Jul 27, 2011
The demise of Borders prompts a discussion on evolution of bookstores. Spotify's US launch leads to a discussion of music to listen to while reading. And we recommend The Pirates of Somalia by Jay Bahadur and Game of Secrets by Dawn Tripp.
399 Borders stores are closing, leaving some areas of the country without any bookstores. A recent "For Sale" notice had Ann contemplating a Books on the Nightstand Bookmobile. While we won't be buying "Big Blue" (seen below), at least one other bookseller (Bookin' It) has made mobile the way to go (Susan Gregg Gilmore even had an event there). And in the UK, you can even buy your books on the water, courtesy of The Book Barge.
Recommendations needed! We hope to put together an episode about great books to read or listen to for family road trips. Please send us your favorites, via Facebook or on our voice mail line 209.867.7323.
Spotify, a music-sharing service which recently launched in the US (after much success in Europe), has Ann thinking about creating playlists that would enhance her reading of certain books. Carolyn Parkhurst created a song list to go along with her novel The Nobodies Album, so Ann turned it into a playlist on Spotify. You can even share whole albums on Spotify, including The Real Tuesday Weld's soundtrack to Glen Duncan's book The Last Werewolf.
Spotify is still in beta. You can get access to a free account if you have a Social Media Klout score high enough, or you can sign up for a paid Spotify account. OR, you can win one of two invites from Ann, just by leaving a comment here telling us which book you wish had a soundtrack. Include a song or two to give us an idea of what you're thinking. Winners will be randomly chosen on August 3.
Ann tells us about The Pirates of Somalia by Jay Bahadur, a man who traveled to Somalia on his own, because he wanted to get at the truth behind the pirates; their motivations and their backgrounds. I rave about Dawn Tripp's Game of Secrets, the story of an affair in the 50's that has consequences now. Lush, poetic writing and a several family secrets made this a difficult book to put down.