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Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Celebrating the Bookstores That Make University Press Publishing Possible

University Press Week

As part of university press week, we wanted to shine a light on some of the independent and campus bookstores, an integral part of the university press community. Without these stores, university presses would not be able to publish what we do. Independent stores not only stock and champion our books but also provide a space in which ideas and books are taken seriously.

We asked our sales reps to feature some of the stores in their territory that carry a wide range of books, including many titles from university presses. This list, arranged alphabetically, is by no means exhaustive but merely a small sampling of the great stores out there:

Amherst Books (Amherst)

Book Culture (New York City)
Serves the Columbia University community by providing textbooks and well-priced general interest and academic contemporary titles.

Bridge Street Books (Washington, D.C.)

Boulder Book Store (Boulder)

City Lights Bookstore (San Francisco)
City Lights is a legendary bookstore, founded by Lawrence Ferlinghetti in 1953 as the first all-paperback bookshop in the U.S. They now carry a variety of books on poetry, fiction, art, progressive social history and causes, philosophy, theory, and more. They are a particularly great supporter of university presses and small presses and longtime buyer, Paul Yamazaki, is respected and beloved throughout the industry for his excellent sense of what is a City Lights title.

Diesel Books (Malibu, Santa Monica, Oakland)
Diesel Books originated in the 1980’s in Oakland, but has expanded over the years and now includes two great stores in the Los Angeles area—one in Brentwood neighborhood of Santa Monica and the other in Malibu. John and Alison, the owners, have a great sense of community involvement and have understood and responded to the needs of each of their very different communities in the stores they and their staff have created over the years.

Elliott Bay Book Company (Seattle)
Another legendary store, Elliott Bay Book Company changed locations a few years ago from a location it had occupied since 1976 (the store was founded in 1973). Rick Simonson and the other great people at this store have continually created a store that mixes the best of popular titles with literary gems that to surprise their customers. Rick is a big supporter of university presses and of small, literary presses. Like Paul Yamazaki at City Lights, Rick is a big supporter of contemporary literature in translation.


Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Columbia University Press Books on Display at Harvard Book Store

Thanks to Harvard Book Store for their great front window display of Columbia University Press books:

Harvard Book Store

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Save St. Mark’s Bookshop

St. Mark's BookshopSt. Mark’s Bookshop, one of the best independent bookstores in New York City, is struggling to pay the market rent that Cooper Union is charging them at 31 3rd Ave in the East Village. There are two ways you can help out this vital literary and cultural New York City institution:

1.) There is currently an online petition asking Cooper Union to give St. Mark’s Bookshop a lower rent.

2.) Buy a book from St. Mark’s Bookshop. St. Mark’s has an extraordinary selection of books, including many titles from university presses and independent publishers.

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Ted Striphas: “Your Favorite Book Store. Now Digital”

Ted Striphas on Borders Closing

Ted Striphas, author of The Late Age of Print: Everyday Book Culture from Consumerism to Control (now available in paperback, recently surveyed left behind when his local Borders bookstore closed in Bloomington, Indiana on his blog The Late Age of Print.

The store was, needless to say, a shell of its former itself but among the leftover books (mostly genre fiction), empty shelves, random barista equipment, and cleaning agents (also for sale), was a computer display, which read, “Your Favorite Book Store. Now Digital” (see picture above). Here’s Striphas’s description of the image:

This final image shows a computer terminal located on what used to be the customer service counter. Instead of facing the customer service agent, it had been turned around to face the customers, as if to greet us as we entered the store on its final days. The display read, “Your Favorite Book Store. Now Digital.” I guess we know how Borders is imagining its future — assuming, of course, that it has one.

Friday, May 1st, 2009

Buy Indie Day!

May 1st has been declared Buy Indie Day. The idea: buy one book—paperback, hardcover, audiobook, whatever you want (it doesn’t even have to be a Columbia University Press title)—at an independent bookstore near you. There are tons of great independent stores out there with tons of great books. And even if you can’t make it to the store, call, e-mail, or order from your favorite store’s Web site.

Indiebound has some more information on the event, including a handy Indie store finder map on their site.

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

UPfront at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore

Lately, the Seminary Co-op Bookstores, located in Chicago, has been receiving a lot of attention as the Obama’s bookstore of choice.

Of course for those interested in scholarly books or books in general, the Seminary Co-op is well-known for being one of the best bookstores in the country, if not the world. Their excellent online magazine, The Front Table has now started a new column, UPfront featuring recent and forthcoming university press titles as selected by press employees. Needless to say, UPfront is sure to become an invaluable resource for those interested in the newest titles from university presses

Columbia University Press titles featured in the February/March edition of UPfront include: The Israeli Secret Service and the Struggle Against Terrorism, by Ami Pedahzur, The Death of the Animal: A Dialogue, by Paola Cavalieri, and Mind in the Balance: Meditation in Science, Buddhism, and Christianity, by Alan B. Wallace.

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

The Seminary Co-op Bookstore Relaunches The Front Table

Chicago’s Seminary Co-op, one of the best bookstores in the country, is now offering an online version of The Front Table, a book magazine edited by Jeff Waxman. This is very good news, for anyone interested in not only university press titles but books in general.

The site just went live but already looks very promising and offers some great features, including a book review section and a variety of reading lists. The first reading list was provided by Steve Tomasula, novelist and Co-op member.

There is also a section called “Editors Speak,” where literary and scholarly editors will contribute brief and familiar pieces about the books they’ve edited.  Rodney Powell, an editor at the University of Chicago Press, contributed a look at their recent book, Scorsese by Ebert earlier this month and in a few weeks, E.J. Van Lanen (Open Letter Books) will give a personal look at his work on Dubravka Ugresic’s new essay collection, Nobody’s Home.

Also on tap for the site is a fully scannable virtual snapshot of the famous Front Table display at the Seminary Co-op. As anyone who has visited the Co-op can tell you, the books on display at the store are a kind of guide to the most interesting and exciting scholarly and literary work available.

Full disclosure: I used to be the editor of “The Front Table” when it was a print publication. I am very glad to see it being relaunched and have already bookmarked it!

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

Molecular Gastronomy Hits the Bestseller list

Herve This, Molecular GastronomyBookcourt, one of Brooklyn’s finest bookstores, lists the recently published paperback edition of Molecular Gastronomy: Exploring the Science of Flavor by Herve This on their bestseller list (nonfiction paperback).

For more This, there is also Kitchen Mysteries: Revealing the Science of Cooking (2007) and you can watch a video of Herve This.