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December 1-15, 2003 Edition GENERAL NEWS The New Yorker

to Promote Books

and Reading

New York, NY/11/24/03—To promote book buying and reading this holiday season, The New Yorker has created a new public service advertising campaign to run in the magazine, it was announced today by David Carey, vice president and publisher of The New Yorker.

The ads are titled, “Have you booked your Holiday?,” and will begin to run in the December 1, 2003, issue of the magazine (on sale November 24, 2003).

“The book publishing industry is one of the most important elements of The New Yorker’s success and we feel a close relationship with publishers and booksellers alike,” said Mr. Carey. “Given how book-focused our readers are, we felt that giving them a smart, fun reminder of how books are the ideal holiday gift, would be our way of supporting the publishing industry during the all-important holiday season.”

“The publishing community has nothing but applause, standing ovation, in fact for The New Yorker’s wonderful book buying campaign,” said Robert Miller, president of Hyperion and chairman of the trade executive committee of the American Association of Publishers.

Designed by The New Yorker’s promotion department, in conjunction with the Association of American Publishers, the ads feature cartoons by New Yorker contributors Danny Shanahan and Mort Gerberg. The campaign will run throughout the holiday season.

New Columbia Director

to Focus on Academics

CHICAGO, IL/11/2103—James D. (Jim) Jordon, the newly named publishing director of Columbia University Press will focus less on trade titles and more on the academic side, according to an item in Publishers Weekly.

Former director Bill Strachan reportedly left Columbia because trustees wanted him to shift the publishing focus away from trade.

Successor Jordan, who takes over in mid-January, said the press will “re-think the program.” He indicated that while Columbia would publish fewer trade titles, it would remain engaged in relevant cultural topics, which possibly might include scholarly books on such subjects as global politics.

Jordan formerly served at Norton for more than 21 years, and since 1998 has been director of the Johns Hopkins University Press.

BOOKSELLING Powell’s Bookstore

Employees Walk Out

PORTLAND, ORE/11/22/03—More than 300 unionized workers at seven Powell’s Bookstores staged a one-day strike in early November to protest delays in contract negotiations. A second strike was set for November 28.

Powell’s union contract, which covers all but about 20 per cent of the 494 employees, expired on October 1. Store managers have been staffing facilities during the dispute.

Workers are seeking annual wage increases of 7 percent, 6 percent and 6 percent respectively over the next three years. The next round of negotiations was scheduled on November 25.

Powell’s management is offering 3 percent annual increases each year for the three year period. Workers also want greater health insurance coverage despite the fact that Powell’s has covered increase company rate increases totaling 82 percent in the past three years. .The bookseller is asking employees to pay a 10 percent co-pay on preferred provider visits and a $75 one-time deductible for dental coverage.

The union has filed several complaints with the National Labor Relations Board, charging that Powell’s has unfairly targeted union managers for excessive supervision and has restricted the use of company e-mail for union activities.

Powell’s says the charges are without merit, but the Labor Relations Board has not yet handed down a decision.

PEOPLE Milner Leaves Weidenfeld, Returns to Pan Macmillan

LONDON/11/24/04—After serving for more than two years as publishing director at Weidenfeld & Nicholson, Richard Milner is returning to Pan Macmillan as publisher of nonfiction for the Macmillan, Pan and Entertainment imprints.

Barry Named President of DK

NEW YORK, NY/11/24/03—Dorling Kindersley has named Bill Barry as president after nearly a year without a head executive for its largest marketplace in the U.S.

Barry, formerly president and COO of Hungry Minds, will report to London-based Andrew Welham, managing director of DK worldwide operations. Executives in the New York office who will be reporting to Barry include Chuck Lang, senior v-p and publisher; Therese Burke, senior sales and marketing vice president, and Dorothy Regan, CFO.

Barry has been away from publishing since Hungry Minds sold to John Wiley in September 2001. Earlier in his career he was a senior executive at Random House and Bantam Doubleday Dell.

Editor Jackson Moves from St.Martin’s to Rodale

NEW YORK, NY/11/24/03—Heather Jackson, longtime editor at St. Martin’s Press Rodale has moved to Rodale, where she will be executive editor of the Women’s Health Books Group.

Pierce Leaves Editorship of Children’s BOMC

NEW YORK, NY/11/20/03—Shelley Pierce, editor-in-chief of Children’s Book-of-the-Month Club is departing the company at the end of November because of “philosophical differences.” Brigitte Weeks, senior vice president and editor-in-chief of Book-of-the-Month-Club will serve as acting head until a replacement is named. Weeks also will manage BookPlanet, the new book club for older children which was launched earlier this year.

Ron Insana to Write Column for USA Today

MCLEAN, VA/12/1/03—Ron Insana, anchor of CNBC’s “Street Signs,” will write a monthly column for USA TODAY titled “Talking Business with Ron Insana.”

Insana’s first column appears today and will be published in the USA TODAY Money section on the first Monday of every month. The columns, written in question-and-answer format, detail Insana’s interviews with CEOs of major corporations.

Today’s column features Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of General Electric. In the interview, Immelt reveals the tough lessons he has learned since replacing Jack Welch as CEO – a job he calls the “best business job in the world.” He discusses GE’s new approach to compensation, and why it puts 70% of his pay at risk. Immelt also addresses the prospects for economic growth in 2004, where G.E. and other companies are hiring as well as China’s stunning emergence as a global economic powerhouse and what that portends for U.S. companies.

“The addition of Ron Insana to the Money section helps us expand on our goal of serving readers by increasing coverage of management and c-suite topics,” said Karen Jurgensen, editor of USA TODAY. “It also allows us to deliver to readers high-impact coverage of heavy hitters in the business world.”

“The new ‘Executive Suite’ news features directly address advertiser needs by creating content aimed at the highly-desirable c-suite or top business executive,” said Jacki Kelley, senior vice president of advertising for USA TODAY.

“Talking Business with Ron Insana” is one of several changes to the USA TODAY Money section as it realigns coverage to create more reader value and develop more opportunities for advertisers to reach an affluent, educated audience.

Insana’s columns appear as part of the Money section’s new “Executive Suite,” a rotation of news features focused on the people who run America’s corporations, from the Fortune 100 to enterprising entrepreneurs. On consecutive Mondays, the following news features will appear in USA TODAY: The Big Bad Wolf by James Patterson (HF #3, 0316602906) “Talking Business with Ron Insana” will appear the first Monday of each month beginning today. “Today’s Entrepreneur” profiles the chief of an up-and-coming and highly innovative small business on the second Monday. The December 8 column is about Peter Veldman of Tire Rack. “Advice from the Top” features a leading CEO or executive who shares his or her expertise with management reporter Del Jones the third Monday of the month. Featured on December 15 will be Anne Mulcahy, CEO of Xerox, who talks about turning around a troubled company. “Today’s CEO Profiles” will feature on the fourth Monday of each month prominent CEOs in human-interest stories written by USA TODAY reporters. The December 22 column will look at David Dorman, CEO of AT&T.

Beginning on December 8th, “Street Signs” airs on CNBC Monday through Friday, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET.

Insana joined CNBC in the 1991 merger with the Financial News Network. He is a regular contributor to NBC’s “Today Show,” “The Nightly News with Tom Brokaw,” “Imus in the Morning” and other programs on sister network MSNBC, when market activity warrants.

Insana began his career in 1984 as an FNN production assistant, rising to managing editor and chief of FNN’s Los Angeles bureau at the time the two networks combined. While at FNN, he was nominated for a Golden ACE Award for his role in covering the 1987 stock market crash. “Trend Watching: “How to Avoid Wall Street’s Next Fads, Manias and Bubbles,” his third book, was published by Harpers Business in November, 2002. His first book, “Traders’ Tales” (John Wiley), a compendium of anecdotes about Wall Street Life, was published in 1996. His second book, “The Message of the Markets,” was published by Harpers Business in October 2000. Most recently, Insana garnered an exclusive interview with President George W. Bush to discuss the global economy and the war on terrorism.

Insana was nominated for a News and Documentary Emmy Award as part of NBC’s coverage of 9/11, and in 1999, Insana was named one of the top 100 business news journalists of the century by TJFR Group.

Insana graduated with honors from California State University at Northridge.


USA TODAY is the nation’s top-selling newspaper. It is published via satellite at 36 locations in the USA and at four sites abroad. With a total average daily circulation of 2.3 million, USA TODAY is available worldwide. USA TODAY is published by Gannett Co. Inc. (NYSE: GCI).


Published Thursday, November 26, 2003 (for sales week ended Sunday, November 23, 2003.)

Based on reporting from over 400 independent bookstores across America.


New to the List this week:

A Ton of Great Debuts this Week—

The Big Bad Wolf by James Patterson (HF #3, 0316602906) The Murder Room by P.D. James (HF #5, 1400041414) The Hornet’s Nest: A Novel of the Revolutionary War by Jimmy Carter (HF #7, 0743255429) Inventing a Nation: Washington, Adams, Jefferson by Gore Vidal (HN #13, 0300101716) Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship by Jon Meacham (HN #15, 0375505008) Stitch ‘n Bitch: The Knitter’s Handbook by Debbie Stoller (PN #12, 0761128182)



1. The Da Vinci Code

Dan Brown, Doubleday, $24.95, 0385504209

2. The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Mitch Albom, Hyperion, $19.95, 0786868716

3. The Big Bad Wolf – Debut

James Patterson, Little Brown, $27.95, 0316602906

4. Shepherds Abiding

Jan Karon, Penguin, $24.95, 0670031208

5. The Murder Room – Debut

P.D. James, Knopf, $25.95, 1400041414

6. Wolves of the Calla

Stephen King, Donald M. Grant/Scribner, $35, 1880418568

7. The Hornet’s Nest: A Novel of the Revolutionary War – Debut

Jimmy Carter, S&S, $27, 0743255429

8. Bleachers

John Grisham, Doubleday, $19.95, 0385511612

9. Love

Toni Morrison, Knopf, $23.95, 0375409440

10. Blow Fly

Patricia Cornwell, Putnam, $26.95, 0399150897

11. The Namesake

Jhumpa Lahiri, Houghton Mifflin, $24, 0395927218

12. Skipping Christmas

John Grisham, Doubleday, $14.95, 0385508417

13. The Time Traveler’s Wife

Audrey Niffenegger, MacAdam/Cage, $25, 1931561648

14. Vernon God Little

DBC Pierre, Canongate, $23, 1841954608

15. Old School

Tobias Wolff, Knopf, $22, 0375401466


19. Pompeii

Robert Harris, Random House, $24.95, 0679428895

We know how it ends, but what of the hours before the top blows? Historical suspense, fast and exciting from a writer (Fatherland, Enigma) who has the genre down.


1. The South Beach Diet

Arthur Agatston, M.D., Rodale, $24.95, 1579546463

2. Dude, Where’s My Country?

Michael Moore, Warner, $24.95, 0446532231

3. Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them

Al Franken, Dutton, $24.95, 0525947647

4. The World According to Mr. Rogers

Fred Rogers, Hyperion, $16.95, 1401301061

5. Flyboys

James Bradley, Little Brown, $25.95, 0316105848

6. Bushwhacked

Molly Ivins, Lou Dubose, Random House, $24.95, 0375507523

7. The Purpose-Driven Life

Rick Warren, Zondervan, $19.99, 0310205719

8. Under the Banner of Heaven

Jon Krakauer, Doubleday, $26, 0385509510

9. Living to Tell the Tale

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Knopf, $26.95, 1400041341

10. A Royal Duty

Paul Burrell, Putnam, $25.95, 0399151729

11. Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter

Thomas Cahill, Nan A. Talese, $27.50, 0385495536

12. The Great Unraveling

Paul Krugman, Norton, $25.95, 0393058506

13. Inventing a Nation: Washington, Adams, Jefferson – Debut

Gore Vidal, Yale, $22, 0300101716

14. Every Second Counts

Lance Armstrong, Sally Jenkins, Broadway, $24.95, 0385508719

15. Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship – Debut

Jon Meacham, Random House, $29.95, 0375505008


39. From Love Field: Our Final Hours with President John F. Kennedy

Nellie Connally, Mickey Herskowitz, Rugged Land, $24.95, 1590710142

A memoir from Governor Connally’s wife, the closest living eyewitness to the Kennedy assassination, forty years after the event.


1. The Secret Life of Bees

Sue Monk Kidd, Penguin, $14, 0142001740

2. Life of Pi

Yann Martel, Harvest, $14, 0156027321

3. Middlesex

Jeffrey Eugenides, Picador, $15, 0312422156

4. #1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

Alexander McCall Smith, Anchor, $11.95, 1400034779

5. Master and Commander

Patrick O’Brian, Norton, $13.95, 0393325172

6. Three Junes

Julia Glass, Anchor, $14, 0385721420

7. The Piano Tuner

Daniel Philippe Mason, Vintage, $14, 1400030382

8. The Last Girls

Lee Smith, Ballantine, $14.95, 0345464958

9. The Little Friend

Dona Tartt, Vintage, $14.95, 1400031699

10. Bel Canto

Ann Patchett, Perennial, $13.95, 0060934417

11. The Virgin Blue

Tracy Chevalier, Plume, $14, 0452284449

12. Disgrace

J.M. Coetzee, Penguin, $13, 0140296409

13. The Human Stain

Philip Roth, Vintage, $14.95, 0375726349

14. Girl with a Pearl Earring

Tracy Chevalier, Plume, $14, 0452284937

15. Tears of the Giraffe

Alexander McCall Smith, Anchor, $11.95, 1400031354


38. Wintering: A Novel of Sylvia Plath

Kate Moses, Anchor/Doubleday, $13, 1400035007

An achingly devastating, but beautiful, fictional recreation of the last months of the famed poet’s life.


1. The World Almanac and Book of Facts

Ken Park (Ed.), World Almanac, $11.95, 0886879108

2. Nickel and Dimed

Barbara Ehrenreich, Owl, $13, 0805063897

3. Seabiscuit

Laura Hillenbrand, Ballantine, $15.95, 0449005615

4. Small Wonder

Barbara Kingsolver, Perennial, $12.95, 0060504080

5. The Old Farmer’s Almanac 2004

Old Farmer’s Almanac (Ed.), Old Farmer’s Almanac, $5.95, 1571982973

6. Under the Tuscan Sun

Frances Mayes, Broadway, $15, 0767916069

7. Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight

Alexandra Fuller, Random House, $13.95, 0375758992

8. Fast Food Nation

Eric Schlosser, Perennial, $13.95, 0060938455

9. Book Lust

Nancy Pearl, Sasquatch, $16.95, 1570613818

10. Bringing Down the House

Ben Mezrich, Free Press, $14, 0743249992

11. The Four Agreements

Don Miguel Ruiz, Amber-Allen, $12.95, 1878424319

12. Stitch ‘n Bitch: The Knitter’s Handbook – Debut

Debbie Stoller, Workman, $13.95, 0761128182

13. Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution

Robert C. Atkins, M.D., Quill, $13.95, 0060081597

14. Tuesdays with Morrie

Mitch Albom, Broadway, $12.95, 076790592X

15. The Bitch in the House

Cathi Hanauer (Ed.), Perennial, $13.95, 0060936460


32. Howard Dean: A Citizen’s Guide to the Man Who Would Be President

Dirk Van Susteren (Ed.), Steerforth, $12.95, 1586420755

Nice overview of the former Vermont Governor and Presidential aspirant.


1. Angels & Demons

Dan Brown, Pocket, $7.99, 0671027360

2. Mystic River

Dennis Lehane, HarperTorch, $7.99, 0380731851

3. Deception Point

Dan Brown, Pocket, $7.99, 0671027387

4. Prey

Michael Crichton, Avon, $7.99, 0061015725

5. Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution

Robert C. Atkins, M.D., Avon, $7.99, 006001203X

6. Visions of Sugar Plums

Janet Evanovich, St. Martin’s, $6.99, 0312986343

7. Q Is for Quarry

Sue Grafton, Berkley, $7.99, 0425192725

8. Reversible Errors

Scott Turow, Warner, $7.99, 0446612626

9. Seabiscuit

Laura Hillenbrand, Ballantine, $7.99, 0345465083

10. Dr. Atkins’ New Carbohydrate Gram Counter

Robert C. Atkins, M.D., M. Evans, $4.95, 0871318156


22. Tricky Business

Dave Barry, Berkley, $7.99, 0425192741

A comedic (relief) crime novel from the wonderful humorist Barry.


1. Eragon

Christopher Paolini, Knopf, $18.95, 0375826688

2. A Series of Unfortunate Events #10: The Slippery Slope

Lemony Snicket, HarperCollins, $10.99, 0064410137

3. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

J.K. Rowling, Scholastic, $29.99, 043935806X

4. The Thief Lord

Cornelia Funke, Chicken House, $6.99, 043942089X

5. Inkheart

Cornelia Funke, Chicken House, $19.95, 0439531640

6. Captain Underpants and the Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy, Part

2: Revenge of the Ridiculous Robo-Boogers

Dav Pilkey, Blue Sky, $4.99, 0439376122

7. Holes

Louis Sachar, Yearling, $6.50, 0440419468

8. The Tale of Despereaux

Kate Dicamillo, Timothy B. Ering (Illus.), Candlewick, $17.99, 0763617229

9. Thanksgiving on Thursday

Mary Pope Osborne, Random House, $3.99, 0375806156

10. A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning

Lemony Snicket, HarperTrophy, $10.99, 0064407667

11. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

J.K. Rowling, Scholastic, $7.99, 0439136369

12. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Ann Brashares, Delacorte, $8.95, 0385730586

13. Because of Winn-Dixie

Kate DiCamillo, Candlewick, $5.99, 0763616052

14. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

J.K. Rowling, Scholastic, $8.99, 0439139600

15. Loamhedge

Brian Jacques, Philomel, $23.99, 0399237240


1. Olivia . . . and the Missing Toy

Ian Falconer, Atheneum, $16.95, 0689852916

2. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll, Robert Sabuda (Illus.), S&S, $25.95, 0689847432

3. Dragonology

Ernest Drake, Helen Ward (Illus.), Douglas Carrel (Illus.), Candlewick,

$18.99, 0763623296

4. Tails

Matthew Van Fleet, Red Wagon, $12.95, 0152167730

5. Diary of a Worm

Doreen Cronin, Harry Bliss (Illus.), Joanna Cotler/ HarperCollins, $15.99,


6. The Cat in the Hat

Dr. Seuss, Random House, $8.99, 039480001X

7. Brundibar

Tony Kushner, Maurice Sendak, Hyperion, $19.95, 0786809043

8. Goodnight Moon

Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), HarperCollins, $7.99, 0694003611

9. On Noah’s Ark

Jan Brett, Putnam, $16.99, 0399240284

10. Pat the Bunny

Dorothy Kunhardt, Golden, $9.99, 0307120007

11. Stranger in the Woods

Carl R. Sams II, Jean Stoick, Carl R. Sams, $19.95, 0967174805

12. Mr. Peabody’s Apples

Madonna, Loren Long (Illus.), Callaway, $19.95, 0670058831

13. How I Became a Pirate

Melinda Long, David Shannon (Illus.), Harcourt, $16, 0152018484

14. The Polar Express

Chris Van Allsburg, Houghton Mifflin, $18.95, 0395389496

15. Flawed Dogs: The Year-End Leftovers at the Piddleton “Last Chance” Dog Pound

Berkeley Breathed, Little Brown, $18.95, 0316713597


23. The Day the Babies Crawled Away

Peggy Rathmann, Putnam, $16.99, 039923196X

An aptly titled and appealing new story book from the Caldecott winner.

May We Recommend


MY LIFE AS A FAKE, by Peter Carey (Knopf, $25, 0375414983) “Two-time Booker Prize-winner Peter Carey spins another magnificent story filled with characters that you can neither love nor hate but can’t stop reading about! Most of the book is set in Malaysia and features an editor’s journey to discover the truth about her past and the mysterious work that will influence her future. At turns brutal and astonishing, but also poignanta classic Carey work!”—Stephanie Good, Canterbury Booksellers, Madison, WI Also a Recorded Books Audio (1402556004, Unabridged Cassette)

GELLHORN: A Twentieth Century Life, by Caroline Moorehead (Holt, $27.50, 0805065539) “Gellhorn was one of the most fascinating journalists of the 20th century, and her biography was long overdue. She was on the front of many conflicts beginning with the Spanish Civil War on, and her stormy marriage to Ernest Hemingway is the stuff of legend.”—Joe Murphy, Olsson’s Books & Records, Washington, DC


OTHER FISH IN THE SEA, by Lisa Kusel (Hyperion, $13, 0786888024) “This is a great original debut. The central character of Elly is uniquely portrayed through interconnected short stories that span time and geography to illuminate her desire to find true love.”—Jamie Jacobson, Book World, West Caldwell, NJ

Children, Little and Big

CATALYST, by Laurie Halse Anderson (Viking, $17.99, 0670035661) Teens. “I inhaled this in one sitting. High school senior Kate Malone, daughter of the local minister, keeps her motherless family together and deals with the struggles of one of her classmates. This is a touching look at how important it is not to judge someone by what his or her life looks like on the outside.”—Mary Ellen Kavanaugh, My Sisters’ Words, Syracuse, NY Also a Listening Library Audio (0807209392)

THE RANGE ETERNAL, by Louise Erdrich; illus. by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher (Hyperion, $15.99, 0786802200) “This is Erdrich’s lyrical, touching tribute to the heart of her childhood home: an old-fashioned, woodburning cookstove which the family took for granted until it was gone. A great book to share on the cold winter nights to come.—”Barb Bassett, Red Balloon Bookshop, St. Paul, MN

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