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message 1: by SassyMama (new)

SassyMama (sweet-sassycomcastnet) A subject that is always being debated among various AA readers and groups is the placement of AA books on store shelves. Some prefer they be mixed in among all other books and some prefer they have a special section.

IMO...I think the set-up in such stores as Barnes & Noble and Borders is definitely convenient, if NOTHING else...and since all I buy is usually AA (except when I'm there for my children)...when I'm at one of these stores it's nice to be able to get in and out...however it is an out-dated set-up...I think we should be in the mix with other authors...not segregated by race...how else can we get people outside our race to even pick up one of our books, if it's in a section just for AA...we get little to no exposure being separated like that...and that's why our authors have to work twice as hard to make it in this business of writing and selling their books.

What's your opinion and why?

message 2: by William (new)

William (acknud) Let's get more people answering the trivia questions. You can set it for all trivia or only on your books.

message 3: by Kellee (new)

Kellee (dark_angel) Well to be honest with you, here in Milwaukee, our B&N bookstore has our books mixed in with all the rest and I find it quite annoying. Mainly because now I have to walk thru every fiction shelf to find something that catches my eye. I feel like if they still had a segregated section, I could sit there and choose instead of walking all around. Plus, by doing this, sometimes you pass up a book you normally would have bought because it's mixed in with the others...The only way to know what you are looking for now is to shop by the author.

They did recently have a clearance on some AA books, but they were all those extra ghetto books. I bought like 3 of them (lol), but I would still like for them to be easier to find.

message 4: by Brooklyn (new)

Brooklyn Darkchild (brooklyndarkchild) I happen to like "extra ghetto books;"
doesn't everyone???
All kidding aside, this topic was recently debated on urbanreviews.com. To reiterate what I posted there, I find it extremely annoying to traipse through the entire book store in order to find a good AA book or four, especially since:
A) when I go to the bookstore I don't always have a title in mind and
B) ninety percent of what I read is AA fiction.
This policy may not expose "our" books to a wider audience, but having all the books in one area makes my trip much easier.

message 5: by Kellee (new)

Kellee (dark_angel) I agree with Brooklyn. Also, if the "others" (lol) were going to buy our kind of books, they would do that even with it having their own section. I believe that if they find a book that they like while it's amongst others, once they figure out it's urban fiction, they are going to put it back regardless of where it's shelved.

message 6: by SassyMama (new)

SassyMama (sweet-sassycomcastnet) Good Morning, Ladies...thanks for sharing...I still say it could make a world of diffence to our AA authors if our books were "in the mix" with all the rest as opposed to being separate...and I believe that if our books weren't in a section all by themselves, the "others" would feel more comfortable in picking up something out of the "norm"...I understand that it's a little more work when you have to search for what you want...however, that's why I always carry a wish list with me...and I go to their lil' computer and check out the inventory...and see if they even have what I'm looking for...and if I can't find it I kindly ask a sales clerk to assist me...that is their job...so, I think we should want our book circulated in the same manner as all the "other" books...convenience isn't everything...and I believe it could help AA sales as opposed to hurting them...for instance say they see the book "in the mix"...but for whatever reason are ashamed to let people see them buy it...they still might decide, after having seen it and finding it interesting to go on-line and purchase it in the privacy of their own home...I think it's all about exposure and if we are segregated...we get little to no exposure...just my opinion...Happy Reading :-)

message 7: by Chas (new)

Chas (pooh1975) The B&N in Newport News, VA keeps all of the AA books up front. I don't like that because they keep them behind the counter, so you are literally trying to bend over the counter just to se what they have. You may find one or two in the mix, but the majority I kept up front behind the counter.

message 8: by Kellee (new)

Kellee (dark_angel) Shawnette I feel what you are saying, but at the same time, sometimes when I go to the book store, I don't have a book in mind. I have my little wish list too, but sometimes you are looking for something and you don't know what it is until you see it. With it being seperate, you can find it that way and easily stumble upon new authors as opposed to missing it in the mix. I think this is something that we will never be satisfied with one way or the other because in the mix, it can cause us to overlook some things, but segregated is just that: segregation.

Chasity, that behind the counter stuff is NOT cool. What, is it taboo or porn or something? WTF?

message 9: by SassyMama (last edited Jun 12, 2008 03:55AM) (new)

SassyMama (sweet-sassycomcastnet) Hey, Chasity...thanks for sharing...now that makes it sound like you're in a convenience store where they keep all the "porn" and cigarettes behind the counter...and you have to show id before you can make the purchase...I guess that's how some view or literary works...now that's truly sad...have a blessed week...and Happy Reading :-)

message 10: by Kellee (new)

Kellee (dark_angel) I agree Shawnette, that is sad. Are we tainted or something?

message 11: by Claude S (new)

Claude S | 200 comments I ran through about 50 of those questions before I got tired out.

message 12: by William (new)

William (acknud) I still add questions periodically.

message 13: by Dodd (new)

Dodd | 127 comments Don't know what this thread refers to.

message 14: by William (new)

William (acknud) Click on home then look at the section called your profile. There will be a link to trivia there. It takes you to a slew of trivia about different books.

message 15: by Muzzlehatch (new)

Muzzlehatch | 168 comments I did a few questions; most of them seem pretty darn easy (for this former English major, anyway) but the ones that aren't instant-knows for me tend to be ones that I'm completely clueless about. No maybes.

message 16: by Claude S (new)

Claude S | 200 comments let's start our own trivia in here

what's smeagol's brother's name?

message 17: by Muzzlehatch (new)

Muzzlehatch | 168 comments Deagol. Duh.

Let's make it beer-related, too.

Name the recent beer-related book which has a title that riffs on the title of a classic book by a classic mid-20th-century American novelist. And name the original book/writer as well.

message 18: by Brian (new)

Brian (bkco1213) | 12 comments Travels with Barley - original is Travels with Charley by Steinbeck.

What hotel does Hunter S Thompson and his attorney stay at while on the strip in Vegas?

message 19: by Claude S (new)

Claude S | 200 comments Flamingo

message 20: by Brian (new)

Brian (bkco1213) | 12 comments Nope.

message 21: by Claude S (new)

Claude S | 200 comments sands?

message 22: by Brian (new)

Brian (bkco1213) | 12 comments Nope.

message 23: by Claude S (new)

Claude S | 200 comments Bellagio?

message 24: by William (new)

William (acknud) It was The Mint first and then the Flamingo.

message 25: by Brian (new)

Brian (bkco1213) | 12 comments Poor question, I guess. I had forgotten about the Flamingo. I had been thinking Circus Circus which they had to change the name of in the movie. From wikipedia:
In his journalistic novel of the early '70s, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson wrote, "The Circus-Circus is what the whole hep world would be doing Saturday night if the Nazis had won the war. This is the sixth Reich. The ground floor is full of gambling tables, like all the other casinos . . . but the place is about four stories high, in the style of a circus tent, and all manner of strange County-Fair/Polish Carnival madness is going on up in this space." When the Thompson work was adapted to film in 1998, the fictional "Bazooko Circus" was a thinly-veiled stand-in for the world-famed resort, which had refused permission for the filmmakers to shoot on their property.

message 26: by William (new)

William (acknud) In The Alienist by Caleb Carr, what was Theodore Roosevelt's official position?

message 27: by Claude S (new)

Claude S | 200 comments Chief of Pyschology?

haven't read that book

message 28: by Muzzlehatch (new)

Muzzlehatch | 168 comments I'm gonna guess a real one, Governor of New York. Also haven't read it though I'm somewhat interested.

message 29: by William (new)

William (acknud) Bhops and Muzzlehatch rack up wrong answers.

message 30: by Claude S (new)

Claude S | 200 comments at leaast we're playing.

my heart's not into it now that the site is down.


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