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, Crossers, London 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…