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Triangle’s Indy Bookstores Make “Five Faves”

Each week WRAL, a television news station serving North Carolina’s Triangle Area, announces its “Five Faves,” a list of the five freshest and best whatever there is to be had in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill region, from Bloody Mary’s to the best 1980s toys. On tap this week? The five best independent, locally-owned bookstores with “new […]

News from the Book Biz, presented without comment*

From today’s Shelf Awareness: Law Firm ‘Investigating’ Author Solutions Giskan Solotaroff Anderson & Stewart, a New York City law firm that boasts of having “consistently delivered big results for our clients and, in our class actions, for consumers and small businesses injured by deceptive and unlawful conduct,” is, it said, “investigating the practices” of Author […]

Meet the Voice Behind Lady Banks

Some of you may be familiar with the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance weekly e-newsletter Lady Banks’ Commonplace Book and its charming and irresistible editor/contributor Lady Banks. But have you ever wondered who Lady Banks actually is? Well it’s none other than the Network’s very own Trustee, Nicki Leone! Along with serving as the web administrator and newsletter […]

Why You Might Not Want to Trust that Five-Star Review

These days, just about everything gets reviewed online—books, movies, blenders, smart phones, restaurants…. Consumers are better informed than ever before when making a purchase, aided by hundreds of generous strangers who have taken the time to give this product or that product a certain number of stars, leave a snarky comment, or “Like” it on […]

U.S. Justice Department Sues Publishers

We’re taking a break from our relentless promotion of the Spring Conference (April 28, UNCG, register now!) to bring you some book-business news of import to writers: Late last week, the U.S. Department of Justice “officially filed a civil suit in district court in New York against Apple and five of the six major publishers, […]

North Carolina Gets a New Bookstore

From today’s Shelf Awareness: Duck’s Cottage Downtown Books Opens in Manteo Congratulations to Duck’s Cottage Downtown Books, which opened last Thursday in Manteo, N.C. Owners Paige Griffin and Jamie Layton (in photo) reported that the first day was “busy and prosperous” and that they were “were amazed by the number of Manteo residents, fellow downtown […]

Anne Clinard Barnhill Featured in Today’s “Shelf Awareness”

Today’s Shelf Awareness e-newsletter features an interview with author and NCWN member Anne Clinard Barnhill, who’s on tour right now promoting her new book, At the Mercy of the Queen (St. Martin’s, 2012). Author Diane Chamberlain interviewed Barnhill about her favorite independent bookstores. “I love bookstores,” said Anne. “Always have, always will. There is nothing more […]

Author Insults

From Flavorwire, via Shelf Awareness, the “30 Harshest Author-on-Author Insults in History.” They missed more than a few of my favorites, though, almost all of which revolve around Ernest Hemingway, whose gift for alienating people may have exceeded his literary talents.  After their falling out, Gertrude Stein trained her toy poodle to growl when she […]

A Network Member in Shelf Awareness

The ‘Book Brahmin’ featured in today’s Shelf Awareness is the Network’s own Pat MacEnulty of Charlotte.  Check out her interview here.

Authors Who Experiment, Authors as Animals

I just realized that today’s headline might lead readers to think we’re going to discuss some crazed literary Dr. Moreau, but it actualyl refers to two distinct stories featured in today’s Shelf Awareness: On BoingBoing, Cory Doctorow takes a look at author Diane Duane’s just-concluded experiment with “crowdfunded publishing,” an intriguing idea that may not […]