Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Chronicle: Nerd Star

Okay, let's just get it out there: this week's edition of Publishers Weekly features an article titled Booksellers: The Next Generation that prominently features your Book Nerd. It started out as a simple profile by my friend and mentor Robert Gray (of Fresh Eyes), part of a series he had planned, but eventually became a commentary on the larger issue of young booksellers. Aside from the usual cringing at a dorky quote or two, I'm totally thrilled to be representin' for my generation - hopefully it will lead to a wider discussion of how to motivate more passionate young book people to take up a life of retail.

I've been reviewing books for PW for years, and only twice before has my name ever appeared in the magazine. I have to say this is a little gratifying. Ben from FSG deserves credit for this entry's title; I may be famous in only a tiny little world, but it feels like the cover of Rolling Stone to me.

Also, look for my guest blog this week on MJ Rose's literary site Buzz, Balls & Hype. MJ does a great job of exploring the book industry from the writer's point of view; I'm honored to be part of a series of bookseller guest bloggers to give her readers a different perspective.

I do have real stuff to talk about this week, but today I'm just too darn excited. Please forgive the shameless self-promotion; apparently, I've just "lost all shame."