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Monday, July 24th, 2017

The Traverse City Film Festival kicks off this week!  While it's a great opportunity to check out some brilliant films, it also offers a unique opportunity for aspiring filmmakers to hone their craft.  Check out the panels and classes on offer, and keep the inspiration going with a few handy reference books from our Film School Reading List!

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Happy Birthday, Ernest Hemingway!

Friday, July 21st, 2017

Today marks the 118th anniversary of Ernest Hemingway's birth.  A war-time ambulance driver, journalist, big-game hunter, and novelist, Hemingway's spare and straightforward writing style seemed to capture feeling of his generation, from the everyday horrors of war to the sense of stark reality they faced even after the conflicts had ended.

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Art Puzzles

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Summer's a great time for outdoor family fun, but when you're tired of bugs and sunburns, we've got you covered for indoor activities as well.  Check out our newly expanded puzzle collection!  In addition to our fine art puzzles, we've also got Harry Potter, history and nature themes, and more!


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Jane Austen: 200 Years Later

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

Today marks 200 years since Jane Austen died.  Though today she is among the most popular and widely read novelists, her works regularly adapted for stage and screen, when her works were first published, the author was listed only as "A Lady."  It wasn't until after Austen's death that her identity was revealed.

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Literary Ambassadors

Monday, July 10th, 2017

Like to combine reading and travel?  We've got just the picks for you.  The editors at Condé Nast Traveler recently asked foreign ambassadors to the US for the one book they would recommend visitors to their home countries read before their trip.  Their answers range from historical classics to modern thrillers.  Where will you read next?

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Judged by Their Covers

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

We've all heard the saying, but try as we might, we've probably all been occasionally guilty.  While most people don't buy a book based solely on that eye-catching cover art, there's no denying we might be a bit more likely to pick up a book that's visually appealing.  Here are a few of the beautiful books that our booksellers couldn't resist.

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Happy Birthday, Bill Watterson!

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

Bill Watterson, best known as the cartoonist behind the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip, is 59 years old today!

Watterson grew up in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, in the 50s and 60s, and the time and place has played a major role in his work.  Though he worked as a freelance artist and cartoonist early in his career, it wasn't until 1985, when a cartoon of a six-year-old boy and his stuffed tiger made its debut, that Watterson's work caught the attention of a larger audience.

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Monday, July 3rd, 2017

We are delighted to partner with to bring you downloadable audiobooks!'s featured audiobook for the month of July is Theft by Finding, by David Sedaris, who also performs the audiobook. 

For forty years, David Sedaris has kept a diary in which he records everything that captures his attention-overheard comments, salacious gossip, soap opera plot twists, secrets confided by total strangers. Now, Sedaris shares his private writings with the world. Theft by Finding, the first of two volumes, is the story of how a drug-abusing dropout with a weakness for the International House of Pancakes and a chronic inability to hold down a real job became one of the funniest people on the planet.

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