Dust off your Harris Tweed and practice your best “Cheerio,” it’s London Book Fair time. Or at least, it will be London Book Fair time on Monday. Yes, publishers and agents and authors and booksellers and Yorkshire lasses will meet and greet, sell subrights, build up buzz for hot titles and break for afternoon tea. Insert your own British sterotype here.
This isn’t quite book publishing related, and it didn’t really happen this week, but I have to say that the May issue of The Atlantic is pretty darn incredible, including an article by Mark Bowden (BLACK HAWK DOWN) about how US interrogators broke down terrorists to figure out the location of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and a report by Nadya Labi on homosexuality in Saudi Arabia. Surprising fact: Labi quotes multiple people Saudi Arabians saying it’s easier to be gay than straight in Saudi Arabia. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy. They’re not even paying me to tell you this.
In very depressing news, Cody’s Books is closing its San Francisco store on April 20th. The San Francisco all but writes an obituary for the cozy bookstore. Fortunately, I have it on good authority that all bookstores go to heaven.
Thomas Nelson CEO/blogger Michael Hyatt explains why they don’t have any imprints anymore. The jury is still out on whether imprints go to heaven.
And finally, as reported by Publishers Marketplace, a THE SECRET parody has been acquired by Nation Books: Jim Gerard’s WHO MOVED MY SECRET? The Ancient Wisdom That Tells You It’s OK to be Greedy and that Bad Things Only Happen to Good People Who Vibrate on the Wrong Frequency. Jones postulates that the real Law of Attraction “means that if you’re gullible enough to believe in it, The Secret folks will be attrcted to your credit card number.” I will not comment on this sale out of fear that The Secret believers will think really hard about me falling into a trash can.
Have a great weekend!