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31 Jul

Congratulations to NYRB, Joanne Turnbull and Nikolai Formozov for winning the Pen Prize for Translation for Autobiography of a Corpse by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky.

31 Jul

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HARRY! For Potter fans around the world, July 31st is synonymous with magic, adventure, and Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans. To celebrate, we asked kids (of all ages!) what Harry Potter means to them, and the answers ranged from silly to truly touching.

Oh, and in case JK Rowling is reading this, we’re still waiting on our letter from Hogwarts. If anyone comes looking for us, we’ll be playing quidditch over in the poetry section.



July 31st is Harry Potter’s Birthday! Tell us what he means to you…

"I solemnly swear that I love Harry Potter."

"Reading Harry Potter offers me an escape & welcomes me home!"

"My best friend and I went to every movie premier dressed up since 8th grade. Needless to say we love Harry Potter!"

"Harry Potter was the first book I couldn’t put down. I will ALWAYS love reading because of him."

"Harry Potter is awesome!"

"Harry Potter is too good to describe—it’s like the best thing in the world! My life would be less good if HP didn’t happen to me. Potterhead always."

"Loved it! I always will!"

"Harry Potter means bravery, adventure, being a good friend, doing the right thing, and sleepless nights being lost in his world. Thanks J.K. Rowling and Happy Birthday Harry!"

"Harry Potter means imagination and passion for the magic in the world. These books, to me, are the perfect example of joy in reading."

"The Harry Potter series gave me a second home—Howarts!"

"Today I read part of Book 4. It’s my seventh time reading this series. Happy Birthday, you old chum."

31 Jul

“Books should confuse. Literature abhors the typical. Literature flows to the particular, the mundane, the greasiness of paper, the taste of warm beer, the smell of onion or quince.” — Richard Rodriguez, born July 31, 1944.

30 Jul

If you missed this wonderful event at our store, now’s your chance to enjoy! Opening with a hot affair and a sudden death, ReShonda Tate Billingsley's new novel, What’s Done In The Dark, may begin with a steamy scene and a scandalous secret. However, written by one of the top inspirational fiction authors in the country, it ultimately gets at the heart of loss, love, betrayal and forgiveness through a story less about passionate moments than the enduring passions and lasting values that define our lives as a whole. For a chance to meet the bestselling author and motivational speaker, join us for a reading, discussion and signing with Williams sure to be as entertaining and inspiring as the stories she writes.

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Penguin Books Founder Allen Lane with a Penguin and, ah, a penguinHappy Birthday, Penguin and Thanks for Inventing the Modern Paperback Book

Thanks blackballoonpublishing! A happy birthday indeed to Mr. Lane!
30 Jul

classicpenguin:

blackballoonpublishing:

Penguin Books Founder Allen Lane with a Penguin and, ah, a penguin

Happy Birthday, Penguin and Thanks for Inventing the Modern Paperback Book

Thanks blackballoonpublishing! A happy birthday indeed to Mr. Lane!

30 Jul

Happy Birthday Emily Brontë

Born this day, 30 July 1818, the fifth of sixth siblings, and the author of Wuthering Heights. Published under the pseudonym Ellis Bell just a year before her untimely death, her lone novel is a masterpiece of Gothic fiction whose emotional vitriol, as epitomized by Heathcliff, remains exceptionally powerful. Emily probably never foresaw the enduring success her novel (nor, I’m sure, the wide variety of cover art it would inspire), but it remains a classic in every sense of the word, read throughout high schools and college courses and highly influential. Also recommended, Is Heathcliff a Murderer? —John Sutherland’s wonderful book (the first of three volumes) that examines many other literary puzzles from Victorian fiction in addition to the eponymous question.

30 Jul

If I only had a dollar for every time I had to re-shelve “The Tell-Tale Heart” from out of the Romance section….

(Source: kazztou, via fyeahgothicromance)

30 Jul

Across the Used Books Desk today, three volumes of Walter Farley’s Black Stallion books, all from the Fifties. He wrote the beloved series from 1941, publishing the last book with his son, Stephen in 1989! Generations of kids have loved these books, and the glorious animals therein, from Black Stallion himself, to Flame, Satan, Black Minx, Bonfire, and their human companions. Lovely to see these handsome old books, still in their original dust-jackets. Memories still in the making.

29 Jul

For nearly four decades, Terry Brooks has given fans of epic fantasy story after story in his expansive Shannara saga. This summer, he gives us the first book, The High Druid’s Blade, in a new trilogy, The Defenders of Shannara, set several hundred years after The Dark Legacy of Shannara and centered around an evil sorcerer and the last living descendants of the Ohmsford family who rediscover a magic they thought was lost. Curious how Brooks plans to begin bringing his epic saga to an end worthy of every journey that has lead up to it? Join us for a reading and signing with Brooks for a chance to embark on a journey towards the end with the man who created it all. Enjoy the show!

29 Jul

FINALLY! the day for which both readers and booksellers have been waiting—

Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken is now available in paperback.

And for those of you waiting for the upcoming film, directed by Angelina Jolie with a screenplay by the Coen Brothers, here’s the trailer: