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SMP LUNCHES FOR 'LANDLINE' St. Martin's Press celebrated author Rainbow Rowell at a pre-publication media lunch for her forthcoming adult novel "Landline" in New York City at The Modern restaurant on March 21. Pictured (l. to r.) Nick Small, Dori Weintraub, John Murphy, Rowell, and Sara Goodman, Rowell's editor.

HELMREICH KICKS OFF 2014 AT THE STRAND On January 7, The Strand in New York City held its first event of 2014— an evening of conversation between William Helmreich (right), author of "The New York Nobody Knows," and Kirk Semple of the "New York Times."

SHTEYNGART HITS THE WINDY CITY More than 500 people turned out to hear author Gary Shteyngart (r.) in conversation with Aleksandar Hemon at the Chicago Humanities Festival on January 22. Shteyngart was in town as part of his book tour for 'Little Failure,' his first memoir. Photo Credit: Ben Gonzales

GORDON, PETTIBON TALK ART, MUSIC On June 25, the Strand Book Store in New York City partnered with David Zwirner Gallery on a book signing event for Raymond Pettibon's latest monograph, "To Wit." Pettibon is pictured here, at the event, discussing the book with Kim Gordon, one of the founding members of Sonic Youth. Photo: Strand Book Store

Greg Behrendt, bestselling author of 'He's Just Not that Into You' and co-author of 'It's Just a F***Ing Date,' visited Diversion Books' New York City offices on October 24. Pictured (l. to r.): Brielle Benton, marketing & publicity associate; Laura Duane, acquisitions editor; Kerry Sparks, agent & digital rights manager at LGR Literary Agency; Mary Cummings, v-p and editorial director; Behrendt; Sarah Masterson Hally, production manager; and Hannah Black, marketing coordinator.

Klinger, Gaiman in the Twin Cities On November 2, Magers & Quinn Booksellers in Minneapolis hosted Leslie S. Klinger, on tour for his new book 'The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft,' in conversation with Neil Gaiman. Pictured (l. to r.), Magers & Quinn manager Jessi Blackstock, Gaiman, Klinger, and Magers & Quinn events coordinator Ann Mayhew.

A King's Serenade Audience members attending a November 13 presentation in Kansas City about Stephen King's latest novel, 'Revival,' were provided with an added treat after the hour-long conversation with Rainy Day Books co-owner Vivien Jennings (left): King took up a guitar borrowed from a local music store and performed 'Gloria' by Them. He received a standing ovation. Photo Credit: Roger Doeren

GRAND OPENING IN EVANSTON Bookends & Beginnings, Evanston, Ill.'s new independent bookstore, is opening for business with a celebration on Saturday, June 14. On June 12, city officials welcomed booksellers to the local community with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Pictured (l. to r.), Evanston Chamber of Commerce executive director Elaine Kemna-Irish, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, and Bookends co-owners Nina Barrett and Jeff Garrett.

On June 7, 'Fun Home,' based on Alison Bechdel's graphic memoir of the same name, took home the Tony for Best Musical at an awards ceremony at Radio City Music Hall. Pictured (l. to r.) Bechdel; Judy Kuhn; Emily Skeggs (“middle Alison”); Sidney Lucas (“young Alison”); 'Fun Home' musical director Sam Gold; Beth Malone (“adult Alison”); and Michael Cerveris. Photo: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

LEFT BANK BOOKS SAYS GOODBYE Left Bank Books' former owner Barry Leibman, and current owners Kris Kleindienst and Jarek Steele, gather for one last "owners' meeting" at Duff's Restaurant in St. Louis' Central West End, a good friend of the bookstore and of the St. Louis literary community, which closed June 24th after over 40 years.