Notes from Ann: Rabbit at Rest

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On February 3, I was flying to San Diego with my sister. We were going out to see our father, who, after long hard years of illness, was now close to dying. My sister and I talked for a long time and then we both went back to our books. Read the rest of this entry »

Joshua Ferris: Why Comedy Is “Utterly Essential”

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Need a paperback to take on your spring travels? We highly recommend the witty writing of novelist Joshua Ferris. As Ann says, “He’s very much in the David Foster Wallace school of fiction, but more accessible than a lot of Wallace’s work.” Ferris has mastered the art of blending elements often considered contradictory — combining humor, for example, with heavier subjects like philosophy and spirituality. Read the rest of this entry »

If These Walls Could Talk…

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This sign hangs over our sink. (Don’t worry, we wash our hands, too.)

Not to pull your gaze away from the books on the shelves, but have you ever noticed the stuff on our walls? Look around, and you’ll see not just a bunch of knick-knacks, but an eclectic collection of art and memorabilia. Let’s take a tour…

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Our Latest Favorites

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When we’re not selling books or stacking books or talking about books, we’re reading books. (Because we’re very multi-faceted people.) Here’s what your friendly neighborhood booksellers are loving right now. Read the rest of this entry »

Why YA? David Arnold Explains How He Found His Voice and His Readers

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One of our favorite questions to ask an author is, why this and not that? Why short stories instead of novels? Why poetry, not prose? Why nonfiction? Why a blog? For readers (as well as fellow writers), it can be fun to trace an author’s path to the style and format that becomes their signature. Read the rest of this entry »

Renée Watson on the Stories She Loved, the Books She’s Reading, and the Poems She May Write One Day

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Meet Renée Watson, author of This Side of Home, the latest pick for our Young Adult Signed First Editions Club. She’s the creator of characters such as Maya Younger, a high school senior coming into her own as an adult and coping with changes in her community, her school, and her friendships. Stephanie Appell, our manager of books for young readers, selected this book for the club and describes it like this: “Maya is so proud of who she is and where she’s from, and she so desperately wants to do the right thing, but as the people and places around her change, she struggles to know what the right thing is.” Sounds like adolescence, doesn’t it? Read the rest of this entry »

Shop Dogs Discover Animal Videos, Get Hooked on Internet

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Hi, it’s me, Bear, and my friend, Belle. Most of the time, we shop dogs are hard at work in the store — counting books, inhaling the scent of our customers’ shoes, and checking under the children’s shelves for stray popcorn. Occasionally, we also like to hop online and click around to see what’s happening in the publishing world, and when we do, well . . . we’ve been known to get sidetracked. Who knew the other creatures of the world were so talented? For example, we’re fascinated by this pair of hamsters on a date.

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