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Author Feature: Angeline Boulley

Angeline BoulleyWednesday, November 8, 2023

Michigan author Angeline Boulley has published two blockbuster bestsellers for YA readers in the past two years, but for her, it's not just about telling a good story.

Bookseller Carissa introduces us to Boulley's work and the ways in which the author draws upon her cultural heritage and history to create stories that resonate with readers of many different backgrounds.

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Top Twelve Staff Favorites

Brilliant Books in downtown Traverse City

Friday, October 6th, 2023.

It's hard to believe, but this October marks twelve years since we moved Brilliant Books from our little blue store in Suttons Bay to our beautiful downtown location right here in Traverse City.  To celebrate, we're sharing some top twelve lists from those years, starting with our top twelve bestselling Staff Favorites!

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Graphic [Novel] Ghosts and Goblins

Wednesday, October 4th, 2023.Spooky books and skull scene

We've already shared some of our top teen books for spooky season, but we felt that list didn't give the graphic novels their due, so we've created a whole new list to remedy that.  Some of these graphic novels are old favorites, some are newly released, and there are even a few that haven't officially hit shelves yet, but together they span the full range from slightly spooky to totally terrifying.  Which will you add to your TBR?

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Everyone Starts Somewhere!

Grid of book covers

Friday, September 29th, 2023.

No matter how a book ends up on the shelf, that first encounter with the reading public is always a roll of the dice.  Maybe a book will stumble out of the gate only to gain popularity later.  Maybe it will languish in obscurity until much later in an author's career.  Or maybe, like most books, it will be read and enjoyed by several hundred or several thousand people and then go out of print to make way for new books.  Bookseller Stefen shares some of his favorite new and classic debut novels!

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The Bookseller's Guide to Fall Beverages

Thursday, September 21, 2023

Book and steaming mug

It's finally fall, which means hot beverage season is back!  And of course, we're all about finding just the right pairing to enjoy with that beverage, whether it's a dark and twisty thriller, a sweet and spicy rom-com, or (for something a little different) a jigsaw puzzle to enjoy with the family.  Whatever your fall drink of choice, we've got you covered.

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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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