Opinion

On J.K. Rowling's Latest Statements

Wednesday, February 12th, 2020

“There are all kinds of courage," said Dumbledore, smiling. "It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”

-J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

I first read this quote when I was just a kid, and it's always stuck with me. A lot of things in Harry Potter have stuck with me, actually. The idea that love is the most powerful magic of all. The idea that no matter who you are or where you come from, you can do great things. And the idea that our actions, more than our words, are what truly make a difference in the world. I cheered when Harry stood up to Professor Umbridge, refusing to back down from his assertion that Voldemort had returned, even after she forced him to repeatedly write "I must not tell lies" with a quill that magically cut the words into his flesh. I have often wondered if I would have the same resolve to do what he was doing in order to stand up for what I knew was right.

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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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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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Celebrating Pride

Thursday, June 6, 2019

My Twitter feed was all a-buzz with an image of a young man on the subway removing his pride stickers and hiding his rainbow flag as he went home from a Pride Rally.  As he got closer to his suburban home and further from the safety of the city, he knew that what he wore proudly a few hours ago could get him harassed, or worse, back home.

I tweeted that if we all wore pride buttons and stickers the harassers couldn’t attack every one of us.  So that’s what we have done.

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