"Take a look at the lawmanTHINGS TO DO IN DENVER WHEN YOU'RE DEAD
Beating up the wrong guy
Oh man! Wonder if he'll ever know
He's in the bestselling show
Is there life on Mars . . ."
--David Bowie, Life on Mars?
Things Overheard in a Michigan Bookstore: "I'm looking for Ann Coulter's autobiography. I think it's called Demonic (9780307353481) 28.99."
Things to Do in Ann Arbor: Tonight, Nicola's Books will be hosting Loreen Niewenhuis, author of A Thousand Mile Walk on the Beach: One Woman's Trek of the Perimeter of Lake Michigan (9781933987156) 16.95. Loreen's book has been the surprise regional bestseller of the season for us. I believe we have sold out of her title at least three times now. We do have copies in stock. If you're looking for a national author, Alan Furst will be signing copies of Spies of the Balkans (9780812977387) 15.00 tomorrow night.
Things to Read About on the Internet: Authors can be an ornery bunch and these classic putdowns are worth reading: http://flavorwire.com/188138/the-30-harshest-author-on-author-insults-in-history. As several writers noted, I have never understood the fascination with Jane Austen. Her Pride and Prejudice (9780553213102) 4.95 had to be one of the most boring books that I have been forced to read. Nathanial Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter (9780553210095) 3.95 would be a close second.
Things to Do in Petoskey: I see that McLean & Eakin Booksellers is having not just one but two literary giants in their bookstore on the same day. Jaimy Gordon, winner of the NBA for Lord of Misrule (9780929701837) 25.00 hc and (9780307946737) pb 15.00, will be motoring up to Petoskey with her former student and National Book Award finalist Bonnie Jo Campbell to do a joint signing. Ms. Campbell will be promoting her new title, Once Upon a River (9780393079890) 25.95. This event will take place on August 11 and you can learn more about it here: http://www.mcleanandeakin.com/event/bonnie-jo-campbell . It will give you a good excuse to visit this four season resort community.
Things to Read for Boring History Nerds like Myself: Yeah, I would recommend Jonathan Steinberg's Bismarck: A Life (9780199782529) 34.95, but even I will admit that the audience for this title is very limited. However, for that special someone who is a history buff, this would be the perfect gift. *wink* *wink*
Odds & Sods
We always do well with the Pocket NaturalistTM wildlife foldouts this time of year. And now, the biggest name in birds, Sibley, has joined the fray with their foldout, Sibley's Backyard Birds of the Upper Midwest (9781935380641) 7.95. The Bird is the word . . .
Talk about catching fire, everyone must have read Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games (9780439023528) 8.99, and now they've moved on to the second book in the series, Catching Fire (9780439023498) 17.99. We have just received our re-order. Get 'em while they're smokin' hot . . .