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27 Feb
26 Feb

Pacific Northwest Book Award Winners Announced

The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (PNBA) has announced the winners of its 2003 book awards. Independent booksellers from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska chose six titles by Northwest authors to receive special recognition.

The awards will be presented at the 37th PNBA Awards Banquet, which will be on March 15 at the PNBA's spring trade show in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

The winners are:

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24 Feb

American Gothic -- Larson's The Devil in the White City Tells Tale of Grandeur and Horror

Erik Larson estimates he spent "about two solid years" researching The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America (Crown), his new nonfiction work telling the parallel stories of Daniel Hudson Burnham, the man responsible for the construction of the Chicago World's Fair of 1893, and Dr. H.H.

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20 Feb

SEBA Announces Book Award Nominees

The Southeast Booksellers Association has released the names of the nominees for its 2003 Book Awards. The winners will be announced on March 4, and the awards will be presented at a dinner ceremony on April 4 at the Park Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The nominees are:

Fiction

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20 Feb

The History Channel Presents Spring 2003 Book Sense 76 Top Ten History Picks

1. THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America, by Erik Larson (Crown, $25.95, 0609608444; Feb. '03) "Larsen tells the parallel stories of two men racing to meet their destinies: one creating the 1893 Chicago World's Fair against incredible odds, and one becoming America's first real serial killer. The otherworldly beauty and utopian vision of the fair make a stark contrast to the harsh realities of life just a few blocks away where on dark, dirty streets young women were disappearing by the dozens.

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19 Feb

Lambda Literary Foundation Announces 2002 'Lammy' Finalists

Finalists for the 15th Annual Lambda Literary Awards, honoring "the best and the brightest" in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered publishing, have been announced by the Lambda Literary Foundation. The finalists in 20 categories were chosen after a rigorous selection process. Awards will be presented at a gala banquet at BookExpo America in Los Angeles, May 29, 2003.

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13 Feb

Scholastic Releases Important Order of the Phoenix Info

Scholastic's "Harry Potter Bookseller Desk" has released a fact sheet answering a number of key questions regarding the publication of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which is scheduled to be published on June 21, 2003.

Included in the FAQs is information regarding shipping, delivery requirements, Scholastic's on-sale date contract and affidavit, carton quantities, and more.

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13 Feb

USA Today Book Club Pitches Its Next Selection

Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy, by Jane Leavy (HarperCollins), was selected on Thursday, February 13, as the next title to be read by the USA Today book club.

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13 Feb

Full March/April Book Sense 76 Now Online

The March/April Book Sense 76 -- with booksellers' recommendations -- has been posted at http://news.bookweb.org/read/1144. The printed flier will be shipped to stores beginning the first week of March.

These titles were selected from thousands of nominations from independent booksellers across the country. To access an online nomination form and deadlines for future 76s, go to www.bookweb.org/read/2330.

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13 Feb

A Few More Books to Watch and 76 Mentions in Ads

By Carl Lennertz

Three books to watch, thanks to the almost 400 stores who reported last week! Are YOU one of the stores contributing to this wealth of knowledge?

As it turns out, all of these are also on at least one Regional Bestseller List:

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13 Feb

The Book Sense Category Bestseller List: Christianity

Based on the last four weeks of sales from over 350 independent bookstores across America.

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12 Feb

GMA Announces Eighth 'Read This!' Pick

On Wednesday, February 12, Good Morning America's "Read This!" book club made its eighth pick. The ABC morning show's book club's latest choice is dot.bomb: My Days and Nights at an Internet Goliath (Back Bay Books), by J. David Kuo.

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06 Feb

Scholastic Announces Suggested Retail Price for New Harry Potter

Scholastic announced today that the suggested retail price for the next Harry Potter title, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, will be $29.99.

The fifth book in the bestselling series by J.K. Rowling will be published on June 21, 2003. The title will have 38 chapters and will be over a third longer than Rowling's previous book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

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06 Feb

Lots of Sleepers Culled from the Bestseller Data, Plus National Ads for 76 Picks on Stands Now

By Carl Lennertz

Here's an update on books to watch, thanks to the almost 400 stores who reported last week! Are you one of the stores contributing to that wealth of knowledge?

Hardcover Fiction:

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06 Feb

The Book Sense Category Bestseller List: Travel Writing

Based on the last four weeks of sales from over 350 independent bookstores across America.

Thanks to all the stores that report, the expanded electronic reporting options including BookScan, and the software our team here has built to sort and slice a ton of data according to BISAC categories, here is the latest subject category list.

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