It's been an open secret for weeks now. All you have to do is look at the shelves, either empty or filled with books with their covers facing outward, to take up more space. It's a jarring site, especially at the height of the holiday shopping season when the shelves should be packed, with more pile ... More >>
Sometime today, if you're lucky, somebody will shove a paperback book in your face and demand you take it home and read it. There are worse fates that could befall a person.
The reason for this ardent promotion of literacy is World Book Night. A conglomeration of publishers, booksellers, librarians ... More >>
Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending November 27, as compiled by the St. Louis Independent Booksellers Alliance and based on sales at Left Bank Books, Main Street Books, Pudd'nhead Books, Subterranean Books and Sue's News.
It's that most wonderful time of the year ... More >>
If you've been one of the many circling the carcass of the Borders in Brentwood at its going-out-of-business sale (and, judging from the length of the lines, which are Christmas-length, you probably are), you may have observed this leaflet on the checkout counter:
This is not an act of corpo ... More >>
image viaBorders has finally decided to put itself out of its misery and allow itself to be liquidated. By the end of September, all the remaining 299 Borders stores (including the six in the St. Louis area) will be gone, leaving 11,700 booksellers, baristas, store managers and corporate empl ... More >>
Nikki FurrerThe first step in a move: Announcing that you are moving.The "For Lease" sign went up outside Pudd'nhead Books yesterday, but don't panic. The Webster Groves bookstore (and reigning Best Independent Bookstore in St. Louis) isn't closing. It's only moving. Starting in August, it'll ... More >>
image viaLocal independent bookstores have joined together to form an alliance, not just another chain.Let it be known that Subterranean Books may be in mortal danger, but it's not going to lay down and die, no sirree. Instead, it's fighting back by forming a superfriends-like coalition with ... More >>
image viaA power outage could take your beloved Internet,TV and Wii away from you, but fortunately, there are other forms of entertainment besides Charades. Like books! (That is provided you have a flashlight or a candle.)
Nikki Furrer, owner of Pudd'nhead Books (currently the reigning Best ... More >>
Tomorrow Mockingjay, the third and final volume of Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy, hits the bookstores. Neither the book nor the author have any connection to St. Louis, but you should care because the first two books, The Hunger Games and Catching Fire are exciting, compulsively readable ... More >>
Webster Grovians, prepare yourselves! Tomorrow the newest edition of Time magazine hits newsstands, featuring, on its cover, the tortured visage of native son Jonathan Franzen beside the headline "Great American Novelist". Franzen is the first living writer to grace the magazine's cover since ... More >>
At a loss for something to read? Every week Daily RFT will ask a specially-chosen St. Louisan what they've been reading. Brilliant ideas, just waiting to be stolen!
Nikki Furrer, owner, Pudd'nhead Books:
courtesy Random HouseShit, I have to look. I forgot the title, but I was reading it all ... More >>
Pudd'nhead BooksFor years, Left Bank Books and Subterranean Books have duked it out for St. Louis' independent book-selling supremacy. But last fall, a third rival entered the mix, Webster Groves' Pudd'nhead Books.Last Friday, the online booksellers' newsletter Shelf Awareness ran a nice profile ... More >>