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Book News for Tuesday, January 29, 2008

  • A Dream Come True: Perhaps you read about our new Indiespensable program in today's Publishers Weekly.

    IndieSpensable will kickoff in March with Lydia Millet's How the Dead Dream, published by Counterpoint Press, which is doing a custom cover of the title. Powell's is limiting the number of copies in the program to 200, with about 25 of those going to bloggers and other media members to help promote the book and service, [Dave] Weich said. Packages will be sent every six weeks and subscribers can opt out of at anytime.

    And here's the full story, straight from the lion's mouth. (It's #1 on our bestseller list as of this writing, so I suggest you hurry — supplies are limited!)

  • Stop Spreading the News: I'd like to express my sincerest regret to Alison Stein Wellner, who wrote a piece for the Huffington Post about how visiting Powell's Books in Portland caused her to wonder if New York really is the Best City on Earth.

    I sort of knew that this would happen before I went — oh, I'd heard the rumors — and it happened on the drive from the airport, which went past Powell's bookstore, its lights were blazing in the cold, damp dark. It was huge, much bigger than I'd imagined, it just kept going and going, and through the windows, I could see rows and rows of books. It looked like the most inviting university library ever. I restrained my urge to leap from the car and run to it — and I realized I was in trouble. The next day, I entered its color-coded rooms, with its wide, comfortable aisles, holding a cup of good coffee from its café, and found my suspicions confirmed: This was way better than the Strand, my long-time favorite bookstore at home.

    While it's certainly easy to fall in love with Portland, thanks to Powell's and many other fine establishments, Ms. Wellner should rest assured that there are some truly excellent reasons to stay in New York. Like, um... like... well, there's... no, wait, how about... hmm.

    Little help here? Anyone?

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Brockman is the head writer for the daily Book News posts on the blog. In his free time he's hard at work on his fictional memoir, which changes titles daily.

The views and commentary posted by Brockman are entirely his own, and are not representative of the whole of Powell's Books, its employees, or any sane human being.

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3 Responses to "Book News for Tuesday, January 29, 2008"

    manwith7talents January 29th, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    Good bagels?

    Badmon January 29th, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    Reasons to stay in New York: Because we don't want you in here Portland. (kidding...mostly)

    Rather Dan January 29th, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    Can I get one of those blogger copies? I promise to talk it up to all my colleagues.

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