Small Business Saturday

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - Sara Grochowski
Thank you American Express for again promoting and sponsoring Small Business Saturday, a celebration of small businesses across America, this Saturday, November 28th.
This year's theme is Show Your Love for a Small Business.  We hope we can be that business for you on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
Stay home on Black Friday, enjoy your family; read a good book! Come on out on Small Business Saturday.  We might even have some treats for you.

Learn more about Small Business Saturday here.


On the Road Entertainment with Jodie

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - Sara Grochowski


Keep the kids entertained while on the road this holiday season!

Our very own Jodie Brandt joined 7&4 News reporter Alyssa Hearin on the morning news to showcase a few fun options to keep kids busy during your upcoming holiday travels. You can check out video of the news segment here.

Browse the games and books highlighted by Jodie here.


Miss Nelson is Missing in Traverse City

Friday, November 20, 2015 - Sara Grochowski

Miss Viola Swamp comes to life on stage!

A play based on the much loved picture books Harry Allard will be playing Thanksgiving weekend at the Traverse City Opera House!

It all starts with the students in Room 207 who were the worst-behaved class in the whole school: spitballs stuck to the ceiling; paper airplanes whizzing through the air – even though they had the sweetest teacher of all, Miss Nelson. But when Miss Nelson unexpectedly does not come to school one day, the class gets the strictest substitute they have ever met: Miss Viola Swamp! The search is on for Miss Nelson, who seems to have vanished. Hopefully the students of Room 207 will find her before it is too late – for them!

Check out the books that inspired the play here.

For ticket information, see here.


The National Book Award 2015

Friday, November 20, 2015 - Sara Grochowski

The 2015 National Book Award winners have been announced!

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 National Books Awards. View the winners here!

All shortlisted titles can be browsed here. The 2015 longlists can be found here.

The National Book Award Winners was announced at a gala dinner and ceremony in New York on November 18th. For more information on the Awards and a list of this year’s judges, visit


Shop Your Community Day 2015

Friday, October 30, 2015 - Sara Grochowski

Brilliant Books and other downtown businesses will be saluting the community and sharing a portion of proceeds towards the community’s favorite charities. Nonprofit organizations will receive money from Downtown Traverse City merchants on Saturday, November 14. Get all of your holiday shopping done in advance and 15% of your purchase amount will be donated to the charity of your choice!

View the full list of participating charities here.


2016 Carnegie Medals for Excellence Shortlist

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - Sara Grochowski

The 3 fiction and 3 nonfiction titles included on the 2016 Carnegie Medal shortlist have been announced!

The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction were established in 2012 to recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. the previous year. The winners (one for fiction, one for nonfiction) are announced at an event at the ALA Annual Conference; winning authors receive a $5,000 cash award, and two finalists in each category receive $1,500.

A full list of all 6 titles being considered for the 2016 award can be found here. Past Carnegie winners can be found here.

National Sportswriters Recommend No Ordinary Game

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - Sara Grochowski

Short story collection garners positive buzz from sportswriters

Many of the sporting world’s most profound achievements and displays of humanity are never recorded. They happen on sandlots, asphalt, and backyards. Stories of well-known athletes and teams abound in popular literature. What is missing is an exaltation of the moments that can happen to any of the rest of us—and do.

Kirk Westphal's No Ordinary Game centers around this premise, making it a wonderful gift for sports lovers of all ages!

No Ordinary Game has recently received two stellar recommendations, which you can see here.

We currently have signed copies available, but act fast - quantities are limited!