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An event last week at New York's McNally Jackson bookstore, formerly named McNally Robinson, should leave Winnipeg patrons of the prominent Winnipeg bookseller wondering: when do we get one of those things here?
McNally Jackson, co-owned by Holly and Paul McNally's daughter Sarah and her husband Chris Jackson, held a "coming out" party for the Big Apple's first Espresso Book Machine.
The indie bookseller has had the print-on-demand machine -- which can print and bind books from sources including Google Books -- for about a month.
John Turner, a McNally Jackson staffer, told the U.S. trade journal Publisher's Weekly that interest in the machine has been strong, even if customers were slow to initiate use of it.
He added that it has been used most frequently as a printing press for self-published authors, who have been doing small print runs of their books.
The Espresso machine is being backed by prominent New York editor and publisher Jason Epstein, who served as editorial director of Random House U.S. for more than 40 years.
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McNally Robinson Booksellers will host a dual launch of work by two Canadian female authors on March 2.
Winnipeg poet Jennifer Still will launch her second collection Girlwood, which includes poems that were finalists in the 2008 CBC Literary Awards. Still's first collection, Saltations, was nominated for three Saskatchewan Book Awards.
Also originally from Saskatchewan, now living in Toronto, Holly Luhning has received a Saskatchewan Lieutenant Governor's Arts Award, as well as a Saskatchewan Book Award nomination for her poetry collection Sway.
Luhning will launch her first novel, Quiver, a psychological thriller concerning infamous Hungarian countess Elizabeth Bathory.
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The Canadian arm of Oxford University Press is advising independent booksellers to source direct from the company's offices in Toronto following last week's bankruptcy of H.B. Fenn, reports Canadian literary trade magazine Quill & Quire.
OUP had recently contracted trade sales for indies to Fenn.
OUP is owed $420,000 in unpaid debts from the insolvent firm.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald admirers worried about the upcoming cinematic remake of The Great Gatsby can momentarily focus their feelings of disdain on something else: a video game adaptation making the Internet rounds.
"If anybody has more info about this please let me know!" reads the game's website, Greatgatsbygame.com, which claims the game was apparently designed for the original Nintendo Entertainment System, and found at a yard sale. The site also features an apparent scan of the original instruction manual.
However, the credits for the game listed on the site identify the lead developer as working for digital marketing firm The Barbarian Group. In a blog entry on the firm's website, he admits to making the game "in seclusion" with a friend.
Tuxedo community correspondent
Kenton Smith is a community correspondent for Tuxedo.
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