The movie based on Andy Weir’s The Martian was shut out in last night’s 88th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, but Michael Lewis can bask in reflected glory from the Oscar® awarded to The Big Short for Best Adapted Screenplay from Lewis’s book of the same name.
Emma Donoghue’s novel Room saw Brie Larson taking the Oscar® for Best Actress in Room.
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SOCIAL MEDIA SPOTLIGHT:
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VIDEO OF THE WEEK:
Between Two Franzens: Sean Beaudoin made this for his short story collection, Welcome Thieves (Algonquin), his first book for adults after several YA books.
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ON THE AIR:
E.J. Dionne talks with NPR’s To the Point about his new book, Why the Right Went Wrong: Conservatism from Goldwater to The Tea Party and Beyond. ~ 12 min. Copyright © 2016, KCRW
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Publishers Weekly reports that bookstore sales rose 2.5% in 2015 over 2014, the first annual increase since 2007. Between 2007 and 2014, bricks-and-mortar bookstore sales were down 36% and the total nuumber of such outlets fell by 18%.
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TV writer Ken Pisani relates his travails in trying to secure a literary agent in the latest PWSoapbox:
The first thing I learned about rejection is that agents are very, very sorry—nearly every rejection contains an apology or some regret: “I am sorry, but we cannot take it on at this time”; “We regret to inform you…”
Some of them are frightened: “I’m afraid I have to pass”; “I’m afraid this isn’t right for me.” How can you get an agent if you keep scaring them like that? It seemed that my timing was terrible: many rejections concluded with phrases like “not right for us at this time,” with no indication of a better time in the future—or even the past, should I invent a time machine. They also wished me “all the best,” although not enough to want to represent me.
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Jeffrey Archer’s sixth and final installment in his Clifton Chronicles, Cometh the Hour, tops the latest fiction bestseller list. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi is the best selling nonfiction work on the list. And fans of “adult” coloring books will be happy to know that Lost Ocean: An Inky Adventure and Coloring Book by Johanna Basford sits at No. 2 on the trade paperback list.
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Destinations Booksellers just completed its first event in collaboration with Arts Along the Ohio Charities, Inc., a new nonprofit tasked with promoting the arts in Harrison, Floyd, and Clark counties.
We are partnering with the charity by providing startup space and are offering those with annual memberships ($100, tax-deductible) an ongoing 35% discount on all books purchased at the store to members who present their annual membership cards. Certain limitations apply on books where we don’t have enough discount to honor the offer, but for most readers, this means getting your books at our cost. For the time being, if you are interested in supporting the arts and are an avid reader, there’s no reason you can’t shift all your book-buying to Destinations Booksellers.
We’ll have more news about AATO over the next several weeks.