New NPR Discover Music Selections - March/April

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

The Latest NPR Discover Music's selections have arrived!

Every six weeks, the experts at NPR Music select six amazing new albums they know their listeners will love. They choose from an array of big names and up-and-coming bands using their musical knowledge and passion for high-quality melodies.

The latest picks include music from The Revenant, Wynonna Jud, and much more.

Find the newest selections here.

New Modiano Translations

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

New Modiano translations out today!

The New York Review of Books published new translations of Young Once and In the Cafe of Lost Youth by Patrick Modiano today. Modiano, a French novelist, won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2014, though most of his books had not yet been translated into English at the time. His works have been celebrated in France and around the world, but English readers can now discover what it is about Modiano that earned him the Nobel Prize.

Wanted: Friends for Percy

Friday, February 26th, 2016

Percy the Train might be smiling, but he's crying on the inside. His friends have all gone to play somewhere else! If you have Brio trains at home who are feeling unloved, Percy would happily accept them as new friends in his home at Brilliant Books!

We Are Celebrating Second Place in National Favorite Bookstore Contest!

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

We are proud to announce that Brilliant Books is celebrating a second-place win in the nationwide Readers Recommend Your Favorite Bookstore sweepstakes! We will match the $700 prize and donate the funds to Michigan school libraries.

This is an extraordinary achievement for our bookstore, which opened in Traverse City only four years ago. Dubbed “the indie alternative to Amazon,” Brilliant Books’ win highlights our national reach. Readers from all over the country voted for their favorite bookstore in the month-long contest.

When Brilliant Books first opened, many doubted we would succeed because of our location only two blocks from a beloved 50-year-old bookstore, Horizon Books. However, we have forged our own path, eschewing usual industry practices in favor of a 21st-century approach, which has allowed the store to thrive both as an excellent independent bookstore and as the nation’s long-distance local bookstore.

Umberto Eco (1932-2016)

Friday, February 19th, 2016

Author Umberto Eco has died at age 84.

Italian novelist and literary critic Umberto Eco died yesterday, February 19th; he was 84. Eco was born in northern Italy in 1932 and received a Roman Catholic education, both as a child and in college, though he later left the church. His studies in literature and philosophy led him to become a university professor and an esteemed critic. From 2008-2016, he lectured at the University of Bologna, which is the oldest university still open in the world. Eco received several honorary doctorates for his work in linguistics and semiotics. He is best known for his books on the philosophy of language and his novels, including The Name of the Rose and Foucault's Pendulum. His book Numero Zero was published in 2015.

Harper Lee (1926-2016)

Friday, February 19th, 2016

Harper Lee has died at age 89.

Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, died this morning, February 19th. She was born in Alabama in 1926 and lived in New York in her adulthood. She was lifelong friends with author Truman Capote. Her father was a lawyer, and is often said to be the inspiration for the character Atticus Finch. After the publication of To Kill a Mockingbird, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1960, Lee returned to Alabama and mostly kept to herself. Her book, Go Set a Watchman, was published with some controversy in 2015. She died in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama; she was 89 years old.

New Book by Local Author Heather Shumaker

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

SIGNED copies of It's OK to Go Up the Slide by Heather Shumaker available for pre-order now!

The long-awaited follow-up to Heather Shumaker's bestseller It's OK Not to Share is available now.

It's OK to Go Up the Slide, by national speaker and Michigan author, Heather Shumaker, offers revolutionary insights about parenting techniques helping to create kids who are independent, inventive, and self-assured. She takes on hot-button issues with renegade rules such as:

  • It's ok not to kiss Grandma
  • Recess is a right
  • Ban elementary school homework
  • Safety second, not first
  • Don't force participation


Heather Shumaker is offering an exclusive podcast to those who pre-order the book before its release on March 8th. Get the podcast AND a signed copy by pre-ordering via Brilliant Books! Email Heather at telling her you pre-ordered to get the podcast.

Coloring Night at Brilliant Books!

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

Join us Sundays at 2pm for coloring at Brilliant Books!

Color your way to calm with coffee and friends at Brilliant Books every Sunday starting February 21st. We will provide coloring pages and pencils, but you can bring your own books and supplies if you prefer, or purchase one of the many available at the store. Children are welcome as well! It's a perfect way to set some time aside for yourself to relax but to socialize with like-minded people.