St. Patrick's Day

Friday, March 17th, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  Though today, it's a holiday that's more about donning something green and heading out to grab a pint or two, St. Patrick--or St. Pátraic, in Old Irish--has a history as complex as Ireland itself.  From Ireland's myths and legends to the literary contributions of great Irish writers, there's so much more to discover than just the bottom of a pint glass, and you won't need to luck to find it!  We've put together a reading list to help you explore the landscape, culture, and history of Ireland, from guidebooks for your next visit to novels that will take you there without having to leave your armchair.

And yes—they're all best when paired with a Guinness.

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New NPR Discover Music Selections- March 2017

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Halfway through March and the weather is grey and cold--not quite winter, and not quite spring.  If you’ve got to be stuck indoors a few more weeks, at least you'll have new tunes to keep the cabin fever from setting in.  Check out these new selections from the experts at NPR Music.  Every six weeks, they recommend albums from both well-known performers and up-and-coming talent across a wide variety of genres. 

This month’s albums include Peace Trail, by Neil Young, I See You, by The xx, and Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau's self-titled collaboration.


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Dunes Review Interview Series: Petra Kuppers

Thursday, March 16th, 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 Petra Kuppers.

Petra is a disability culture activist, a community performance artist, and a Professor of English and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan, teaching in performance studies. She also teaches on the low-residency MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College. 

Her story "Fjord Pool" appears in the 2017 winter/spring edition of Dunes Review.

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Robert James Waller (1939-2017)

Monday, March 13th, 2017

Robert James Waller, author of the bestselling romance novel The Bridges of Madison County, passed away on March 10th.

Born in 1939 in Charles City, Iowa, Waller never dreamed of becoming a novelist, much less the author of a bestseller.  He was a business professor at the University of Northern Iowa when, on a break from classes, he took a trip to photograph the sights along the Mississipi River.  In Madison County, Iowa, Waller fascinted by the county's covered bridges, detoured to photograph them.  Waller had no idea that simple trip would change his life. 

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The Books We Can't Wait For!

Friday, March 10th, 2017

For the last few months, we've been looking forward to upgrading the software system at our store.  Now that those upgrades are completed (yay!), we can look forward to other new books!  We asked our staff members what new reads they're most excited to see hit the shelves.  It's quite a list!

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Women's History Month

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

March is Women's History Month.

Women's History Month honors the women throughout history whose achievments have often gone unrecognized. It began simply as Women's History Day on March 8th in 1911.  Now March 8th is recognized as International Women's Day, and all of March is dedicated to celebrating the achievements and contributions of women throughout history.

There is a wealth of books that delve into the lives of these unsung heroines, many of which were also written by women.  Check out a few of these highlights!

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Illustrated Edition

Wednesday, March 8th

Hold onto your pointed hats, Potter fans!  If you haven't seen the gorgeous illustrated editions of Harry's adventures, now's the time to check them out.  This week, Scholastic and Bloomsbury released the cover design for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: The Illustrated Edition. 

Featuring Harry's near-miss with the vibrant purple, triple-decker Knight Bus, the cover art is just the first of the latest images created by illustrator Jim Kay to bring to life the full text of the story you know and love. 

This new edition is set to hit shelves on October 3rd.  Preorder now to reserve your copy!

Reserve Mine Now March 2017 Selection

Wednesday, March 8th 2017

We are delighted to partner with to bring you downloadable audiobooks!'s featured audiobook for the month of March is George Saunders' much anticipated first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo.  The audiobook is narrated by an all-star cast of 166 performers, including Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, Lena Dunham, Susan Sarandon, and George Saunders himself.

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200 Years with HarperCollins

Monday, March 6th, 2017

From J. R. R. Tolkein to Dr. Seuss and Harper Lee to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., HarperCollins is the company behind many of the best-loved, most enduring, and most talked-about books of the last two centuries.  With such a rich history of publishing excellence, we can't wait to see what the future holds. 

Happy 200th birthday, HarperCollins!

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