It’s the final week of classes here at UNCW, and we’re beyond grateful to the student staffers who are the heart of our enterprise. This semester, they’ve dedicated their energy and talents to threading a book interior, researching and pitching covers, hand-lettering titles, fact-checking, proofreading, writing media materials, and planning the marketing and publicity strategy for next year’s release. Thanks to Abby Chiaramonte, Liz Granger, Justin Klose, Katie Prince, Bethany Tap, and especially Becky Eades, who has managed our social media platforms, including this blog, with diligence and care over the past few years. You all will be missed, and we wish you every success in your future writing and publishing endeavors. (Good luck finishing up your portfolios and exams too!)
As 2014 draws to a close and we hit the bookstores for holiday shopping, we thought we’d round up a few best-of lists that caught our eye:
We’re always eager to see which titles make the “100 Notable Books of 2014” from the New York Times.
Slate issued the “22 Best Lines of 2014,” featuring Astoria to Zion and Ecotone contributor Rebecca Makkai. Head over to read her sentence and twenty-one others from some of the year’s “most enjoyable books.”
Astoria to Zion and Ecotone contributor Ron Rash packed out the Hub City Bookshop with a reading from his collected stories, Something Rich and Strange. (Hey there, John Lane, Rachel Richardson, Matt Lewis, and Michel Stone.)
And speaking of bookstores, we came across an interesting CNN article that explains why bookselling is booming in Taiwan. “The Eslite store in central Taipei opens twenty-four hours and has more night owl visitors than most Western bookstores could dream of during their daytime hours … The mix of literature and design has made the store a hangout for hipsters as well as bookworms, allowing the company to shrug off the challenges of the digital age.”
Please remember to support your local bookstore this holiday season!