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09 Jan

Speak Up! Now's the Time to Nominate Your Favorite Titles for the Book Sense Book of the Year

Resolve to start the New Year right by nominating the books you most enjoyed handselling and recommending to your customers in 2002 for the Book Sense Book of the Year Awards (BSBY). The 2003 BSBY Nomination Ballot is now available to all ABA member bookstores. (Stores do not have to be Book Sense participating stores to nominate titles.)

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09 Jan

Various 76 Updates

By Carl Lennertz

Dear Booksellers,

1) Sorry to come a nudgin' so soon after the holiday madness, but mid-to-late January and February hold deadlines for recommendations for several new 76s:

January 17 -- for a History 76 top ten (as part of a promotion with the History Channel!), and a possible Teen Readers 76 top ten

January 24 -- the March/April 76

February 7 -- a Poetry Month 76 top ten, plus a Mystery top ten and SF/Fantasy top ten

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07 Jan

Julia Glass -- A Booksellers' Favorite -- Reflects on Unexpected National Book Award

When the critically acclaimed debut novel Three Junes won the National Book Award for fiction last November, a number of people were caught off guard. Count among them author Julia Glass.

"I didn't expect to win.… It was a complete shock," she said in a recent interview from her Manhattan home.

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02 Jan

GMA's Seventh -- A Book Sense Number One

It may be a new year, but one thing that carried over from last year is Book Sense's Good Morning America book club streak. On Thursday, January 2, the popular morning show's "Read This!" book club made its seventh selection, and once again chose a Book Sense 76 pick.

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02 Jan

The First Englishman in Japan

Commodore Matthew Perry, an American Naval officer, is generally credited as the man who, with his 1854 expedition, opened Japan to trade with the West. However, author Giles Milton, who previously proposed (in Nathaniel's Nutmeg) that New York City might still be a Dutch colony but for the spice trade, would like to bring English sailor William Adams to readers' attention.

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02 Jan

National Book Award Winners and Finalists Reveal Life-Changing Books

Katherine Paterson sobbed the first time she read Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton (Scribner). Cynthia Ozick reread E.M. Forster's The Longest Journey (Vintage) twice a year because it educated her heart. Mark Twain inspired E.L. Doctorow to write from a child's perspective. Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights fueled Alice McDermott's passion for the storyteller.

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19 Dec

Full January/February 2003 Book Sense 76 Now Online

The January/February 2003 Book Sense 76 -- with booksellers' recommendations -- has been posted at http://news.bookweb.org/read/1029. The printed flier will be shipped to stores beginning the first week of January.

These titles were selected from 2,000 nominations from independent booksellers across the country. To access an online nomination form and deadlines for future 76s, go to www.BookWeb.org/booksense/seventysix/2330.html.

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19 Dec

New Yorker to Feature Two Book Sense Ads in January

Two top ten January/February Book Sense 76 picks will be featured in newly redesigned bookmark-shaped ads in The New Yorker in January. The ads feature a clearer typeface and a larger image of the recommended book.

The January 20 issue of The New Yorker, on sale January 13, will feature an ad in which Alayne Hopkins of Ruminator Books in St. Paul, Minnesota, recommends Samaritan by Richard Price (Knopf, 0375411151).

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17 Dec

Author Returns to Kansas City Roots for Acclaimed Novel

Life is full of mysteries.

Consider career choices.

Whitney Terrell of Kansas City comes from a family of painters: His great-grandfather was a professional artist. His insurance-executive grandfather painted throughout his life and had pictures "all over the city." Terrell's uncle was an artist, and one of his sisters is a painter who works in advertising.

It might have been predicted, then, that if Whitney Terrell felt an urge to make art, he too would be a painter.

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12 Dec

NPR Showcases Independent Booksellers' Holiday Picks

As listeners of National Public Radio's Morning Edition finished breakfast, drove to work, or settled into the first tasks of the day on December 12, they heard the voice of independent bookseller Nancy Olson of Quail Ridge Books and Music in Raleigh, North Carolina, telling them that "there are so many good books this season….

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12 Dec

Online Word Maven Fills a Book

Anu Garg and Al Gore share more than initials. Both are authors of new books co-written with their wives, and both were treated to warm receptions last month at Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle, where they spoke and signed books, just days apart.

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12 Dec

The Book Sense Category Bestseller List: Biography and Memoir

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

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12 Dec

Book Sense in The Atlantic Monthly

The January/February 2003 issue of The Atlantic Monthly, on sale January 14, will include a Book Sense ad featuring the title Old Flames by John Lawton (Atlantic Monthly Press, 0871138646). Virginia Powers of Olsson's Books in Washington, D.C. provides the Book Sense recommendation.

Another Lawton title, Black Out (Penguin, 0142002763) is also featured in the ad.

For a downloadable PDF of this and other recent Book Sense ads in print, click here.

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10 Dec

Back to the Bronx

Fern Jaffe, owner of Paperbacks Plus, with author Robert Caro

When Paperbacks Plus in the Bronx, New Yo

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