Seattle Gets New (Moving) Bookstore: Have you heard about the API Flying Bookshelf? It's a pretty neat idea:
The API Flying Bookshelf is a traveling bookshelf celebrating and promoting the works of Asian & Pacific Islander writers, artists, & scholars. The bookshelf is traveling and will live in different cafes throughout Seattle starting July 1st, 2014.
Walter Dean Myers: The beloved children's book author has died. He was 76.
Sub Pop Creates a TuneIn Radio Channel: Seattle-based record label Sub Pop is launching its own channel on the popular site TuneIn, which hosts approximately 100,000 live stations and 4 million podcasts and reportedly has over 50 million monthly users. The label will program content, with shows like Sub Pop Rock City, Subterranean Pop, and Behind the Garage planned. There will also be artist-specific programs featuring Shabazz Palaces, clipping., Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires, and others. You can, uh, TuneIn, here.
#RamadanReads: Tomorrow is a day of action for American Muslim communities:
This Thursday, July 3rd, marks the second phase of our campaign: Muslim communities will visit or call their local bookstores and libraries to order books from the list, letting them know that their request is part of the National #RamadanReads Campaign. We want this to become an annual event, inshAllah, and for Ramadan to become known as the month in which Muslims flock to bookstores to support their storytellers.
Muslims were once renowned as a community that loved, wrote and bought books, built libraries, and engaged in vigorous coffeehouse debates over the ideas that lie at the core of our humanity. At 8 million strong in the US, and with an estimated $170 billion in annual consumer purchasing power, we have the power to shape our own narratives. The key? Simple: The more Muslim storytellers we support with our dollars, the more diverse Muslim stories we will see.
Talking About Amazon: Last night, a collection of publishing-industry types gathered at the New York Public Library to talk about Amazon. Here's a recap of that event. Meanwhile, things must be getting tough over at South Lake Union, because Amazon’s senior vice president of Kindle content, Russ Grandinetti, offered an interview to the Wall Street Journal to discuss their side of the battle with Hachette. Like the rest of the WSJ, the story is behind a paywall, but you can read an account of the interview at Publishing Perspectives.