You'll be tempted to keep these books for yourself
This little elf did not write the books mentioned below.
A book is the perfect gift: meaningful, personal and usually not too expensive. Check out the latest books we’ve given the Kirkus Star to
if you’re wanting to give fiction, nonfiction or young adult and kid’s books this holiday season. If you’re looking to give something a little more visual (and expensive), check out our guide to some recently published, stand-out coffeetable, cookbook, and art books. Happy Holidays!
By the Book: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life from ...
The PEN America First Editions/Second Thoughts Auction
PEN America, which defends free expression, has concocted a perceptive, insightful way to raise money: They’ve asked 75 writers and artists to annotate the first edition of their classic works, which they then auction off. First Editions/Second Thoughts consists of writers like Toni Morrison, Gillian Flynn, Philip Roth, Stephen Sondheim, Eric Carle and Patti Smith publicly wrestling with the books they’re best known for. Morrison, for example, makes a brief note in Beloved that “the last two pages of ...
We ask owner Kelly Justice what makes the store stand out
Kelly Justice owns Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, Virginia, which opened in 1978. Its 1867 building has hardwood floors, exposed brick walls and natural wood shelves. It looks so much like a classic independent bookstore that when author Kelly Corrigan visited (as reported in Bookselling This Week), she said: “This is the reason people quit their jobs and open a bookstore. This is what they imagine.”
What is Fountain Bookstore famous for?
Our big mouths, maybe? When people come to ...
In the traditional publishing world, a big celebrity name can move titles. Madonna, for example, has produced several best-selling children’s books, such as The English Roses, and Gwyneth Paltrow has written successful recipe books, including It’s All Good. But as self-publishing has become more accessible, celebrities with smaller fandoms have also been getting in the game.
Norman Reedus, for example, is best known for playing the crossbow-wielding zombie-apocalypse survivor Daryl Dixon on the AMC television series The Walking Dead. As ...
The best-selling Indie writer reveals the secrets to her success
Control Your Own Destiny With Self-Publishing
I think every avid reader dreams of being a novelist, and I'm no exception. But unlike many authors, I didn't grow up with hopes of being published by one of the big publishing houses. Sweating over a novel for months or years only to suffer decades of rejections didn't appeal to me.
Not only that, but I'm somewhat of a control freak. I like to have control over my business ...
We talk to the beloved indie store’s co-owner Matt Norcross
For this month’s Shelf Space, we talk with Matt Norcross, co-owner of McLean & Eakin Booksellers in Petoskey, Michigan. His bookselling career began in 1992 when his mother, Julie Norcross, opened the award-winning store. It often appears on lists of authors’ favorite independent bookstores. In the New York Times, author and bookstore owner Ann Patchett described it this way: “The books at McLean & Eakin are arranged to beckon, and there are plenty of big chairs to fall into once ...
Three excellent books by Indie authors
Continuing Indie’s practice of recommending excellent self-pubbed titles, we bring you first-person accounts of daily work life. The common thread here is short essays depicting life on the job where the job is inherently interesting and the author’s viewpoint is philosophical, often funny and sometimes profound.
In 99 Jobs: Blood, Sweat and Houses, which earned a Kirkus Star, author and general contractor Joe Cottonwood describes the sometimes short-lived, sometimes yearslong relationships he forms with those who hire him. Each tale ...
An Interview with Peter Aaron
Peter Aaron. Photo courtesy of the publisher.
Shelf Space is a monthly feature highlighting independent bookstores across America. This month we talk to Peter Aaron, owner of Elliott Bay Book Company, located in downtown Seattle. EBBCO is celebrating its 41st anniversary and is home to more than 150,000 titles. Aaron had held several itinerant retail jobs until 1999, when he arrived at Elliott Bay Book Company and found his calling. He thinks The Magic Mountain is the greatest novel ever written; admires Rilke, Mandelstam and Celan ...