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Bookselling: Sales Fall Another 4 Percent at WHSmith; Looking Glass Books For Sale; and More

WHSmith reported interim half-year results (ending February 28) with sales at their High Street stores were down 5 percent, with same store sales also down 4 percent. Profits for that segment increased 2 percent (or £1m) to £50m, as "strong gross margin performance and costs were tightly controlled" saving costs…

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Gabrielle Gantz joins Palgrave as associate director of publicity. She was previously director of publicity at McSweeney's. Mia Amato has joined Start Publishing as marketing director, overseeing all print and digital marketing of the recently acquired Cleis Press and Viva Editions imprints. Her background in digital channel marketing includes stints…

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Meskis to Retire From Tattered Cover, Vlahos & Gilligan Take Over Ownership

Owner of Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver Joyce Meskis announced her forthcoming retirement this summer, as well as a two-year timeframe to pass over a controlling interest in the bookstore to Len Vlahos, currently executive director of BISG, and his wife, Kristen Gilligan. Vlahos will resign his position at BISG…

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Luke Dempsey will join Harper One as executive editor on March 23, working out of the New York office. Previously he was non-fiction editorial director at Ballantine. Camille Perri has been named books editor-at-large at Cosmopolitan, where she will serve as the point person for all books coverage, including first…

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Briefs: Patterson's $1.25 Million School Library Donation; Tattered Cover Moves A Location; and More

Following on his recent seven-figure donations to independent bookstores in the US and UK, James Patterson announced a $1.25 million donation to fund grants of $1,000 to $10,000 to school libraries. To be awarded on a rolling basis throughout 2015, the funds can be used for a variety of purposes, including,…

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Bookselling: Borderlands Sustained By Members; Positive Outlook Post-Winter Institute

Borderlands Books in San Francisco, which announced last month it was set to close as a result of the city's new law mandating minimum wage increases, will stay open thanks to a membership drive. Not only did the store reach its goal of 300 subscribers contributing at least $100 to…

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Barnes & Noble to Spin Off College Business As Separate, Public Company

Barnes & Noble filed a registration statement with the SEC to separate BN College into a separate, publicly-traded company, which will operate as Barnes & Noble Education Inc. They say "the separation is intended to be a tax-free distribution to Barnes & Noble shareholders and is anticipated to be completed by…

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In the Riverhead publicity department, Claire McGinnis has been promoted to senior publicity manager; Liz Hohenadel moves up to publicity manager; and Margaret Delaney is now associate publicist. The ABA nominated Pete Mulvihill at Green Apple Books in San Francisco to join the board, with Valerie Koehler (Blue Willow Bookshop, Houston) and Jonathon Welch (Talking…

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In Bankruptcy Court, Questions About Plan to Sell Family Christian Stores Back to Itself

There was no hiding the suspicious reorganization strategy being pursued by Family Christian Stores in a bankruptcy court hearing earlier this week. Family Christian Ministries has proposed selling the stores from one FCM subsidiary to another, new subsidiary. No other changes are proposed across the 266 stores and roughly 4,000 employees;…

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ABA News: 54 New Stores In 2014, and Winter Institute Buzz Authors

In the lead up to next week's tenth annual Winter Institute, the ABA noted that they tabulated 54 new member stores selling new books in 2014: 45 new bookstores, and 9 new branches or satellites of existing members (plus another 5 stores primarily selling used books). Perhaps more significantly, they…

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