And more whatnot.

Looking for sharable whatnot?

Last week PBS NewsHour and the New York Times announced their joint bookclub, “Now Read This.” Today they published a list of discussion questions for bookclub participants to consider as they read the January selection, Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward.

Yesterday The Millions published “Most Anticipated: The Great 2018 Book Preview.”

“I’d like to start a book club/support group for folks who dog-ear their pages.” – Tweet from Rebecca Lang, publicity manager at St. Martin’s Press.

Atlas Obscura published this piece about the village of Hobart, NY, population 403: “A Tiny New York Town With Not One, But 5 Indie Bookstores

And finally, Jacqueline Woodson officially became the 6th National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature today. NPR’s Lynn Neary took a look at the current state of young people’s literature, and where Woodson would like to see it 2018.

Do you have enough business cards for Memphis?

Are you heading to Memphis in a couple of weeks? You should probably check your stock of business cards right now. Even though it probably will not take 2 weeks to produce more, it’s not a bad idea to allow the extra time.

If you do need a reprint, now’s the time to check if any of the information has changed. Here are some of the components to keep in mind when designing a business card:

  • Personalization: your name, followed by what you do.
  • The name of the store, either in text or through your logo, should be prominently placed. If your logo is your brand, use it.
  • All of your locations: the address of your brick-and-mortar store and the address of your online store.
  • Other ways you can be reached, like phone numbers (include your mobile number if you want to be reachable) and email addresses. If you depend on faxes, go ahead and list that number.
  • If you’re active on Twitter, you might consider adding your handle. Otherwise, other social media locators can be found through your website.
  • Do you find yourself continually writing missing information on the back? Consider adding that to your card.
  • And speaking of writing on the card, be sure to leave plenty of white space on the front or back. White space is not only aesthetically pleasing, but it’s necessary for those who want to write notes on the card. Even if you’re not a “card writer,” the recipient of your card might be.
  • One final thing before you send them off to the printer: Proofread it. Call the numbers listed, email the address you provide, and have another set of eyes make sure you didn’t miss a “dot” in your email or accidentally provide your home phone number (if you still have one of those).

If you’ve been putting off reprinting cards because of some changes expected in a few months, it’s still a good idea to print a small batch for the conference. Then send the large order to the printer when you get back in town.

Say As I Do: Chloe Benjamin

Say As I Do: Chloe Benjamin

I interviewed Chloe Benjamin last Friday for an upcoming Marginalia episode. The podcast is still in production, but you can be prepared for The Immortalists publication day armed with the knowledge of how she says her name:


Marginalia: Woody Skinner

Marginalia: Woody Skinner

For the latest Marginalia podcast, I interviewed Woody Skinner about his debut book of stories, A Thousand Distant Radios. Skinner grew up in Batesville, Arkansas, and now lives in Chicago. He holds a BA in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi, an MFA from Wichita State University, and a PhD from the University of Cincinnati. He has a unique voice and offers an odd spin on reality in this collection that’s difficult to forget. Glean some marginalia for your own hand-selling arsenal. Or if you just want to hear him say his name, here you go:

A Thousand Distant Radios by Woody Skinner (Atelier26 Books, available through IPG | 9780989302395)

Video: “The Most Important 20 Minutes of Your Day”

Rosemary Wells is beloved by teachers and parents, and in this video from Candlewick Press, she talks about reading aloud to children as “the great leveler” which can put all children entering kindergarten on an even playing field, regardless of socioeconomic disparities.

The video would be great content to share on your website or through social media because I wouldn’t consider it a hard-sell of books, but instead as necessary information that parents and teachers would want. It’s useful and sharable content.

If you want to tag Rosemary Wells or Candlewick in your social media, you can find them here: