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Update 7/19/11

The management of Kobo, a global leader in eReading with over 4.2 million users in more than 100 countries worldwide, has issued comments relating to the ongoing liquidation of Borders to clarify misconceptions about Kobo that have been inaccurately reported by the media and misunderstood by consumers. 

Kobo management provides the following facts regarding the company:

Kobo is a privately-held company that offers over 2.4 million eBooks, newspapers, and magazines -- one of the largest eReading catalogues in the world.

·Readers from over 100 countries across the globe download and read using Kobo’s top-ranked eReading applications for iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows and MacOS.  Kobo is the eReading application of choice for leading tablet OEMs. 

While Borders is one of the early investors in Kobo, it holds only a minority stake in Kobo, approximately 11 percent. The Borders shares are subject to the terms of the Kobo shareholders’ agreement which, among other things, restricts their transfer or disposition.


Borders serves as part of Kobo’s distribution in the U.S. along with Best Buy, Walmart, Sears and other top retailers.


Kobo does not rely on Borders for content.  Kobo owns the publishing agreements and has direct relationships with all major publishers, including Random House, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, St. Martin’s Press and many more.  Kobo is solely responsible for payment to publishers for eBooks sold through the Kobo platform and publishers will continue to be paid on time as usual.


For some time, Kobo and Borders have been in the process of transitioning Borders' customers' eBook accounts to Kobo, in order to provide such customers direct access to the most up-to-date eReading functionality, apps and devices. All Borders customers that have transitioned to Kobo shall enjoy uninterrupted access to their e-Reading accounts. Kobo shall continue to work with Borders to transition customer accounts to Kobo.


For those Borders customers who haven’t transferred their eBook libraries to Kobo, the process is quick and easy.  Borders customers can visit to transfer their Borders eBook library to Kobo. No additional steps are required to continue reading on your Kobo eReader. For those Borders customers that are using Borders apps to access their eBook libraries, visit to download a free Kobo eReading app for your computer, smartphone or tablet.

Owners of Kobo eReaders will continue to use their Kobo eReader as usual, and be able to browse and shop for new titles in the Kobo Store with no interruption or change in service.  

Kobo continues to grow in the U.S. and around the world.  Kobo is very pleased with progress of the launch of the new Kobo eReader Touch Edition which is available at leading retailers including Indigo, Walmart, Best Buy and WH Smith.

Kobo continues to build international growth with the successful launch of Kobo in Germany, the first rollout of several planned international launches.

As an interested party in the Borders bankruptcy proceedings, Kobo has made certain filings with the court to preserve its legal rights moving forward.

Kobo offers their support to the Borders’ community of employees, families and friends.

Statement from Michael Serbinis, CEO, Kobo, Inc:

“As one of the early investors in Kobo, Borders has a minority stake in our company and serves as part of our distribution in the U.S. along with Walmart, Best Buy, Sears and other leading retailers.  As a member of the broader book publishing and retailing community, we are watching Borders' story and will offer our support to Borders and their employees.  Kobo will continue to serve Borders customers – in this time of transition as well as moving forward – to provide the ultimate eReading experience and one of the widest selection of eBooks available to the eReading community worldwide.”

About Kobo, Inc.
Kobo is a global eReading service with more than 2.4 million eBooks, magazines and newspapers – one of the largest eReading catalogues in the world.  Kobo believes consumers should have the freedom to read any book on any device and has attracted millions of readers from over 100 countries across the globe.  Kobo has top ranked eReading applications for iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows and MacOS, and is the eReading application of choice for leading tablet OEMs.  The Kobo Wireless eReader and the new Kobo eReader Touch Edition are available at leading retailers, including Indigo, Walmart, Best Buy and WH Smith.  Kobo's innovative Reading Life is an industry-first comprehensive social eReading experience – Kobo users can earn awards simply for time spent reading and encouraging others.  Kobo is backed by majority shareholder Indigo Books & Music Inc, Cheung Kong Holdings, and institutional investors.

Update 7/7/11

Harlem's Hue-Man Bookstore is thrilled to have acquired a massive collection of works previously owned by Liberation Bookstore. Thousands of titles span decades of masterpiece works of Diaspora culture, politics and history. For more than 40 years Liberation Bookstore served the Harlem community cultivating literary elite, book lovers and activists.  In July Hue-Man will be cataloging these titles and making them available...the most valuable works will be sold in an auction and the remainder will be offered to their patrons.  
“This is a great time to continue to support Hue-Man and find some of the gems long out of print.”.

Next month, Hue-Man Bookstore & Cafe will begin its tenth year in Harlem.  As bookstore continue to disappear, Hue-Man, remains one of the largest independent and most recognize bookstores of its kind in the country.

   They also rent our space for events.   

July 7, 6PM
Scott Poulson-Bryant
The VIPs

On a steamy June day in New York City, mega-star rapper TNT gathers a group of four successful men together.  The childhood friends back in the days called themselves "the VIPs,"  a name that fueled their aspirations of the big dreams they once had. Leo Bradford is a gay publishing magnate.  Barry Chambers the playboy attorney with a big chip on his shoulder.  Joey Ramirez the high-flying fashion designer who has managed to triumph over a life of abuse and neglect to become one of the most successful clothiers in the world. And Duke Maynard a recently-retired NFL star facing the challenges of transition. These four men have a history and bond and a secret that could be torn apart.  The VIPs, who haven't seen one another in years, meet at the Hotel Gansevoort at the invitation of the famed raper TNT  but is met by an openly hostile TNT, who asks them the bombshell question: "Which one of you bastards is my father?"  Shocking, hilarious, suspenseful, and, ultimately, incredible moving, "The VIPs "will have readers furiously turning the pages to find out who TNT's real father is.   SCOTT POULSON-BRYANT was a founding editor of the premiere urban magazine "Vibe." He is currently senior editor of the quarterly fashion/lifestyle magazine "America."


Sunday, July 10, 6PM
Reverend  Deforest Soaries
Rev. Dr. DeForest B. Soaries Jr., senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens, has been an active agent for change throughout his entire life. He was recently featured in the acclaimed CNN documentary "Black in America: Amazing Debt" featured his dfree® program, which is being embraced by individuals, churches and organizations across the country. Rev. Soares will be talking about the need to Mind our Money and Mind our Community.  A perfect Power of One! 


Tuesday, JULY 12, 6PM
Joy Bryant & Emil Wilderkin 
Keli Goff's 
GQ Candidate
Since emerging as one of the most popular political commentators of the 2008 election, Keli has appeared on more than 100 national and international news programs including: "The CBS Early Show," CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," "The Joy Behar Show," FOX News Channel's "Fox and Friends," and BET's "The Truth with Jeff Johnson" for which she was a contributor. She currently appears regularly on MSNBC's "The Dylan Ratigan Show" and also serves as a source for news outlets such as the New York Times & USA Today. In recent years, and especially in the election of 2008,  "Keli Goff brought skill and grace to the rough-and-tumble arena of political commentary. Now, in time for 2012, she has aimed those same talents at fiction, and the result is a witty novel that reminds us that all politics is personal." - Arianna Huffington, President and Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post  Media Group.  


Wednesday, July 13, 6PM 
Lauren Raysor
Living the Wealthy Life

Lauren P. Raysor, Esq., is a Manhattan-based civil rights attorney and former prosecutor. Her book, "Living The Wealthy Life," Raysor contends that regardless of ones social or economic background, every person has the ability to transform their current situation into something truly magnificent. Transformation she holds, starts from within as people learn to take responsibility for their own actions rather than blame others. Using her own example, Ms. Raysor describes how she rose from poverty to become Assistant Attorney General for the State of New York, Deputy Chief and later Senior Trial Counsel for New York City and before starting her own practice.  "Living The Wealthy Life" is an up-close and personal examination of what it takes to make your life great. Ms. Raysor lists and explains the "18 Principles of Wealthy Living" and reveals what those decisions are, what you need to know when you're making them and how to capitalize on each success to propel yourself closer to greatness.


Saturday, July 16 4PM
LaJoyce Brookshire
The Last Listening Party-A Pictorial

As the author of Soul Food, LaJoyce  Brookshire bust onto the scene as a novelist delivering  a sell out movie tie-in book title even before its release.  Her first  novel, a suspense drama, Web of Deception fore shadowed her real life story which she wrote in her nonfiction book... Faith Under Fire: Betrayed by a Thing Called Love in which LaJoyce breaks a 10-year silence as she shares the true-life account of marrying a man with full-blown AIDS.  LaJoyce began her career as a publicist, working with Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, Sean "Puffy" Combs, Whitney Houston and Kenny G.   She brings us now, a pictorial book of Biggie's Last Listening Party.  In addition to writing, LaJoyce is an ordained minister, with a doctorate in Naturopathy, as well as a Minister of Health and Master Herbalist degrees. She is also a Certified Group Fitness Instructor; an avid lover of African Dance, and an advocate for literacy and abstinence.

Sunday, July 17, 3PM
Diane Burke
A shocking eye-opener into the real look into the going ons that relatively few people know about the entertainment industry.   Deception, murder, infidelity and so much more....

Monday, July 18, 6PM
Danielle Santiago
Allure of the Game

Danielle Santiago, a superstar in urban lit, Essence bestselling author,  In Allure of the Game Santiago concludes her gripping Harlem trilogy with a sizzling, streetwise novel about an all-female drug cartel. Danielle Santiago's Allure of the Game gives fans exactly what they've been hoping for-a deeply satisfying conclusion to an unforgettable trilogy, packed with insight into the mean streets she knows so well.


Tuesday, July 19 6PM
Hue-Man and the Caribbean Cultural Center Present
Dr. Carlos Moore
Carlos  Moore is one of my favorite intellectual and revolutionary. 
An ethnologist and political scientist with two doctorates from the prestigious University of Paris-7, France, CARLOS MOORE, banished for three decades from his native Cuba as a result of his opposition to the racial policies of the Castro regime is the author of the Best Selling book on Fela: This Bitch of A Life.... Fluent in five languages, his political and professional career began in 1962 when, at aged nineteen, he was recruited into the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a translator in the Asian Division.  In late 1963, he fled Cuba, with the assistance of the embassy of Guinea, where he took refuge. He has been a Senior Lecturer at the Institute of International Relations of the University of the West Indies, Visiting Professor at Florida international University, and Associate Professor at the University of the French West Indies. The confluence between his academic and political life has lead to an invitation from the distinguished African scholar, Cheikh Anta Diop to a residence in Senegal.  Carlos  work is thought to be the basis of the highly successful Broadway Play FELA.   YOU don't want to miss this dialogue...

July 20, 6PM
How Beautiful Are You?  
Where did the idea of beauty come from?  How did the the notion of light-skin blacks vs. dark skin blacks come about? What in this 21 century world should be the conversation about beauty?  Join Desiree Reid GM of Iman Cosmetics,Tami from Imena Beauty Salon and others for a frank discussion on Race and Beauty.  A documentary will be sown as part of this conversation.  Giveaways, free or discount coupons will be a wonderful part of this event...

July 21, 6PM
The High Cost of Prison Part 2
Love Lives Here, Too

Family involvement during and after incarceration is known to reduce recidivism. But staying connected to family and maintaining healthy relationships can be challenging. This conversation will explore issues surrounding relationships when a loved one is incarcerated-and how to keep the love alive. Discussion topics include societal stigmas and stereotypes, emotional and financial strains placed on a family, the importance of communication and various ways loved ones can cope before, during and after incarceration.  Readings by Think Outside the Cell Series contributors:  Safiya Bandele, Director of  the Center for Women's Development, Medgar Evers College (romantic love) Marlon Peterson, formerly incarcerated, currently NYU student (familial love) 
Tanea Lunsford, sophomore, Columbia University (parental love ) Sheila Rule will moderate a discussion between a distinguished panel.

Friday, July 22, 6PM
Greg Jones
A Man for His Time
Mr. Jones has gone beyond the affiliations and suffering found in the Book of Job in order to lift the readers...Dr. Jones is a graduate of Methodist College where he studies psychology and religion.  A star athlete, he became an All-American and Player-of-the year during his basketball career.  His #21 jersey was inducted into his college Hall of Fame. 

Sunday, July 24, 3PM
The Black Dot
Hip Hop Decoded
Hip Hop as art and culture transcends.  Yet few know the truth behind that transition, the good, the evil and the metaphysical. Was, indeed the Illuminati busy at work in Hip Hop's transition?  Can you really become a star without selling your soul?

July 27, 6PM
Hue-Man Book club
Reading Parable of the Sower

July 26, 6PM
Damian Lawrence
Guardian Of Time
This is an intelligent book..they are really hard to find these days...I could not put it down...I learned so much, had so many more questions and just savored the suspense...I think we have discovered a new and great voice and for those of you who love speculative fiction, this is the book for you.  By the middle of the twenty-first century the world is out of time.  On the brink of global environmental cataclysm, a physicist, attempting to harness the ultimate renewable energy source offer the only remaining art mimics life with us through time and around the globe...this was for me truly fun! Damian Lawrence holds a BA in Chemistry from Harvard and a Masters for the school of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.  He is visiting from Greece and will stop by to engage and challenge you to think about the environment.  

July 28th 6PM
Leslie Banks Fundraiser at Hue-Man
The Leslie A. Banks' fan club, along with Hue-Man, will host a fundraiser to support one of our favorite authors who needs our help.  And let me tell you, Harlem Loves Leslie A. Banks.  As we informed you last month, Leslie is fighting a serious battle with her health. The outpouring of love shows you the kind of person this amazing woman is.  The LA BANKS AUCTION and book signing right here at Hue-Man will give you an opportunity to support her.  
Saturday 30 4PM
I Live You Move 
Lendy E. Demetrius

How does an upwardly mobile woman of color find the balance between her career, love life and friendship...I Live you Move offers a unique perspective on the challenges women face.  


This year’s Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award winners are Denver’s Gregory Hill, author of  East of Denver and Marco Island, FL’s Jill Baguchinsky, author of Spookygirl.  Hill won top honors in the General Fiction category and Baguchinsky in Young Adult fiction.

    Both authors will receive a publishing contract from Penguin Group (USA) that includes a $15,000 advance, and their novels will be published by Dutton’s adult and children’s division, respectively.  The novels are available for pre-order now on at

     ABNA is an annual contest co-sponsored by, Penguin Group (USA) and CreateSpace.  It is an international competition in search of the next popular novel.  This year’s competition drew the most submissions in the contest’s history.

After several rounds of judging, the winners were selected by customers from a group of six finalists.

“Today’s winners were chosen by customers, and that’s one thing that makes this contest so exciting – it offers aspiring writers the opportunity to be heard and also connects them directly with customers to help discover great new voices in fiction,” said Nader Kabbani, Director of Independent Publishing at Amazon. “We congratulate Gregory and Jill and also thank all of the people who participated for making this year’s Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest the biggest ever.”

Tim McCall, Vice President, Director of Online Sales and Marketing, Penguin Group (USA), said, “Penguin is always seeking exciting new work and we were gratified to see the many promising manuscripts entered in this year’s competition. We are very much looking forward to publishing Gregory’s and Jill’s novels.”

Gregory Hill lives in Denver where he works at the University of Denver library and plays in “The Babysitters,” a rock and roll power trio that includes his wife on drums. East of Denver tells the story of Shakespeare Williams, who returns to his family’s farm in eastern Colorado to find his widowed, senile father living in squalor.  Facing the loss of the farm, Shakespeare hatches a plot with his father and a motley crew of his former high school classmates to rob the local bank. 

Lev Grossman, book critic for Time Magazine and author of the New York Times bestseller The Magician,  says that Hill’s writing is “on a par with that of top-flight black-comic novelists like Sam Lipsyte and Jess Walter, and it deserves to be read.”

      Jill Baguchinsky, a longtime fan of supernatural tales, wrote the first draft of Spookygirl as part of National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, a movement that challenges writers to complete a novel in thirty days.

 In the novel, Violet Addison has moved into an apartment above her father’s funeral home in Florida. Violet regularly converses with the ghosts in the house, but what she is really scared of is starting her sophomore year at a new school.  Not only will she battle rumors about her father’s involvement in her mother’s death, but, even more frightening, the evil forces that inhabit the girls’ locker room.

Jennifer Besser, Vice President and Publisher of G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, writes that this “funny and suspenseful novel sets itself apart and heralds the arrival of a fresh new voice.”

The Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest is an annual contest co-sponsored by, Penguin Group (USA) and CreateSpace. For the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest Official Rules, to view the winning excerpts and reviews, or pre-order the novels now, please visit


Kim Dorland For Lori
June 23 – August 27, 2011
Opening Thursday June 23, 6 – 8 pm

The following is an excerpt from an interview of artist Kim Dorland by his wife and muse, Lori Seymore, in response to his upcoming exhibition For Lori at Mike Weiss Gallery.

Click here for a full transcript from this conversation.

LS: As your portraits of me evolved and got more and more material, the paint handling got more aggressive – a lot of slashing with palette knives and extreme thickness, paint literally thrown at the canvas. I get asked all the time, and I know you do too, about violence, whether it makes me uncomfortable the way you paint me. I’ve never seen it that way. I’ve always thought the portraits were really sweet. What do you make of that?

Kim Dorland / Sad Girl / 2008 / Oil on wood panel / 72 x 72 in

Kim Dorland / For Matisse / 2008 / Oil and acrylic on wood panel / 96 x 96 in



Kim Dorland / Lori / 2009 / Oil on wood / 20 x 16 in



KD: That’s always been unsettling to me. These are truly loving portraits of the person I know the best. I’m not trying to shock people. They’re the most honest things I do. But my approach to making paintings happens to be very bombastic. At the time of a lot of the portraits in this show, I was really thinking about de Kooning and Baselitz. They’re both huge influences for me. And I was thinking about the way that they approached painting. For me that’s what great painting is all about. It’s like a big dialogue. So for the paintings in this show – especially the three large portraits from 2008 [Coy Girl, For Matisse, Silly Smile] – I was thinking about a specific time of de Kooning’s work and a specific time of Baselitz’s work. I was interested in the way they were moving paint around and I took it for myself. When people talk about de Kooning’s women as violent, I don’t see it. I think people get confused over style. It’s just the way that de Kooning moved the paint around and it’s just the way that I chose to move the paint around.

LS: But then one of the paintings is called For Matisse.

KD: Matisse is the greatest colorist possibly ever. And I think about color a lot. So that was my homage to Matisse through color. Possibly those three paintings actually owe more of a debt to Cubism than to anything Matisse ever did, but I was thinking more about Matisse’s color when I was doing that painting – especially that beautiful purple.

LS: So talk about the new painting in this show. It’s the same scale, the same subject matter, but it’s very pretty. I don’t think anyone is going to look at this painting of me and ask about violence.

KD: It’s a reaction or a response to the older work. My interests are different now. When I did the older portraits that was new to me. It was raw and uncut and surprising. I just emptied myself into those paintings. But now that’s actually become easy. I’m finding it more challenging to make more “composed” paintings. It’s not that I’m bored. I’m finding it more of a challenge to make paintings that are calm and less about the flashy licks and more about forcing myself to make something that is more restrained. Beauty is a difficult thing for me because I’ve always been flirting with beauty, but I always had to find a way to make it ugly at the same time. Just leaving something beautiful is actually harder for me. It’s like walking into a room with no clothes on.

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For additional information and images, please contact Anna Ortt, Director at [email protected].

Kim Dorland / Untitled / 2011 / Oil on wood panel / 96 x 96 in

Kim Dorland / Stargazing / 2010 / Oil, acrylic, spray-paint and crystals on wood panel / 120 x 96 in

Kim Dorland / Coy Girl / 2008 / Oil on wood panel / 96 x 96 in

Kim Dorland / Silly Smile / 2008 / Oil on wood panel / 96 x 96 in

Mike Weiss Gallery
520 West 24th Street, New York, NY 10011
Between 10th & 11th Avenues
Nearest Subway: C/E at 23rd Street & 8th Avenue
Tel: 212-691-6899 Fax: 212-691-6877
Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat 10am to 6pm

PubWest Invites Book Publishers to Participate in Its Annual Industry Operations and Salary Survey

Report Offers the Publishing Industry's Only Look at the Operations and Financial Health of Small- and Medium-sized Publishers

June 20, 2011 -- Lake Oswego, OR -- PubWest, the leading trade association for small- and medium-sized book publishers, invites book publishers to participate in the PubWest Industry Operations and Salary Survey.

Formerly known as the Huenefeld-PubWest Survey of Financial Operations, the newly redesigned survey and report provide in-depth reporting and analysis of the financial state of this sector of the publishing industry. The Report will provide answers to nitty-gritty operations and salary questions, offering a unique opportunity for participating publishers to benchmark their operations against peers in the industry, gain critical insight, and reveal developing trends within the business of book publishing.

The PubWest Industry Operations and Salary Report examines:

The survey is open now through July 29, 2011. To begin the survey, publishers need only to access their balance sheet, income statement, and salary report from the 2010 fiscal year or calendar year, whichever is most convenient, and visit Publishers may also download an Excel worksheet from to help them prepare their data for the survey.

This year's survey has been revised with PubWest member feedback to be shorter, more user-friendly, and completely anonymous and confidential. Data will be collected, compiled, and kept confidential by Creative Research Systems, a third-party online host.

The PubWest Industry Operations and Salary Report is the book publishing industry's only report focused on small- and medium-sized book publishers, a bellwether of the overall publishing industry's health. All survey participants will receive current year results in the finished Report, but only PubWest members will have access to year-to-year trend data and analysis. For more information or to join PubWest, please visit

For questions, comments, or concerns about the PubWest Industry Operations and Salary Survey and Report, please contact:
Joanne Haines, PubWest Industry Statistics Committee Chair, [email protected]

For questions about PubWest, please contact:
Kent Watson, Executive Director, PubWest, 503-635-0056 , [email protected]

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