August 17, 2012 |
Last week, Larry McMurtry's career as a book dealer took center stage. McMurtry is, of course, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Lonesome Dove" and dozens of other novels, including "The Last Picture Show," "Texasville" and "Terms of Endearment. " He's also familiar with Hollywood -- many of his books have been successfully adapted to film and in 2006, he won an Oscar for co-writing the screenplay of "Brokeback Mountain. " All that was set aside as McMurtry, who's been selling collectible books for 55 years, put 300,000 of them up for sale.
August 14, 2012 |
On Monday, the good folks at Goodreads announced they'd reached a milestone: 10 million registered users. "We've come a long way since Elizabeth and I built Goodreads from our living room, motivated by the belief that there was a better way to discover and discuss good books - and that we could build it," wrote founder Otis Chandler on the Goodreads blog. When Goodreads launched in January 2007 as a social networking site for book lovers, it was the new kid on the block. Another social reading site, LibraryThing, was performing a similar service, allowing people to catalog their libraries online and share ideas around books.
August 8, 2012 |
Larry McMurtry is known for writing books (and screenplays), but he is also a bookseller. For many years, McMurtry has collected and sold rare books from the town of Archer City, Texas. He has bookstores filled with hundreds of thousands of rare, antiquarian and collectible books. Friday, they go on sale. Most of them, anyway: McMurtry is auctioning the contents of several stores, save one . And it's keeping 150,000 books in stock. In addition to being a significant book collector and bookseller, McMurtry has a stunning publishing record and screenwriting career.
December 4, 2011
Aleph A Novel Paulo Coelho Alfred A. Knopf, $24.95 A crisis of faith prompts a man to begin a journey of self-discovery from Africa to Asia. The Angel Esmeralda Nine Stories Don DeLillo Scribner, $24 The first collection of short stories from a defining American voice in contemporary fiction. The Art of Fielding A Novel Chad Harbach Little, Brown, $25.99 The complicated nature of relationships revolving around a gifted college baseball player.
October 20, 2011
Jon Bon Jovi's "pay-what-you-can" charity restaurant in New Jersey is open for business. The rocker said Wednesday that Soul Kitchen in Red Bank is designed to help the hungry without the stigma of a soup kitchen. There are no prices on the menu. Diners pay whatever they're able to. Those without money can still eat provided they're willing to work in the restaurant or perform some community service. The restaurant operates out of a former auto body shop near the Red Bank, N.J., train station.
January 2, 2011 |
Long, Last, Happy New and Selected Stories Barry Hannah Grove Press: 462 pp., $27.50 I've never had much use for the concept of the "writer's writer. " It's a backhanded compliment, a way of suggesting that an author is too obscure, weird, nuanced or flat-out inaccessible to appeal to a general readership. Writer's writers also rarely end up well: They burn out and work the lecture circuit or turn to drugs and drink. Malcolm Lowry never published another book during his lifetime after the novel "Under the Volcano" appeared in 1947.