Killed some time today at two local mega chain bookstores. I escaped with only one purchase: Acacia by David Anthony Durham.
I noticed that Barnes and Noble has been cutting back on their inventory. I know its horrible to say but I actually like this particular Barnes and Noble. The store certainly feels more open and roomier which is nice but isn't a bookstore supposed to be crammed full of books?
Finally, I saw for the first time the US cover of Patrick DeWitt's The Sisters Brothers. I heard a lot about this book last year when it was winning every award under the sun, but I wasn't won over enough to give it a shot. That cover has pushed me over the edge. I see a lot of talk on genre sites about cover art, layout and design, but it's a topic that hardly ever comes up in 'literary' conversations. I don't think the people that put work into cover design get enough credit, regardless of genre. In DeWitt's case, the picture is cool but the font which kinda makes a border is was really grabs me. Of course, I'll have to find a copy without that "Man Booker Prize" notice, but these things can be worked around.