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Congratulations, Macsen!

Wednesday, April 10th, 2024

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James Patterson is probably best known for his blockbuster bestselling novels, but did you know he also does quite a lot behind the scenes to promote and support independent bookstores?  That includes his Bookseller Bonus Program, which honors 500 booksellers each year around the holidays with a $500 cash bonus.  This year, Mr. Patterson took things one step further, announcing a second round of bonuses in honor of his new book The Secret Lives of Booksellers and Librarians, which he wrote in partnership with Matt Eversmann and which hit shelves this week.  We were absolutely delighted to learn that one of our very own booksellers was selected to receive a bonus. Congratulations, Macsen!

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The Great Solar Eclipse of 2024!

Thursday, April 4th, 2024.

Solar eclipse photo

Did you know that 99% of people who live in the US will be able to see a partial or total solar eclipse on April 8th, 2024?  According to NASA, every contiguous U.S. state, plus parts of Alaska and Hawaii, will experience at least a partial solar eclipse.  Because of this, we're going to be closed on April 8th so booksellers who want to travel to see the total eclipse can do so, as it might be a once in a lifetime opportunity!

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Independent Bookstore Day 2024

Thursday, March 21st, 2023.

Independent Bookstore Day

Independent Bookstore Day is coming soon!

Independent bookstores are more than just book warehouses.  We're centers for community, hubs of learning, and an important part of local communities and local economies, and we think that's something worth celebrating.

Join bookstores nationwide for Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, April 27th!

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Book Fairs by the Numbers

book fairFriday, March 15th, 2024

Have you ever wondered exactly what goes into one of our school book fairs?  You might be surprised!  From the number of boxes we take to each fair (25, on average), to the number of volunteers required to run the fair (Zero!  We staff them ourselves!), here's a quick look behind the scenes at exactly what's happening with these events!

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One Final Plot Twist

Friday, February 16th, 2024The Brilliant Crossword


The past four-ish years have been a rollercoaster for all of us.  You've come along with us through all of it and we couldn't have asked for better, more enthusiastic company on this ride, which is what makes this so difficult: We have to ask for your help again.  

On Friday morning, we (that is, store owner Peter, manager Rachel, customer service coordinator Sam, and web editor/events coordinator Caitlin) met to talk about our situation and see if there was any other way out of it.  We know we've asked before  and, honestly, we feel kind of sick asking again.  But we are so, so close to being on track again.  We won't pretend it will be smooth sailing, but there is a clear path forward if only we can make it over this last hurdle.


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Reading Month Bingo Challenge

Friday, March 1st, 2024.

Reading Month Bingo

March is Reading Month, which means it's time for one of our favorite bookish traditions: the Bingo Challenge.

Designed especially for young readers (both kids and teens), this Bingo Challenge is meant to encourage readers to try something new!  Children ages 5-16 can also submit their completed Bingo sheet to be entered into a drawing for cool bookish prizes like gift certificates, tote bags, and other cool bookish swag.

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Valentine's Day Grown Up Book Fair at Bee Well Meadery

Valentine's Day Book Fair at Bee Well MeaderyFriday, January 12, 2024

Join Brilliant Books and Bee Well Meadery for a Valentine's Day date night at the book fair!

Enjoy the nostalgia of the school book fair and indulge your inner child as you browse pencils and erasers, multi-color pens, games and literary accessories, then give your adult tastes something to enjoy with a pint of mead or cider and some fantastic new books!  While we'll have an extra stock of romances on hand, readers of every stripe will find plenty of books to enjoy. 

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Looking forward to 2024

Books to watch in 2024Friday, January 12, 2024

Every year brings an incredible array of new books, both from brand new authors and those we've been following for years.  Here is a selection of the books that our team can't wait to read this year, arranged by release date.  While we might have a bit of a wait for some of these, all of them are available for preorder now.

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An Evening with Deb JJ Lee

Author/artist Deb JJ Lee sits in front of a wall covered in posters and ephemera.  They are a dark haired person of Asian descent wearing a grey sweater and chunky silver necklaceWednesday, January 10, 2024

Join us for an evening with Deb JJ Lee, creator of the graphic memoir In Limbo, which was chosen as this year's community read title at Interlochen Center for the Arts.  Lee will be visiting northern Michigan for a three day residency at Interlochen to share their experience and expertise with academy students, but will also be appearing for a public event right here at Brilliant Books!

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Congratulations, Rachel!

Rachel smilingAuthor James Patterson's Bookseller Bonus Program has been supporting indie booksellers across the country since 2015.  The program provides a monetary holiday bonus to booksellers across the country and we have been lucky enough to see a number of our dedicated booksellers receive this recognition.  Thi