A Brilliant Book Fair

Friday, October 20th, 2017


This week, we had the privilege of being invited to host a book fair at Traverse City West Middle School!  From picking out what books to bring (definitely had to bring some spooky Halloween books along) to helping young readers find their new favorites, we had a wonderful time!  Even better, the fair helped earn TC West free books for their library!

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Happy Birthday, John Le Carré!

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

David Cornwell, better known by his pen name John Le Carré, is the British author of masterful spy thrillers, including A Perfect Spy and The Spy Who Came in From the Cold.

Born October 19th, 1931 in Poole, Dorset, Le Carré spent much of his childhood in boarding schools.  As a teenager studying abroad in Switzerland, he gained the attention of a British intelligence agent working in the area, and was asked to join MI6, the British intelligence agency.  He continued to work in intelligence during his university years at Oxford, where he received a degree in modern languages, and began drawing on his experiences to craft his first novel. 

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A Brilliant Art Contest

Friday, October 13th, 2017

Calling all artists!  As part of our 10th Anniversary Celebration, we're introducing a special Ten Years of Brilliant Books mug, and your artwork could be featured!

We're looking for something that celebrates the joy our booksellers take in creating our curated selection, matching just the right book with just the right reader, and in sharing the books and authors they love with new readers across the country and beyond.  Think you're up for the challenge?  Send us your submission, and you could win a $100 Brilliant Books gift certificate!

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Dunes Review Interview Series: William Cordeiro

Tuesday, October 10th, 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 William Cordeiro.

His poem "Happenstance" appears in the 2017 summer/autumn edition of Dunes Review.

"I write notes longhand, whether gathering facts from research and experience or just jotting down stray lines, words, or ideas. With some longer pieces, I work out the plot, structure, and characters beforehand, too. I stitch these elements together ..."

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Kazuo Ishiguro: 2017 Nobel Laureate!

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

Illust. courtesy the Swedish Academy at NobelPrize.org

British writer Kazuo Ishiguro has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature.  Though something of a surprise pick (the writers favored to win this year's prize included Margaret Atwood and Haruki Murakami), Ishiguro's award-winning body of work has garnered critical attention and acclaim since his first book, A Pale View of Hills, was published in 1982.

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Happy Birthday, Anne Rice!

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Anne Rice, best known for her Vampire Chronicles series, might be just the author to liven up your spooky October reading list.

Born October 4th, 1941, Rice was raised in New Orleans.  Despite later moving to California, she continues to draws frequently upon the New Orlean's history, architecture, and culture in creating her atmospheric novels.  Becoming a writer was a goal throughout her early life, though she initially struggled to find a publisher for Interview with a Vampire

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Bookseller Confessions

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Our booksellers are amazing, brilliant, well-read people.  They can offer recommendations at the drop of a hat, and help you find the perfect gift book even in a time crunch (and then gift-wrap it for you).  But even they, booklovers that they are, have reading blind spots.  Of course, no one can read everything--there are thousands of new books released each month!--but everyone's got a book or two it seems they really ought to have read by now. 

So in the name of full disclosure, we asked our booksellers to share a couple of those titles that they haven't quite gotten to.  Well, not yet, anyway.

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