As the Book World Turns

Oh, baby, baby, it's a wild world.

Another week in the book world has come and gone, and here’s a smattering of what went down:

Biggest News of the Week: The BookPeople Filthy Animals beat South by Southwest in the Alternative Softball League playoffs and will advance to the Championship Game against Liberty!

Dennis Lehane has been given his own imprint by William Morrow.

Connecticut is the latest state to take Amazon to task over the sales tax issue.

Publisher Chelsea Green has donated 1,500 books to the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Monty Python’s Michael Palin is on a mission to save indie bookstores in the UK.

The National Book Awards finalists were announced this week. Three cheers for Tea Obreht!

The Daily Beast’s John Avalon wrote an Ode to the Bookstore this week and included BookPeople in a montage of the country’s greatest independent bookstores.

A&E released a teaser of the new small screen version of Stephen King’s Bag of Bones.

In response to a deal DC Comics struck with Amazon to only sell new versions of certain titles for Kindle Fire, Barnes & Noble has pulled all DC Comics from its shelves. Books-A-Million has since joined B&N in removing DC titles.

Stieg Larsson and Charlaine Harris will both have their work turned into graphic novels.

Crown Publishers will publish a new book by Rebecca Skloot, bestselling author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. The new book will deal with the relationship between people and animals.

Atria Books will publish a new book by The Secret  author Rhonda Byrne titled The Magic.

The Millions has a piece this week comparing Bartelby the Scrivener to the Occupy Wall Street protests.

Adult hardcover sales rose 33% in June, according to the Association of American Publishers. Ebooks saw big numbers, too, of course, with sales rising 150%.

The Borders web domain has officially been taken over by Barnes & Noble.

The trailer for the film version of The Raven has been released.

Amy Winehouse’s dad is set to publish a memoir about his daughter.

A little something hilarious for your Friday afternoon:  the Ira Glass Sex Tape Spoof.

Phew! It’s most certainly the fall season, and Christmas is most definitely on its way. On the shelves today: Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Book and Have Yourself a Very Vintage Christmas. Ho! Ho! Hey – what about Halloween?

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