Book News

10 Jun

The Son of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg Writes of An Execution in the Family

June 19, 2003, marks the 50th anniversary of the executions of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg for "conspiracy to commit espionage." Although the highly publicized case has always been referred to as a trial for treason and high-level atomic espionage -- passing the secret of the atom bomb to the Soviet Union -- those crimes were not charged. No one has ever proven that the Rosenbergs, left-wing, Jewish parents of two young boys, living on the lower east side of Manhattan, passed any classified materials of any kind.

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09 Jun

Good Morning America's 11th Pick a Top Ten Book Sense 76

On Thursday, June 5, Good Morning America announced that Samaritan (Knopf) was the latest book chosen by the show's "Read This!" book club. The whodunit by Richard Price was a top ten pick on the January/February 2003 Book Sense 76.

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05 Jun

BEA Trade Floor Offers a Wealth of Intriguing Titles

"Stacks of books were piled high all over" reads a passage from the opening chapter of a new work by German author Cornelia Funke -- a passage that might almost describe the literature-laden aisles of the Los Angeles Convention Center last week, during the 2003 BookExpo America. "Small piles of books, tall piles of books, books thick and thin, books old and new. They welcomed ... with invitingly opened pages; they kept boredom at bay ... and sometimes you fell over them."

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04 Jun

The BlackBoard Books of the Year Presented at BEA

BlackBoard African-American Bestsellers, Inc. has announced its 2003 Books of the Year. The awards, presented at this year's BookExpo America in Los Angeles and hosted by Cee Cee Michaela of the UPN series Girlfriends, recognize outstanding African-American writers of fiction, nonfiction, and children's books.

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04 Jun

Audie Award Winners Announced

On May 30, the Audio Publishers Association announced the winners of the Eighth Annual Audie Awards at BookExpo America in Los Angeles. The Audies recognize excellence in audio publishing and were awarded in 27 categories at the Petersen Automotive Museum in L.A.

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04 Jun

Lambda Literary Foundation Presents 2003 Lammies

The Lambda Literary Foundation has announced the winners of the 15th Annual Lambda Literary Awards, or "Lammies," which honor "the best and the brightest" in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered publishing. The awards were presented at a gala banquet and awards ceremony at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles on May 29 in conjunction with BookExpo America.

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30 May

Live from BEA -- Day Two

Book Sense Book of the Year Awards Announced at ABA Celebration of Bookselling

Ann Patchett

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22 May

Summer Children's Book Sense 76 Now Online

The latest Children's Book Sense 76, with booksellers' recommendations, is now online at Stores should receive the printed fliers by the end of the month.

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21 May

Harry Potter and the Retailer Coupon Program

Beginning June 21, stores participating in Scholastic Book Fair's Retailer Coupon Program can accept customer certificates in exchange for copies of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

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20 May

Wiley Offers Independents New Way to Sharpen Their Skills

The publishing series that took the sting out of being called a "dummy" is offering independent booksellers a special publication to help them "work smarter, not harder." Beginning at BookExpo America, Wiley Publishing is offering booksellers free copies of a special BEA edition of Bookselling For Dummies.

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15 May

Announcing the Summer Children's Book Sense 76 Top Ten

Here is the latest Children's Book Sense 76 Top Ten.

Once again, many, many thanks for all the nominations. The contributions from a wonderfully wide range of booksellers have created a rich and diverse list.

The full Children's Book Sense 76 -- with booksellers' quotes -- will be in next week's Bookselling This Week.

Looking ahead, the deadline for the July/August Book Sense 76 is May 23 -- send in those nominations! There can never be too many!

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15 May

The Book Sense Bestseller List for Sports and Exercise

Based on sales reports from nearly 400 independent bookstores across the U.S. for the four weeks ending May 11, 2003.

From golf to the Iditarod to hiking, and, of course, baseball -- sports, exercise, and physical recreation are winning subjects with book buyers.

To reprint this list, please contact Kristen Gilligan at [email protected]. Thanks to all loyal reporters!

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13 May

The Song Reader -- Debut Novel Hits the Right Note

Lisa Tucker will always remember the time she and her younger sister were sitting around listening to an Aerosmith song several years ago. No matter how hard she tried, Tucker couldn't get that tune out of her head, especially because of its lyrics. "The song was haunting me, so I wondered 'what does it really mean to me?'"

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07 May

'Today Book Club' Drinking Coffee Elsewhere

On Wednesday, May 7, John Updike chose Drinking Coffee Elsewhere by Z.Z. Packer (Riverhead) as the 11th selection to be read by the "Today Book Club."

Locales in this debut collection of eight stories, featuring mostly young African Americans, include a Girl Scout camp, the Million Man March on Washington, Japan, and, of course, elsewhere.

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01 May

Stone Reader Provides Perfect Cross-Promotion Opportunity

Book lovers are not always film lovers, nor are film lovers always book lovers. But what of a film about the love of books -- in particular, the love of one special book…. This is where book people and film people must overlap. Filmmaker Mark Moskowitz turned his quest for information about a long-forgotten novel, purchased in his college days, into a paean to authors, books, and those who love them.

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