Where's Waldo? Traverse City 2016 Waldo Search!

Come on down to Brilliant Books for the 4th Annual Where's Waldo celebration!
Waldo is hiding in twenty downtown stores and restaurants. Pick up a passport at Brilliant Books and get a stamp in your Waldo passport wherever you spot him.
Spot every Waldo and you'll be entered into the Grand Prize Drawing where the top prize is a whole lot of Waldo books and second prize is a $50 gift certificate to Brilliant Books.
PLUS—Waldo will be wandering around downtown all throughout June (11th-24th). See if you can find him!

Awesome New Apparel!

Thursday, May 19th

Summertime sleeves for all your bookish needs.

New book t-shirts and onesies are arriving at Brilliant Books just in time for summer!

Find the literary designs here.


Man Booker International 2016 Winner

Wednesday, May 18th

The Vegetarian by Han Kang has won the 2016 Man Booker International Prize!

"This gorgeous, harrowing novel follows a Korean family over the course of several months as their relationships disentigrate and one family member descends into madness. You'll come away appreciating your animal roots but glad to have a human consciousness that's able to distinguish between good and evil, and beauty and ugliness in all its forms." - Aimee, Brilliant Books, Staff Pick


Graduation Books 2016

Tuesday, May 17th

Dear Mom & Dad,

Thank you for always encouraging me to grow up to be a happy and fulfilled adult. Now I am almost there, getting ready to graduate and move away. Who do you trust to give me the life advice I'll need? Historians? Journalists? Scientists? Philosophers?

I've had amazing teachers, and I will always have my family and friends. Now, I can learn from the wisdom found in books by intelligent, creative authors. These books will guide me in building the life you've always wanted for me.

Thank you!

Your Graduate


Remain in Touch Program

Remain in Touch is a non-profit literacy program offered at the Leelanau County Jail. Through this program, inmates have the opportunity to select a free book for each of their children ages 0-12 years. As the inmate reads the book aloud, the story is recorded. Both the recording and book are sent to their individual children, allowing the parent to Remain in Touch, bridging the gap that exists during the time of their incarceration.
Brilliant Books partners with Remain in Touch to help provide this opportunity, offering a discount of 20% for all donated books.
Learn more here.

Morgan Matson Book Signing

Young adult author Morgan Matson is visiting Brilliant Books! She will be reading from her latest novel, The Unexpected Everything, then taking questions from fans before signing and personalizing books.

Join us for this exciting event on Wednesday, May 11th at 7pm.