April 3, 2017
I’m trying to take a more proactive look at media tie-in editions and novelizations as they are (re)printed/republished. In keeping with our current practice, I’m not designating these for the new shelf, though they might make excellent fodder for display if they’re sitting in buildings. If you have antennae for tie-ins, SINC’s would be welcome.
Tie-ins present, as you know, some challenges as well as opportunities. Publishers’ and booksellers’ desire to enhance and repackage is in tension with our need to keep essentially the same content in its tidy place. Sometimes the title even changes, as when Saroo Brierley’s memoir A Long Way Home became Lion. Often the cover features the movie’s leads, depriving readers forever thereafter of their imaginative freedom.
Here are a couple examples from this week. Both titles will be the only edition we own and should be in the catalog shortly.
Cullinan, Thomas. The Beguiled. PRH, June.
The basis for the major motion picture starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Kirsten Dunst, and Elle Fanning, and directed by Sofia Coppola, about women at a boarding school in Civil War-era Virginia who vie for the affections of a wounded Union soldier
When an injured Union soldier is found in the Virginia woods at the height of the Civil War, he is brought to the nearby Miss Martha Farnsworth Seminary for Young Ladies to recover. Up until then, the residents of the boarding school had been shielded by their domineering headmistress from both the violence of the war and contact with the outside world, but the arrival of the attractive John McBurney will upend all of their lives.
The Beguiled sweeps the reader into a world where Southern gentility is played out against the increasingly ominous forebodings of a dark tragedy, as Corporal McBurney pits the women against each other in a bid for freedom. Combining the romantic entertainment of the historical novel with the probing insight of a work of psychological suspense, it is an eerie novel of sexual tension and repression, and of rivalry, jealousy, and, ultimately, vengeance.
Golden, Christie. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Titan Books, July.
The official novelization of the blockbuster movie, written and directed by visionary Luc Besson (Lucy, The Fifth Element).
Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. Under directive from their Commander (Clive Owen), Valerian and Laureline embark on a mission to the breathtaking intergalactic city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis comprised of thousands of different species from all four corners of the universe
April 3, 2017
An Italian “breakout” translation and another dark fantasy from UK writer Tim Lebbon. Comment to claim.
Pacifico, Francesco. Class. Random House, May.
Publisher summary: The breakout novel by Francesco Pacifico, one of Italy’s most acclaimed writers, hailed by Dana Spiotta as “brilliantly funny and weirdly subversive”
Ludovica and Lorenzo live in Rome. She works in her family’s bookstore, and he’s a filmmaker–or, rather, a “filmmaker”: so far, all he’s produced is one pretentious short film that even his friends don’t take seriously. But somehow, he gets a scholarship to Columbia University, and the couple decide to head to New York–specifically, to Williamsburg: the promised land.
They soon fall in with a group of Italian expats–all of them with artistic ambitions and the family money to support those ambitions indefinitely. There’s Nicolino, the playboy; Marcello, the aspiring rapper; Sergio, the literary scout; and a handful of others. These languidly ambitious men and women will come together and fall apart, but can they escape their fates? Can anyone?
In Class , Francesco Pacifico gives a grand, subversive, formally ambitious social novel that bridges Italy and America, high and low, money and art. A novel that channels Virginia Woolf and Kanye West, Henry Miller and Lil’ Wayne, Class is an unforgettable, mordantly funny account of Italians chasing the American dream.
Lebbon, Tim. Relics. Titan Books, March.
There’s an underground black market for arcane things. Akin to the trade in rhino horns or tigers’ bones, this network traffics in remains of gryphons, faeries, goblins, and other fantastic creatures. When her fiancé Vince goes missing Angela Gough, an American criminology student, discovers that he was a part of this secretive trade. It’s a big-money business–shadowy, brutal, and sometimes fatal. As the trail leads her deeper into London’s dark side, she crosses paths with a crime lord whose life is dedicated to collecting such relics.
Then Angela discovers that some of these objects aren’t as ancient as they seem. Some of them are fresh.
Gripping supernatural terror launching a new trilogy by the acclaimed author of Coldbrook (“distinct, unique, and absorbing”), The Silence (“truly addictive”), and the Alien-Predator “Rage War.
“Tim Lebbon’s RELICS opens a darkly beautiful glimpse into another world, one lurking in the shadows, hovering at the corner of the eye. If Anne Rice and Clive Barker had written a story together, it might have looked something like this novel: richly imagined, fantastical, yet grounded in the grit and reality of modern-day London. I look forward to the wonders and terrors yet to come.”–JAMES ROLLINS, New York Times bestselling author of The Bone Labyrinth
“A magical, perilous drama full of characters who live and breathe, darkness you can feel…”–Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author of Ararat
“Tim Lebbon is an immense talent.”–Joe R. Lansdale, creator of Hap and Leonard
March 30, 2017
Getting several copies print and audiobook.
March 28, 2017
A Chinese-American chemist muses on her personal life using a tightly concise writing style to maximum original effect. This introspective approach strings together little known scientific facts leading to perspective changing and often gently amusing epiphanies, one after another. So not a bandwagon jumper. I’m thinking with the solid appeal here of biographies like Lab Girl by Hope Jahren (which has circulated 220 times and still has a short queue) this could be successful as well as fiction crossover. Comment first to claim.
Publisher summary: Three years into her graduate studies at a demanding Boston university, the unnamed narrator of this nimbly wry, concise debut finds her one-time love for chemistry is more hypothesis than reality. She’s tormented by her failed research–and reminded of her delays by her peers, her advisor, and most of all by her Chinese parents, who have always expected nothing short of excellence from her throughout her life. But there’s another, nonscientific question looming: the marriage proposal from her devoted boyfriend, a fellow scientist, whose path through academia has been relatively free of obstacles, and with whom she can’t make a life before finding success on her own. Eventually, the pressure mounts so high that she must leave everything she thought she knew about her future, and herself, behind. And for the first time, she’s confronted with a question she won’t find the answer to in a textbook: What do I really want? Over the next two years, this winningly flawed, disarmingly insightful heroine learns the formulas and equations for a different kind of chemistry–one in which the reactions can’t be quantified, measured, and analyzed; one that can be studied only in the mysterious language of the heart. Taking us deep inside her scattered, searching mind, here is a brilliant new literary voice that astutely juxtaposes the elegance of science, the anxieties of finding a place in the world, and the sacrifices made for love and family.
March 27, 2017
Sorry no ARCs for this one but I’ll try to get more offered soon. From our Purchase Orders Placed (thank you Acquisitions!) we have two authors with a strong track record of past publication, but their latest books have really caught fire with 60-80 holds running. The Jenoff title especially might have an aroma of future book kit potential.
Jenoff, Pam. The Orphan’s Tale. Mira.
Publisher summary: Sixteen-year-old Noa, forced to give up her baby fathered by a Nazi soldier, snatches a child from a boxcar containing Jewish infants bound for a concentration camp and takes refuge with a traveling circus, where Astrid, a Jewish aerialist, becomes her mentor.
Lipman, Elinor. On Turpentine Lane. Houghton Mifflin.
“An endearing romantic comedy from the beloved best-selling author of The Family Man and The View from Penthouse B At thirty-two, Faith Frankel has returned to her claustro-suburban hometown, where she writes institutional thank-you notes for her alma mater. It’s a peaceful life, really, and surely with her recent purchase of a sweet bungalow on Turpentine Lane her life is finally on track. Never mind that her fiance is off on a crowdfunded cross-country walk, too busy to return her texts (but not too busy to post photos of himself with a different woman in every state. And never mind her witless boss, or a mother who lives too close, or a philandering father who thinks he’s Chagall. When she finds some mysterious artifacts in the attic of her new home, she wonders whether anything in her life is as it seems. What good fortune, then, that Faith has found a friend in affable, collegial Nick Franconi, officemate par excellence. Elinor Lipman may well have invented the screwball romantic comedy for our era, and here she is at her sharpest and best. On Turpentine Lane is funny, poignant, and a little bit outrageous.”
March 24, 2017
Library Journal posted a report from their annual materials survey: Under the Surface: Materials Survey 2017. LJ tracks budgets and circulation at public libraries.
Last year, public library materials budgets barely budged, growing by 0.7 percent on average and moving up significantly only at libraries serving populations of 500,000-plus. Print book budgets saw no growth at all for the third year in a row. Circulation, too, was static, growing only 0.6 percent overall and passing one percent only at libraries serving populations of 10,000–24,999. But beneath this flat surface, materials budgets and circulation showed a surprising amount of movement.
The article also looked at what is circulated.
The top five adult fiction genres checked out in print and eBook are:
- General Fiction
- Christian Fiction
The top five subjects for adult nonfiction checked out in print and eBook are:
The final thought of the article was:
Surging downloadables, wavering physical audios, tumbling print, ebook assertiveness, and ever-changing reading tastes—librarians find themselves in a landscape that’s hardly placid. Attentiveness to readers’ needs is more crucial than ever. For the more things seem the same, the more they’re always changing.
Post by Lorraine
March 23, 2017
I’m trying to ingest a lot more craft and drawing books into the collection this year. My hope is you will see results in Bibliocommons and on your shelves soon.
One title I just ordered I’d like to highlight because it’s something I was not at all familiar with, namely Zakka Embroidery Yumiko Higuchi. It should be the in catalog within a couple of weeks. Zakka, as I now know from this New York Times article (May 15th, 2001), is
… the term for everything and anything that spruces up your home, life and outlook.
It could be a wooden clothespin by an obscure company in New Hampshire, it could be an empty tomato-paste can saved for planting basil. Zakka is the art of seeing the savvy in the ordinary and mundane…
Zakka Embroidery presents designs that are an elegant blend of Japanese and Scandinavian style. The motifs and patterns are spare and graphic, yet softened with organic shapes and imagery drawn from nature. The result is embroidery that evokes a personal feel and conjures a sense of nostalgia.