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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 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.
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 Ownis 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.