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One Final Plot Twist

Friday, February 16th, 2024The Brilliant Crossword


The past four-ish years have been a rollercoaster for all of us.  You've come along with us through all of it and we couldn't have asked for better, more enthusiastic company on this ride, which is what makes this so difficult: We have to ask for your help again.  

On Friday morning, we (that is, store owner Peter, manager Rachel, customer service coordinator Sam, and web editor/events coordinator Caitlin) met to talk about our situation and see if there was any other way out of it.  We know we've asked before  and, honestly, we feel kind of sick asking again.  But we are so, so close to being on track again.  We won't pretend it will be smooth sailing, but there is a clear path forward if only we can make it over this last hurdle.


Here's What's Happening

The Brilliant Crossword Returns!

Saturday, February 7th, 2024

The Brilliant Crossword

The Brilliant Crossword Puzzle is back! Are you ready to solve it?

Bookseller emeritus Leo was our crossword guru, so when they left for the next step in their career, we thought we might need to retire the puzzle.  Thankfully, they left us plenty of tips and tricks, so we were able to put our heads together and create the next edition!  Check out the Brilliant Crossword (6th edition) as well as the rest of our crossword collection!

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9 Books That Should Be Movies

Thursday, February 8th, 2024.

Book covers in a film stripFirst, let's get one thing straight.  There's nothing wrong (conceptually, at least) with movies and series being adapted from books.  Yes, of course we'll rail against the injustice of not including every single line of dialogue or every exquisitely described scene, but even though we're book people, we get it.  It's a different medium and has different requirements.  That being said, there's something very satisfying about seeing a favorite story brought to life in a whole new way.  Here are a handful that we think would make the transition beautifully.

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Congratulations to the Center for the Art of Translation!

Logo: Center for the Art of TranslationThursday, February 8, 2024

One of the greatest things about working in the book world is that many of our customers are also our colleagues!  We recently got to congratulate Michael Holtmann, a regular customer who also happens to be the executive director at Two Lines Press with the Center for the Art of Translation.  The Center was awarded a $40,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to continue their work in publishing and promoting world literature.  Their goal is to "[find] dazzling new, overlooked, and underrepresented voices, brought into English by the best translators, and to [celebrate] the art of translation."  Check out some of the latest publications from Two Lines Press!

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If You Liked This, Try That!

Thursday, February 8th, 2024Liked this, try that!

Finishing an amazing book is the worst.  Not only have you finished something fantastic, you now have to find something else that can live up to it, and that's no easy task.  We see this problem a lot.  (Frankly, we feel this problem a lot!)

But the only way to find that next glorious read is to pick up something new and dive in.  And that's where our expert booksellers and their trusty read-alike recommendations come in.  Starting with some of the latest bestsellers that have been flying off the shelves, we've assembled a list of recommended reading that will give you somewhere to go when its time for something new.

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Our Booksellers' Book Cellars

bottle of wine and booksFriday, February 2, 2024

We came across an interesting quote recently attributed to one Luc van Donkersgoed:

"Think not of the books you've bought as a 'to be read' pile.  Instead, think of your bookcase as a wine cellar.  You collect books to be read at the right time, the right place, and the right mood."

So of course we had to find out what our booksellers like to have on hand for just the right moment.

Browse the Cellars

The 2024 Audie Awards

Wednesday, January 31, 2024.

Grid of audiobook coversFounded in 1995, the Audie Awards represent the premier awards program in the United States, recognizing distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment.  Finalists are selected in 24 different categories ranging from children's titles to memoir, including categories for best fiction and non-fiction audio performer.

See the Finalists