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March 15, 1989 | PHILIPP GOLLNER, Times Staff Writer
The best-selling novel "The Satanic Verses," whose author has been the subject of a death threat from Iran's Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, was a hot commodity Tuesday in the San Fernando Valley. Of five bookstores surveyed, the book was sold out at three. And at the two others, it was selling briskly. The bookstores had received second printings of the book last week, after selling all of their copies of the first printing immediately after the death threat was publicized, store managers said.
October 1, 1986 | MARTHA GROVES, Times Staff Writer
B. Dalton Bookseller, the nation's second-largest bookstore chain, was put up for sale Tuesday by its parent company, Dayton Hudson, but industry analysts aren't convinced that it will be a best seller. The chain's performance has suffered recently because of heavy discounting in the bookselling industry. About a year ago, B. Dalton decided to compete more directly with discounters such as Crown Books by marking down the prices of best sellers and other titles.
July 9, 1987 | JOAN DRAKE, Times Staff Writer
Question: I've misplaced my recipe for the Brown Derby's chili con carne that used to be on the Spice Islands jar. Could you possibly get it for me? Answer: Specialty Brands, manufacturers of Spice Islands, came to the rescue with a copy of the 1971 recipe. They suggest serving the chili alone, or with beans, enchiladas or tamales. It also can be used as a sauce for barbecued hamburgers or hot dogs. The company makes chili con carne seasoning and chili powder.
March 4, 1987 | Steve Emmons, Associated Press
You've seen it on TV. You've read about it in the papers. Now you can have one in your own home! An overnight sensation--and an overnight publishing feat--the full text of the Tower Commission Report has hit the paperback bookshelves of Orange County, luring readers with the kind of back-cover prose that sells, even at $5.50 a copy: "It was late November, and the Iran-contra affair had become public. Details and discrepancies filled the headlines.
May 12, 1989 | JOHN CHARLES TIGHE, Times Staff Writer
The venerable Scribner Book Store name and the Scribner Book Store in Costa Mesa's Crystal Court have been sold to the giant discount chain B. Dalton Bookseller Inc., officials said Thursday. B. Dalton, which also owns the Barnes & Noble bookstore chain, purchased the name and store from MacMillan Publishing Co. and the specialty Rizzoli International book chain for an undisclosed price. MacMillan will continue to publish books under the Scribner name. After the sale is completed, only the Costa Mesa store will carry the Scribner name, a fixture on the literary scene for 140 years.
January 25, 1993 | From Associated Press
B. Dalton Bookseller is opening a store in South DeKalb Mall, and the shopping center in a predominantly black Atlanta suburb is treating it as a royal event. While most mall shoppers take for granted the presence of a bookstore, South DeKalb has been without one since B. Dalton pulled out three years ago.
August 6, 1986 | MARTHA GROVES, Times Staff Writer
Dayton Hudson Corp. said Tuesday that a "substantial profit decline" at its Mervyn's division will contribute to lower second-quarter earnings. "Based on current estimates, we will report first-half earnings that are approximately flat," Chairman and Chief Executive Kenneth A. Macke said in a statement. He indicated that poor earnings by the Mervyn's unit and specialty store businesses offset "strong earnings growth" at its Dayton Hudson department store chain and its Target discount chain.
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