Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Bookish Goings On

-It's been announced that a new bookstore, Belmont Books, will be opening in Belmont, Mass., in March 2017. I'm excited about this because (a) new bookstore in my old neighborhood (Belmont is right next door to Cambridge) and (b) the owners are two of the smartest and nicest people I know. Chris Abouzeid is a YA author and former bookseller at Porter Square Books and his wife Kathy Crowley is an author as well; both have been friends for a couple of years. Their store is going to be spectacular.

-My friend and fellow blogger Lisa Espenschade has been short-listed for the 2016 Read Russia Translation Prize for her translation of Laurus, by Eugene Vodolazkin. If you don't keep up with her blog Lizok's Bookshelf you should- it's a must-read.

-In the world of adaptations, the Merchant-Ivory E.M. Forster adaptations, as well as the duo's other films, are returning to the big screen this fall as part of a 50th anniversary retrospective. This is going on all over the US and I was lucky enough to catch "Howards End" in New York with director James Ivory in attendance to answer questions. I can't wait to see more of my favorites and I hope you get a chance to check them out too.

-Finally Publisher's Weekly reported that book reading is steady while e-book reading has stayed the same. Whenever I tell someone that I work in the book world, almost the first response is "books are going away, what are you going to do?" I always say that if books are going away I'm about to have a lot more room in my apartment but until then I'll keep reading and selling them if I can. Nice to have some validation for what we all know- that plenty of people still read real paper books.

-One last thing! Facebook tells me it's been 2 years since my last day at Porter Square Books in Cambridge. I miss those folks!