Monday, June 8, 2015

Discount Club Sale! & Award Winning Books

Discount Club Sale This Weekend!

Next weekend, (Friday June 12 through Sunday June 14) we'll be holding a big sale for everyone in our discount club.  All books in the store*-new books, used books, sale books--will be 20% off. Our Regulator/Roz Chast tote bags will be marked down from $15.00 to $9.95, and a table full of great non-book items will be likewise be 1/3 off.


And if you spend $50.00, before tax, and we'll give you one of our tote bags for free, to help you carry off all your goodies!


Can't make it to the store? On-line orders will be 20% off as well, for most books.


* Except for some special orders for books that come in at a low discount.

It's nice to feel appreciated...

And we do! Thanks so much to our wonderful customers for once again voting us the  Indyweek's "Best Bookstore in the Triangle." This is the 7th year in a row we've won this award, which is pretty darn special, given all the fine bookstores in the Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill area. We've always felt that the only way to run a bookstore is through a partnership with our community. It looks like you-our partners-continue to be on board with us. Thank you! May we long continue our dance together.

Award Winning Children's Books and My Lunch with Sal

I was in New York the last week in May attending publishing and bookselling meetings. Meeting with editors, authors, publishers and publicists. Attending lunches and dinners and parties and receptions. A tough job--but somebody had to do it! A highlight was a luncheon where the Association of Booksellers for Children presented their E.B. White Awards for the best children's books published in the last year. If you're looking for a good book for someone aged 3 to 15, the books nominated for these awards are a great place to start. (see below) 


But first, a brief story. One of the award categories added three classic titles to the "Picture Book Hall of Fame." The three books were Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey, Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel, and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff. When these awards were announced, a woman at the table next to me stood up and said a few words in an emotion-filled voice. She was Robert McCloskey's daughter, now in her 70's. Her name was...Sally.


Sally had been just 4 or 5 years old in 1948 when her dad wrote the now classic tale of Blueberries for Sal his wife and daughter hunting for blueberries one fine spring day in Maine. Sally still lives in rural Maine, and she choked up remembering her father writing and drawing the book. Sitting just a few feet from her, I was choking up myself. Like millions of parents since 1948, we read Blueberries for Sal to all three of our children, and it remains one of my all-time favorite picture books. And now the charming, mischievous little girl from that book had come to life, and I was going to get to shake her hand and thank her-thank her for being Sal.


I met a lot of fine and famous folks at the meetings, dinners, and receptions I attended that week in New York. But none of them could top meeting Sal.


Here are the other award winning books:


The E.B. White Read-Aloud Picture Book Award

The Winner: Sam and dave

-- Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen

Honor Books:

-- Goodnight Already! By Jon Jory, illustrated by Benji Davies

-- Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads by Bob Shea, illustrated by Lane Smith

-- Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena, illustrated by Christian Robinson

--The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade by Justin Roberts, illustrated by Christian Robinson

--This is a Moose by Richard T. Morris, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld


The E.B. White Read-Aloud Middle Reader Award

The Winner:

--Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Honor Books:

--The Boundless by Ted Oppel

--The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

--A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd

--The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John

--The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley


The Indies Choice Young Adult Award

The Winner: Darkest part

--The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Honor Books:

--Glory O'Brien's History of the Future by A.S. King

--Noggin by John Corey Whaley

--The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang

--Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan

--This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki




Upcoming Events


Monday, June 8, 7 p.m.

On a hot summer night in a midwestern town, a high school teenage prank goes horrifically awry. Alcohol, guns, and a dare. Within minutes, as events collide, innocents become victims-with tragic outcomes altering lives forever, a grisly and unfortunate scenario all too familiar from current real-life headlines. But victims can also become survivors, and as we come to know each character through his/her own distinctive voice and their interactions with one another, we see how, despite pain and guilt, they can reach out to one another, find a new equilibrium, and survive.  Told through multiple points of view in naturalistic free verse and stream of consciousness, Ghosting, is an unforgettable, haunting tale.

Edith Pattou is the author of three award-winning fantasy novels for young adults - East, a retelling of the Norwegian folk tale "East of the Sun and West of the Moon," and the two Songs of Eirren, Hero's Song and Fire Arrow. She is also the author of the New York Times bestselling picture book, Mrs. Spitzer's Garden.



Tuesday, June 9, 7 p.m.

 The Doors You Mark Are Your Own is a sweeping literary epic-the result of years of painstaking writing and world-building by two brilliantly imaginative minds (Raul Clement and Okla Elliott)-that readers will get lost in and never want to end. The book begins in Joshua City, one of seven city-states in a post-apocalyptic world where water is scarce and technology is at mid-twentieth-century Soviet levels. As the novel opens, the Baikal Sea has been poisoned, causing a major outbreak of a flesh-eating disease called nekrosis. Against this backdrop of political corruption, violence and oppression, a struggle for control of Joshua City ensues, and a revolutionary group called The Underground emerges.

Raul Clement lives in Urbana, IL. His fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have been published in Blue Mesa Review, Coe Review, As It Ought to Be, and theSurreal South '09 anthology. He is an editor at New American Press and Mayday Magazine.



OFFSITE Durham County Main Library

Tuesday, June 9, 7 p.m.

Join us for a reading and discussion with Cat Warren, professor of English at North Carolina State University and author of the popular book What the Dog Knows: Scent, Science, and the Amazing Ways Dogs Perceive the World. Warren will talk about the amazing partnership between people and working dogs, along with her own experiences with her German shepherd. A book signing will follow the reading.



Thursday, June 18, 7:00 p.m.

Local poets Jaki Shelton Green and Lucia Peel Powe will read poems in honor of their much beloved fellow poet, Norman Weinstein, whose book First Love & Other Poems was just just released.  

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