Good morning, book people! Signs of spring are peeking out of the snow in Cambridge and we’re crazy happy about it because it means…Playgrounds! Long walks by the river! Outdoor runs! Clean sidewalks!
A few bits and pieces this morning. First up, author Sherry Lewis on when to use dialogue and when to skip it. (via Christy Frazier)
US Borders isn’t the only Borders chain to be suffering. The Australian company, bought by Pacific Equity Partners, the parent company of another book chain, Angus and Roberston, in June 2008. They’re now owned by Red Group Retail and, as of yesterday, both Borders and A&R are in administration. In 2009, UK Borders went into administration, too.
The Australian has a so-so (I wish it were longer!) look at the Australian book industry and protectionism. Not sure how I feel about this one. Thoughts?
The Guardian reports that Waterstone’s books in the UK is also closing branches after a slow Christmas season. The Big G is also running an interesting piece by a former Waterstone’s boss on why the stores are worth saving and a quick overview of the all three book chain collapses.
Also at the Guardian, YA author Anna Pereara on why hard truths are not too difficult for teen readers.
The WSJ tells us why, despite the Borders filing, reading isn’t dead.
Do you still go to bookstores? And what are you reading this morning?