Thursday, April 29, 2010

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*News From the Glamorous World of Bookselling*

"All my daydreams are disasters,
She's the one I think I love . . ."
--Uncle Tupelo, New Madrid

The Detroit Red Wings hockey team won their best of seven playoff series with the Phoenix Coyotes, and so my television screen gets to live for at least another round. Ted, the warehouse manager had mentioned that the Wings usually come back in the next game with a good performance after a bad one. I agreed. He also suggested that I go easy on Laura Bush, whose new book Spoken From the Heart (9781439155202) 30.00 goes on-sale May 4.

I responded, "Ted, I have nothing against Laura Bush. She's fairly innocuous. She's just your typical political wife. I hope she does well because we could use a bestseller right about now."

However, I am taking umbrage at the fact that The New York Times has broken the embargo on yet another title by obtaining this at a local bookstore. I want to know what bookstore is already selling it and what kind of repercussions the store will suffer for violating the strict on-sale date. Yeah, I know. I'm not holding my breath.

On a related note, Laura's husband has announced the release of his memoir, Decider Points (9780307590619) 35.00 on November 9. I wondered if Dick Cheney knows about George's literary foray and it reminded me of this bit from the movie This is Spinal Tap.

The limo driver referring to Sammy Davis' Yes, I Can (9780374522681) 19.95 says, "You know what the title of that book should be? Yes, I Can if Frank Sinatra Says it's OK. 'Cause Frank calls the shots for all of those guys."

I'm not sure if George will be going on Oprah, but Laura is penciled in for either May 3 or 4, so expect this one to shoot to the top of the bestseller lists like a speeding Chevy Impala.

Speaking of Oprah, Geneen Roth, author of Women, Food, and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything (9781416543077) 24.00 is scheduled to appear on Oprah's show on May 10. We saw a blip in sales when Oprah just mentioned this one a couple of weeks ago, so imagine what a full hour should do. No really, imagine it. I'm thinking it will sell in Eat, Pray, Love (97801431184280) 16.00 proportions which, by the way, will be released as a movie on August 13. Take note, this is the ISBN for the new movie tie-in, which is due in July. The movie stars James Franco, Julia Roberts, and Javier Bardem. Man, that's a great cast. In the meantime, maybe I can get a copy of the DVD at that bookstore in New York. Psych!

"Time to go! Hurry Doctor John Dee! To the time machine!"

Odds & Sods

Julie is excited about two new books that Partners is distributing, Brunch on the Porch (9781616589851) 17.95 and Dinner on the Porch (9781607431985) 17.95. These tasty little cookbooks by Le Cordon Bleu trained Chef Jim Voltz contain his favourite classic menus for entertaining guests at his Crystal Lake cottage. It's full of both delicious recipes and delightful stories . . .

By the way, keep an eye on J.R. Ward's latest book, Lover Mine (9780451229854) 25.95. Her readers seem to being growing exponentially with the release of every book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series and this one has been no exception . . .

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