Posted July 16, 2007on:
Takin’ a break. Will probably be around commenting on your sites.
Three things make me happy though:
1. I convinced one of the school librarians to pitch Caribbean Review of Books inclusion in the budget. I don’t know how it will go. Another university in our library system is better known for its Caribbean collection (they have the older version of CRB although it hasn’t been catalogued for some reason) but mine isn’t bad either. Anyway, cross fingers!
2. I chat with another of the librarians last week who, it turns out, I indirectly converted to the NYRB classics cause. I tend to order them through the local indie store, and if any author catches the book buyers eye he stocks it. One of these was Richard Hughes’ A High Wind in Jamaica. One day the librarian was browsing, she noticed it, bought it, read it, now hooked. We’re going to ambush her friend that works there and try to convince him to have a display for them, the way the store does for special Penguin series (Deluxe editions, Great Ideas etc.). We’re convinced they’ll sell more if they all stacked together nicely, rather than one or two editions scattered here and there.