The Latest Field Notes Have Arrived

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Pocket-sized and practical, Field Notes memo books are as fun as they are functional.  In addition to our usual stock of Kraft Paper memo three-packs (available in plain, dot-graph, ruled pages, or a combo pack featuring one of each style), we've just added several of the quarterly editions, including Black Ice, with its foil cover and brilliant orange spine, Expedition, the all-but-indestructible memo book that made its way to the Antarctic, and Sweet Tooth, which features colorful, perforated pages.  Each quarterly edition is unique and only a limited number are produced.  Check out the product pages for the story behind the creation of each one!

Field Notes books are just the right size to keep in a pocket or purse, perfect for journaling, grocery lists, doodles, notes to self, and more.  Got big ideas?  Don't worry.  They also come in notebook sizes.

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Dunes Review Interview Series: Anna Bernstein

Tuesday, May 9th, 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.  If you missed the launch event celebrating the release of the latest issue, you can still get a glimpse behind the scenes with our interview series.  We talked with some of the people who bring the journal to life, including contributor Anna Bernstein.

Anna's poem "In a parking lot in New Jersey" appears in the 2017 winter/spring edition of Dunes Review.


"Weirdly, probably the worst reaction I've ever gotten from readers was the only time I publicly shared the poem that is in this current issue of Dunes Review with an audience. I think I was trying to read it..."

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Your Last Chance for These Limited Editions!

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Thank you so much to everyone who joined us last weekend to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day!  It was such a pleasure to celebrate all the things that make Brilliant Books so unique with so many booklovers!  We were sad to miss those of you who couldn't join us, but we've saved something special for you as well.  We still have a select few limited edition items in reserve!  They'll be available online starting tomorrow, Saturday May 6th, and we expect they'll go quick!  Don't miss your chance to get this year's exclusive items--once they're gone, they're gone for good!

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Hear Our Voice Book Drive

Friday, May 5th, 2017

A book can open worlds- but only if it has a place on the shelf.  To help increase the diversity of female voices on the shelves at the Traverse Area District Library, We March Northern Michigan will be holding a community driven book drive May 1st-12th.

Women and female experiences encompass a range of stories, and the goal of this book drive is to provide access to as many of them as possible.  Donations of new or used titles from these underrepresented voices can be made at Oryana Natural Foods Market, Higher Grounds Coffee, and right here at Brilliant Books! 

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Amical's Cookbook Dinner Series: Dos Caminos

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

The 2016-2017 Cookbook Dinner Series at Amical comes to a close this weekend.  It's final installment features recipes from Ivy Stark's Dos Caminos: Mexican Street Food. 

Filled with authentic Mexican flavors, Dos Caminos introduces both experienced cooks and kitchen novices to the ingredients and methods needed to create everything from smoked fish tostadas to plantain croquettes, but you won't need to get your hands dirty to get a taste of these delectable recipes.  Check it out at Amical until May 7th!

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Brilliant Books: One of the Best in the Country!

Monday, May 1st, 2017

We're honored to have been featured by BookRiot as one of the best bookstores in the country!

"We Book Rioters love a good bookstore," Rachel Manwill observed in her article for the bookish news site, and "the mother of all bookstore lists is the inevitable 'best bookstore in every state' list, which every book/travel adjacent site has produced. But these lists tend to rely on algorithms using Yelp ratings or TripAdvisor reviews, which can be a total crapshoot and really tell you nothing about the experience of visiting the store yourself.

"How knowledgeable are the booksellers? What’s the selection like? Are there great events? Is the bookstore part of the community? These are the things that matter to indie bookstore shoppers, and algorithms just miss some of that nuance."

We couldn't agree more.

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Dunes Review Interview Series: Stephanie Heit

Tuesday, April 25th, 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 Stephanie Heit.

Her poem "underwater plot to get the raft back"  appears in the 2017 winter/spring edition of Dunes Review.

"Writing is a physical act: I’m in love with the kinesthetic joy of pen on paper. To feel the curves and song of letters. Revision happens on the computer, usually at my purple desk. I have a wealth of journals whose material marinates until I’m ready to..."

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Poet Feature: William Shakespeare

Friday, April 21st, 2017

This year, we're celebrating National Poetry Month by featuring all different kinds of poets.  We couldn't help but include the Bard himself, William Shakespeare!

Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564.  There are few records from this time, and little is known about Shakespeare's life before he signed on with a theatrical group that became first the Lord Chamberlain's Men, and later the King's Men.  To make a living, he worked as an actor as well as a writer, but when fear of plague closed London's theatres, he turned instead...

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Poet Feature: Margaret Atwood

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

As part of our celebration of National Poetry Month, we're featuring a wide variety of poets and their works.  Today's poet is Margaret Atwood!

Born in 1939 in Ottawa, Ontario, Atwood earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Toronto and her master's degree from Harvard.  Though perhaps best known today for her prose, Atwood's first publications were poetry.  Her first collection, Double Persephone, published in 1961, won...

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Poet Feature: Ted Hughes

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

To celebrate National Poetry Month this year, we're featuring a wide variety of poets and their work.  Next up is Ted Hughes!

Born in 1930 in Mytholmroyd, Yorkshire, Hughes served in England's Royal Air Force before attending Cambridge.  His studies there were grounded in archeology and anthropology, but he showed an especially keen interest in myth and legend as well, an interest that would have a profound impact on...

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