University Book Store
1 Sep

Summer is winding down, and around here the store is buzzing with students from kindergarten through college. Everyone is in Back to School mode, and we have the perfect reading selection for the season. Here are a few of our favorites.

Pickle by Kim Baker
Winger by Andrew Smith
Counting By 7s by Holly Goldberg Stein
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landeau Banks by E. Lockhart
Cheesie Mack Is Not a Genius or Anything by Steve Cotler
Bookmarks Are People Too! by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver
Exile by Kevin Emerson

1 Sep

“It was a pleasure to burn.”

—Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

September is Banned Books Month.

31 Aug

Book Covers from Around the World
Stephen King in Poland

Poland has long had a reputation for innovative, artistic graphic design with collectors paying top dollar for vintage Polish film posters. As you can see on the right, the country’s reputation also extends to book cover design; here are just a few of the more interesting and innovative covers for Stephen King’s works.

Top Row: Stephen King; The Shining, complete with creepy Jack (Nicholson) Torrence

Second Row: Three of King’s most widely read novels, The Stand, IT, Firestarter

Third Row: A trio of surrealist influenced covers—Nightmare & Dreamscapes, Four Past Midnight, Lisey’s Story

Bottom Row: Every cat owner has seen their feline give them the same expression that graces this cover of Pet Sematary; for canine lovers, Cycle of the Werewolf

31 Aug

Coming this October to movie theaters, Horns, starring Daniel Radcliffe and based on the novel by Joe Hill (pictured below-right with UBS Sci-Fi/Fantasy buyer Duane Wilkins). We can only hope Radcliffe and director Alexandre Aja (Haute Tension) are able to capture perfectly the novel’s dark, weird menace. Based on the trailer below, Horror fic fans won’t be disappointed.

Now let’s hope we see Heart-Shaped Box hit the silver screen soon.

30 Aug

A lovely, old, two-volume set from Heritage Press of The Journals of the Expedition Under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark. This edition from 1962, “edited by Nicholas Biddle” and “illustrated with water colors and drawings by Carl Bodmer and other contemporary artists.”

30 Aug

Catch the next wave: a display of some of the great, new Feminist titles out now, featuring:

From Palgrave MacMillan, Teach a Woman to Fish: Overcoming Poverty Around the Globe, by Ritu Sharma.

From Oxford University Press and Deborah L. Rhodes, What Women Want: An Agenda for the Women’s Movement.

And from Haymarket Books, the great Rebecca Solnit’s Men Explain Things to Me.

29 Aug

How I’m spendin’ the long weekend: reading an advance reader’s copy of James Gavin’s latest, from Atria Books, Is That All There Is? The Strange Life of Peggy Lee, and listening to one of the greatest jazz albums of all time. Dig it, kittens.