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We are in the running for The Readers Recommend Your Favorite Bookstore sweepstakes, which will award the bookstore with the most votes as favorite a $3000 grant to be used at their discretion. If we win, we will match the funds and give twelve local schools each $500 in books!

The sweepstakes ends on Friday, February 19th. VOTE HERE.


Georges Simenon in the 21st Century

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Penguin is bringing a 20th-century detective to a 21st-century audience.

Penguin Books is re-releasing much of the work of Belgian author Georges Simenon with new, revamped coverart, over the course of the next few years.

Simenon (1903-1989) is best known for his mystery series featuring detective Jules Maigret. He was incredibly prolific: He wrote dozens of novels and short stories about Maigret and over 500 others under numerous pen names.

One novel, as a new translation, will be published every month until all 75 Maigret books have been released.


The Life of Elves - Out Today!

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Enjoy the latest novel by bestselling author Muriel Barbery!

The Life of Elves by French author Muriel Barbery was published today in English by Europa Editions. It is her first book in nearly eight years. Her previous novel, The Elegance of the Hedgehog, was an international bestseller. It had over 50 print-runs in France and was translated into English in 2008. Millions of copies were sold world-wide.

Barbery's The Life of Elves follows two young girls who discover they have unique, powerful abilities. These gifts lend themselves to communicating with a dark Elvish world, in which they must fulfill their destinies and save two worlds. This book, too, is a bestseller in France. Buy it today!


Happy Birthday to John Grisham!

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Happy birthday to John Grisham, who is 61 today!

Author John Grisham began his career as an attorney and a politician in Mississippi. He now writes full time and is best known for his legal thrillers, including The Firm and the Theodore Boone children's book series. Several of his novels have been adapted to film.


Happy Birthday to James Joyce!

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Happy birthday to James Joyce, who was born on this day in 1882!

Irish novelist James Joyce is best known for his stream-of-consciousness style in Ulysses, Finnegan's Wake, and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. He excelled in school, studying English and several other languages. Joyce made a living teaching English and singing, and he lived in many countries throughout his life, including Switzerland, France, and Austria-Hungary. Struggling with declining eyesight for the latter half of his life, Joyce died in Zurich in 1941. Today, he is celebrated for his contributions to modernist literature.


Black History Month

Monday, February 1st, 2016

February is Black History Month.

Black History Month, which celebrates the underrepresented history of African Americans, coincides with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (February 12th) and Frederick Douglass (February 14th). It was first recognized by the US government in 1976, making this year the official 40th anniversary.


50 Years of Books!

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Look what was witing for us when we returned from a week away in Denver at the American Bookseller Association annual conference.   50, (yes fifty!) new Brilliant Books Monthly subscribers from all over the country.

We have room for more. So if you know anyone who wants "The Best Year of Reading You'll Ever Have," sign them up now.


LEGO Anniversary

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Today is the official anniversary of the LEGO brick patent!

Ole Kirk Christiansen, Danish inventor of the LEGO, patented the toy on January 28, 1958. The interlocking plastic bricks have become a must-have toy for children all over the world. Celebrate the anniversary of the LEGO by building an amazing structure with your family and friends!


Happy Birthday to Lewis Carroll!

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Happy birthday to Lewis Carroll, who was born on this day in 1832!

Today celebrates the 184th birthday of Lewis Carroll, author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Born Charles Dodgson, he is known for his use of word play and logic in his literature. He was also a photographer and had an interest in mathematics. He died of pneumonia in 1898.


Kwame Alexander: A Say Yes Person

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Kwame Alexander gives a moving speech about bookselling at the Winter Institute conference.

This morning, in Denver, author Kwame Alexander spoke to booksellers from all across the country at the eleventh Winter Institute conference. With his say-yes attitude, Alexander spoke about diversity in children's literature and the power of booksellers to use their creativity to bring important books to kids of all backgrounds. Reading, he said, is an opportunity for everyone to experience growth.

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