Wednesday, April 9, 2014
It's New Display Wednesday--Peter Matthiessen memorial, Calendar Markdown, Andrew Carnegie Medal Finalists, and Lots Moore.
As Jason was checking stock, he wondered if folks would be buying the individual books that make up Shadow Country, as well as the trilogy that was substantially rewritten enough to win the award we just mentioned. At the time, I found the whole thing a bit odd. As I remembered, we didn't sell the second two books well, but we had a good sale at Schwartz for Killing Mr. Watson.
It's an assortment of things that sold pretty well, but the last one or two have trouble moving, and things that didn't sell so well, like our tiki boxes. The whole tiki display idea was a bit cursed. Half the mugs I brought in came broken, and the pens, which were the only items that moved decently, had several broken (they were made of resin) by a customer who knocked them off the desk with her purse. For that reason, and also because at least one resin bookend broke pretty quickly, I am now trying to avoid resin bookends, and keeping to ones that are made of metal and wood. They are more expensive, so they turn even more slowly, but at least I know they are going to last longer.
The fiction nominees: Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Claire of the Sea Light, by Edwidge Danticat
The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
And here is nonfiction:
On Paper, by Nicholas A. Basbanes
Five Days at Memorial, Sheri Fink
The Bully Pulpit, by Doris Kearns Goodwin.
If I were a bookie, I guess the long odds would be on Edwidge Danticat, who didn't show up on as many best-of lists as some other contenders, and the Basbanes, who is still an idol in my book for quoting David Schwartz extensively in one of his volumes.
Our event with Moore is Thursday, May 1 and cost $28, including a signed book and admission to the event. We cover all taxes and fees. Why not buy your ticket now on Brown Paper Tickets?
I should also note I've gotten a sneak peak at the finished book. I wondered whether Morrow could turn back after giving us a beautiful package for Sacré Bleu, and it turns out they couldn't The Serpent of Venice has a beautiful marine blue stain around the book's edges. The book is also printed in blue ink with the chapter headings in red. It just looks great!
One of the baristas next door has been plowing through the complete Christopher Moore ouvre, in anticipation of the event. I love how Moore fans get giddy when talking about his books. It's quite gleeful.
Anne noted we also have our Shakespeare finger puppets but ran out of the plush. I'll work on that! And when is Unemployed Philosophers Guild going to do a Christopher Moore plush?
Posted by Daniel Goldin at 5:01 PM