Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Ye Olde Partners Page

Ye Olde Partners Page
*A Collection of Antiquarian Curios & Relics*
"Sitting in the stand at the sports arena,
Waiting for the show to begin . . ."
                                                                                     --Paul McCartney, Venus and Mars

1)  ROCK SHOW . . .  I must admit when I saw the title Rock With Wings, I thought it might be a new tell-all book by Paul McCartney about his days with his band Wings.  For you youngsters, Wings was the name of the band Paul formed before he began collaborating with Kanye West and his career officially 'blew up'.  But I wasn't even in the ballpark with that one.  Heck, I wasn't even on the right planet (see: Venus and Mars above).  Apparently, Rock With Wings (9780062270511) 26.99 is actually the title of Anne Hillerman's sort of sequel to Spider Woman's Daughter (9780062270498) 9.99, which is a continuation of her late husband's series of books featuring Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn.  It releases on May 5.  By the way, next time we'll talk about the band that Paul was in before Wings . . .


2)  WITH A LITTLE LUCK . . .  The Pulitzer PrizeTM winners were announced  on Monday and to everyone's great surprise, they are solid bestsellers (well, at least the fiction and non-fiction categories).  Anthony Doerr's All The Light We Cannot See (9781476746586) 27.00 won the fiction award after the Pulitzer jury asked for a fourth nominee to be submitted to them.  Thankfully, we did not have a repeat of 2012 when no award was given for fiction.  Also, the trade edition of this title has been delayed until December.  Elizabeth Kolbert's important book, The Sixth Extinction (9781250062185) 16.00, which is already in tradepaper, was the winner in the non-fiction slot.  Of course, the history category winner, Elizabeth Fenn's Encounters At The Heart Of The World (9780374535117) 18.00 and the biography award winner, The Pope And Mussolini (9780812983678) 20.00 by David Kertzer are not quite as well known, but they both have been recently released in tradepaper editions, too.  There also was a poetry
winner . . .



3)  CALL ME BACK AGAIN . . .  Our good friend and New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Berg stopped by on Monday and signed copies of her latest book, Dream Lover (9780812993158) 28.00.  She was wonderful and has a great sense of humor.  We both agreed that one of our favourite quotes was by Flannery O'Conner:  Everywhere I go, I'm asked if I think universities stifle writers.  My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them.  There's many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.  As usual, it's first come, first served on signed copies . . .

On this day in Byzantine History (April 22)
During the night on this day in 1453, the Ottoman Turks moved ships overland and across the Golden Horn to cut off the last supply line into Constantinople.

Odds & Sods 
Tom Izzo and The Michigan State Spartans have had another glorious run at the NCAA basketball championship this year.  To commemorate his 20 years as coach of MSU's wildly successful basketball program, the Lansing State Journal and the Detroit Free Press are releasing
Mr. March (9781597255714) 34.95 on May 15.  This title will only be available on a non-returnable basis at a 30% discount.  Unfortunately, more than half of our stock has already been backordered, and more than likely, it will not be reprinted.  Order accordingly . . .

Happy Earth Day!

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