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Barnes & Noble to Close One Queens Store -- And A Few Others

Media attention helped extend the presence of Barnes & Noble in the Bronx as the borough's last remaining bookstore, but now the company says they will close one of their three Queens locations at the end of the year. BN indicated they were unable to negotiate a new lease for…

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Posman Books to Close Grand Central Location, and More

Posman Books will close its Grand Central Station location after "15 wonderful years" by the end of the year, Shelf Awareness reports. The store has to leave its 5,000-square foot space as part of the Terminal's plan "to upgrade and improve pedestrian circulation" and as part of the larger One…

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People, Etc.

Pearson chief financial officer for the past eight years Robin Freestone has told the board "he would like to step down...before the end of 2015 to explore a range of other interests." A search is underway for a replacement and Freestone will remain in the job until a successor is named.…

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Bookstore News, Good and Bad

The forthcoming issue of Vanity Fair features Bruce Handy chronicling the life of the late owner of Paris's Shakespeare and Company bookstore, "the eccentric, irascible, and visionary George Whitman," and looking at "Shakespeare’s greatest asset in the age of Amazon: Whitman’s daughter, Sylvia." Downtown Greenville, SC will get a downtown…

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Amazon Reported to Prepare Retail(ish) Space In New York By Empire State Building

The WSJ reports that Amazon is opening some kind of physical, operating presence -- will it include or operate as a store? -- on 34th in Midtown Manhattan, across from the Empire State Building. According to "people familiar with the plans," the space "would function as a mini-warehouse, with limited inventory…

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Bookselling: New Contract for Book Culture Employees; RiverRun Closes Maine Location; and More

Employees at Book Culture in Morningside Heights signed a three-year contract Wednesday night after a protracted summer-long fight over attempts to unionize that led to the dismissal of several employees, subsequently reversed. The NY Daily News reports the new deal includes higher wages, fixed raises and affordable health care. "Now…

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ABA Names Indies Introduce Titles For Winter/Spring 2015

The ABA has chosen the ABA's Winter/Spring 2015 Indies Introduce titles for debut adult fiction & nonfiction, YA, and children's: Adult fiction: Black River by S.M. Hulse (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, January 20) Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper (Simon & Schuster, January 20) Wolf Winter by…

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Corporate: Bloomsbury Adds Conway; Full Fathom Digital; New Rizzoli Bookstore Lease

Bloomsbury has purchased the 200-title naval and military history list of Conway from Pavilion Books in the UK (the rebranded version of Anova). Bloomsbury will integrate the titles into their existing lines. Terms were not disclosed, but the Bookseller notes that Conway publisher John Lee will leave after 20 years in that…

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Briefs: NPR to Announce National Book Award Finalists; Fall Previews Begin

The National Book Awards will announce its finalists on NPR's Morning Edition at 8:40 PM on October 15. Books & Books owner and co-founder of Miami Book Fair Mitchell Kaplan will make the announcement. Longtime co-owner of Village Books Dee Robinson will retire at the end of the week after…

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People: Adjustments At Simon Pulse, and More

The Simon Pulse imprint has announced a new structure to "maximize the amazing potential of Pulse and continue to support the success of Aladdin." Liesa Abrams is being promoted to vp, editorial director of Pulse and associate editorial director of Aladdin. But "as a result of this reorganization," Simon Pulse editorial director Patrick Price…

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