2015 Hugo Awarded

Congratulations to Cixin Liu's The Three-Body Problem and G. Willow Wilson and Jacob Wyatt's Ms. Marvel, 2015 winners of the Hugo Award.

The Three-Body Problem was awarded Best Novel, while Ms. Marvel took Best Graphic Novel.

More information about the winners and a finalists in each category can be found here.



Man Booker 2015 Longlist Announced

The Man Booker longist was announced Wednesday, July 29th. A full list of titles being considered for the prize can be found here.

The shortlist will be annouced September 15th. The winner will be annouced October 13th.

The Man Booker Prize promotes the finest in fiction by rewarding the very best book of the year. The prize is the world's most important literary award and has the power to transform the fortunes of authors and publishers.


Lauren Fox At Brilliant Books Next Week

“Funny, mordant, and heartbreaking, Days of Awe is a marvel." - Christina Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train

Lauren Fox will be at Brilliant Books Tuesday, August 11th for a Reading and Signing of her newest novel, Days of Awe.

More information about this event can be found here.

As always, we are happy to deliver signed and personalized copies of Days of Awe directly to your door if you are unable to attend in person!


Cartoonist Bob Mankoff Gets Very Semi-Serious

Light-hearted and sometimes poignant documentary has a great deal to say about funny business

In Leah Wolchok’s joyful documentary, Very Semi-Serious, we see the artists behind the often iconic single panel cartoons in "New Yorker" magazine. At the center of it all is Cartoon Editor Bob Mankoff, who drew what may be the greatest cartoon of the modern era. Mankoff allows any regular schmoe off the street to pitch their work, leading to hilarious and heartbreaking exchanges with the freaks, geeks, and merry pranksters who channel their offbeat worldviews into the magazine’s iconic black-and-white illustrations.


The documentary is featured at this year's Traverse City Film Festival and Mankoff will be participating in a Comedy Panel moderated by Michael Moore alongside Doug Benson and Geoff Tate. Following the panel, Mankoff will be signing copies of his book How about Never--Is Never Good for You?: My Life in Cartoons.


The Comedy Panel will be held at the City Opera House Saturday, August 1st at 9:30am. The signing will be directly after at 11am. Learn more about Mankoff and his book here.

More information about TCFF and Very Semi-Serious showtimes can be found here.

Post Film Festival Update:
We now have SIGNED Copies of How about Never--Is Never Good for You?: My Life in Cartoons


Kathryn Altman On the Life and Work of Robert Altman

Kathryn Altman celebrates her late husband at this year's film festival.

Ron Mann’s biographical documentary Altman traces the idiosyncratic career path of iconic director Robert Altman. Assembled with the help of Altman’s widow Kathryn and a wealth of home movies, archival interviews, and behind-the-scenes footage, Mann’s film lets Altman tell his story largely in his own words, giving a rare insight into the mind of a moviemaking maverick whose uncompromising vision shaped the American filmmaking landscape for decades to come.


Kathryn offers a highly visual look into her late husband's life in her book Altman, which she will be personalizing for fans during two upcoming signings. Meet Kathryn following the screening of M*A*S*H and the Q&A session Saturday, August 1st at 1pm.

More information about this chronological, scrapbook-esque look at Altman's life can be found here.

Information about TCFF and showtimes for this film can be found here.

Post Film Festival Update:
We now have SIGNED Copies of Altman


Unlocking the Truth Visits Brilliant Books

A trio of tween rockers shows listeners of all ages that to be yourself is the truth

Malcolm Brickhouse, 13, on vocals and guitar, Alec Atkins, 13, on bass, and Jarad Dawkins, 12, on drums, are the Brooklyn-based metal trio Unlocking the Truth.

In Breaking a Monster, a documentary featured at this year's film festival, director Luke Meyer shares the astonishing story of the baby-faced Brooklyn metal band as they set out to prove they are more than a novelty act, advancing from viral video sensations to the youngest band to ever play at Coachella. Despite dealing with the high-stakes pressures of a million dollar record deal, and a music industry intent on taking control of their lives and music, these are just kids who want to play.

Unlocking the Truth will be at Brilliant Books Friday, July 31st at 3:00pm to meet fans and sign copies of their eponymous memoir, which shares their story, as well as the principles that have led to their success. These three talented kids making musical history should be on your radar! Learn more about the band and their book here.

You can find more information about the documentary Breaking a Monster, as well as information about TCFF and showtimes here. Visit the Unlocking the Truth website or follow them on Twitter.

Post Film Festival Update:
We now have SIGNED Copies of Unlocking the Truth

The Remarkable Lizzie Velasquez Shares Her Story

A triumphant journey to the other side of bullying

A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story is a documentary following the inspiring journey of 26 year old, 58 pound Lizzie from cyber-bullying victim to anti-bullying activist.

Velasquez is one of only three known people in the world with a medical syndrome that doesn't allow her to gain weight or create muscle. She has appeared as a motivational speaker, conducting a multi-million viewed TEDx talk, and is the author of two books. Learn more about Valsquez and her books here.

Velasquez will be participating in a Q&A session Saturday, August 1st at 2:00pm following the TCFF screening of A Brave Heart at the Dennos Museum Center located on the Northwestern Michigan College campus. Copies of Velasquez's books will be available.

You can find the official trailer promoting A Brave Heart, as well as information about TCFF and showtimes for this documentary here.

Post Film Festival Update:
We now have SIGNED Copies of Velasquez's books available!


David Foster Wallace on the Big Screen

A Story of Universal Truths and the Genius of David Foster Wallace

Headlining this year's Traverse City Film Festival is The End of the Tour, the story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace, which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace's groundbreaking epic novel, Infinite Jest.

Want to immerse yourself in David Foster Wallace's writing before watching the film? Check out a listing of his books here.

You can watch the official trailer promoting The End of the Tour here. More information about TCFF and showtimes for this film can be found here.