Book Chat: Hopepunk

Saturday, January 21, 2023.

Cat with wrapping paper

One of our favorite aspects of bookselling is talking books with fellow booklovers.  That's why we're introducing a new series featuring our booksellers in conversation about their favorite bookish things.

First up, it's Stefen and Caitlin discussing hopepunk, a sci-fi subgenre that's getting lots of attention.

All About Hopepunk

Horror vs. Dark Fantasy--What's the Difference?

Tuesday, July 5, 2022.

Dark photos

Genres divisions are wonderful for a lot of reasons.  They help readers distinguish and summarize what kinds of stories they like — and they help bookstores and libraries sort books into similar sections. But sometimes, the lines between genres can be hard to distinguish.

Today, Caitlin's diving into horror, dark fantasy, and the division between the two.  Where is the line between these two genres, where is the crossover, and why does it matter?

Horror vs. Dark Fantasy

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

Tales Retold

Thursday, March 17th, 2022

Actors in bright dresses dance onstage during a performance of Cinderella at the Old Town Theatre.  At the bottom, a purple banner featuring the Old Town Playhouse logo and the following text: "Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella, February 17th through March 19th"What do Rodgers and Hammerstein have in common with YA authors?  The knack for a great retelling!  Caitlin shares her love for adaptations, from a classic fairy tale onstage at the Old Town Playhouse to works of classic literature, mythology, and more rewoven into new shapes for readers to discover all over again.

See Them All


My Favorite Gardeners

Thursday, Feburary 24th, 2022.

Caitlin's garden, with flower bushesWe may still be under winter's thumb, but our marketing director Caitlin has a thumb of her own, and it's decidedly green.  As spring approaches, she's getting ready to revive her beautiful garden—and today she's sharing the wisdom of four of her favorite gardeners!  Get ready for spring and all the green that it brings.

Caitlin's Favorite Gardeners

Literary Shows on PBS

Friday, January 14, 2021.

Collage of PBS 3 show postersAdaptations of books both modern and classic have long been staples of PBS television series, but this winter's lineup is looking exceptionally bookish.  The three Sunday evening dramas that debuted in the past two weeks are all period pieces, but the works on which they're based range from true classics to more modern favorites.

Read Caitlin's Article