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Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Joy of Being a Bookseller

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One of the great benefits of being a bookseller (see our bookstore at is to be able to attend booksellers conventions. There are two conventions that I attend regularly - NEIBA, the New England Independent Booksellers Association (of which Double Up Books is a member bookstore) and BEA, BookExpo America.

At these conventions, I get to talk to other booksellers, meet authors and publishers, and get the latest scoop on all of the upcoming books including receiving free copies (yes, you read that right free copies! They are called "galley" or "advance reading copy" because they aren't the final published copy of the book.). I usually come home with anywhere from 10 - 30 books and about 25 lbs of book catalogs (and yes, I carry all of this on my back in a backpack and various bags! See what carrying around twins has helped me with.)

I just got back from the NEIBA convention a few weeks ago and wanted to give you a glimpse at some upcoming books that I think are really exciting. Some will be published as early as November and some won't be published until spring 2011 so keep your eyes out for them if a book interests you. Of course, if you want to know the exact date for the book release, email me and I'll be happy to get that info for you.

Rescue - Anita Shreve

Cleopatra - Stacy Schiff (this is the book that the movie with Angelina Jolie will be based on. And, did you know that Cleopatra had twins?)

The Pursuit of Happiness - Douglas Kennedy

The Distant Hours - Kate Morton (she wrote the House at Riverton which was great. This book has twins as characters.)

As Always, Julia - letters between Julia Child and Avis Desoto

Brain Rules for Babies - John Medina

The Sherlockian - Graham Moore

The Lake of Dreams - Kim Edwards

Moonwalking with Einstein - Joshua Foer (my husband loved this book and that's saying a lot)

Elizabeth I - Margaret George

Sweet Valley Confidential - Francine Pascal (if you liked the Sweet Valley series as a teen then you'll like this book as an adult which picks up the twin characters 10 years later.)

Cool, huh? I'm excited for these books especially, but there are many others that are going to be published over the next few months. Stay tuned.

Are there any books that you are looking forward to being published in the next few months?


  1. I love Anita Shreve's books!!! And I do remember the Sweet Valley series from a few years back!!!! That oughta be an interesting new series!

  2. Hi Shelby! This is Shelly. We talked via email some time ago. I stumbled upon this blog by fate (luck). I didn't know you had a blog, or I would have been a follower sooner. Sorry about that! How are you?

    Congratulations on the book publishing. I actually have 3 in the works myself, but none of those will be ready in the next few months. Not unless I got a full-time nanny here, because blogging takes up all of my free time. I have let all other projects slide a bit.

    When I get closer on at least one of them, I may just contact you to ask you some questions, as I am the novice. Congrats again. You're amazing, and you have a beautiful family!