Thursday, June 17, 2010

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*News From the Glamorous World of Bookselling*

"It's extraordinarily important, that we, the most undertaxed nation on earth, be willing to pay higher taxes, so that we don't allow the lower strata of our society to starve to death and freeze to death . . . Not for them, but for us . . ."
--David Foster Wallace, Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself (9780307592439) 16.99
1) I FEEL LIKE I'M FLYING . . . As much as I am a fan of the 'Mystery Spot,' Mackinac Island still remains the #1 vacation destination in Michigan. And there is no better keepsake than the recently re-released Above Mackinac (9781891143984) 30.00 by Robert Cameron from our own Thunder Bay Press. Chockfull of magnificent aerial photographs, this is as close as you can get to Mackinac Island without actually being there.

2) YOU SAY YOU WANT A REVOLUTION . . . Kevin Revolinski may not be a wild-eyed anarchist, but his new book, Wisconsin's Best Beer Guide (9781933272252) 16.95 may open a few eyes as well as spark a brewing revolution. I may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but I can guarantee you that a book that has a tag on the cover that says, 'Buy this book for FREE BEER,' is going to be a great seller. Surprisingly, Wisconsin is only 8th in beer consumption per capitain the US, but that's still a lot of potential customers.

3) DON'T LET ME DOWN . . . I don't know if there's been an upgrade in regional book technology lately, but all three of these books have eye-catching jackets. In fact, Richard L. Baldwin's new mystery Murder in Tip-Up Town (9780982335123) 12.95 might be the best in the bunch. Mr. Baldwin's titles are all set in Michigan, and his titles, including: Final Crossing: Murder on the S.S. Badger (9780974292021) 12.95, The Marina Murders (9780966068573) 12.95, and our local favourite Murder at the Ingham County Fair (9780982335109) 12.95 are still bestsellers for us year after year.
4) WE ALL LIVE IN A YELLOW SUBMARINE . . . We also have on-hand a limited quantity of signed copies of Craig Heimbuch's Chasing Oliver Hazard Perry (9781578603459) 17.95, which is also a Great Lakes, Great Reads winner. As usual, it is first come, first served . . .

Odds & Sods

I had the honor of meeting Twesigye Jackson Kaguri yesterday. Mr. Kaguri was originally from Uganda and was fortunate enough to come to the US to attend Cornell University. Having lost two of his siblings to AIDS, he went back to Uganda and vowed to open a tuition-free school for orphans. In The Price of Stones (9780670021840) 25.95, Mr Kaguri recounts the obstacles it took for him to build his school. He autographed our copies of his book, and he had to be one of the nicest people that I have ever met in my life. I donated some old clothes to Volunteers of America the other day and now I feel pretty lame . . .

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