The Harvest Season

Friday, September 8th, 2017

With the leaves changing and the weather abruptly cooler, we've been thinking about the changing seasons and all the things that fall brings.  One of the big themes, of course, is harvest.  Whether it's picking out the perfect carving pumpkin with the kids, or canning up the last of the garden's produce for the winter, the idea of harvest time means different things to different people.  That's especially true if those people are booksellers.  Check out some of our favorite "harvest" books, from the practical to the peculiar.

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John Ashbery, 1927-2017

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Award winning poet John Ashbery, author of such collections as Some Trees and Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror, has died.

Unlike poets who come to their craft in a roundabout fashion, it was clear from a young age that Ashbery had the makings of a writer.  His first poems were published when he was still in grade school, and by the time he graduated from Harvard, where he studied literature, his trajectory seemed to be set.  A Fullbright Scholarship allowed him to move to France, where he worked as an editor of literary magazines and a translator.

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Dunes Review Interview Series: Jonathan Donabo

Tuesday, September 5th

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 Jonathan Donabo.

His poem “XIX. Nolan Washes His Face” appears in the 2017 summer/autumn edition of Dunes Review.

"I love feedback.  I think it is very important to share your writing. Especially when it’s in progress. Having a different perspective while writing can open up new pathways for the poem and make it something that you would have never expected it to be...

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Friday, September 1st

We are delighted to partner with to bring you downloadable audiobooks!'s featured audiobooks for the month of September are all on a back-to-school theme, but even if it's been years since you've sharpened your pencil and dreaded a pop quiz, you'll find something here to keep your brain in gear.  Check out these old favorites and new releases!

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Dunes Review Interview Series: Keith Taylor

Thursday, August 31st, 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 Keith Taylor .

His poems “Vet’s Pool: The Deep-End Test” and “At Belshazzar’s Feast" appear in the 2017 summer/autumn edition of Dunes Review.

"My family had recently moved to the United States. We’d come from a small town in the rural West of Canada, to a battered Midwestern city. I did not feel as if I belonged. I started putting words on paper...

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A Blind Date with a Book

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

You've probably heard of blind dates with books before: books wrapped in brown paper with a few keywords or a review on the outside to indicate what kind of surprise the reader might be in for.  It can be a fun way to discover something new or read outside your comfort zone, but like many actual blind dates, things don't always work out.  Those few keywords might have left out something important to you as a reader, and you may unknowingly pass up a title you'd love when a review doesn't spark your interest. 

That's why we work in the other direction.

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Twelve-Hour Road Trip

Monday, August 28th, 2017

by Rachel Sang, bookseller


My family recently went on a road trip. This wasn't a quick trip to Grandma's, this was a twelve hour road trip to northern Minnesota with a four year old and a seven year old. Between moments of wondering what we were thinking to embark on such a journey, I considered books that would work for the whole family – books that would captivate the youngest without being too perilous, books to engage a precocious seven year old, and books that my husband and I would also enjoy and could discuss with our kids. Also, we were relying on audiobooks in the car, so they had to keep young ones interested without the benefit of pictures.

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The Accidentals' Odyssey at Brilliant Books

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

The Accidentals' latest album is here now at Brilliant Books!  Odyssey is their first release since signing with Sony Masterworks and was featured as an NPR First Listen album!  

"[T]hey'd barely reached high school in Traverse City, Mich., when Mumford & Sons blew up. But even back then, violinist Savannah Buist and cellist Katie Larson were occupied by making familiar MGMT and Led Zeppelin songs into pieces to which they could apply their classical chops. The impulse to make imaginative use of technique has been their organizing principle ever since."  --Jewly Hight, NPR Music

We've got it in both CD and Vinyl formats.  Which will you choose?

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Happy Birthday, Ray Bradbury!

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Today marks the 97th anniversary of the birth of Ray Bradbury, the screenwriter, essayist, and novelist whose works include such classics as The Martian Chronicles and Farenheit 451.

Though his formal education ended when he graduated from high school, Bradbury was nevertheless determined to hone his skills as a writer.  While running a newstand on LA streetcorners, he spent all his free time crafting stories.  Just five years after graduating, he was a full-time writer, selling short stories to periodicals and collecting them into volumes, like his first: Dark Carnival.  Three years after this first collection came Bradbury's first novel, The Martian Chronicles, about humanity's first attempts to colonize Mars.  Though well received, it was Bradbury's second novel, published in 1953, that...

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