Amical's Cookbook Dinner Series: Down South

Friday, March 31st, 2017

Take your dinner Down South with the sixth installment of the Cookbook Dinner Series at AmicalBased on recipes created by the man behind some of New Orleans's most beloved restaurants, James Beard Award-winning chef Donald Link, the menu will feature everything from gumbo to collard green slaw.  Get a taste from  Monday, April 3rd through Sunday the 9th.

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National Poetry Month, 2017

Friday, March 31st, 2017

April 1st marks the start of National Poetry Month, a celebration created by the Academy of American Poets in 1996.  Modeled on Black History Month (February) and Women's History Month (March), National Poetry Month was created to encourage a greater understanding and appreciation of poetry in all its forms.

"The experiment of poetry, as far as I am concerned, happens when the poem carries you beyond hwere you could have reasonably expected to go." --Seamus Heaney

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Final PEN Literary Awards Announced!

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

While many of the 2017 PEN Literary Award winners were announced earlier this year, for a few select categories, we were left in suspense until the official 2017 PEN Award Ceremony this week.  Now the winners of the Debut Fiction and Essay awards can join the ranks of their fellow honorees.  Congratulations to all the winners, including the latest additions Rion Amilcar Scott and Angela Morales!


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The Underground Railroad Is Headed for Television!

Monday, March 27th, 2017

Colson Whitehead's novel The Underground Railroad has been nothing short of a blockbuster.  Topping bestseller list after bestseller list, it won the 2016 National Book Award for fiction and has been touted by everyone from Oprah and Former President Obama to booksellers right here at Brilliant Books!

Now the story of a runaway slave named Cora who escapes via a literal underground rail system is about to be introduced to a whole new audience.  Barry Jenkins, the Oscar-winning director of Moonlight, will adapt and direct a television series based on Whitehead's book for Amazon.  Though there's no word yet on when the series will premiere or how many episodes it will feature, it's already getting plenty of buzz.  If your haven't read the book yet, now's your chance!

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How Do You Fit a Bookstore in a Box?

Friday, March 24th, 2017

There are a lot of folks out there trying to fit the bookstore experience into a box, and clearly, they know it's about more than just the books.  But what really sets the bookstore experience apart from buying books anywhere else?  Is it the complimentary coffee?  Choosing from the hundreds of thousands of carefully curated titles?  Some subscription services seem to think so.  They pack their book boxes with tea and coffee, or offer up a "choice" of a half-dozen trendy titles.   

We take a different approach.

For us, what really sets the bookstore experience apart is something that's a little harder (but not impossible) to fit into a box.  It's taken some creativity, but we've got it down to an art.

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Have You Heard the Audiobook of the Year?

The Audie Awards, from the Audio Publishers AssociationThursday, March 23rd, 2017

The Audie Awards, presented by the Audio Publishers Association, recognize audio excellence in more than 20 different categories, including children's books, mysteries, memoirs, full-cast performances, and more.  One of the most coveted Audie Awards is, of course, the Audiobook of the Year.  With only five finalists, there's plenty of time to listen to them all and judge for yourself before the winner is announced at the Audie Awards Gala in June!

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Dunes Review Interview Series: Andrew Szilvasy

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

For more than 20 years, Dunes Review has showcased the best poetry, fiction & essays from writers here in Northern Michigan and across the country.  As we prepare to help launch the upcoming issue, we went behind the scenes to talk with some of the people who bring the journal to life, including contributor Andrew Szilvasy.

His poem "Snake Lips" appears in the 2017 winter/spring edition of Dunes Review.

"I tend to have scraps of writing—lines, half-poems—lying around my house or in computer files. These come to me on walks or in half-sleep. I’ll kick them around for a little while in my head, hope the subconscious makes connection, and then write in a fury."

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Behind the Scenes of Brilliant Books Monthly

Friday, March 17th, 2017

When you first subscribe to Brilliant Books Monthly, we send a little welcome packet, complete with a reading preference card for you to fill out and send back.  What happens next feels a little bit like magic: you drop your finished card in the mail and, before long, your first hand-picked selection appears at your doorstep, a book chosen just for you by an expert bookseller.  But what's really going on behind the scenes?  We'll let you in on a little bit of the magic and show you what it takes to turn that simple card into the best year of reading you've ever had.

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Man Booker International 2017

Friday, March 17th 2017

The longlisted titles for the Man Booker International Prize were announced this week!  Prior to 2016, the prize was open only to UK authors, but the addition of the Man Booker International Prize now helps highlight the works of superb authors and translators from around the world. 

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

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