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A Local Kind of Love

Engaged and opening a bookstore in downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan, Michael Gustafson and Hilary Lowe are in love, with each other and with books. Literati Bookstore, currently Gustafson and Lowe’s labor of love (the floors are going in today), is scheduled to open late next month. Today, on the Literati Bookstore blog, Gustafson and Lowe offer a list of their favorite love stories. Take a look, add to their list, and follow the progress of some serious literature lovers. Love is everywhere: in our protagonists, our antagonists, and our favorite books. Today, Hilary and I quickly scanned our personal bookshelves […]

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Help save the St. Mark's Bookshop!

New Yorkers know and love the St. Mark’s Bookshop, a stalwart on the Lower East Side. But lately, the bookstore has been struggling to pay the market rent asked by its landlord, Cooper Union. The NY Daily News reports: The co-owners of the book shop, Terry McCoy and Bob Contant, are set to meet with the school’s officials Wednesday to discuss a rent reduction. The last time the two sides met, in early 2010, Cooper Union was unwilling to budge on the rent, which has increased to $20,000 a month. And the New York Times covers the deep sacrifices the […]

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Further Thoughts on Translation

Over at MelvilleHouse Publishing there’s an interesting blog post, In Support of Translation, along with responses, about the Best Translated Book Award being funded by Amazon. Editor Dennis Loy Johnson writes: As the winner of the most recent Best Translated Book (BTB) prize for fiction — for our book, The Confessions of Noa Weber, by Gail Hareven — we here at Melville House were particularly proud to win an award that had been voted upon by a judging panel made up of representatives from some of the country’s best independent booksellers, not to mention some great indie bloggers and critics. […]