A collection of tips and links that have been gathering dust in my inbox:
Salon writes about the PGW bankruptcy, “the Enron of publishing”, that has screwed over McSweeney’s, Soft Skull, and other independent publishers. Read the article. (Thanks of the link, Frank.)
The American Bookseller’s Association talks with Wordsmiths owner Zach Steele about the foundation that was laid on the internets prior to opening their new bookstore. The always classy Zach gives BGB a shout out in the article. (we have GOT to update our update our “About Us” page.
In Chabon news: Is the Kavalier and Clay movie not quite dead yet? Premiere Magazine suggests that it may have life yet. (Thanks for this link, too, Frank. I’ve got to get you on the payroll.)
Natasha Trethewey, Pulitzer-winning poet, Emory Proffessor, and Atlantan, has a Q&A in the New York Times Magazine (Dr J forwarded this link to me on May 13th. How’s that for timely?) It has also come to light that Trethewey was on a high school gymnastics team with BGB’s Weezie. We’re very well connected over here.
Mark Z. Danielewski’s Only Revolutions is now available as an audio book. How they are going to pull this off, I have no idea. The book is available in five “reels” at the iTunes store. (Read my review of the book here.)
If you’re looking to go beyond just book geekiness and want to become some sort of uber-nerd, check out Lifehacker’s 13 Book Hacks. The tips include tricks for tracking library books online, getting books cheap (or free), and projects for your unwanted books.