Shop Your Community Day 2015

Friday, October 30, 2015 - Sara Grochowski

Brilliant Books and other downtown businesses will be saluting the community and sharing a portion of proceeds towards the community’s favorite charities. Nonprofit organizations will receive money from Downtown Traverse City merchants on Saturday, November 14. Get all of your holiday shopping done in advance and 15% of your purchase amount will be donated to the charity of your choice!

View the full list of participating charities here.


2016 Carnegie Medals for Excellence Shortlist

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - Sara Grochowski

The 3 fiction and 3 nonfiction titles included on the 2016 Carnegie Medal shortlist have been announced!

The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction were established in 2012 to recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. the previous year. The winners (one for fiction, one for nonfiction) are announced at an event at the ALA Annual Conference; winning authors receive a $5,000 cash award, and two finalists in each category receive $1,500.

A full list of all 6 titles being considered for the 2016 award can be found here. Past Carnegie winners can be found here.

National Sportswriters Recommend No Ordinary Game

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - Sara Grochowski

Short story collection garners positive buzz from sportswriters

Many of the sporting world’s most profound achievements and displays of humanity are never recorded. They happen on sandlots, asphalt, and backyards. Stories of well-known athletes and teams abound in popular literature. What is missing is an exaltation of the moments that can happen to any of the rest of us—and do.

Kirk Westphal's No Ordinary Game centers around this premise, making it a wonderful gift for sports lovers of all ages!

No Ordinary Game has recently received two stellar recommendations, which you can see here.

We currently have signed copies available, but act fast - quantities are limited!


Halloween Reads for All Ages

Friday, October 23, 2015 - Jonathan Elliot

We love the build up to Halloween.  Here in Northern Michigan it signals not only the inexorable march of fall, but the coming of our winter, which can be long, cold and harsh.  Cozying up with a good Halloween read as the nights draw in is just the thing.

Whether you're looking for fun and spooky Halloween books for the kids, or a seriously scary tale, we have what you need.

We've compiled the very best, here!