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Friday Fun Links: Comics Code is No More; Indie Vitality, and more

Link to Archie Comics

The Comics Code, which had been in existence since the 1950s, has dissolved. Out of fear of government regulation prompted by hysterical claims that the violence in comics was creating a generation of juvenile delinquents, the major publishers pledged to follow a self-censoring code of publication.

As one of those exposed to comic books post-code, all I can say is “no, thank you.” I do not believe in censorship and particularly when it is irrational. Next Wednesday, we have an expert in the field of censorship and First Amendment law coming to speak at Destinations Booksellers. Please join us and the Society of Professional Journalists as we host a Media Law Resources Center Institute presentation by attorney Jon Fleischaker on Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. The event is, of course, free.

We had an MLRC program last year that was one of our best ever. I expect this one will surpass that one.

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The American Booksellers Association commissioned Civic Economics, an economic analysis and consultancy firm, to examine the health of American metro areas when it comes to independent businesses. The Louisville SMSA, in which New Albany and Floyd County are included, ranked 79th among 363 metropolitan statistical areas, with a measure of 109.6. The number represents the inverse of an area’s saturation with national chains, with 100 being a perfect approximation of chain sales as a norm. Cities with numbers above 100 tend to have more retail sales through independent, non-chain businesses than do cities with numbers above 100. You can read the entire study at www.IndieCityIndex.com.

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If the largest democracy in the world, with over 1 billion people, is any guide, the future of the book is assured. John Makinson, world head of the Penguin Group, attending the Jaipur Literary Festival, says the book matters more in India than anywhere else they publish them.

“In India books define and create the social conversation,” Makinson said. “In China, the books that sell well are self-improvement titles. Popular books in India are of explanations, explaining the world. The inquisitive nature of India is unique.” — Reuters

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If, on the other hand, you’re crestfallen at the end of the physical book, Flavorwire offers some clever recycled uses for books. Oh, and please let me know if you see a Cyberdyne Systems Series 800 Model 101 Terminator heading our way, would you?

 

Arnold Schwarzenegger as The Terminator

They're coming for you!

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Emma Watson (Hermione in the Harry Potter films) and Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief) are in talks to co-star in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, based on Stephen Chbosky’s novel. Chbosky will direct his own script, with Lianne Halfon, John Malkovich, and Russell Smith producing, Variety reports.

And one more movie tidbit … the first movie adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games is slated for release in March of … 2012.

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Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

Ohio's Daughters of King Lear?

I can’t read ’em all, but that won’t stop you from finding out about The Weird Sisters, a quirky new novel from Eleanor Brown, via Putnam. I was impressed. Here’s a review from Shelf Awareness.

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Have you run across a Web link that ought to be shared with others? Drop us a line by e-mail or in the comments below and we’ll consider it for our Friday Fun Links feature.

Coming tomorrow: A brief discussion and then a link to the Website of an author we’d love to have come for a visit. If you have the chance, leave a comment there and tell them you found it via NewAlbanyBooks.

Sunday, it’s “The Lists,” and Monday I’ll reveal my Best of 2010 lists for fiction and nonfiction just before I head over to the studios of WFPL to discuss Books That Changed Our Lives. Join me, Robin Fisher, and host Julie Kredens live at 1 p.m. for State of Affairs and weigh in with your own choices. Or, listen to the show in rebroadcast at 9 p.m. Monday or later as a podcast.

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You probably know by now that we’ve posted every day in 2011. One of the archived posts you would have missed is a write-up of Three Seconds, a Swedish novel that’s a cleverly written noir that compares well with anything you’ve read in the thriller/mystery genre. Read the post from early January here.

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The Lists: IndieBound Mystery & Thriller (Plus Tim Dorsey Surprise)

Sundays at NewAlbanyBooks means “The Lists,” a light-duty feature designed to a) provide you a leisurely browse and b) offer me a low-stress way to keep my promise to give you fresh, daily content worth looking in on.

Electric Barracuda

He's Coming Back!

This week, we offer the specialty list of mysteries and thrillers selling well at independent bookstores across the country. The American Booksellers Association, of which we are members, compiles these lists from reports each week by independent booksellers who share the IndieBound spirit.

You can expect to see Tim Dorsey’s Electric Barracuda climbing this list starting next month as New Albany favorite Dorsey releases his 13th Serge Storms novel. Tim’s visit to us 3 years ago was a singular moment in New Albany cultural history (no kidding!) and he gained an appreciation for New Albany that night that induced him to insist we be included on his tour in 2011. I’ll be talking more about it in the coming weeks, but mark it down right now – Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 5:30 the inestimable Mr. Dorsey will again grace our store with a visit.

We’re planning a post-signing reception at a restaurant to be named. Tickets for that after-party are required, but will include a signed copy of the new book plus food and beverages, including the Electric Barracuda cocktail/mocktail. $37.50 for singles, $47.50 for couples (please tip your server!). Contact the store if you want to purchase tickets. Ticketed guests will be able to jump the line for the booksigning, too.

Here’s the list. A “♦” indicates my personal endorsement. You can research at, or even buy/send as a gift any of these books from our online store HERE.

The Indie Mystery Bestseller List

Moonlight Mile

Lehane's Last Ever Detective Novel

Based on sales at independent bookstores nationwide for the eight-week period ending January 9, 2011.

1. Moonlight Mile ♦
Dennis Lehane, Morrow, $26.99, 9780061836923

2. U Is for Undertow
Sue Grafton, Berkley, $7.99, 9780425238110

3. 61 Hours
Lee Child, Dell, $9.99, 9780440243694

4. Worth Dying For
Lee Child, Delacorte, $28, 9780385344319

5. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie ♦
Alan Bradley, Bantam, $15, 9780385343497

6. The Best American Mystery Stories 2010
Lee Child (Ed.), Mariner, $14.95, 9780547237466

7. Djibouti ♦
Elmore Leonard, Morrow, $26.99, 9780061735172

8. Killing Floor
Lee Child, Jove, $9.99, 9780515141429

9. Willful Behavior
Donna Leon, Penguin, $14, 9780143117582

10. The Track of Sand
Andrea Camilleri, Penguin, $14, 9780143117933

An Easter Egg for reading this far!

11. The Charming Quirks of Others
Alexander McCall Smith, Pantheon, $24.95, 9780307379177

12. Dog on It
Spencer Quinn, Atria, $15, 9781416585848

13. The Professional
Robert B. Parker, Berkley, $9.99, 9780425236307

14. Maisie Dobbs
Jacqueline Winspear, Penguin, $15, 9780142004333

15. Faceless Killers
Henning Mankell, Vintage, $14.95, 9781400031573

16. Painted Ladies
Robert B. Parker, Putnam, $26.95, 9780399156854

17. The Fat Man
Ken Harmon, Dutton, $19.95, 9780525951957

18. The Private Patient
P.D. James, Vintage, $15, 9780307455284

19. The Last Child
John Hart, Minotaur, $14.99, 9780312642365

20. The Lost Art of Gratitude
Alexander McCall Smith, Anchor, $14, 9780307387080

21. Thereby Hangs a Tail
Spencer Quinn, Atria, $15, 9781416585862

22. The Lace Reader
Brunonia Barry, Harper, $14.99, 9780061624773

23. Wicked Appetite
Janet Evanovich, St. Martin’s, $27.99, 9780312652913

24. Gone Tomorrow
Lee Child, Dell, $9.99, 9780440243687

25. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
Alexander McCall Smith, Anchor, $14, 9781400034772

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