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Book Fair for Grown Ups!

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

A starry blue background.  Over it appear the words The Book Fair for Grown Ups on a yellow shape.

Book fairs aren't just for kids anymore!  Join us at Right Brain Brewery for a throwback to one of the most exciting days of elementary school: the book fair!  We'll have a highly recommended selection of books for grown ups, plus some of your favorites from way back when.  

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Book Fairs Are Back!

Saturday, February 18, 2023

A Brilliant Books book fair set up in the hallway of an elementary school.  Colorful children's artwork hangs on the wall above tables filled with children's books.

On February 20th, we're kicking off our spring book fair season and we can't wait to get started!

Last fall was our first full-scale, in-person book fair season since the beginning of the pandemic and, rather to our surprise, it was also our biggest ever!  We had a record number of schools sign up—several even had to be deferred until spring!—and we brought in new fixtures and displays to help bring the magic of a bookstore directly into every school we visited.  The end result?  More than $7,000 raised for four different schools, including the TCAPS schools Eastern Elementary, Long Lake Elementary, and West Middle School, and Birch Street Elementary of Kalkaska Public Schools. For the spring season, we've got six schools lined up already, including three we've never worked with before, and several more in the preliminary planning stages.  We're confident that this season we can raise more than $10,000 by the time we've wrapped up our last fairs.  

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Thank You, James Patterson!

Monday, October 17th, 2022

For the past few years, bestselling author James Patterson has recognized the hard work and dedication of hundreds of booksellers at independent bookstores across the country with his Holiday Bonus program.

In previous years, a total of $250,000 has been distributed to deserving booksellers, including three right here at Brilliant Books!

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Got Your Blue Envelope Yet?

Monday, October 3, 2022.

It's back!  Our third annual Blue Envelope campaign is here, which means that from now through October 31, when you give Brilliant Books Monthly, you'll get a gift for yourself.

Here's how it works. 

You already know that our flagship subscription service, Brilliant Books Monthly, makes a fantastic gift.  So fantastic, in fact, that we get hundreds of orders for new and renewed subscriptions during the holiday season alone. 

If you place your order early enough to beat the Christmas rush (that is, between September 1-21) we've got a Blue Envelope just for you.

What's in it?  Well, like every hand-picked Brilliant Books Monthly selection, it's a surprise.

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Mikayla's Goodbye

Friday, September 30, 2022.

Bookseller Mikayla

Our bookseller Mikayla is heading off to adventure in Spain!  Read more about her time at Brilliant Books — and what she's got planned next.

Thanks to Mikayla for lending us your time and book recs!  We'll definitely miss you.

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