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People, Etc.

Valerie Steiker will join Scribner as executive editor on April 17. Previously, she was the longtime culture editor at Vogue. Reporting to Colin Harrison and Nan Graham, she will acquire and edit fiction, memoir, narrative non-fiction, and lifestyle books. Parisa Ebrahimi joins the Crown and Hogarth fiction team today as editor. She moves…

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Briefs: Talking Leaves to Close One Store, Norton Expands, and More

Bookselling Buffalo's Talking Leaves Bookstore is closing their Main Street store after 42 years in the University Heights neighborhood and will consolidate inventory in their Elmwood location over the next three months. "Significant changes in book buying habits and in the University of Buffalo neighborhood are major factors in this…

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Bookselling: Amazon's Tenth, and More

Building permits flagged for the media Amazon's newest bookstore location, back home in Bellevue, WA, which was then confirmed by the company. They say they are now hiring personnel for the store, which is Amazon's tenth known bookstore so far. Further underscoring Amazon's ambition for these stores is the wording…

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Riggio Addresses Publishers

In a session titled, "Barnes & Noble Looks to the Future," Penguin Random House ceo Markus Dohle interviewed Barnes & Noble ceo Len Riggio at the AAP's annual meeting on Wednesday, held at PRH's offices. Dohle started the session with the jovial question, "How's retirement?" (since Riggio was supposed to…

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Bookselling: Albany Book House Downsizing; Wide World Books and Maps to Vacate Space; and More

Albany store Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza is downsizing, due to the economy and online competition. They will close the children's store next door, Little Book House, and move children's books into the back area of their main space.  In an email the owner also cited "the relentless impact of Amazon on the publishing industry."…

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Barnes & Noble May Not Keep Prototype Restaurant Feature

Barnes & Noble ceo Len Riggio did provide one interesting hint about their concept store development in an interview with the WSJ on Thursday. While Riggio told investors the company was to refining their new store "protoype" into something "that we think will carry us well into the future," that…

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People, Etc.: BN Discover Winners, and More

Barnes & Noble presented their annual Discover Great New Writers Awards to Abby Geni's debut The Lightkeepers (Counterpoint Press) for fiction, and Matthew Desmond's widely-acclaimed Evicted (Crown) for nonfiction. People Erin Somers has joined Publishers Lunch as a reporter. Previously she has worked for two trade publications, and her writing about books has appeared…

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March Bookseller Picks

Amazon chose Exit West by Mohsin Hamid as their spotlight pick for March, and their featured debut is One of the Boys by Daniel Magariel. The rest of the etailer's best books of March list features: White Tears, Hari Kunzru The Night Ocean, Paul LaFarge Irresistible, Adam Alter Learn Better, Ulrich…

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Bookselling: Amazon Opens In Dedham, Waterstones Criticized for Modest Stores "Posing" As Indies

Amazon's previously-announced 5,800-square-foot bookstore at Legacy Place in Dedham, MA will open on Tuesday, after holding a preview on Saturday. As previously announced, this is Amazon's first bookstore to open on the East Coast (and fourth to open so far), with at least three more "coming soon" in Lynnfield, MA; Paramus, NJ; and Manhattan's Columbus…

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Family Christian Stores to Liquidate and Close

The largest chain of Christian book and merchandise stores Family Christian announced that it will liquidate its assets and close all of their outlets, comprising over 240 stores in 36 states. The statement did not provide a timetable for the liquidation. President Chuck Bengochea says in the press release, "We had two…

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