Stephen Mack Jones, Author of August Snow

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017August Snow at Brilliant Books

Stephen Mack Jones, Michigan poet and award-winning playwright, will join us on March 4th to sign his debut novel, August Snow

A gritty, hard-boiled detective novel with a fresh new voice, this debut novel sets the stage for a new series of thrillers that shouldn't be missed.   August Snow is a former Detroit cop who's learned that doing the right thing can have consequences of its own.  He's a protagonist who's as likeable as he is human, complete with flaws and foibles that get him into trouble as often as they get him out of it.  But now he's off the police force and only just arrived back in town after a year away.  This time, when trouble comes knocking...August Snow might be in over his head.

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Time for an Upgrade

Friday, February 24th, 2017

You know the feeling when you finally upgrade your old computer, or get a brand new phone, and everything is so sleek and fast and functional? 

We're about to get that feeling at Brilliant Books.

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2017 Spring Field Notes: The Utility Notebook

Friday, February 24th, 2017

The limited edition Field Notes design for this spring is the Utility Notebook pack.  Featuring graph paper or ledger pages, these notebooks are perfect in the field or workshop.  They even include a handy fold-out ruler with both standard and metric units. 

Like all quarterly limited editions from Field Notes, these notebooks will only be available for a short period of time.

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And the Oscar Goes To...

Friday, February 25th 2017

On Sunday, Hollywood's elite will stroll down the red carpet while movie buffs gather at home to watch the 89th Academy Awards.  There will be talk of acting choices and cinematography,  film scores and costuming.  And, for quite a few of the nominated films, of the books that inspired them.

From nominations for Best Picture to Best Actress (and of course, Best Adapted Screenplay), many of the films in the running this year are based on books.  Some are loosely inspired by literary works, and others are direct screen interpretations, but all of these films are bringing stories to life in a whole new way for devoted readers and new fans alike.  Which of these reads do you think are Oscar-worthy?

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PEN Literary Awards 2017

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

PEN America

The 2017 PEN Literary Award Winners have been announced!  From translations to sports writing and nonfiction to new works, the PEN Literary Awards cover a broad range of genres and styles.  The majority of the winners have been announced; for a few select categories, we'll have to wait until the official Pen Literary Awards Ceremony to find out which books and authors will take home the prize.

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Michigan Notable Books of 2016

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Michigan Notable Book Award LogoEach year, the Library of Michigan coordinates a committee of writers, librarians, publishers, scholars, and others to select 20 titles, published in the last year, for the Michigan Notable Book list.

These books vary widely in theme, style, and genre.  The list includes fiction and non-fiction, novels and poetry, memoir and travel guides, and more.  One thing these books all have in common, though, is roots in the Mitten State. 

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New Styles from Scojo Eyewear

Friday, February 17th, 2017

High quality meets high fashion with Scojo New York.  This line of premium ready-to-wear non-prescription reading glasses features designs inspired by the artistic character and contemporary culture of New York City’s historic neighborhoods. Each pair is expertly handcrafted using a scratch-resistant coating and optical-quality lenses.  Check out the all new styles and colors available!

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The Collected Works of C.S. Lewis

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

From essays and poetry to satire and sermons, C. S. Lewis was a thoughtful and prolific writer, producing more than 30 books during his lifetime.  A collection of these classics has just been re-released: 18 volumes all in beautiful matching paperback bindings.  This collection spans the full breadth and depth of Lewis's work, including both well known titles and harder to find works, such as Poems and Spirits in Bondage.  Whether you're a dedicated C. S. Lewis fan, or just discovering his writing for the first time, these are the perfect volumes to complete your collection!

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New From Philip Pullman!

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Philip Pullman fans rejoice!  From the creator of The Golden Compass, The Amber Spyglass, and The Subtle Knife (collectively, the His Dark Materials triology), comes a new series also set in the almost (but not quite) familiar parallel reality where readers first met Lyra Belacqua and her daemon Pantalaimon.

The new series, a trilogy collectively titled The Book of Dust, begins in the years before the original triology and continues years afterward, following Lyra as a young woman.  "You don't have to read it before you read [the original trilogy]," Pullman said in an interview with NPR.  "...this is another story that comes after it, so it's not a sequel, and it's not a prequel, it's an equal."

The first volume of The Book of Dust is due for release on October 19th.

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