Books roundup: Bookstore Day coming in 2015

Aug. 22, 2014 @ 11:47 AM

Bookstores are building on an idea their colleagues in record stores have tried. Since 1997, record stores have celebrated Record Store Day every April, with special releases and other deals from musicians and music labels. Now owners of independent bookstores are planning to observe a national bookstore day, according to the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance.
The idea came from the Northern California Booksellers Association, which celebrated California Bookstore Day in May 2014.
All regional independent bookselling associations have agreed to support Independent Bookstore Day in their region on May 2, 2015. Booksellers and publishers plan to have new items available for the event.
For more information about this inaugural event, visit sibaweb.com. Bookstores that are members of Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance should email  wanda@sibaweb.com to get involved with National Indie Bookstore Day.

Here are some more releases and events:
-- Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill will be releasing two new titles in its Algonquin Young Readers line. Kelly Barnhill’s “The Witch’s Boy” ($16.95) is a fable-fantasy. Twins Tam and Ned jump into a swift river. Ned survives, but the villagers are convinced that the wrong twin was saved. Sister Witch, his mother, “stitches” Tam’s soul to Ned to save him from death. Because the villagers still insist that the wrong child was saved, Ned grows up weak. He meets Ainè, whose mother told her “the wrong boy” will save her, and their quest begins.
“The Witch’s Boy” will be in bookstores beginning Sept. 16.
William Ritter’s novel “Jackaby” ($16.95) also will be released. After a paleontological dig in Europe goes awry and loses funding, Abigail Rook gets aboard a boat headed for New England. Just off the boat in New Fiddleham, she looks unsuccessfully for a job until she answers an ad for an assistant for a private investigator. The ad reads, “Must be literate and possess a keen intellect and open mind. Strong stomach preferred.” Abigail becomes an assistant to R.F. Jackaby, whose reputation ranges from “charlatan” to “a godsend.”
Rook and Jackaby use their powers – hers supernatural, his deductive – to catch a serial killer. This book is scheduled to hit book shelves Sept. 16. For more details, visit www.AlgonquinYoungReaders.com.

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