Our Redesigned Canvas Totes!

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

We've been looking to update our tote bags for quite a while, and though we were excited to introduce our new Boat Tote late last year, it's really something entirely different from the grab-and-go tote we wanted to offer. 

We wanted something big, but not too big, easy to carry, easy to load and unload, and with a certain bookish flair.  In short, we wanted something Brilliant.  We think we achieved that.

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The Great Escape

Friday, January 19th 2018

Sometimes, it would be nice to just get away.  Whether it's a crowded bus, a long wait at the doctor's office, a delayed flight, or just a cold, grey day, we all know exactly what it's like to wish you could somewhere--anywhere!--else.

Thankfully, a good book, or audiobook, can be just the ticket you need to transport yourself to long ago times, imaginary worlds, or just into someone else's shoes for a little while.  Here are some of our booksellers' recommendations for making that great escape.

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Happy Birthday, Haruki Murakami!

Friday, January 12th, 2018

Happy birthday to international bestselling author Haruki Murakami, known for such works as The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Kafka on the Shore, and, most recently, Men Without Women.

Born in Kyoto, Japan, in 1949, Murakami initially had no aspirations to become a writer.  He studied drama at Waseda University in Tokyo, but after graduation, he and his wife opened a successful coffee house and jazz bar, and, as he told interviewer John Wesley Harding in an interview for BOMB magazine, "I didn’t write anything. I was just one of those ordinary people. I was running a jazz club, and I didn’t create anything at all."

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