As the Book World Turns

The big news this week, of course, is the Borders liquidation.  The remaining 399 Borders stores will close, and 10,700 booksellers nationwide will lose their jobs. There’s been a deluge of reactions, including the response from BookPeople CEO Steve Bercu, who was quoted in the Wall Street Journal, KUT, and Publisher’s Weekly. If you’re taking the Borders closure as a sign of imminent doom for the world of books, read this brief piece in the New Yorker that will give some context to Borders’ demise. Word on the street is that chain Books-A-Million is looking to buy up some of the property.

Gov. Rick Perry signed legislation this week requiring online retailers with a physical presence in the state to collect and pay sales tax. The American Booksellers Association thanked BookPeople CEO Steve Bercu for his efforts in the sales tax fairness campaing.

The first lines of Haruki Murakmi’s highly anticipated novel, 1Q84 were released.

The New York Public Library is collecting birthday cards for Winnie the Pooh. The silly old bear celebrates his 90th birthday in August. Something tells me there’s a serious honey binge coming on. Let’s hope Piglet remembers to take the keys. Because Tigger DEFINITELY should not be the one to drive.

The trailer for the film version of The Invention of Hugo Cabret was released.  The movie’s directed by Martin Scorsese and stars Jude Law, Sacha Baron Cohen, & Ben Kingsley.  Consensus here upon seeing the trailer: this will likely be awesome.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 earned $481.5 million dollars at the box office, breaking all kinds of records.

On the flip side, Universal pulled the plug on the movie version of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series. Apparently a gajillion special effects and Ron Howard’s paycheck made this one just a little bit impossible to squeeze into the studio’s budget.

Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley have teamed up to give KISS a comic book.

Jodi Picoult will publish a YA novel with her daughter.

Former Secretary of Defense Rober Gates will publish two books with Knopf.

Wondering what to do with that billion dollars you have lying around?  Buy Reader’s Digest.

It’s Ernest Hemingway’s birthday! Someone definitely make sure Piglet has the keys tonight.

I’ve spent all day talking about a folded paper Star Wars character, what goes into a Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster (vodka), the proper spelling of DeLorean and SkippyJon Jones (both correct), and how awesome Bob Mould’s going to be on Sunday (very.)  It’s called working at BookPeople. Not such a bad gig.


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