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7 Survival Secrets for Independent Bookstores

At the Los Angeles Festival of Books, some of the best booksellers on the West Coast shared strategies that helped them survive during these challenging times for local bookstores. Below, we’ve collected seven tips from these innovative booksellers.

The panelists included: Vroman’s Bookstore president Allison Hill, Powell’s Books president Emily Powell and owner Michael Powell, and City Lights chief book buyer Paul Yamazaki.

1. Sell personalized children’s books. Hill said children’s books sold well at her store, and customizable children’s books were very popular as gifts.

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Halberstam Selected As Next Out of the Book Author

Powell’s has made their choice for the next “Out of the Book” film after debuting the concept with Ian McEwan‘s ON CHESIL BEACH. This time, they will debut a film based on David Halberstam‘s THE COLDEST WINTER: AMERICA AND THE KOREAN WAR, published by Hyperion on September 25. The 28-minute film will be produced by series creator Dave Weich of Powell’s Books. The director is once again Doug Biro of Hudson River Films.

Shelf Awareness further reports that the movie will premier on November 11, when McNally-Robinson shows it at Two Boots Pioneer Theater. Between November 12 and December 15, the film will be shown across the country at events hosted by 75 independent booksellers that, as with the Ian McEwan film (shown by 54 booksellers), will include panel discussions, live music, special guests – the latter part especially important in light of Halberstam’s recent passing. The film will rely on some of Halberstam’s friends and feature commentary from Joan Didion, Seymour Hersh, Robert Caro and Bob Woodward.

Authors Get Filmic for Powell’s

The New York Times’ Julie Bosman picks up on a story Shelf Awareness featured earlier this month about Powell’s new series of short films featuring authors, to be shown at their bookstores, movie-premiere style. Ian McEwan is the star of the first “Out of the Book” film, which is planned to run 23 minutes and will feature snippets from an on-camera interview with McEwan, as well as commentary from peers, fans and critics. In essence, this film virtually replaces the standard book tour as he won’t be making in-bookstore appearances for his upcoming novel ON CHESIL BEACH.

Powell’s has enlisted Doug Biro, a former creative director at RCA Records and music video director, to direct the first film. It will have its debut on June 1 in Manhattan during BookExpo America, a widely attended annual gathering of publishers, booksellers and authors.