Judged by Their Covers

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

We've all heard the saying, but try as we might, we've probably all been occasionally guilty.  While most people don't buy a book based solely on that eye-catching cover art, there's no denying we might be a bit more likely to pick up a book that's visually appealing.  Here are a few of the beautiful books that our booksellers couldn't resist.

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Happy Birthday, Bill Watterson!

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

Bill Watterson, best known as the cartoonist behind the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip, is 59 years old today!

Watterson grew up in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, in the 50s and 60s, and the time and place has played a major role in his work.  Though he worked as a freelance artist and cartoonist early in his career, it wasn't until 1985, when a cartoon of a six-year-old boy and his stuffed tiger made its debut, that Watterson's work caught the attention of a larger audience.

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Libro.fm July 2017 Selection

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

We are delighted to partner with Libro.fm to bring you downloadable audiobooks!

Libro.fm's featured audiobook for the month of July is Theft by Finding, by David Sedaris, who also performs the audiobook. 

For forty years, David Sedaris has kept a diary in which he records everything that captures his attention-overheard comments, salacious gossip, soap opera plot twists, secrets confided by total strangers. Now, Sedaris shares his private writings with the world. Theft by Finding, the first of two volumes, is the story of how a drug-abusing dropout with a weakness for the International House of Pancakes and a chronic inability to hold down a real job became one of the funniest people on the planet.

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Gone With the Wind Celebrates Its 81st Birthday!

Friday, June 30th, 2017

Margaret Mitchell's American classic, Gone With the Wind, is 81 years old today!  First published in 1936, it became the most popular book in the country for two years, earning Mitchell a Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in 1937.  It's since gone on to become a pop culture icon.  From the critically acclaimed film adaptation--a classic in its own right--to parodies and spoofs, the story of Southern Belle Scarlett O'Hara has permeated American culture.  Polls in both 2008 and 2014 put Gone With the Wind at...

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Michael Bond (1926-2017)

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Author Michael Bond, best known as the creator of Paddington Bear, has died at his home in London. 

Bond had not originally planned on being a writer.  After dropping out of school at 14, he served in both the British Army and Royal Air Force during World War II.  His first short story, which he sold to The London Opinion magazine, was published in 1945, and though he continued to write stories, articles, and radio dramas, it was more a hobby than a career.  After the war, Bond took a job with the BBC, where he worked while continuing to write in his spare time.

The idea for Paddington came to Bond on Christmas Eve in 1956, when...

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20 Years with Harry Potter

Monday, June 26th, 2017

Twenty years ago today, the world was first introduced to a scrawny eleven year old with untidy hair and a lightning-bolt scar on his forehead.  Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (published in the U.S. as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, of course) hit shelves on this date in 1997, and the series went on to become one of the biggest literary blockbusters the world has ever seen.

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Signed by the Author!

Monday, June 26th, 2017

The only thing better than getting a new book by a favorite author is getting a signed copy!  While we've certainly got rare and premium autographed editions, we also have autographed copies of newly released books that are available at the regular cover price. 

Want to hear about all our new signed editions before everyone else?  Sign up for a Brilliant Books Membership and you'll have the option to get your own signed copy before they even hit the shelves. 

Check out the currently available titles, and be sure to specify in your order that you'd like a signed edition!

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Posthumously Published

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Newly published works by authors who have passed away tend to have the same reception as film adaptations of beloved stories--people tend to either love them or hate them, which makes a certain kind of sense.  On one hand, there's a new book by a favorite author: yay!  On the other hand, there are always questions about how much of that work is really the book the author had intended to be read.  But whether you love them or hate them, there's no denying there are a lot of them out there.  Here are a few of our most (and least) favorite posthumous publications.



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Four Steps for Raising Readers

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017
by Toni Hill, Children's Book Specialist

In the Kids' Section at Brilliant Books I have the privilege of meeting many committed young readers.  These are the sort of young people who will read, to paraphrase the great Dr. Seuss, on a train or in the rain, on a boat, or with a goat!  An engaging and fortunate crew, these readers have secured a friend for life: the habit of reading will always be there for them. 

But there's another kind of bookworm as well, a more timid reader who may find that keeping up with classmates is a struggle, or be embarrassed that the fluency he or she is "supposed to" have mastered just isn't there yet.  For these growing bookworms, summer vacation can provide the prime conditions for helping them come to enjoy reading.

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