Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Coming Up! Writing Class With Joelle Charbonneau and Young Writers' Reading Series!


Addendum Books has partnered with the Loft Literary Center to bring you several amazing opportunities this summer!  First up, this Saturday, June 28th you can meet Joelle Charbonneau, author of The Testing trilogy! There are two ways to meet her. If you are a teen between the ages of 13 and 17, you can sign up for a writing class at the Loft with Joelle as your teacher! The class is from 1pm-3pm, and as you can see from the flyer above, the class will be on world-building. Visit the Loft's website for more information on the class, and to register. The cost is $35, but there are also scholarships available, so don't hesitate to contact us about that! 

Also on June 28th, we are hosting our first teen open mic night [catchier name coming soon…] in collaboration with the Loft! Joelle Charbonneau will be our special guest author for the evening. She will be listening to teens read their own work, and will be available for signing her books. The event starts at 7:00pm. If you are a teen interested in reading your work at our store, please email us at: addendum books [at] gmail [dot] com. Each reading can be as long as 3-5 minutes. Space is limited, but there are a few spots left!

If you can't make it this Saturday, you have two more opportunities this summer to join us for an open mic night! On Friday, July 25th kids age 6-12 will be able to read their work starting at 6pm, and at 7pm on the same night, teens age 13-19 can read their work. 
Our third open mic night will be at 6pm (for ages 6-12) and 7pm (ages 13-19) on Friday, August 15th.
There will be at least one published guest author in attendance at each reading (authors for the evenings TBA). 

Again, please don't hesitate to contact us if you (or your child) are eligible for our open mic night and would like to participate!





Friday, June 20, 2014

Coming Up! Juliann Rich at Addendum on Saturday June 21st!



Join us at Addendum Books this Saturday, June 21st, at 7:00pm as we celebrate the launch of Juliann Rich's debut novel, Caught in the Crossfire!  


There will be S'mores cake, Orange Crush drinks, live music by Jim Falbo, fabulous prizes, a campfire, and more! 


Read more about Juliann's process for planning her launch party right here, and make sure you come by Addendum to see some of the surprises we've added! 



See you on Saturday! 



Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Say No to Amazon! Support Hachette Authors! Shop Indie!


Have you been following the ongoing dispute between Amazon and Hachette? If not, you can start by reading this article from the New York Times (edited to add: and the LA Times explains everything really clearly in this article). 

Learn more by watching this video of Stephen Colbert and Sherman Alexie (author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian). Both Stephen and Sherman are published by Hachette.  As Sherman says in the video, "They [Amazon] want a monopoly. They control 40-50% of the book market, and they want more. And the only way they can do that is by forcing the book prices lower and lower and lower and making it impossible for more and more publishers to publish their books." 
 

Basically, Amazon is trying to force Hachette to give them a better deal on books by withholding their sales of Hachette books (which, unfortunately, is a huge percentage of a publisher's sales). They are, among other things, not putting the pre-order button on Hachette authors, not offering a major discount on the price for customers, delaying shipping by weeks and weeks, and suggesting you might like books published by other publishers entirely. And who is getting hurt in all of this? The authors, of course!
 

So, what can you do about it? You can buy your books from indie bookstores, like Addendum! 

As author and illustrator, and recent Horn Book Award winner, Peter Brown says:

"I ... love the culture of books. I love places filled with books. I love talking about books. I love the power of books. And I really love people who love books, which is why I love booksellers.

Booksellers are curious and intelligent and interesting people and they’re always finding new things to be excited about, thanks to the books they get to know. They love matching the right book with the right reader. They bring authors and artists into our neighborhoods. They do story times for children.  They provide a setting to learn and grow and interact with our communities. There would be no book culture without booksellers.

(Nor would there be book culture without libraries, librarians, publishers, and readers. They are all required. But back to booksellers…)

So I’ve been confused by the bizarre negotiations between Amazon (a different kind of bookseller, but a bookseller nonetheless) and my publisher, Hachette. Things have gotten messy, and as a pressure tactic Amazon has made it difficult or impossible to buy Hachette’s books, including my books.

It actually makes me sad that Amazon, a bookseller, would be willing to hold my books hostage. I thought Amazon loved books? I thought it loved MY books? How could it hold books hostage if it loves them?

The answer, of course, is that Amazon does not love books. To Amazon, books are just a Loss Leader. Amazon loses money on books, but uses them to lure customers toward more profitable things. “Check out our mysteriously cheap books,” whispers Amazon. “And since you’re here, why not reorder some regularly priced batteries and soap?”

To sell things like batteries and soap Amazon has driven down the price of books, which has convinced people that books aren’t worth much. But books have value. Books change lives, and they’re beautiful objects, and they have a special place in our history and culture. Books are worth a lot.

Bookstores that can’t compete with Amazon’s artificially low prices die off. When bookstores disappear, so do booksellers and book culture.

And now Amazon is taking aim at publishers. Now Amazon is holding my books hostage.

Amazon is destroying my favorite things!
 

...

What do you think will happen if Amazon succeeds and destroys its competition? Do you think it will continue slashing prices when it’s the only bookseller left? Do you think it will continue giving us great bargains out of the kindness of its heart? Am I the only one who wants to live in a world with lots of bookstores and and book culture and a healthy publishing industry?

I love bargains as much as the next guy, but I have limits. I could not support a company that used, say, slave labor, no matter how great their bargains. (And Amazon’s working conditions aren’t much better than slave labor). Likewise, I cannot support a company that is destroying so many of my favorite things."

Read Peter's full blog post right here.


At Addendum right now, you can find a large display of books by Hachette authors. All the books facing out in this display are Hachette, and there are many, many more on the shelves as well! Can't find the one you're looking for? We can order it and have it to you faster than Amazon will ship it. 
 

Not only do we have all these books available for you, but we have a number of signed Hachette books from the likes of Peter Brown, Eoin Colfer, Cori Doerrfeld, A.S. King, Christopher Lincoln, Barry Lyga, and Rick Riordan, among others. 

In addition, we have a special deal on a signed booklet of never-before-seen writing from a number of authors, including Kody Keplinger, who is published by Hachette. 
 

Unfortunately, this is not the first time that Amazon has bullied publishers, but together we can make sure it's the last! 
 

Support Hachette authors - shop locally and independently for your books! 

In the video (link above) of Colbert and Alexie, Stephen asks "What can we, as the victims in this fight, what can we do to fight back?" 
Sherman's answer:
"Well, number one, you don't shop there [Amazon] - for anything!"
 

You can print your "I Didn't Buy It On Amazon" book stickers from Stephen Colbert right here

Thank you! 
 







Edited to add: another great post, this time by Dan Santat.  Click through to read the whole thing, but here's part: 

"Amazon isn’t drastically discounting books to make it more affordable to enlighten you or to crush the evil greedy publishing empire. Amazon sells books (more commonly at at a loss of profit) because they are taking the chance that they can crush brick and mortar stores.
...
Amazon doesn’t care. It just wants to make money regardless if content is good or bad.

Lastly, the notion that publishers are greedy is asinine.

I’m looking at my 1981 copy of Jumanii and it cost me $17.95. That’s relatively the same cost you pay for picture books now. In 1981 my parents could fill up the gas tank in their car for $10. Now, you’re looking at anywhere from $40-$80 (sometimes even more) to fill up your tank. In 35 years it now costs you, on average, 6X more to fill your tank. Yes, inflation on goods will go up after 35 years but in that time Jumanji is the same price now as it was 35 years ago.

That’s not greed.

Buy independent."

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Michael Hall at the Textile Center


Today was the opening of local author and illustrator Michael Hall's work on exhibit at the Textile Center
 



There was a reception with food and drink, and guests could look at Michael's artwork on display.  The gallery featured his giclee prints, paper collages and sketches from both published and unpublished work.  His artwork will remain on display through May 31st if you didn't get the chance to see it tonight.  The prints are also available for purchase!   







After the opening reception, Michael spoke with guests. 
 
 

He read several of his books, including his most recent - It's an Orange Aardvark! as well as the not-yet-published Red.
 



After his readings, Michael took questions from the crowd. 
 


Reading Cat Tale by Michael Hall


Then Michael was available for signing books. 
 



We are also celebrating Children's Book Week this week, and since Addendum is one of the official CBW bookstores, we handed out Book Week posters and tote bags to guests. 




Signed copies of all of Michael Hall's books - It's an Orange Aardvark, Cat Tale, Perfect Square, and My Heart is Like a Zoo - are available at Addendum. 


Thank you to the Textile Center for inviting us to be a part of this wonderful evening! 
 


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Twin Cities Teen Lit Con 2014


Addendum is partnering with MELSA for a fantastic all-day program: the inaugural year of the Twin Cities Teen Lit Con
 
 

This Saturday, May 17th, join us from 9:30am-4:30pm with national authors Derf Backderf, Ally Condie, Maureen Johnson, and David Levithan, and local authors Swati Avasthi, Anne Greenwood Brown, Catherine Clark, Pete Hautman, Geoff Herbach, and Carrie Mesrobian!  The event will be held at Henry Sibley High School, 1897 Delaware Ave., Mendota Heights 55118.

The official press release:
"“On May seventeenth, a host of Young Adult authors will be coaxed, blinking and scowling, from their dank, spidery garrets and asked to share a host of astonishing secrets with their readers. Or something like that. I will be among them.” Pete Hautman, award-winning author.

The first Teen Lit Con, coming up on Saturday, May 17, 2014, at Henry Sibley High School from 9:30-4:30, is honored to welcome Pete Hautman and many other wonderful Young Adult authors from out of town and closer to home. 

Those traveling to our fair state include Derf Backderf (author of the graphic bio MY FRIEND DAHMER, an account of his teenage friendship with the future serial killer), Ally Condie (author of the MATCHED Trilogy, a #1 New York Times bestseller), Maureen Johnson (bestselling author of the Shades of London Series), and David Levithan (editor turned bestselling author of books including NICK AND NORAH’S INFINITE PLAYLIST). 
Minnesota authors include Swati Avasthi, Anne Greenwood Brown, Catherine Clark, Pete Hautman, Geoff Herbach, and Carrie Mesrobian.

The all-day lit con is free and open to everyone, no registration required. There are writing workshops with authors; a publication workshop featuring an author, an agent, and an editor; an exhibit hall featuring local publishers, the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, a literary-themed photo booth, and much more. There will also be concessions – cash only, so stop at the ATM on your way.

Members of the Page Warriors, the teen advisory group for the Henry Sibley library, can hardly wait to meet their favorite authors: “I'm so excited for TeenLitCon!! I'm fan-girling so hard right now!!” says Victoria, 14.

Carrie Mesrobian, this year’s Minnesota Book Award winner in the Young Adult Literature category, points out that, “what's special about conferences like Teen Lit Con isn't what happens during them. It's what will happen after. Which will be: a flurry of teenagers rushing home to read new books and attack abandoned writing projects with fresh enthusiasm.”

Sponsors & Partners include MELSA (Metropolitan Library Service Agency), Henry Sibley High School, Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment, Metronet, Mackin Educational Resources, and Addendum Books. Visit teenlitcon.org for complete author profiles, a more detailed schedule of events, and other information."


See the schedule above (blue page) for the various workshops, presentations, and activities on offer. 


In the Exhibit Hall there will be button-making with book pages, a photo booth, and more!


Attendees will receive this cool TLC bag for carrying around all your goodies (signed books, perhaps?!). 
 

Addendum will be selling books all day, and authors will be signing books by our table at various times throughout the day.  Look for us in the Exhibit Hall! We accept cash, checks, and cards.

You can tweet and instagram the event throughout the day - use the hashtag: #teenlitcon (no photos during the presentations, please). 

We are thrilled to be a part of such a great event, and hope to see you there!