Unabridged Responds to Borders’ Bankruptcy Filing

As of today America’s third largest mega-book retailer, Borders, has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. They have marked all but one of Chicago’s stores for closure. While the loss of jobs to Chicago, and to the United States, is saddening, we feel this is a direct result of a book-retailer business model that just does not work.

We want to thank you, our loyal customers, patrons, and conversationalists for realizing there is an immense value in supporting a local independent bookstore.

Unabridged has been serving the community for 30 years and we are still going strong. We take great pride, and quite a lot of time, in running a business that is both successful and an important community resource. We are, in no uncertain terms, committed to the future of Lakeview, Chicago, and the printed word. Through our hand-selected new hardcovers, our amazing collection of children’s books, the value-priced remainders section, our always relevant LGBTQ room, our cutting edge fiction, the ever studious history, philosophy, and psychology sections, and so many more books to fill your shelves with knowledge, humor, drama, intelligence and wit, to stock what interests you.

We are always eager to hear ways that we can nuture the surrounding community. We encourage you to contact us via any matter of modern technology that you deem relevant.

Yours in book selling,

– Unabridged Bookstore


One Michael Jackson Point of Interest

Michael Jackson, who you may recall passed away last week, was a fan of the the 18th century Scottish poet, Robert Burns (according to David Gest). It’s an interesting connection because of Burns’ own ties to local Scottish folk music. We’re through the looking glass, people! Full circle.

And until that MJ bio comes out later this year we will not have any further Jackson-based news.

Thank you. That is all.

You can sue anyone you want?!

A post from yesterday about Unabridged fave Orhan Pamuk. You may recall back in 2005 the Turkish government charing Pamuk for one crime or another for acknowledging the Armenian genocide as historical fact.

Well now Turkey is just like America! Yay? No. Bad. The Turkish supreme court ruled citizens can sue Mr. Pamuk for money and what not. This from MOBYLIVES:  “Turkey’s Supreme Court has ruled that a group of six citizens offended by Pamuk’s comments can nonetheless sue him for compensation.”

Meanwhile in America … Newt Gingrich and his lawyers sent a Twitter user a cease and desist letter because they don’t like him clogging up his Titterz. He needs his lolz, people!

Oh, I guess they can see us from over there …

Oh, wait, a European (ish) literary prize that recognizes American authors? Oh. I’m confused. Nobel was just telling us we don’t matter… huh.

IMPAC just released their 2009 shortlist.

From IMPAC’s site:

“The shortlist of the 2009 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award was formally announced by The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Eibhlin Byrne on April 2nd, 2009 at 10.00am in The Mansion House

The shortlist was selected from a total of 146 novels nominated by 157 public library systems in 117 cities worldwide. The Award is worth €100,000 and is the world’s most valuable literary prize for a single work of fiction published in English.”

Take that Sweden. Your pop-music may be charming and addictive, but your literary criticism is wanting. Can we vote in this thing? Please place one vote in the Junot Diaz box, plzkthnxbai.

the state of flux

We are seeing a realignment – where will it take us?

This is a great series of interviews that chronicles the current lives of independent publishers. The Coffee House Press interview is a very lucid, open-eyed account to what’s going on within the publishing world. Allan Kornblum makes no bones about where his business might be heading or what he will have to deal with, but also realizing he doesn’t really know where things are going to fall. A great response from Kornblum:

I believe Yogi Berra once said, “If people don’t want to come to the ballpark, you just can’t stop them.” If booksellers don’t order books, we small press publishers can’t stop them. The demise of legendary stores like Cody’s on the West Coast and Robin’s in Philly is heartbreaking. But I still have that damned stupid optimism gene. And that leads me to believe that when the recession is over, new idealists will open new stores, and one in ten will find a way to make it work. And I do believe that booksellers know they need a variety of books to satisfy their customers, not a half dozen best sellers. In any event, we had a pretty good 2008–and I believe in the books we’re publishing, and I believe in the relationships we have, and Consortium’s sales reps have with good booksellers. We’ll see what happens next.

While you’re at it read the other four parts in the series.