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Kendall's Predictions

Tuesday, February 9th, 2021

When it comes to predicting literary trends, there are no crystal balls involved.  It's more like predicting the weather—the key is keen observation, an understanding of how it all works, and the occasional stroke of luck.  We asked Kendall to turn her powers of observation on the world of publishing and give us her predictions for what's coming next.

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Life Beyond Books: Peter & Chelsea Football Club

Thursday,January 28th, 2021


Over the past year, you've gotten to know our booksellers a bit better as we shared our favorite books, recent reads, recommendations, and, of course, photos of our work-from-home spaces and furry coworkers.  But while we're quick to share our bookish interests, we seldom take the time to share about our other hobbies, interests, and areas of expertise, and with such a quirky group of people, you'd better believe those non-bookish pursuits are both varied and intriguing!  So we thought we'd ask each staff member to share a new kind of story, one about their life beyond books.  First up is Peter, store owner and lifelong fan of Chelsea Football Club.

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How to Write a Love Letter

Tuesday, January 26th, 2021

Ah, Valentine's Day: a holiday often derided as a "Hallmark Holiday" created as a saccharine commercial venture to capitalize on starry-eyed romantics.  I think it's actually quite an interesting holiday, personally, because at its heart—at least, according to legend—is a letter.

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What's in a [Pen] Name?

Thursday, January 21st, 2021

I don't usually write under a pen name.  To be fair, I haven't had much opportunity—I've got several tiny publishing credits to my name, two of which are in scientific journals and another for a story in Teen Ink Magazine I submitted when I was in high school.  But when I was in college, I published a poem in the college's monthly literary magazine under the name "David Andrews."

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Bookish Bingo: 2021 Edition

Thursday, January 7th, 2021

The new year is here, and with it comes an opportunity to expand your literary horizons.  And since it's even more fun to add a little competitive element, why not challenge your friends and family to a game of bookish bingo?  We've created boards with plenty of challenges for adults, teens, and younger kids, too.  Play with your friends, share it online, make it a challenge to your family members...the sky's the limit!

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Sounds To Read To

Tuesday, April 21st, 2020

Some people like to read in silence. But, if you're anything like me, silence only leads to wandering thoughts, constant distractions, and an all-around unproductive reading sessions. Whether you're an ambient noise, or music with lyrics person, here's a list of some of my favorite things to listen to while getting lost in a brand new book.

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