Happy Birthday, Neil Gaiman!

Friday, November 10th, 2017Happy birthday Neil Gaiman!

Neil Gaiman is one of our favorite authors, and we’re definitely not alone in that opinion.  From comic books and television to short stories and novels, he’s been astounding audiences and readers for decades.  He won early acclaim with his groundbreaking DC Comics series, Sandman, which, in 1991, was the first comic ever to win a World Fantasy Award.  He’s also written more than twenty books, including titles for both children and adults.  His latest, Norse Mythology, was released in 2016. 

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Amical's Cookbook Dinner Series: The Latin Road Home

Friday, November 10th, 2017Bistronomy at Brilliant Books

The first week of Amical's Cookbook Dinner Series wraps up this weekend.  If you haven't had a chance to experience the menu they've created based on Jose Garces' book, The Latin Road Home, be sure to stop by!

The Latin Road Home traces chef Jose Garces' personal culinary history, from his childhood in Ecuador through the flavors and techniques of Spain, Cuba, Peru, and more.  Get a taste of Garces' dishes at Amical this weekend, then pick up the book and try even more!

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The 2017 World Fantasy Awards

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

The winners of the 2017 World Fantasy Awards have been announced! 

Presented at the World Fantasy Convention, which was held this year in San Antonio, Texas, the World Fantasy Awards honor writers of the year's best fantasy fiction, as well as those whose lifetime of work has made a lasting impact on the genre.  Awards are given for lifetime achievement, best novel, long fiction, short fiction, and more!

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The 2017 Kirkus Prize Winners

Monday, November 6th, 2017

Selected from the year's starred Kirkus reviews by a panel of expert judges, the Kirkus Prize has one of the largest prize purses of any literary award in the world.  Three winners--one each in the categories of fiction, nonfiction and young readers’ literature--are awarded a $50,000 prize in addition to the commendation of the award itself.

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Amical Cookbook Dinner Series 2017-18

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

It's that time again!  Amical, one of our Downtown Traverse City neighbors, is about to kick off their annual Cookbook Dinner Series. For one week each month, the brilliant kitchen staff at Amical will feature a menu of dishes selected from a chosen cookbook, from appetizers and main courses all the way to dessert!

This season marks the 21st year of the Amical Cookbook Dinner Series!  Check out this year's featured cookbooks and schedule.

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The Dagger Awards Celebrate the Best in Crime Writing

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

The Dagger Awards, administered by the UK's Crime Writers' Association, are presented annually to some of the best writers of crime fiction and nonfiction.  There are ten separate awards, ranging from the Diamond Dagger for lifetime achievement to the Dagger in the Library, for a body of work favored by library patrons.  Check out this year's winners!

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What is a "good book?"

Friday, October 27th, 2017

How do you define "a good book?"  Probably there are as many answers as there are readers!  Being able to work out exactly how someone else defines a good book is one of the most difficult and subtle arts of being a bookseller, but our booksellers are experts.

They understand that no two readers are alike, and neither are their definitions of a good book!  We asked our booksellers what they personally consider a "good book," and their answers are every bit as unique as they are.

What's A Good Book?

The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence 2018

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

The books shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence have been revealed! 

This literary prize was established in 2012 to recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. the previous year. The winners won't be announced until February, but you can check out the six finalists as well as the longlisted titles now!

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New NPR Discover Music Selections- October 2017

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

The experts at NPR Music are at it again!  Every six weeks, they choose six new albums featuring work by both well known and up-and-coming artists that they think are worth a listen.  The latest batch features music by Van Morrison, Lucinda Williams, and more!

Check out all the latest picks, and get past recommendations in our archive.

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