Literary Notes: New W&M bookstore is drastically smaller – Virginian-Pilot

Shoppers used to the expansive William & Mary bookstore, a college Barnes & Noble on Merchants Square, will have to adjust or head to the B&N at Williamsburg’s New Town.
The new shop, in the Triangle Building nearby (601 Prince George St.), is 4,000 square feet, vs. 25,000. Merchandise is mostly W&M gear, with some trade books and Top 10 titles, and books about the college and by local authors. Textbooks must be bought online, with pickup sites around the community only. A Barnes & Noble spokeswoman told reporter Wilford Kale in an email that the move “reflects the Bookstore’s continued adaptations to the sale and delivery of university textbooks and course materials, while recognizing the value of in-person shopping for W&M merchandise and supplies.” The store will still have events and book signings.
The William & Mary Spirit Shop and Bookstore is open now, with the grand opening Dec. 8. (Virginia Gazette)
“Razorblade Tears,” by Gloucester’s S.A. (Shawn) Cosby, is one of Amazon’s best books of the year, at No. 11. (No. 1: Amor Towles’ “The Lincoln Highway.”)
Cuomo’s book proceeds at risk: The former New York governor, who resigned in August over sexual harassment allegations, could be forced to forfeit millions of dollars in proceeds from his 2020 pandemic memoir. A state ethics board revoked its authorization of the book Nov. 16, saying he’d gotten the OK under false pretenses. (NYT)
Sen. Elizabeth Warren has been sued by authors and publisher Chelsea Green, who say her letter to Amazon about their role in spreading Covid-19 misinformation violates their First Amendment rights. The suit entails controversial claims in the book “The Truth About COVID-19” by Joseph Mercola and Ronnie Cummins, with a foreword by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (Publishers Weekly)
In Turkey, Orhan Pamuk is again being investigated over his writing; this time the Nobel laureate is accused of insulting Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in his novel “Nights of Plague.” (Publishers Weekly)
Regional authors’ recent works include, from Oliver W. Joyner — Chesapeake minister, AA member and former mental health worker — a memoir, “My Journey: A Pathway to Recovery.” (Dorrance, 124 pp.)
Awards: To Nathan Harris, the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, $15,000, for his novel, The Sweetness of Water.
From Ann Patchett, “These Precious Days,” previously published essays. The title piece, written during the most fraught days of the pandemic and published in Harper’s, is an extraordinary narrative of a friendship. Other essays entail the writing life; her decision not to have children; and more. (Nov. 23; Harper, 336 pp.)
From Ken Follett, “Never,” a thriller whose core drama involves the threat of nuclear catastrophe in North Korea and the U.S. president, a woman. Also figuring in: cocaine financing jihadism; a populist political rival; China. “Credibly detailed and alarmingly plausible,” wrote Bill Sheehan in The Washington Post. (Viking, 816 pp.)
Also: “Island Infernos: The U.S. Army’s Pacific War Odyssey, 1944″ by John C. McManus … “The Age of AI: And Our Human Future” by Henry Kissinger, Eric Schmidt and Daniel Huttenlocher … “Will” by Will Smith … “Republican Rescue” by Chris Christie … “The Joy and Light Bus Company,” a No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency novel by Alexander McCall Smith … “Welcome to Dunder Mifflin: The Ultimate Oral History of ‘The Office’” by Brian Baumgartner and Ben Silverman … “Best Wishes, Warmest Regards: The Story of ‘Schitt’s Creek’” by Daniel Levy and Eugene Levy.
— Erica Smith, [email protected]

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