Dog-Eared and Dispatched: November 29, 2015
As we recover from our sweet potato induced food coma, we still found time to put together a few tidbits to satisfy the appetites of all who are still hungry for news of the literary community, including responses to state of the world, travel to space, and a new digital plateau. Ready? Set. Read!
After the attacks on Paris captured the attention of all major media, we can see the ways that literary communities are reacting to support the people of Paris and cope with the traumas of violence. There are many ways to help those affected by the attacks, and never underestimate the power of a book, bookstore, or meditation.
Similar to the revival Voltaire’s Treatise on Tolerance had after the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January, Ernest Hemingway’s memoir, A Moveable Feast, is selling out across France. Considered a celebration of France and fraternity, Parisian readers may find solace in the decadent appreciation for the city Hemingway says will stay with you “wherever you go for the rest of your life.”
Jim Carroll, the owner of San Francisco Book Co. in Paris has shared his experience of being near one of the attack sites. In the interview, Carroll admits that in the way of the attacks, “as to how I, as an American bookshop, will deal with it, I’m not quite sure.”
In the last few months, Denver’s Isis Books and Gifts has been vandalized on multiple occasions, most notably, immediately following the attacks in Paris. Named for the Egyptian goddess, the store is home to books and gifts from different world traditions and spiritualities. The store’s owner, Karen Charboneau-Harrison, suggests that people who are confused about the name of the store should come in so she and the other employees can teach them how to “empower themselves instead of throwing rocks.” [Huffington Post, The Guardian, IB Times, SF Gate, KDVR]/p>
- A new study finds that only 25% of library patrons borrow digital books, which, with the falling of ebook sales to around 20%, suggests that adoption levels for digital books might have reached a plateau – or does it?
- Amazon has opened a fulfillment center in Brooklyn, and Jeff Bezos is taking the next steps on travelling to space.
- Rick Riordan applauds the cover that resists the whitewashing of his YA series’ other foreign language publishers.
- For the first time ever, an emoji is the Oxford English Dictionary’s word of the year.
- Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga are featured in a Barnes & Noble holiday ad.
- Book Riot has created a list of 2015’s best literary TED Talks.
- British bookseller Waterstones is showing a profit, for the first time in a while, but much depends on holiday sales; things are not looking quite so rosy for American book retailer Books-A-Million.