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Angry reception greets book reading.

Redcardlibrarian writes "Multnomah County's chief deputy district attorney and the head of a victim's rights group angrily accused author Sebastian Junger of inaccuracies and exploitation during a reading last week.

Norm Frink, the chief deputy district attorney, told Junger that "the distortions you are pedaling are not true." Steve Doell, the president of Crime Victims United, called Junger's book "A Death in Belmont" "so inaccurate and misleading" -- before Doell was escorted from the First Unitarian Church by Powell's employees. Frink and Doell raised their voices to Junger and appeared to startle a crowd of about 50 people that had gathered at the church to listen to Junger, the author of "The Perfect Storm."

The Oregonian "


California Bookstore to Close...Just Shy of Their 30th Anniversary

Here's a report on the imminent closing of the Book Rack in Lodi, CA. Co-owners Charlotte and Cecil Brewer were looking forward to celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of their store this summer but now it's slated for closure. The reason...competition from the "killer Bs"(B&N and Borders), a term coined by Bill Maxwell, former owner of the now defunct Maxwell's Bookmark in Stockton.


British Bookstore Chain HMV Takes Command, Pushes out Competition

In a decision that has outraged bookworms, HMV has been given the green light to buy the bookseller Ottakar's.

The retailer already owns Waterstone's, and authors and publishers say the merged super-group would ensnare half of high-street book sales in some towns, offering readers less choice.

Here's the story; from The Independent and from The Guardian.


Prized books up in flames in NYC

The NY Daily News reports A Brooklyn book dealer lost his valuable collection of religious texts in a suspicious fire yesterday that gutted his store yesterday morning.
Sean Abrahams, 35, who operates Wisdom, Knowledge, Overstanding Books, at Pitkin Ave. in East New York, called 911 just after 10:30 a.m. after smelling smoke.

Within minutes, the rear of the store was on fire and the blaze was spreading to the second floor of the three-story building, he said.

Northire Bookstore Celebrates Thirty Years of Bookselling

While independent bookstores around the country are disappearing by the dozens, cut down by both the chain bookstores and internet book sales, Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, VT is still going strong at age 30. Publishers, authors, and most recently, Publishers Weekly, who honored the bookstore with its "Bookseller of the Year" award, all concur that it's a dynamo. Owners Ed and Barbara Morrow, and manager-son Chris, reported "We've heard from a number of authors and publishers that we deal with since the announcement of the PW award, and a lot of people have been saying, 'We thought you already won that."

Story from the Bennington Banner and here's the store's website, where you can order any book you wish...same as Amazon, but you're helping to support an independent store.



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