#26 - #50 Travel Writing Bestsellers for the Last Eight Weeks

(All are paperback unless otherwise noted; an asterisk (*) indicates a 76 Pick.)

Click here to view #1 - #25.

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24 Jul

Summer Teen 76 Featured in USA Today

On Wednesday, July 24, USA Today featured a "Snapshot" of the Book Sense 76 Teen Summer Reads on the first page of the newspaper’s Life section. Under the headline "Independent booksellers pick top teen books," the spot listed the top five Summer Teen picks:

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18 Jul

The Book Sense Category Bestseller List: Travel Writing, Part 1

Based on the last eight weeks of sales from over 300 independent bookstores across America.

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18 Jul

Scott's Bookstore Is No Run of the Mill Independent

Scott's Bookstore is the only general bookstore in Mount Vernon, Washington, a city with a population of over 60,000. Nonetheless, the 5,000-square-foot store, which occupies the historic 95-year-old Granary Building, enjoys a special camaraderie with its independent bookstore colleagues, said Megan Scott, manager of Scott's Bookstore.

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