August 2020

Trump’s plot to skew election by undermining the post office also risks crippling bookstores

Aug 28 2020 Donald Trump’s plot to skew the upcoming election by wrecking the Post Office could also cripple the nation’s bookstores. Danny Caine, owner of Raven Book Store in Lawrence, Kan., is raising the alarm. He just published a pamphlet called “Save the USPS,” which he describes as “a small business’s love letter to an essential American institution.” (Order here, $3.) A rousing throwback to the old pamphlet wars, “Save the USPS” outlines the Republicans’ long war against the Post Office and explains Trump’s recent assault. Source: Ron Charles's Book Club Newsletter, The Washington Post More News Stories

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Kwame Dawes to take over as editor of American Life in Poetry

Aug 28 2020 Kwame Dawes has been named the new editor of American Life in Poetry, a free weekly column that appears in hundreds of publications and thousands of online newsletters. Dawes, who was born in Ghana, is the author of 20 books of poetry, most recently City of Bones: A Testament. Ted Kooser started American Life in Poetry 15 years ago while serving as U.S. Poet Laureate. By the time he retires at the end of this year, Kooser will have written more than 800 of the columns. (from Ron Charles' Book Club newsletter) Source: American Life in Poetry...

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Dev Patel heads ensemble cast in new ‘David Copperfield’

Aug 28 2020 According to The Washington Post, The Personal History of David Copperfield is a supremely effective ensemble piece, stuffed to bursting with brilliant supporting performances by Hugh Laurie, Peter Capaldi, Tilda Swinton, Ben Whishaw, Rosalind Eleazar and Benedict Wong. But it looks like it will be some time before most of us get to see it as it is currently on very limited release only in Northern Virginia. The film is not currently available for streaming, and probably won't be until 2021. Limited openings such as this are not unusual in the run up to the Oscars, which...

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Marilyn Chin win Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize

Aug 28 2020 The Poetry Foundation has announced Marilyn Chin as the winner of the 2020 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. This award honors a living US poet with $100,000 in recognition of their outstanding lifetime achievement. It is one of the most prestigious awards given to American poets and one of the nation's largest literary prizes. The Poetry Foundation also announced Saskia Hamilton as winner of the 2020 Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism, and the extension of Naomi Shihab Nye's tenure as Young People's Poet Laureate. The awards are sponsored and administered by the Poetry Foundation, an independent literary organization...

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Powell’s will no longer sell on Amazon Marketplace

Aug 28 2020 Saturday Aug 29 is Independent Bookstore Day, and Powell's, the renowned indie bookstore in Portland, Oregon, is marking the day: to affirm its commitment to customers, the community and fellow bookstores, it is no longer going to sell through Amazon Marketplace, which for many rare, collectible and used booksellers is an important sales channel: "For too long, we have watched the detrimental impact of Amazon's business on our communities and the independent bookselling world. We understand that in many communities, Amazon--and big box retail chains--have become the only option. And yet when it comes to our local...

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Supply issues disrupt fall publishing schedules

Aug 28 2020 Back in March, many publisher rescheduled large chunks of their catalog to the fall in the hope that things would be back to normal. But they are not, and now we are entering a very overcrowded season with the extra issue that the two largest printing companies in the United States are under significant financial strain. LSC Communications declared bankruptcy in April, and the company’s sales fell nearly 40 percent in the fiscal quarter that ended in June. Quad’s book printing business is also up for sale and in the spring the company had to temporarily shut...

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