Whatnot: September 4, 2015

The Morris Book Shop of Lexington, KY, is doing some pretty unique things build culture and engage the community. “We are half way through our Pen to Plate Dinner Series and it hasn’t been a complete disaster,” says Natalie Cunningham, community engagement coordinator for the bookstore.

Not a disaster, indeed. Shelf Awareness had a nice article on the series here.

Another bookstore looking at the beautiful pairing of books and food is Left Bank Books of St. Louis, MO. They’re partnering with Herbie’s Vintage ’72 and Sauce Magazine to present former editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine Ruth Reichl, who will sign and discuss her new book during special lunch and dinner events in October.

Do you remember last week’s Whatnot? I mentioned Judgey… the game that let’s you judge books by their covers. Well, yesterday they released the data gathered from 3 million books judged during the week.

Have you been working on your nomination blurb for the November IndieNext list this week? Send it in today!

Ikea’s latest campaign to promote the 2016 Ikea catalog features a review from German literary critic, Hellmuth Karasek, based on the fact that it’s the most widely distributed “book” in the world.


Enjoy your Labor Day weekend. I’ll be back on Tuesday.

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