Walter & Erdrich - Book of the Year

Who better to choose the best books of the year than the Indies? 

BOOK OF THE YEAR – ADULT FICTION

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats: A Novel, by Jan Philipp Sendker (Other Press)

Beautiful Ruins: A Novel, by Jess Walter (Harper)

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk: A Novel, by Ben Fountain (Ecco)

The Dog Stars: A Novel, by Peter Heller (Knopf)

The Orphan Master’s Son: A Novel, by Adam Johnson (Random House)

The Round House: A Novel, by Louise Erdrich (Harper)

(Source: news.bookweb.org)

Today’s Google Image Book Search: I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb. This image of was from a blog post with the same name as the book. The blog: a thrifty-shopping outfit called The CheapChick.com. The image, 1970’s British band Spandau Ballet. 

Today’s Google Image Book Search: I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb. This image of was from a blog post with the same name as the book. The blog: a thrifty-shopping outfit called The CheapChick.com. The image, 1970’s British band Spandau Ballet. 

We publish a lot of books, get media ranging from NYT to the Today show to People to NPR and everything in between. For some reason, when our authors show up in the NYT Crossword Puzzle or in a Jeopardy clue it’s like a totally different level of cool. 

We publish a lot of books, get media ranging from NYT to the Today show to People to NPR and everything in between. For some reason, when our authors show up in the NYT Crossword Puzzle or in a Jeopardy clue it’s like a totally different level of cool. 

Richard Nash - The Business of Literature

From Richard Nash’s piece in the VQR, What Is the Business of Literature?

"Books not only are part and parcel of consumer capitalism, they virtually began it. They are part of the fuel that drives it. The growth of the chain model in books offered the twentieth-century public the opportunity to decry the groceryfication of the bookstore, utterly belying the reality, as Striphas outlines in The Late Age of Print—by quoting Rachel Bowlby—that the bookstore is in fact the model for the supermarket:

In the history of shop design, it is bookstores, strangely enough, that were the precursors of supermarkets. They, alone of all types of shop, made use of shelves that were not behind counters, with the goods arranged for casual browsing, and for what was not yet called self-service. Also, when brand name goods and their accompanying packages were non-existent or rare in the sale of food, books had covers that were designed at once to protect the contents and to entice the purchaser; they were proprietary products with identifiable authors and new titles.

There are other examples of significant innovation being driven by the publishers—Penguin founder Allen Lane’s 1937 paperback vending machine for better commuter distribution being among the most charming—but the point is that books aren’t sitting grumpily in economy class on the airplane to the future. They’re in the cockpit.”

(Source: vqronline.org)

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harperperennial:


So…that’s U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry reading The Dressmaker of Khair Khana in front of the dressmaker of Khair Khana herself, Kamila Sediqi.
Cool. Cool cool cool.
[photo via the book’s author, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon]


This is amazing! It’s such an inspirational story, especially for young women. Great choice for FYE programs.

harperacademic:

harperperennial:

So…that’s U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry reading The Dressmaker of Khair Khana in front of the dressmaker of Khair Khana herself, Kamila Sediqi.

Cool. Cool cool cool.

[photo via the book’s author, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon]

This is amazing! It’s such an inspirational story, especially for young women. Great choice for FYE programs.

housingworksbookstore:

This year a literary stage has also been added, curated by WORD and Housing Works Bookstore Cafe they’ll offer up food, drink, and literature at Café GoogaMooga, a tented area with a coffeehouse ambiance. They’ll put writers, celebrity-chef authors, critics, novelists, comic artists and poets under the spotlight here—”who are using food and drink as the main ingredients of their craft.” (via GoogaMooga Expands To 3 Days With Yeah Yeahs Yeahs, Flaming Lips And Foie Gras Doughnuts: Gothamist)
THIS IS TRUE! We’re finalizing details but we’ve got a great lineup of events for y’all; nab GoogaMooga tickets if you can.

Cool. Very, very cool. The highlights of last year’s festival for me were the ice pops and Lez Zeppelin (http://www.lezzeppelin.com/). I assume the literary stage will be cooler than ice pops. But can it kick more ass than a genuinely incredible all-girl Led Zeppelin cover band?
Only time will tell, my friends. 

housingworksbookstore:

This year a literary stage has also been added, curated by WORD and Housing Works Bookstore Cafe they’ll offer up food, drink, and literature at Café GoogaMooga, a tented area with a coffeehouse ambiance. They’ll put writers, celebrity-chef authors, critics, novelists, comic artists and poets under the spotlight here—”who are using food and drink as the main ingredients of their craft.” (via GoogaMooga Expands To 3 Days With Yeah Yeahs Yeahs, Flaming Lips And Foie Gras Doughnuts: Gothamist)

THIS IS TRUE! We’re finalizing details but we’ve got a great lineup of events for y’all; nab GoogaMooga tickets if you can.

Cool. Very, very cool. The highlights of last year’s festival for me were the ice pops and Lez Zeppelin (http://www.lezzeppelin.com/). I assume the literary stage will be cooler than ice pops. But can it kick more ass than a genuinely incredible all-girl Led Zeppelin cover band?

Only time will tell, my friends. 

iambaffled:

Swan & Edgar in Marylebone, London is one of my bucketlist. The interior of this pub is covered almost entirely with classic books - awesome!

That sign might be the only thing capable of overshadowing the coolness of the book theme. 

(via doubledaybooks)

Google Image Search, meet Book Titles. 
The New York Trilogy
(In which we image search the names of books and post the strangest, most beautiful, or least-obviously-related image that comes up.)
This from an architectural brief by students at Greenwich University aiming to “explore the tools of the writer as a means to generate new architectural potentials as well as the tools of the architect to generate fictional narratives of the city.”

Google Image Search, meet Book Titles. 

The New York Trilogy

(In which we image search the names of books and post the strangest, most beautiful, or least-obviously-related image that comes up.)

This from an architectural brief by students at Greenwich University aiming to “explore the tools of the writer as a means to generate new architectural potentials as well as the tools of the architect to generate fictional narratives of the city.”

explore-blog:

Famous authors as teenagers, the best thing since Einstein as a toddler. Pictured here: Ernest Hemingway, Samuel Beckett, Mary Karr, Neil Gaiman, Mark Twain.

They missed 14-year-old Susan Sontag.

Little known fact: Mark Twain was the secret fashion inspiration for by 90’s Hip Hop/Comedy duo Kid ‘n Play.

(Source: explore-blog, via unabridgedbookstore)

Sometimes you have to get out of the office and into the bookstore. Two Harper marketers found a stately nook at Parnassus in Nashville a couple weeks back.

Sometimes you have to get out of the office and into the bookstore. Two Harper marketers found a stately nook at Parnassus in Nashville a couple weeks back.