aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

PW reports on Powells new “Out of the Book Program”

My hometown bookstore Powells, has launched a program called Out of the Book, a series of short films on authors and their books. The first one was a 23-minute DVD on Ian McEwan's On Chesil Beach . The book landed on the bestseller list – but it might even had not the events taken place at 54 independent bookstores.

Booksellers tried to do something even more than just show the film. For example, at Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, Mass., more than 100 people paid $10 apiece to see the film and hear John Papernick, Pamela Painter and Elizabeth Benedict read original short stories written expressly for the event. Moderator Christopher Castellani also read a story by Tufts lecturer Ted Weesner, whose 600-word piece won first prize in the store's "First Time" writing contest sponsored in conjunction with the film.

Read more here.

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