For the fifth year running, the Waldo search is coming to life in Downtown Traverse City as we celebrate 30 years with Where's Waldo? From June 10th-29th, Waldo will be hiding in twenty downtown stores and restaurants. Pick up a passport at any of the participating locations, and collect a stamp or signature in your Waldo passport wherever you spot him!
Friday, June 23rd, 2017
Newly published works by authors who have passed away tend to have the same reception as film adaptations of beloved stories--people tend to either love them or hate them, which makes a certain kind of sense. On one hand, there's a new book by a favorite author: yay! On the other hand, there are always questions about how much of that work is really the book the author had intended to be read. But whether you love them or hate them, there's no denying there are a lot of them out there. Here are a few of our most (and least) favorite posthumous publications.
Tuesday, June 20th, 2017
by Toni Hill, Children's Book Specialist
In the Kids' Section at Brilliant Books I have the privilege of meeting many committed young readers. These are the sort of young people who will read, to paraphrase the great Dr. Seuss, on a train or in the rain, on a boat, or with a goat! An engaging and fortunate crew, these readers have secured a friend for life: the habit of reading will always be there for them.
But there's another kind of bookworm as well, a more timid reader who may find that keeping up with classmates is a struggle, or be embarrassed that the fluency he or she is "supposed to" have mastered just isn't there yet. For these growing bookworms, summer vacation can provide the prime conditions for helping them come to enjoy reading.
Monday, June 19th, 2017
Can you believe 2017 is already half over? If you're the type who likes to plan well ahead, we've got you covered. Our 2018 calendars and planners have started arriving!
The winner of the Man Booker International Prize has been revealed! Five judges, including translators, academics, and award-winning writers, selected a winner from the six shortlisted titles, and their decision was announced last night at a ceremony in London...
Wednesday, June 14th, 2017
The U.S. has a new poet laureate! Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today the appointment of Tracy K. Smith as the 22nd poet laureate, succeeding Juan Felipe Herrera.
Smith is an award winning poet and professor of creative writing at Princeton University. She has published three...
The Lambda Literary Award winners were announced last night at a gala event in New York City. Instituted in 1988, the Lambda Literary Awards celebrate works that explore LGBT themes in such categories as Memoir & Biography, Poetry, Mystery, and Romance.
Tuesday, June 13th, 2017
by Christopher Carlson, Resident Horror Aficionado
But what if there’s something else in the woods with you? Something predatory, something dead, some shambling hulk that considers your tent a convenient food wrapper? What if you look up at the stars and realize none of them are where they’re supposed to be? What’s crashing through the woods, just beyond the flickering firelight? You’re out in the woods, in the dark, with zero cell service and a long dark hike to the ranger’s station.
Which is, to my mind, one of the very best times to read horror – especially horror that takes place in the woods. Here are a few of my favorites.