Bookish News

Rainbow Story Time

Thursday, June 9, 2022.

Girl with pride flag

This Saturday, Up North Pride is coming together with Wild + Wonder, Mindful + Musical, Dharamsala TC Yoga & Wellness Studio, and Brilliant Books to present Rainbow Story Time!

Come by the event to enjoy a morning of storybook reading for young readers, complete with craft time.  Don't miss our inclusive book sale at the event—10% of each purchase benefits Up North Pride!

We hope to see you there!

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Human Sexuality

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Couple at PrideLGBTQ+ Pride Month is a time of celebration, of protest, of community, and also of education—about identity, sexuality, intersectionality, and so much more

This month, our bookseller Periwinkle is delving into the field of human sexuality, a somewhat off-limit topic in our society (and the subject of Peri's current degree).  In a series of articles, they will guide people of all ages and sexual orientations through many complex (and often taboo) topics included under the umbrella of human sexuality.

First up, Periwinkle's top recommendations for covering the basics, including those you never learned about in school.

Peri's Introduction to Human Sexuality

It's Audiobook Month!

Tuesday, June 7, 2022.

Cassette tapeIn honor of Audiobook Month, we're taking a moment to celebrate one of the fastest growing ways to enjoy a book. Thanks to the rise of digital audio, it no longer takes a stack of cassettes or a sleeve of CDs to listen to even the longest of books.  And with so many talented narrators lending their voices to books both new and old, audiobooks are more diverse and accessible than ever!

Looking for a great new read to enjoy in audio?  Today Caitlin, our audiobook selector for Brilliant Books Monthly, is sharing some of her favorite audiobooks!

Caitlin's Top Audiobooks

Big Topics for the Little Ones

Friday, June 3, 2022.

Mental health for kids

There are lots of big and scary things happening in the world right now.  The school shooting in Uvalde, the invasion of Ukraine, systemic violence against people of color, the ongoing toll of the pandemic: these are hard things to deal with as an adult, let alone explain to a child.

Today, we're sharing some resources for discussing those big topics with kids.

Explore our article below to find expert articles on child psychology and age-appropriate books that will help open conversations about mental health — and give children space to explore, express, and work through those big, scary feelings.

Mental Health for Kids

Find Waldo Local 2022

Tuesday, May 31, 2022.

Waldo wavingThe search for Waldo is once again coming to life in Downtown Traverse City!  Starting June 1st, Waldo will be visiting sixteen downtown stores and restaurants.  Pick up a passport at any of the participating locations (listed below), and collect a stamp or signature in your Waldo passport wherever you spot him.

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The New Puzzles Gondola!

Friday May 27, 2022.

Puzzles gondola


Look at our new puzzles display!  Isn't she beautiful?

Similar to the games gondola we added last year, this new display lets us expand our puzzles section—and gives customers more room to browse.

Swing by the store to check it out, or check out our puzzle collection online.  (It's still full of awesome puzzles, even if you don't get the full gondola experience).

Learn more about our new display below.

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2022 International Booker Prize

Thursday, May 26, 2022.

The 2022 International Booker Prize

Prior to 2016, the Booker Prize was open only to UK authors, but the addition of the Booker International Prize now helps highlight the works of superb authors and translators from around the world.  The Booker International Prize is awarded annually for a single book, translated into English and published in the UK.  The £50,000 prize, awarded in May, is divided equally between the winning author and the English translator.  Explore this year's short- and long-lists at Brilliant Books.

The 2022 Winner