The Great Escape

Friday, January 19th 2018

Sometimes, it would be nice to just get away.  Whether it's a crowded bus, a long wait at the doctor's office, a delayed flight, or just a cold, grey day, we all know exactly what it's like to wish you could somewhere--anywhere!--else.

Thankfully, a good book, or audiobook, can be just the ticket you need to transport yourself to long ago times, imaginary worlds, or just into someone else's shoes for a little while.  Here are some of our booksellers' recommendations for making that great escape.

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Happy Birthday, Haruki Murakami!

Friday, January 12th, 2018

Happy birthday to international bestselling author Haruki Murakami, known for such works as The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Kafka on the Shore, and, most recently, Men Without Women.

Born in Kyoto, Japan, in 1949, Murakami initially had no aspirations to become a writer.  He studied drama at Waseda University in Tokyo, but after graduation, he and his wife opened a successful coffee house and jazz bar, and, as he told interviewer John Wesley Harding in an interview for BOMB magazine, "I didn’t write anything. I was just one of those ordinary people. I was running a jazz club, and I didn’t create anything at all."

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They're Here! Limited Edition Glenn Wolff Mugs

Friday, January 5th, 2018

Our beautiful new mugs, custom designed for us by artist Glenn Wolff, have arrived!  We wanted to introduce a special new design for our mug in celebration of our first decade in business, and were thrilled when Glenn agreed to create the design for us.

Oversized with a black matte finish that makes Glenn's colorful artwork shine, these mugs are dishwasher and microwave safe and perfect for curling up with some tea or coffee and a brilliant new book!

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Happy Birthday, J. R. R. Tolkien!

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

Today marks the 126th anniversary of the birth of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, the author of The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and other high-fantasy epics.

Tolkien didn't set out with the intention of becoming a fantasy author.  He was, first and foremost, an expert in words and languages.  He experimented with constructed languages, including Esperanto, as a teenager, and the fascination never left him.  After the first World War, Tolkien returned to civilian life with a job at the Oxford English Dictionary, where he wrote...

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Deadline Extended!

Monday, January 2nd, 2018

Get our Book of the Month Club for 10 years!For this week only, you can still become a Brilliant Books' Monthly Book Club Premium Subscriber!  Our Ten Year Subscriptions, which were created to celebrate our first decade in business, were only supposed to be available until January 1st, but since we were unexpectedly closed on December 30th and 31st, we didn't want to leave anyone out.  The deadline for subscribing has been extended!  You now have until Sunday, January 7th, to sign up for the best decade of reading you've ever had!

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Amical's Cookbook Dinner Series: The Slanted Door

Monday, January 2nd, 2018The Slanted Door at Brilliant Books

The third installment of Amical's Cookbook Dinner Series kicks off next Monday, January 8th.  The menu will be drawn from Charles Phan's The Slanted Door, which includes recipes from his San Francisco restaurant of the same name.

Drawing on the cuisine of his native Vietnam, award-winning chef Charles Phan has created flavors that appealed not only to the visitors of The Slanted Door restaurant, but to fans of modern Vietnamese food across the country.  Now you can get a taste of his favorite dishes right here in Traverse City, then continue your culinary journey in the comfort of your own home!

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