Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Ye Olde Partners Page

*A Collection of Antiquarian Curios & Relics*

"You'll worry less about what people think of you
when you realize how seldom they do . . ."
--David Foster Wallace
1) LOOK AT THE HARLEQUINS! Well, it looks like Bella and Edward, er, James and Anastasia, the characters of 50 Shades Of Grey (9780345803481) 15.95 by the pseudonymous E.L. James will be reaching a wider audience. Vintage has bought world English print, digital, and audio rights to republish her erotic romance trilogy. The key to the success of this title was the publicity. Like me, you were probably barraged with calls last week after the author appeared on The Today Show. Originally, it had been posted as Twilight Saga fan fiction from 2009-2011 on various on-line sites; the author has since removed the Stephenie Meyer series references and then had contracted with the Writer's Coffee Shop. Believe it or not, the upcoming edition is already in the Top Ten as a pre-order, so I would be prepared for big sales out of the gate. According to Vintage, we should have copies in early April. Backorder accordingly . . .

2) TRANSPARENT THINGS . . . Most of my father's side of the family, including he, my grandfather, and a couple of uncles worked for the Ford Motor Company at one time or another, so I was bit intrigued when we started having a run on Bryce Hoffman's American Icon: Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company (9780307886057) 26.00 yesterday. Of course, most of the sales were from the Detroit area, but this one may have the potential to go national. I believe a lot of people are unaware that Ford was the only American automaker that didn't take any money from the taxpayer funded bailout, and once word gets around, hopefully other businesses will want to see how CEO Alan Mulally pulled this off. We sold out, but we should have more copies by either Friday or Monday . . .

3) SPRING IN FIALTA . . . Spring is in the air, and Sleeping Bear Press has some great new releases to get you in the spirit. They have had prior success with the little state board books, and the latest addition to this series are Little Wisconsin (9781585362097) 9.95 by Kathy-jo Wargin and Matt Napier's Little Canada (9781585361786) 9.95. I was a little disappointed that there was no 'eh?' at the end of the title for Little Canada, but that's probably just me, hoser. They also have a couple of cute hardcovers on the way. What's Looking at You Kid? (9781585367931) 14.95 was written by J.Patrick Lewis, who was recently named the U.S. Children's Poet Laureate. It is replete with spring animals and vivid verse. And finally, as a reminder of winter, Trinka Hakes Noble's The People of Twelve Thousand Winters (9781585365296) 16.95 is also a new release from them. Set before the coming of the white man, she tells the story of a Lenni Lenape boys transition from child to manhood. Good stuff.

Odds & Sods

I've been enjoying Roger Ebert's A Horrible Experience of Unbearable Length: More Movies That Suck (9781449410254) 16.99. Man, he can really rip on people . . .

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