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Introducing the Ancient Origins Collection

Saturday, September 16, 2023

A collection of Ancient Origins books on display at Brilliant Books


Myths and legends from all over the world are increasingly popular, but sometimes it's hard to fully understand what these stories meant to the cultures that created them without a sense of those cultures themselves.  Now, Flame Tree Collector's Editions has released a brand new collection of companion books for their series of fairy tale collections, each exploring the archaeological, societal, and literary records of ancient cultures, providing fascinating context to the familiar myths and legends.

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That Fall Feeling

Friday, September 15, 2023

A cozy blanket with a sweater, cup of coffee, and crocheting equipment laid out on it.


With the official start of fall less than a week away and the weather getting decidedly sweater-y, we thought this would be a perfect opportunity to feature some comfy-cozy craft and cookbooks to help you make the most of this colorful season!

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On Actions and Consequences

Brilliant Books StorefrontFriday, September 8, 2023.

As a bookstore, we have always striven to present a range of viewpoints, perspectives, opinions, and experiences on our shelves.  But as our country grows ever more polarized, we've had to draw a line.  Some things aren't up for debate.  For example, Black lives matter, vaccines are an important element of community healthcare, and everyone, regardless of age, race, gender identity, sexuality, disability, socioeconomic status or any other element, deserves to see themselves reflected in the books we carry on our shelves.  

These are just a few of the apparently "radical" stances we've taken in recent years, and while we believe that we are doing our best to do right by our staff and our community, our actions have consequences.

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Spooky Tales for Teens

Thursday, September 7, 2023.

Grid of book covers

Leaves are starting to change colors and there is (occasionally) a chill in the air...yes, spooky season is nigh, and that means it's time to break out all our favorite ghoulish, ghostly, supernatural, spooky, and downright monstrous recommendations for young adult readers.  Check out this selection of things that go bump in the night!

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Cozy Mysteries

Book with magnifying glassSaturday, August 26, 2023.

There's nothing like a good cozy mystery: A (usually) amateur sleuth solving crimes with wit and wiles and without all the nightmare-inducing elements of thrillers or noir.  It harkens back to the Golden Age of mysteries, recalling Agatha Christie's casts of eccentric characters and Sherlock Holmes' clever deductions.  If you like your mysteries with a dash of lighthearted good fun, here are a few to add to your list!

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Last call for beach reads!

Books under a cabanaFriday, August 25, 2023.

Summer has absolutely flown past. It's hard to believe Labor Day will be upon us in just over a week, but that unofficial end to the summer season will mean our beach read books are about to make way for stories of crisp fall air and color tour guides.  If you want to stock up on tales of sun and sand, get them before they're gone!

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See You 'Round the Bookstore

Bookseller KatieFriday, August 18, 2023.

We are sad that bookseller Katie Clark will be leaving us, but thrilled that she will be putting all her considerable skills to use for the Old Town Playhouse as their new business manager.  Since Katie has long been part of the Playhouse community, we're sure they already know how lucky they are to have her, but it bears repeating.  Here's a quick note from Katie to all our Brilliant friends and patrons:

Katie's Goodbye