Friday Whatnot: May 29, 2015

“Thank you Miss America! Four words I was 100% sure I would never string together in this lifetime.”

–  Rowboat Watkins, after reading America Grelinger’s review of his new book, Rude Cakes.

jimmy_pattersonJames Patterson announced this morning that he’s launching a children’s book imprint called jimmy patterson. The imprint “will be unwaveringly focused on one goal: turning kids into lifelong readers. We want to make reading fun for kids – through stories and voices that speak to them and expand their world. We want to make books available to kids – through teacher scholarships, bookstore funding, school library support, and book donations. We want every kid who finishes a jimmy book to say: ‘Please give me another book.'”

Patterson will speak for the first time about his mission at BookExpo America’s Hachette Book Group booth (#2919) at 9:30 A.M. today.


Capitol Hill Books owner Jim Toole has banned several words from his store, including “awesome,” “perfect” and “Amazon.” NPR ran this feature on him yesterday.

Beth Golay

Beth is a reader, writer, marketer and Books & Whatnot founder. Even though she knows better, she's a sucker for a good book cover and will positively swoon if a book is set in appropriate type. @BethGolay