December 11, 2012 |
Snow carvers from around the world will call North Lake Tahoe home Feb. 8-13, for the first-ever Carve Tahoe competition. For details, click here www.carvetahoe.com . . . . Writing workshops, daily readings and other gatherings by screenwriters, songwriters, playwrights and poets will be featured at the Ojai WordFest, April 6-13. Info: www.ojaivisitors.com . . . . Look for lots of ski deals, now until Christmas. Big Bear's midweek lift and lodging packages start as low as $69 per person per night, double occupancy.
September 5, 2012 |
News that Tales of the Lonesome Pine bookshop in Virginia is looking for a bookstore-sitter this fall has been embraced by everyone from Jacket Copy to NPR as a charming idea. In exchange for room and board, the sitter gets a rustic setting, a couple of pets to care for and a bookstore to watch over. Who wouldn't want to give it a try? Scott Brown, for one. He's one of the owners of Eureka Books , an antiquarian bookstore in Eureka, Calif. He slams the idea of leaving a bookstore in the hands of an unpaid volunteer.
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.