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The Grenade is Here

Serge is backTo a degree unlike any other town, New Albany has made Tim Dorsey a favorite son, though his only connections to us are through his amazing Serge Storms novels. Per capita, I’d wager no other city has supported Tim’s career as much as has our riverside burg.

Like last year, neither Ann nor I have had the opportunity to read Pineapple Grenade in advance, so we’ll be enjoying it right alongside you. Wednesday afternoon, we’ll unveil the book to the dozens of you who are Tim’s fans. In the meantime, here’s a quick preview from Tim himself.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHA1ytNNR7w&feature=youtu.be

Many of you enjoyed the bonus holiday tome from Tim – When Elves Attack – so I’d expect our first shipment will sell out pretty fast. Come by, call, or e-mail.

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2011 Books They’re Making Movies Of

You seemed to enjoy our pre-awards season list of books that were made into movies. NPR has compiled a decent list of books that you’ll be seeing soon on the silver screen. You can read their coverage here.

And don’t forget the literary event of the year in New Albany – Wednesday’s visit to Destinations Booksellers by Tim Dorsey. Details in my previous posting. Tim has made it possible for you to also acquire his companion travelogue of Florida. It’s a perfect complement to Electric Barracuda, which features Serge Storms’ Fugitive Tour.

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Tim Dorsey “Serges” Into Town Next Wednesday

In what is sure to be a repeat of our greatest author event ever, the hilarious Tim Dorsey brings his Serge Storms fugitive tour once again to New Albany on Wednesday, March 2, at 5:30 p.m.

Electric BarracudaIf you know Dorsey, you love him – both as an author and as a man. His visit with us in 2008 was without doubt the most successful and appreciated literary event we’ve ever held. Now, with his 13th book out, Tim chose to come back and present to us Electric Barracuda.

I won’t offer up a review today – I’ll wait until next week for that. Andy has written an outstanding review but I’ll just tell you that this one has more than a few surprises and, as always, I am bereft that I again have to wait a year for another adventure with Serge, Coleman, and the rockin’ cast of characters that weird Florida provides just when you need them.

DETAIL: The book talk and signing begin at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday. At 7, we’re having a post-event reception for Tim at La Rosita Mexican Grill just a few blocks down the street. That will be a ticketed event. Those who pay for and reserve for that event in advance will move to the head of the autographing line in the store and then spend some more quality time with the author afterward. Single tickets include a copy of the book and a voucher for the reception and cost $37.50, taxes included. Couples tickets include a copy of the book and 2 vouchers and cost $47.50, taxes included.

The main event is free and open to the public. We have an ample supply of all of Tim’s books and you are welcome to bring your collection for autographing after the first line of purchasers have had their time with Tim. Call the store to reserve for the after-party or for more details (812) 944-5116 or e-mail newalbanybooks@gmail.com.

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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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Coming Events and Store Communications Changes

I spent my birthday pondering Sunday’s blog post. I’m committed to providing a daily posting, no matter what, and I’m counting on guest bloggers to make that happen.

During the past 8 days, I’ve been populating the blog with content. But very, very few people have even been alerted that it exists. Almost none of the hundreds of subscribers to the store’s e-mail newsletter know about it. That’s soon to change.

In fact, we’re ending the e-mail newsletter and replacing it with subscriptions to these blog posts. It’s my responsibility to make them interesting enough to read. But importantly, I must make the digests and headlines informative enough that subscribers can know in a jiffy whether any given post is one they want to read.

For the record, here are the events we have scheduled in 2011. More details will follow.

Saturday afternoon, Jan. 22 – Author Lori Leroy will celebrate her Southern Indiana/Metro Louisville book launch for Inadequate Conception.

Saturday afternoon, Jan. 29 – Gary Yeagle and Marlene Mitchell will discuss their new novel, Seasons of Death.

Wednesday evening, Feb. 2 – Media lawyer Jon Fleischaker will give a presentation on censorship and the First Amendment, sponsored by the Media Law Resource Center Institute and Destinations Booksellers.

Wednesday evening, Mar. 2 – International favorite Tim Dorsey returns to New Albany with his latest in the Serge Storms series, Electric Barracuda. A special ticketed event follows the free booksigning and author talk.

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