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The Great Escape

Friday, Februrary 21st, 2020

Sometimes, it's nice to just get away.  Whether it's a crowded bus, a long wait at the doctor's office, a delayed flight, or just a cold, grey day, we all know exactly what it's like to wish you could be somewhere—anywhere!—else.

Thankfully, a good book, or audiobook, can be just the ticket you need to transport yourself to long ago times, imaginary worlds, or just into someone else's shoes for a little while.  Here are some of our booksellers' recommendations for making that great escape.

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Nothing to See Here

Friday, February 14th, 2020

It's been quiet here at Brilliant Books this week.  Too quiet.

With biting cold and snowy roads, we expect to have fewer visitors in-store.  But on days when the doorbell seldom rings, it's usually more than made up for by the phone, or the alert pings of email and social media notifications rolling in.  This week, the quiet was resounding.

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A Blind Date with a Book

Wednesday, February 12th, 2020

You've probably heard of blind dates with books before: books wrapped in brown paper with a few keywords or a review on the outside to indicate what kind of surprise the reader might be in for.  It can be a fun way to discover something new or read outside your comfort zone, but like many actual blind dates, things don't always work out.  Those few keywords might have left out something important to you as a reader, and you may unknowingly pass up a title you'd love when a review doesn't spark your interest. 

That's why we work in the other direction.

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2020 Stonewall Book Award Winner and Honorees

Tuesday, January 28th, 2020

The Stonewall Book Award - Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award is given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience each year. The awards announcement is made at the ALA Midwinter Meeting as part of the Youth Media Awards and is celebrated with a program and reception each year at the ALA Annual Conference.

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2020 Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners and Honorees

Tuesday, January 28th, 2020

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards recognize African-American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young adults.  There are seperate awards for authors and illustrators, as well as the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award and the Coretta Scott King/Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.  They are awarded annually by the American Library Association as part of the Youth Media Awards.

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