Bookish News

We're Going to Miss You, Jodie!

At the end of last week we got some very bittersweet news.  Jodie, one of our senior booksellers, has been offered his dream job working for a game developer, and was asked to start immediately.  While we're going to miss him tremendously, and are sad not to be able to throw him a going-away party Bilbo Baggins would be jealous of, we know this was an opportunity he couldn't pass up!

2020 Pulitzer Prize Winners

"The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction is one of the seven American Pulitzer Prizes that are annually awarded for Letters, Drama, and Music. It recognizes distinguished fiction by an American author, preferably dealing with American life, published during the preceding calendar year." 

Check out the finalists and winners for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize below

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The Biggest Book Fair Ever!

Tuesday, April 21st, 2020

One of the things we're missing out on this spring is the chance to host on-site book fairs with our local schools.  Not only is it a ton of fun for young readers (and our booksellers!), it's an important way for schools to support their library and classroom book collections.  So we've decided to hold the biggest, most Brilliant Book Fair EVER!  It's not just in support of one school, classroom, or library.  We're supporting ALL our local schools!

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Independent Bookstore Day Goes Virtual!

Monday, April 21st, 2020

Saturday, April 25th, was scheduled to be Independent Bookstore Day.  We had big plans for all kinds of in-store events, but obviously, we've had to get a bit creative.  Some of those special events will move to the new Independent Bookstore Day in August (mark your calendars for August 29th!).  But since we could all use a bit of a pick-me-up these days, we're moving some of those special events online so we can share them all with you!  Check back each day this week for something new and fun, plus plenty of awesome offerings happening all week long, or sign up for our emails to get the latest updates!

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The Accidentals Recommend

Friday, April 17th, 2020

As a band family, we do a mental health check in with each other when things get heavy. It helps us acknowledge that maybe we need to ask for help or just give someone a little grace. No judgement, just acceptance.

So, in an effort to feel a little more grounded, we're gonna take a #dailybreather every day for the foreseeable future on Facebook Live. We'll log on at noon EST, light a candle for healing, be thankful, tell a story, recommend some books, and play a song

Whenever The Accidentals recommend a book during the Daily Breather, you can find it here!  See all their recommendations below.

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Find Waldo at Brilliant Books!

Wednesday, April 8th, 2020

oday, we got the news that Find Waldo Local, the real, live, nation-wide Where's Waldo search we help host each June, has been postponed until next year.  While we wait, the publishers are putting together a digital version for Waldo Watchers worldwide, but meanwhile, we thought you might like to try to spot Waldo right here at Brilliant Books!

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The Hugo Awards 2020

Wednesday, April 8th, 2020

The Hugo Awards, presented annually since 1955, are science fiction’s most prestigious award. The awards are voted on by members of the World Science Fiction Convention (“Worldcon”), which is also responsible for administering them.  Finalists are announced in the spring, and winners announced at the World Science Fiction Convention in August.

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Tomie dePaola (1934-2020)

Friday, April 3rd, 2020

Award-winning children's author and illustrator Tomie dePaola has passed away at the age of 85.

Best known for works like Strega Nona, The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush, and Quiet, dePaola wrote and illustrated more than 200 books.  He was an artist from a young age, earning a scholarship to study at the Pratt Institute in New York City.  He worked in a wide variety of media, from acrylic paint to collage to pen and ink, creating relatable images with his young audience in mind.  “I try to be as clear and simple as I can be in my illustrations,” he told the Globe, “so that the child can tell what is going on and what the emotions are.”

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