Friday, April 15, 2011

Ye Olde Partners Page

*News From the Glamorous World of Bookselling*

"Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it,
misdiagnosing it, and then misapplying the wrong remedies . . ."
--Groucho Marx

I, Mick Dolinski, am throwing my hat in the ring as a candidate for President of the United StatesTM. I will represent a newly founded third party, which will be known as The Booklovers' Party, or BP for short. My platform will include the outlawing of all electronic reading devices, and the requirement that all Americans must purchase at least one book per year. Are you with me? Good. So here's the latest . . .

1) SEVERAL SPECIES OF SMALL FURRY AUTHORS GATHERED TOGETHER IN A CONFERENCE ROOM AND GROOVING WITH A MICK . . . We have been blessed with a bevy big authors over the past couple of days, who have been kind enough to sign their latest book releases, so we can pass them on to you. First of all, we had Chris VanAllsburg of Polar Express (9780395389492) 18.95 fame come in to sign copies of Queen of the Falls (9780547315812) 18.99. A perfect gentleman, Chris mentioned to me that the original print for Polar Express sold on the secondary market for $50,000. I knew I should have held on to it. Later that same day, we had Nic Sheff, author of We All Fall Down (9780316080828) 17.99, pop in and sign his stock. Nic's new book is about the dangers of addiction and it's geared for the young adult market. You may recall he appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show to publicize his first title, Tweak (9781416972198) 9.99. Yesterday, we had Ruta Sepetys, author of Between Shades of Gray (9780399254123) 17.99 sign our stock. I erroneously said on the last Partners Page that Ruta was a 'foreigner,' but it was actually her parents who fled Lithuania and settled in Michigan. This book tells the story of one family who was caught in the vise of Stalin's purges in the Baltic states. Finally, Kelley Armstrong will be in later today to sign her most recent title, The Gathering (9780061797026) 17.99. I'll just leave this here, "It doesn't help that the new bad boy in town, Rafe, has a dangerous secret, and he's interested in one special part of Maya's anatomy -- her paw print birthmark." Uh-huh. First come, first served on all autographed books . . .

2) CAREFUL WITH THAT AXE, MICHAEL PIETSCH . . . Apparently, even in death, David Foster Wallace is still stirring up some controversy. Some people are now questioning whether his posthumous novel The Pale King (9780316074230) 27.99 should have been released. Personally, I would pay to read his grocery list, but I might be the exception. You can read more here:

Odds & Sods

A couple of titles that you might want to keep an eye on. Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan (9780805093469) 27.00 by Del Quentin Wilber has been trickling out of here but seems to be gathering steam over the past few days. The reviewers have been raving about it, and I've heard mention that Gerald Blaine's The Kennedy Detail (9781439192962) 28.00 should have been this good . . .
Also, Ben Macintyre's Operation Mincemeat (9780307453280) 15.00 has been selling well. It's a little-known program by the British to plant false information on dead soldiers during WWII. Truth is stranger than fiction . . .

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