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15 Aug

The Cancer Monologue Project: Finding a Lifeline Amidst Illness and Pain

The 30 contributors to The Cancer Monologue Project, an upcoming October publication from MacAdam/Cage, had been neither writers nor performers. They were patients. Cancer patients at varying levels of treatment, remission, or recovery, were drawn together by actors Tanya Taylor and Pamela Thompson to participate in free workshops for those who have experienced cancer, HIV, and AIDS.

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13 Aug

New England Book Award Winners Announced

Chris Bohjalian, Howard Zinn, Leonard Everett Fisher, and University Press of New England were named as the 2002 winners of the New England Book Awards, announced Rusty Drugan, executive director of the New England Booksellers Association (NEBA). Drugan said that the awards will be presented on Sunday, September 29, at the Breakfast with New England Book Award Winners during the NEBA trade show in Providence, Rhode Island.

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08 Aug

The September/October 2002 Book Sense 76 Top Ten Announcement(s)

Well, this was tough! Over 2,000 books nominated, the most ever. Such a huge, huge, huge September and October new book-wise, not surprisingly. So rich that some great books landing after October 1 need to be held off until the November/December 76.

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08 Aug

Thursday Tip, Sleeper Alerts, and … Groan, ANOTHER (Better) Movie Rec

By Carl Lennertz

Tip of the Week:
Just a reminder: Not all 76 picks need to be in your displays! I know some of you feel guilty because you "just" have 15 to 25 of the picks displayed. That's OK! In fact, that's more than OK!!

Two Kids' 76 ISBN and, therefore, price mistakes:
In the fall Kids' 76 announced last week, two hardcover books had the library binding ISBNs noted instead of the trade editions. Sorry!

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05 Aug

Book Sense Continues Morning Show Hot Streak

On Monday, August 5, the Today Show named the Adam Haslett short story collection You Are Not a Stranger Here (Doubleday) as the latest pick of its "Today's Book Club." The title, selected for the club by author Jonathan Franzen, was a July/August Book Sense 76 selection.

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01 Aug

The Fall 2002 Children's Book Sense 76 Preview

Booksellers -- Another fun one to do! Thank you for all the great nominations.

The 76 fliers will be to you in early September, and maybe late August. AND … this is the 76 that is the basis of the late September NEW YORKER insert. Kudos!!!

A sneak preview of the quotes being used will be up at BookWeb.org next week. No matter what quote I end up using, thanks go to ALL who recommended each book!

Carl
carl@booksense.com

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01 Aug

The 2002 -- 2003 'Best Books for Reading Groups' Book Sense 76

We're still checking ISBNs of the latest paperback editions, but we wanted you to see this soonest. The flier will be ready this fall, and we'll publicize this major initiative then.

Note: This is also a great resource if your community is thinking of adopting a book for all to read. For a list of what books cities, towns, and states around the country have chosen recently, go to http://news.bookweb.org/read/305
(Let us know of any new ones!)

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01 Aug

Book Sense One on One: A Bookseller Interview with Adam Haslett, Author of You Are Not a Stranger Here

Bookselling This Week is happy to present its second "Book Sense One on One" feature in which a bookseller who has nominated a title for the Book Sense 76 interviews that title's author.

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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 kristen@bookweb.org 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 kristen@bookweb.org for reprint guidelines for your newspaper or magazine.

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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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29 Jul

Connecticut Residents Seek to Ban Two Newbery Medal Winners from School

In Cromwell, Connecticut, two residents want a pair of Newbery Medal-winning novels removed from the Cromwell middle school's curriculum. The pair allege that the books, The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare and Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson, promote witchcraft and violence and have filed a petition asking school officials to remove them, as reported by the Hartford Courant.

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25 Jul

Arkansas Lawsuit Says Restricting a Book Counts the Same as Banning It

Two Arkansas parents are protesting the recent decision by the Cedarville, Arkansas, school board to restrict access to the Harry Potter series in school libraries. Cedarville parents Billy Ray Counts and Mary Nell Counts have filed a complaint against the Cedarville School District in the U.S. District Court, Western District of Arkansas. If the case does go to trial, it will be the first such case involving the Harry Potter series to do so.

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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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