Happy Birthday to Beatrix Potter!

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Today marks the 150th birthday of Beatrix Potter!

Known for her series of children's books featuring Peter Rabbit, author and natural scientist Beatrix Potter was born in England on July 28, 1866. She was privately educated by a governess and had many beloved childhood pets. Her love of animals and her studies in biology and botany, paired with her artistic talents, drove her to publish numerous books for children about animals, with her own illustrations. The Tale of Peter Rabbit, her debut, was an immediate success. She was very active in conservationism throughout her life. In total, she wrote over two dozen books. She died at age 77 in 1943.


 

2016 Man Booker Prize Longlist

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

The 2016 Man Booker Prize Longlist has been announced!

The longlist for the 2016 Man Booker Prize was announced today. The prize, first awarded in 1969, is open to writers of any nationality, writing originally in English and published in the UK. The shortlist will be released in September and the winner announced in October.

Find the books on the longlist that are currently available in the US here!


Mardi Link True Crime Documentary Debut!

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

Mardi Link interviewed for true crime TV documentary.

Local true crime author Mardi Link will be featured in a UK documentary television series, Passport to Murder. The episode she will appear in concerns the 1968 murder of the Robison family in Good Hart, MI. Link wrote about the crime in her book, When Evil Came to Good Hart, which was published in 2008.

Watch the Robison episode of Passport to Murder on August 19th, 2016!


 

New NPR Discover Music Selections - August 2016

Monday, July 25th, 2016

The new NPR Discover music selections are here!

Every six weeks, the experts at NPR Music select six amazing new albums they know their listeners will love. They choose from an array of big names and up-and-coming bands using their musical knowledge and passion for high-quality melodies.

This time, NPR has selected such legends as Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Jeff Beck, and more. Find them here.


Traverse City Film Festival 2016

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

The 2016 Traverse City Film Festival marks the 100th anniversary of the State Theatre, making it a special event for movie lovers—and book lovers. This year features several films based on or inspired by books of all genres. From the bestselling Swedish novel, A Man Called Ove, to the startling journalistic investigation of solitary confinement, Hell Is a Very Small Place, these spectacular books have galvanized the imaginations of filmmakers across the world.

The Film Festival runs from Tuesday, July 26th, to Sunday, July 31st.

See the list of books and the movies they've inspired here.


 

Upcoming New Harry Potter Books!

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

Four new Harry Potter companion books coming this fall!

We're gearing up for the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and the Brilliant Books' Midnight Release Party, so the announcement of FOUR new Harry Potter books coming this year has our Harry Potter excitement in full swing.

Here, you will see that even the book covers haven't been revealed yet. Will you can be one of the first to preorder these spectacular new additions to the Harry Potter collection?


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