Congratulations, Tracy K. Smith!

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Photo credit: Rachel Eliza Griffiths

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...

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What Was That? Horror Stories to Read in the Woods

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017
by Christopher Carlson, Resident Horror Aficionado

Ah, summer.  The perfect time for a camping trip.  Toasting marshmallows around a campfire, enjoying a hike in the woods...

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.

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The Orient Express is Big Screen Bound

Monday, June 12th, 2017

Fans of Agatha Christie have something big to look forward to this fall--a new adaptation of the classic Murder on the Orient Express hits theatres November 10th!

Featuring an all-star cast headed by Kenneth Branagh as Christie's fussy Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, the tale features plenty of twists, turns, and red herrings.  Will the film adaptation live up to Christie's original tale?  Check out the trailer and, as Poirot would suggest, put your "little grey cells" to solving that puzzle!

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Coming Soon: The Man Booker International Prize Winner

Friday, June 9th 2017

The Man Booker International Prize winner will be announced next week.  Prior to 2016, the Man Booker Prize was open only to UK authors, but the addition of the international division now helps highlight the works of superb authors and translators from around the world. 

The Man Booker International Prize is awarded annually for a single book, translated into English and published in the UK.  The £50,000 prize will be divided equally between the winning author and the English translator.  Which is your pick to win?

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Thank You, James Patterson!

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

For the past two years, bestselling author James Patterson has recognized the hard work and dedication of hundreds of booksellers at independent bookstores across the country with his Holiday Bonus program.  Nominated by customers, publishers, authors, and coworkers for their love and knowledge of books, these booksellers each received a gift ranging from $750 to $1,250. 

In previous years, a total of $250,000 has been distributed to deserving booksellers, including one right here at Brilliant Books!  This year...

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Bob Dylan Delivers Nobel Laureate Lecture

Wednesday, June 6th, 2017

Last year's Nobel Prize for Literature went to Bob Dylan, a decision that created quite a stir in the literary world.  Not only did it raise questions of what "literature" truly is, but Dylan's response, or rather lack thereof, was unprecedented for a newly honored Nobel Laureate.  For two weeks, Dylan made no mention of the prize, and declined to attend the formal presentation of the awards in December, finally receiving his own in a private meeting in March of this year.

This week, fulfilling the final requirement of the Nobel Prize, Dylan delivered a recorded lecture that grapples with some of the reasons behind his reticence.

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A Fruitful, Fertile Place: Women on Nature

Monday, June 5th, 2017
by Rachel Sang, lover of books and wild places


“The place where the natural world meets the arts is a fruitful, fertile place for both”

-Ali Smith


There is a great debate over the legitimacy and transformation of nature writing as a literary genre.  Once a contemplation of the surrounding world, new nature writing is often more human-centric. The move towards nature as a device for internal contemplation, versus the study of landscape and the natural world, follows the move of humans from an existance with the animals to the perspective of dominance over nature and a more urban existance...

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The Audie Awards: 2017 Winner and Finalists

Friday, June 2nd 3017

The winners of the Audie Awards, America's most prestigious honors for audiobook performance and productions, were announced yesterday at the 2017 Audie Awards Gala!  With more than 20 different categories ranging from children's titles to memoir, there were plenty of winners, but only one audiobook could take home the top prize: Audiobook of the Year.


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