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21 Feb

Book Sense 76 Nomination Deadlines for 2002

Here’s a reminder about nomination deadlines for this year’s 76s.

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19 Feb

Young Lions Fiction Award Nominees Are Book Sense 76 Picks

The New York Public Library announced five nominees for its second annual Young Lions Fiction Award [YLFA], which recognizes the work of authors age 35 or younger. Remarkably, each title nominated was a Book Sense 76 pick during 2001-- proving yet again that independent booksellers know what makes for excellent literature.

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14 Feb

Doris Kearns Goodwin to Host 2002 Celebration of Bookselling at BEA

ABA announced this week that the distinguished historian and writer Doris Kearns Goodwin will serve as host for the 2002 Celebration of Bookselling -- ABA's and Book Sense's annual reception for attendees of BookExpo America (BEA). Goodwin is the author of several bestsellers, including No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The American Home Front During World War II and The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys, as well as the memoir Wait Till Next Year.

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14 Feb

Book Cash Store Decals Sent Out in January

In January, the "Book Cash Accepted Here" decal was sent to booksellers. It is important that bookstores participating in the Book Sense program remember to place the decal prominently in their store window to let consumers know that Book Cash certificates are accepted at their bookstore.

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14 Feb

Upcoming Book Sense Ads in Print

Book Sense and recent 76 picks will be featured in print advertisements that will reach hundreds of thousands of consumers in the upcoming weeks.

Book Sense "bookmark" ads in The Atlantic will feature The Passion of Artemisia by Susan Vreeland (Viking, 0670894494) in February; Burning Marguerite by Elizabeth Inness-Brown (Knopf, 0375411968) in March; and What Do We Know by Mary Oliver (Da Capo Press, 030680994X) in April.

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13 Feb

2002 Book Sense Book of the Year Finalists Announced

Based on the nominations of ABA member booksellers, the Book Sense Book of the Year Award finalists in five categories were announced on February 13 by the American Booksellers Association. Booksellers will vote for one winner in each category -- Adult Fiction, Adult Nonfiction, Children's Literature, Children's Illustrated, and, new this year, Rediscovery. Nominations were drawn from the Top Ten Book Sense 76 picks of 2001.

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13 Feb

Book Sense Author Finds Inspiration in California Bookstore

Accountant Tess Uriza Holthe did not begin the writing class at her favorite bookstore with dreams of completing a novel. At the time, writing was a hobby. However, when Linda Watanabe McFerrin (author of The Hand of Buddha, Coffeehouse Press) -- who was teaching the class "Life into Literature" at Book Passage in Corte Madera, California -- gave her students an assignment to write about a family myth, a treasure chest of memories was unlocked for Holthe.

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12 Feb

Independent Newspaper in Madison Launches Book Club with Book Sense

Madison, Wisconsin -- famous for its independent spirit; community of passionate readers and thinkers; and great cheese.

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12 Feb

Memoir of an African Childhood Draws Critical -- and Bookseller -- Raves

Alexandra Fuller’s Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood (Random House) -- a vivid and often heartbreaking memoir by a daughter of white farmers who moved from Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) to Malawi to Zambia -- has been drawing the sort of praise from reviewers and booksellers that first-time authors dream of.

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07 Feb

BookSense.com Is Better Than Ever -- And Offers Free Trial to Prove It

BookSense.com has begun a marketing program designed to encourage booksellers who may not have evaluated the program since its commercial launch in November 2000 to look again. Len Vlahos, BookSense.com director, told BTW that since BookSense.com first went online in the summer of 2000 in a live beta test "the product has experienced so much growth and development -- we really want stores to take another look."

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07 Feb

Book Sense Welcomes Four New Publisher Partners

Book Sense is pleased to announce the addition of four publishers to the ranks of its Publisher Partners: Rugged Land, Words Distributing Company, Red Wheel/Weiser, and Four Walls, Eight Windows.

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07 Feb

Booksellers Put Their Mark on Book Sense 76

Booksellers know that the Book Sense 76 is a great marketing tool. But now booksellers are finding out that adding their store's logo on the front of the flyer makes it an even better marketing tool.

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01 Feb

Mark Kurlansky: A Seasoned Book Sense 76 Author

Mark Kurlansky has become a veritable regular on the Book Sense 76 List. The hardcover edition of his The Basque History of the World (Walker) appeared on the November/December list in 1999; the hardcover edition of The White Man in the Tree: And Other Stories (Washington Square Press) was on the January/February 2001 list; and The Basque History of the World paperback (Penguin) was featured on the March/April Book Sense 76 in 2001.

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31 Jan

"Old American" Author Traverses the Country

Ernest Hebert, novelist and Dartmouth professor of writing, has taken to the open road for a book tour with stops at about 15 Book Sense stores. His work of historical fiction, The Old American (Hardscrabble, University Press of New England), set in the New England frontier during the French and Indian Wars, is based on the true story of an English settler kidnapped by an Algonkian king, Caucus-Meteor.

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31 Jan

The March/April Book Sense 76 Preview

This is the earliest announcement yet of the Book Sense 76, in order to give you as much lead time as possible to check initials or on-hand.

The March/April 76 with bookseller quotes will run here next week, as we know many of you like to see the quotes early, and to cut and paste them for newsletters, Web sites, and shelf-talkers.

Any on-sale dates that we have for February and March are noted; otherwise, assume January or fall '01 publication, with a few earlier, which is neat.

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