April 28, 2018
A²+B²=Saturday²: IT‘S INDIE BOOKSTORE DAY!
by Melville House
Ok ok ok, deep breaths, fellow
print-besotted weirdos enthusiastic bibliophiles: Today is our day, the day the very earth quakes beneath our strange and forbidden dances. It’s Indie Bookstore Day. Hold onto your bindings, folks.
There is only one appropriate way to celebrate Indie Bookstore Day, and that’s dropping by for some quality time with your local independent booksellers.
You should absolutely be sure to end the day with a giant stack of new books, purchased from your friends, the booksellers. But a reader’s work is never done, and in case you’re wondering, yes, we’ve had another busy week around here:
- Peter Clark did his part to get you ready for the joyous book-acquisition challenge that lays ahead.
- Tom Clayton advocated for the practice of sometimes not finishing that book you’re not enjoying.
- Stephanie DeLuca stole a bunch of orchids and remains at large.
- Ian Dreiblatt thrilled to the prospect of City Broad Abbi Jacobson’s forthcoming essay collection. Knock ’em over, Abbi. They wanna be on the ground.
- Nikki Griffiths offered us a quick history of Waterstones, on the occasion of its sale to Elliott Advisors being finalized.
- Ryan Harrington would probably like to know what Michael Bennett got in trouble for reading during Seahawks team meetings. Whatever it was, it seems to have ruled.
- Alex Primiani was perfectly ok with the prospect of California banning books that advocate for gay conversion therapy, which, to be clear, is both hateful and imaginary.
- Susan Rella noted that George H.W. Bush, a terrible person, nonetheless has some cool socks.
- Simon Reichley congratulated three booksellers from Tucson’s Antigone Books on successfully raising enough money to buy the store! Outstanding.
- Taylor Sperry observed that books about Donald Trump sell, whether they’re anti-Trump, lamentably pro-Trump, or even, inscrutably, Trump-neutral.
- Michael Barron followed the continuingly upsetting goings-on in the Swedish Academy, the organization that awards the Nobel Prize in Literature.
We were also exceptionally happy to publish:
- Another stomach-clenching installment of The Week in Impeachment, our weekly series in which legal genius and A Citizen’s Guide to Impeachment author Barbara Radnofsky tallies all the impeachable behavior that’s gone down in the Executive Branch over the past seven days. This week: the president’s spokespeople make clear that he supports… his friends. Who are uniformly villains, by the way.
- This interview, an interview among interviews, the only interview in which Michael Bible, author of Empire of Light, dares to field questions from himself. It’s a barn-burner. “Michael Bible: Most unique job in NYC? Michael Bible: I taught a class at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to one student. My job was to give the kid a tour of the Met every Friday for an entire semester. He just smoked cigarettes on the steps while I looked at art.”
As always, there were a couple stories we just didn’t get to:
- Jordanian-Palestinian author Ibrahim Nasrallah has won this year’s International Book Prize for Arabic Fiction!
- James Comey is certainly a superhero of book sales this week, and now Portland-based TidalWave Comics is releasing a comic book of his superhero origin story.
- Book love is the cutest love. True fact, nerds.
- Hampton, Virginia is getting a new Dog Eared Books! Grateful Dead fans will remember Hampton as the hallowed home of 1989’s legendary “Formerly the Warlocks” shows, complete with Dark Star breakout. Grateful readers will henceforth remember it is a fine town to buy a book in.
- The PEN World Voices Festival happened, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie had some tough questions for participant Hillary Clinton. Sounds legit.
We published one book this week:
And, finally, it is Saturday, and cartoonage is the way of the world. With springtime in full, uh, sprung, this one seems appropriate:
That’s it for now, folks! When you see your bookseller please say hi from us, we love you but we love booksellers more.