Bookish News

2020 First Novel Prize

The First Novel Prize, first awarded in 2006, was created to honor the best debut fiction of the year. The winner receives a $15,000 prize with each shortlisted author receiving $1,000. In these particularly challenging times, we are enormously grateful to a generous donor who has made it possible to increase this year’s prize from the previous amount of $10,000 in order to be more supportive of talented emerging writers. The winner is announced in December at our Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner.

Take Five: Kendall's Picks

As booksellers, we have a tendency to only talk about the books we love, but not every book works for every reader.  A book we didn't enjoy would still be perfect for someone else, so we want to make sure they get some airtime, too!  That's why we're starting a new series featuring the last five books each bookseller has read, including both the ones they loved, and those that would be better for another reader.  First up, Kendall's most recent reads!


Heat Wave!

If you live in Michigan, you'll know we've been in the midst of a heat wave that's pushed temperatures into the 90s on a daily basis.  So now might be the perfect time to stay indoors and enjoy your scalding hot settings in the pages of a book instead.  Of course, if you'd rather escape the heat entirely, we've got a list for you, too.


Bookstore Browsing, Pandemic Style

We're getting pretty close to opening our doors again, so we wanted to give you an idea of what in-store browsing might look like in this new social landscape.  The critical thing is to keep our staff and customers safe, so even though browsing might not be as laid back as it used to be, we're still doing our best to offer a true Brilliant Books experience for readers of all ages. 

It's Pride Month

As many of you likely already know, June is Pride Month. What you might not know, though, is that the very first "pride" was actually a riot to protest police violence against the gay community. A black trans woman threw a brick and history was made. A lot has changed since then. Same-sex marriage is the law of the land. The military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy was instituted and repealed. AIDS, a disease that ravaged the gay community and nearly wiped out an entire generation is now a manageable condition.