Posthumously Published

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Newly published works by authors who have passed away tend to have the same reception as film adaptations of beloved stories--people tend to either love them or hate them, which makes a certain kind of sense.  On one hand, there's a new book by a favorite author: yay!  On the other hand, there are always questions about how much of that work is really the book the author had intended to be read.  But whether you love them or hate them, there's no denying there are a lot of them out there.  Here are a few of our most (and least) favorite posthumous publications.



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Four Steps for Raising Readers

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017
by Toni Hill, Children's Book Specialist

In the Kids' Section at Brilliant Books I have the privilege of meeting many committed young readers.  These are the sort of young people who will read, to paraphrase the great Dr. Seuss, on a train or in the rain, on a boat, or with a goat!  An engaging and fortunate crew, these readers have secured a friend for life: the habit of reading will always be there for them. 

But there's another kind of bookworm as well, a more timid reader who may find that keeping up with classmates is a struggle, or be embarrassed that the fluency he or she is "supposed to" have mastered just isn't there yet.  For these growing bookworms, summer vacation can provide the prime conditions for helping them come to enjoy reading.

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Monday, June 19th, 2017

Can you believe 2017 is already half over?  If you're the type who likes to plan well ahead, we've got you covered.  Our 2018 calendars and planners have started arriving!


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Congratulations, Tracy K. Smith!

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Photo credit: Rachel Eliza Griffiths

The U.S. has a new poet laureate!  Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today the appointment of Tracy K. Smith as the 22nd poet laureate, succeeding Juan Felipe Herrera.

Smith is an award winning poet and professor of creative writing at Princeton University.  She has published three...

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What Was That? Horror Stories to Read in the Woods

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017
by Christopher Carlson, Resident Horror Aficionado

Ah, summer.  The perfect time for a camping trip.  Toasting marshmallows around a campfire, enjoying a hike in the woods...

But what if there’s something else in the woods with you?  Something predatory, something dead, some shambling hulk that considers your tent a convenient food wrapper?  What if you look up at the stars and realize none of them are where they’re supposed to be?  What’s crashing through the woods, just beyond the flickering firelight?  You’re out in the woods, in the dark, with zero cell service and a long dark hike to the ranger’s station.

Which is, to my mind, one of the very best times to read horror – especially horror that takes place in the woods.  Here are a few of my favorites.

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