Author McMurtry Makes Texas Town a Used Book Oasis

Bib Cox spotted an interesting Washington Post Story on Archer City, Texas, into one of the preeminent places in the United States to search for used books. Larry McMurtry's store called Booked Up, fills four buildings in the town square and has between 200,000 and 300,000 books on the shelves.
In some respects, McMurtry's store is a throwback to a different time.

After customers select their books, they are expected to walk across the street to the complex's lone cash register in building No. 1.


Fox lose over Franken's 'Lies' book

CNN Reports a federal judge, saying, "This is an easy case," Friday ruled against Fox News in its lawsuit asserting that a new book by liberal satirist Al Franken violates their trademarked slogan, "fair and balanced."

Fox was seeking an injunction to halt distribution of Franken's book, "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right."


'Captain Underpants' jockeys for attention

"For parents shrinking under a barrage of terrifying labels about their substandard offspring — attention deficit disorder, learning-disabled, hyperactive — one name should leap into their brains: Dav Pilkey, the writer/artist who masterminded the Captain Underpants series published by Scholastic Books."(from USA Today)


How They Sell Now - Classic Bestsellers

Here's A Neat Chart from BookMagazine that shows how well the "classics" are selling these days. It's a look at the best selling classics in 2002, according to BookScan.
The top 5 are: The Hobbit, Catcher in the Rye, Red Tent, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Lord of the Flies.
Thanks again to Bob Cox.


A Treasure Hunt for Lost Memories

An interesting
NYT article [reg req'd] on recent scholarship concerning Uruguay's Jewish population. From the article: "Uruguay's Jewish population has dwindled from 40,000 after World War II to an unofficial estimate of 15,000 now, primarily because of economic woes in this country of 3.4 million. But it has produced a stream of memoirs, academic treatises, oral histories and novels. The most commercially successful to date, Mauricio Rosencof's autobiographical novel "The Letters That Didn't Come" ("Las Cartas que no Llegaron"), will be released in English translation in the United States in 2004 by the University of New Mexico Press."


Waugh family fury at 'Brideshead' sequel

Charles Davis writes "This story from
The Independent says it is a war, or rather Waugh, of words. One of the 20th century's most popular novels, Evelyn Waugh's
Brideshead Revisited, has been subjected to that controversial literary treatment - the sequel - sparking a
furious feud between a first-time novelist and the Waugh family and trustees.

Michael Johnston, a businessman and writer of radio documentaries, has just published Brideshead Regained,
a follow-up to the story of the doomed aristocratic Catholic family, the Flytes. But in doing so, Mr Johnston has
incurred the wrath of the Waugh estate, which threatened him with legal action over the unauthorised seque"


20 Books That Changed America

20 Books That Changed America is a teaser from Book Magazine from the complete article "Twenty Books That Changed America" in the July/August issue. The listed selections include Common Sense, A Vindication of the Rights of Women, The Book of Mormon, The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Uncle Tom's Cabin, and The Communist Manifesto.


Book bound with murderer's skin goes on public display

Gary Price spotted a rather gross Little Blurb that says A book bound with a murderer's skin is going on public display for the first time.

John Horwood was hanged on in April 1821 for killing a girl who had spurned his advances.

His body was given to a surgeon at Bristol Royal Infirmary to be dissected for the benefit of medical students.


Mr. Sneeze goes to work for Big Pharma

One from The National Post spotted by Bob Cox says Mr. Sneeze, the allergy-ridden protagonist of the Mr. Men children's books, has become an unwitting spokesman for pharmaceutical behemoth GlaxoSmithKline.

The British Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, which bans the promotion of medicines to children, "is unaware of this book and will investigate urgently," spokesman Steve Ryan said yesterday.


Bonfire of the Dust Jackets

Should libraries keep dust jackets, or commit them to the flames? Many hardcover
books come wrapped in protective covers that include not just cover art, but also
information about the author and the book (such as the author's biography and
picture with review quotes), and other material not found elsewhere. Some libraries
shelve their books fully intact, but many others (mostly ivory tower types) have
a tradition of disdain for book covers. Read on for a summary of the pros and
cons of hanging on to jackets, and what libraries can do with them.


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