Bookninja pointed out this great article on the success of Sam Savage’s novel Firmin in Europe. “In a quite unsuspected outbreak of literary cultdom, Firmin, the first novel by a retiring 67-year-old from South Carolina about the adventures of an erratic, paper-gobbling, self-pitying rodent, has spent the summer knocking Ken Follett and Stephen King from bestseller spots in Spain and Italy.” Back in the day, Firmin was an LBC pick (I say this to point out how great our taste was).
I love this Observer story on Sarah McNally and her fabulous NYC independent McNally Robinson, now renamed McNally Jackson. “Ms. McNallyâ€™s distaste for Barnes & Noble is aesthetic, in other words, not political: What bothers her is the artlessness with which they go about sellling books, not the mere fact of their corporate status.”