Bookish News

A Notice to Our Community

Friday, March 13th

As everyone is probably painfully aware by now, cases of COVID-19 have been documented in Michigan, and a state of emergency declared statewide.  Schools are closed, schedules are disrupted, and travel plans have been derailed.

So what does that mean for us?

Here's the Plan




Brilliant Books Monthly Iconic Reads

Friday, February 28th, 2020
It's back!  Our limited edition Iconic Reads subscriptions have returned, and we've added three new editions to the lineup. 
Iconic Reads subscriptions feature a bookseller-curated list of titles in a specific theme, from Modern Classics to Science Fiction Through the Ages.  The curated lists include all the books that are important: the ones that raised questions (and sometimes eyebrows), and started conversations large and small.  But because we're Brilliant Books, we never want you to get stuck with a book you've already read or won't enjoy, so we take your personal preferences into account when choosing from our curated lists as we select a dozen titles for you to receive over the course of the year.

The 2020 Audie Awards

Thursday, February 6th, 2020

 Founded 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 male and female audio performer as well.  

A single title is selected for the honor of Audiobook of the Year.  Winners are announced in March at the annual Audie Awards Gala.

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Katherine Johnson, 1918-2020

Friday, February 28th, 2020

NASA mathematician and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Katherine Johnson passed away this week at the age of 101.

Johnson's work was instrumental to many of the most famous space flights in American history, from John Glenn's pioneering orbit to the Apollo 11 moon landing.  Despite the crucial nature of her calculations and her inimitable skill, her work, and that of other women of color working at NASA at the time, went largely unnoticed as the spotlight focused on their white, male counterparts.

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There's No Such Thing as "Boy" or "Girl" Books

Friday, February 28th, 2020


"I'm looking for a good book for a ten year old boy..."

Fantastic! There's nothing our booksellers like more than combing through our shelves to find a young reader his next favorite read.We'll ask a few questions -- does he prefer fantasy or realistic fiction? How does he feel about historical fiction? Are there any specific topics he loves or hobbies he has? -- and then we'll go ahead and start building our recommendations.

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The 2020 Booker International Prize

Thursday, February 27th, 2020

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 Man 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.

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Clive Cussler, 1931-2020

Monday, February 24th, 2020

#1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Clive Cussler died on February 24. He was 88.

Born in 1931, Clive Cussler started writing after years in the Air Force and working as a copywriter and creative director at advertising agencies. His first novel, the Edgar Award nominated The Mediterranean Caper, was published in 1973, setting off a career that resulted in 84 books, which have been translated into more than 40 languages in over 100 countries. In addition to writing his five perennially bestselling fiction series, Cussler is also the author of five non-fiction titles and two children’s books. Almost every one of his books has been an instant bestseller, including eleven #1 New York Times bestsellers in fiction and one in nonfiction.

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Oh, Gnome!

The trouble all started on Monday, when Rachel arrived to find the store in complete disarray.  At first we feared vandals, but the truth was far, far worse.

It was bookstore gnomes.