Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights is to publish more titles after the successful release of its first two books.
The award-winning independent based in Bath founded a publishing arm called Fox, Finch & Tepper last October and is set to release two new titles at the end of October this year.
The first, Tepper Isn’t Going Out by Calvin Trillin, is described as “fantastically funny and off-beat”. It tells the story of seasoned New Yorker Tepper, who hunts down much sought-after car park spaces, parks up, reads his newspaper and gleefully dismisses other hassled drivers who are desperate to nab his spot. The bookshop loves the character of Tepper so much it named its publishing arm after him.
Mr B’s founder, Nic Bottomley, bought British Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, for the title through Jo Rogers at WME. It will be published on 29th October as a B-format paperback, be available through Bertrams and Gardners and cost £9.99.
Kate Double, assistant manager at Mr B’s, said: “It is a book we have loved for such a long time. We have always bought [the US edition] and sold it here so it seemed like a good idea to publish it ourselves. Tepper is such a fantastic character and we enjoy recommending this book to readers.”
The second title is The Story of Mr Sommer by Patrick Süskind with drawings by Sempé, translated by Michael Hofmann. Described as “irresistibly funny and nostalgic, but with a twist of underlying tension”, the book tells the story of an animated young boy who navigates his way through the trials of rural childhood with his thoughts punctuated by the local mystery of Mr Sommer, who seems to be constantly in a hurry to get to no apparent destination.
Bottomley bought British Commonwealth rights to the title and the book will also be published on 29th October as a £8.99 B-format paperback with flaps and a detachable bookmark.
Double said: “We came across the book after a customer asked us to order it and we couldn’t believe it when we found it wasn’t in print. When we got hold of it we loved it so much we ordered a couple of copies for ourselves to sell.”
The titles will be released after the success of the first two, The Shiralee by D’Arcy Niland and The Next Step in the Dance by Tim Gautreaux.
Bottomley said: “We printed 2,000 copies and we are getting towards the end of the print run for both. It has been very well supported by bookshops chains including Waterstones, Blackwell’s and Foyles and other independents.”