Friday, January 29, 2010

Ye Olde Partners Page

*News From the Glamorous World of Bookselling*
"This s**t would be really interesting
if we weren't in the middle of it . . ."
--Barack Obama quoted from Game Change (9780061733635) 27.99
Channel 13 Community Access TV Presents: BOOK TALKERS

(Camera pans Double D's basement and settles on a life-size cutout of Oprah Winfrey with Double D and Stoner B seated on either side.)

Stoner Bill: Hey Dudes and Dudettes! We are now on Day 319 and counting on our Oprah Book Club watch. C'mon Oprah, pick a new one, I need something to read! Anyway, here's your host with the most . . . Doctor Delaaaaaaay!

Double D: (smiling) Thanks for that wonderful introduction, Bill. Lotsa big news in the book biz. Shockingly, the Newbery Award winner Rebecca Stead's When You Reach Me (9780385737425) 15.99 and the Caldecott winner Jerry Pinkney's The Lion & the Mouse (9780316013567) 16.99 were fairly popular books that were still available. Good work librarians! Unfortunately, the 'bad news for booksellers' was that the Coretta Scott King Award winner Bad News for Outlaws (9780822567646) 17.95 by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson was in the more traditional vein of award winners and it is out of stock at the publisher. You win some, ya lose some. Well without further adieu, we present to you: Stoner Bill's Book Spotlight . . .

Stoner Bill: Duuuuude, have you seen this book called Morecock, Fartwell, & Hoare (9780312545352) 14.99 by Russell Ash. It is hi-lari-ass. It's a collection of true names that has kept me and my little bro' in stitches. Am I right?

Henry: (off-camera) You are absolutely right, big bro'.

Double D: Is that the one with the pornographic names? I am shocked that you would be amused by a book that appeals to the lowest common denominator.

Stoner Bill: Denominator? Hey, I was told there would be no math.

Double D: Whatever. So that's about it for this week. Next week, we will interview former Michigander Steve Hamilton, author of The Lock Artist  (9780312380427) 24.99. As a little teaser, he has assured me that his next mystery will feature Alex McKnight. If you can't wait until then, Partners already has signed copies of The Lock Artist available for purchase, too.
Stoner Bill & Double D: (in unison) And remember: We love you Oprah!

Odds & Sods

For all the young truthers and conspiracy theorists, Audrey has alerted me to a new tween series that will come out the first week of the month for the rest of the year. Much like the TV show 24, the events in Gabrielle Lord's series is occuring in real time. Obviously, we already have

Conspiracy 365: January (9781935279495) 10.99 and Conspiracy 365: February (9781935279501) 10.99 in stock. "I'm running out of time . . ."

Self-proclaimed 'greatest living American author' Robert B. Parker passed away while working on his latest novel last week. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends.

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