The Book Catapult

Back in the Black

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

I have returned, relaxed, wedded, ready to rumble through another retail holiday season. What have I missed?  What have you missed? 

  • I read Walker Percy’s classic New Orleans novel, The Moviegoer, Philip Caputo’s border novel, CrossersLondon Boulevard by the always excellent Ken Bruen, and The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death by Charlie Huston while sitting on a beach outside Ocho Rios, Jamaica.  In your face.
  • I missed the National Book Award announcement – the Fiction Award went to Jaimy Gordon’s novel Lord of Misrule (I had never heard of her, the book, or her publisher, McPherson & Co. before this) and Patti Smith won the Nonfiction Award for her memoir of her friendship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, Just Kids.  Nice.
  • I met Mike Huckabee, Apolo Ohno, and Rick Springfield in a 72-hour period last week. (see below)
  • It appears that an announcement about how the American Booksellers Association will be handling eBooks is “imminent.”  Top secret, but “imminent.” I can say no more.
  • Right before I went on vacation, I was generously awarded the Glenn Goldman Booksellers Scholarship by the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association (SCIBA), which will be sending me to the ABA Winter Institute in D.C. in January.  (The scholarship is open to all booksellers working in SoCal indies, you just have to apply & pray.) I’m super excited about it.
  • The New York Times announced their 2010 Notable List – and managed to include David Mitchell, Anthony Doerr, Olen Steinhauer, and Gary Shteyngart.  Shocking!  They also revealed their 10 Best Books, which proved to be not as revelatory.  Franzen, The New Yorker Stories by Ann Beattie, Room by Emma Donaghue, Selected Stories of William Trevor, and A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan.  I guarantee you that when the Catapult Notable List is revealed in the coming weeks, it will be far more interesting than that.
  • If you live in San Diego and can skip work on a Tuesday morning, I will be resuming my monthly Coffee with a Bookseller at Warwick’s on Tuesday, December 14th at 10am. The Catapult Notable List will be revealed in its entirety…
Since I no longer have to devote all of my free time to planning a wedding, I will return to the Catapult on a more regular basis – or whenever I have something to say.  I am in the process of compiling the 2010 Catapult Notable List – not sure of the date I’ll get it going, but the format will be like last year.  Thanks for sticking around!

One Catapult Operator and Rick Springfield.
Rick’s head looks A LOT bigger than mine…


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8 comments on “Back in the Black

  1. aaryn b.
    December 3, 2010

    Rick Springfield was so dang cute when he was young. Why he didn't just roll with natural aging is beyond me. Still…did he smell good?

  2. aaryn b.
    December 3, 2010

    Okay, thanks a whole lot.
    I have a deadline at 2:00 tomorrow and instead, I learned that Rick Springfield is 61 years old, is Australian and is a pretty damned good actor:

  3. Seth Marko
    December 3, 2010

    He was completely odorless. I think he had “scent” removed in one of his surgical procedures.

    After watching him in that porno you linked to I realize how dead his eyes are now. He's totally burned out.

    What I want to know is who ate the strawberry?

  4. Amy
    December 4, 2010

    Welcome back, lots of exciting news from you… but I'm just jealous about Jamaica 🙂 It does look like you are still sticking to male authors though, from that reading list!

  5. Anonymous
    December 6, 2010

    lol Amy…I was going to say the same thing about the “male” authors — I challenge you newly married Seth (CONGRATS!) to read ONLY females for the entire year in 2011….think you could do it?

  6. Seth Marko
    December 6, 2010

    C'mon, Anon, no way. Do you only read female authors? Could you do that for a year?

  7. aaryn b.
    December 6, 2010

    Oh, C'MON, Seth…you could *easily* go a year reading only the boys. C'mon. Take up a challenge. Women only, one year. Or are you just a JPatt patsy?

  8. Anonymous
    December 7, 2010

    I agree with Aaryn B….and YES I could go a year and read only female authors – I know you're not saying there aren't enough options out there, let alone genres. Enlighten yourself! I hung in there for the entire JPatt saga – I know you can do this for one year lol

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