Monthly Archives: March 2011

Behind the Scenes with a Bookseller

At Fireside Books, the independent bookstore where I work, we enter new and used books into our computer inventory starting with the ISBN number. We type in the number, and if we’ve never had it in stock, our computer system accesses a database called Venstock and automatically pulls in the pertinent information— title, author, subject […]

Complaints, Conduct, and Ian Rankin’s infatuation with Twitter

On the Mulholland Books blog today, Ian Rankin writes about how he came up with the idea for his new series The Complaints, and in this great interview with the Arizona Republic he describes how cops respond to his books, and his infatuation with Twitter.

A Writer’s Advice

Eowyn Ivey is an Alaska resident and the author of the forthcoming book “The Snow Child.”  She is pictured here with her Little, Brown tote bag at the entrance to the Arctic Circle!  Eowyn also writes for the 49 Writers Blog, which provides a resource for writers to connect across the state.  This week she […]

Out and About: Ian Rankin and Kate Atkinson

Rave reviews have been pouring in for the new books from Ian Rankin and Kate Atkinson, including a Wall Street Journal piece from Tom Nolan that reviews both.  Marilyn Stasio, in the New York Times Book Review, calls Ian’s new series and detective, Malcolm Fox, “well positioned to take the pulse of [Edinburgh] in 2009, […]


Sometimes on Friday mornings I stop in the wonderful Posman Books in Grand Central to browse the new arrivals tables and especially to pick up things I haven’t heard about but look great.  This morning I purchased something wholly on the basis of the cover design and the flap copy.  The book is “Snowdrops” by […]