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Book Drive for Greenspire High School

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

The Greenspire High School

We've worked with the Greenspire School for years, and when we heard they were expanding their spaces and programming for high school students, we were thrilled to do what we could to help.  As a Project Based Learning school, Greenspire encourages students to be actively involved in the school community, including selecting books for their expanding library.  This wish list is the result of one such student project, carefully crafted and curated with the help of the Greenspire faculty.​​​​​

Ready to help Greenspire High School build their library?

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The Great Solar Eclipse of 2024!

Thursday, April 4th, 2024.

Solar eclipse photo

Did you know that 99% of people who live in the US will be able to see a partial or total solar eclipse on April 8th, 2024?  According to NASA, every contiguous U.S. state, plus parts of Alaska and Hawaii, will experience at least a partial solar eclipse.  Because of this, we're going to be closed on April 8th so booksellers who want to travel to see the total eclipse can do so, as it might be a once in a lifetime opportunity!

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Grown Up Book Fair at Stone Hound Brewing

Grown Up Book Fair at Stone Hound BrewingFriday, March 8, 2024

Join Brilliant Books and Stone Hound Brewing for an unforgettable evening of nostalgia, books, and all kinds of goodies!

For one night only, we're teaming up to bring you back to the unparalleled joy of the school book fair.  Peruse literary merch, find brand new (and new-to-you) reads, sip some of Stone Hound's refreshments, and generally have a great Wednesday night!

Bring your friends — or make some new ones!  We'll see you there.

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Valentine's Day Grown Up Book Fair at Bee Well Meadery

Valentine's Day Book Fair at Bee Well MeaderyFriday, January 12, 2024

Join Brilliant Books and Bee Well Meadery for a Valentine's Day date night at the book fair!

Enjoy the nostalgia of the school book fair and indulge your inner child as you browse pencils and erasers, multi-color pens, games and literary accessories, then give your adult tastes something to enjoy with a pint of mead or cider and some fantastic new books!  While we'll have an extra stock of romances on hand, readers of every stripe will find plenty of books to enjoy. 

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An Evening with Deb JJ Lee

Author/artist Deb JJ Lee sits in front of a wall covered in posters and ephemera.  They are a dark haired person of Asian descent wearing a grey sweater and chunky silver necklaceWednesday, January 10, 2024

Join us for an evening with Deb JJ Lee, creator of the graphic memoir In Limbo, which was chosen as this year's community read title at Interlochen Center for the Arts.  Lee will be visiting northern Michigan for a three day residency at Interlochen to share their experience and expertise with academy students, but will also be appearing for a public event right here at Brilliant Books!

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Men's Night 2023

Friday, December 8, 2023

Men toasting drinks at a table

Join us between 5pm and 9pm on December 7th, and we'll buy you a drink of your choice at Identity Brewing Company for every $50 you spend with us.

Whether you're looking to knock out a chunk of your holiday shopping or just to treat yourself to something special, our expert booksellers are here to find the perfect book for every reader!

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Ladies' Night 2023

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

women with shopping bags outside in the snow

Join us between 5pm and 9pm on December 7th, and we'll buy you a drink of your choice at Identity Brewing Company for every $50 you spend with us.

Whether you're looking to knock out a chunk of your holiday shopping or just to treat yourself to something special, our expert booksellers are here to find the perfect book for every reader!

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Grown Up Book Fair at Rare Bird Brewpub

Grown Up Book Fair at Rare Bird BrewpubFriday, October 20, 2023

Join Brilliant Books and Rare Bird Brewpub for an unforgettable evening of nostalgia, books, and all kinds of goodies!

For one night only, we're teaming up to bring you back to the unparalleled joy of the school book fair.  Peruse literary merch, find brand new (and new-to-you) reads, sip some of Rare Bird's refreshments, and generally have a great Wednesday night!

Bring your friends — or make some new ones!  We'll see you there.

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Counting on Books

Thursday, October 12th, 2023

An orange background with a jumble of white numbers

October marks 12 years since we moved Brilliant Books from our founding location in Suttons Bay to our beautiful historic shop in downtown Traverse City.  We've seen both highs and lows in that time, from visits with favorite authors and midnight launch events to the dark days of the pandemic, but through it all, we've always been able to count on books.

Sometimes even literally.

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