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June #BrazosBest: In Pursuit of the Real Benjamin Rybeck

THE SADNESS comes out June 14. Pre-order your signed copy now!

The Sadness Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781939419705
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Unnamed Press - June 14th, 2016

BR: By heavy emotions, you mean the non-stop, suffocating hilarity that happens in this book, right? Like, the constant pratfalls and gags and catchphrases? All the fart jokes?

Most anyone who has spent time with me (sorry, Brazos staff) knows that I can be a moody son of a bitch. This happens, primarily, when I’m NOT writing. In general, I find writing to be a frustrating, lonely task, full of doubt (of self, and of larger, bullshit-y things), and I’m still a moody son of a bitch, but most of that moody-son-of-a-bitch-ness gets isolated to the period of time I’m in front of a keyboard or a notepad or whatever (what else do I write on? soup cans? walls in strangers’ houses? the backs of shaved cats?). Writing, then, is like a bug light that zaps the mosquitos, and I walk through most days unbitten by melancholy. Is this answering your question? I guess what I’m saying is: I’d rather live with my characters’ anguish than with my own.

That being said, I think my book is mostly an optimistic one, where characters, though downtrodden, wind up changing in valuable ways. I think the book is happy, more or less. A little too light on fart jokes, maybe.

KP: As events and marketing coordinator at Brazos, you have an interesting vantage point from which to watch your novel roll out into the public. How does being a bookseller affect your experience of being a debut novelist and vise versa?

BR: The cynic in me thinks: I feel a lot less special now. This is a joke—at least vaguely—but the first thing you notice when you work in a bookstore is just how many goddamn new books there are every week, and the equivalent of some people’s lifetime reading comes out in, say, any given September. So as a debut author, what the hell do you do with this information? And as a bookseller, how do you counteract the difficulty of any one book standing out in the proverbial crowd? Should I start handselling my book to every single person who enters in the store? Would this do me (and my publisher) a service but do the customer a disservice? Would I rather handsell my own book than Martin Seay’s THE MIRROR THIEF, or Lydia Millet’s SWEET LAMB OF HEAVEN, or any other new novels I’ve loved? Do I really think my own book is more worthy of a handsell? These are the questions you start to ask yourself as a bookseller/writer.

I do love the word “handsell,” though. It conjures something intimate and human. And I imagine, sure, let’s say I swallow my pride and put my book in someone’s hand...and then what? Maybe they put it back on the shelf, or maybe they buy it, and I get to ring up a sale on three years of my life (that’s how long the book took to write—did I mention that before?), and how many authors can say that? And maybe the customer likes it—at least a little—and maybe they come back to the store and tell me so, the way customers often return to tell us what they’ve liked. Faced with the frequent sadness and loneliness of writing, that feedback would feel lifesaving. Handsell: I like the word because it makes me imagine somebody reaching out for someone, maybe to pull someone to safety. At one point in my life, I probably believed writers pulled readers to safety. After working here, I realize—or at least I’m beginning to suspect—it’s actually the other way around.


Join us for Benjamin Rybeck’s THE SADNESS launch party on June 14, 7pm. He will read from the book and be in conversation with Chris Cander, author of WHISPER HOLLOW.


Father’s Day, Jodorowski Style

With Father’s Day right around the corner, perhaps it’s fitting I begin with an anecdote about my dad. One of the things we could always share when I was growing up was movies. My dad isn’t a particularly literary kind of guy, but his taste in film has always been surprisingly refined and adventurous. The clearest example of this is his penchant for the work of Alejandro Jodorowsky—the Chilean mad genius whose creativity knows no bounds.

Albina and the Dog-Men Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781632060549
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Restless Books - May 10th, 2016

And this month, Restless Books released Jodorowsky’s second novel to be translated into English—ALBINA AND THE DOG-MEN. It is the tale of an albino giantess and her surly protector embarking on a search for home that includes endlessly fornicating werewolves, a friendly dwarf, transformations of the body and soul, the return of the Incan Empire, and even the meaning of life. Replete with amazingly detailed illustrations, ALBINA is by turns obscene, profane, hilarious, incredibly violent, reverent, and profound. It’s a timeless myth engaged in the power of sexuality and what lurks in the darkest recesses of the mind. But most of all, it’s a tremendous amount of fun.

Thanks for the rec, dad.


When Keaton Patterson isn't reading, writing or talking about books, he can be found at Brazos Bookstore, where he is the book buyer. He is currently working on his first novel.


June Featured Titles in the Treehouse

Summer reading is here at last! Never fear, though: we're still highlighting featured titles for all three of our age groups. Check out these heartfelt, emotional, and action-packed stories, all new this coming Tuesday, June 7--pre-order on our website!

Nobody Likes a Goblin Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626720817
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: First Second - June 7th, 2016

We LOVE Ben Hatke here (we hope you've all read our faves JULIA'S HOUSE FOR LOST CREATURES and LITTLE ROBOT), but this newest book might be my favorite work of his yet. Cheerful Goblin lives in a cosy dungeon with his friend Skeleton, playing with their treasure--but one day a group of "heroes" smashes everything up and makes off with Skeleton and their treasure! Goblin has to save his friend, of course, but leaving the cave means finding out what the world really thinks of goblins. The art is stunning, the story is oh-so-charming: pick it up on Tuesday!


When Friendship Followed Me Home Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780803738164
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Dial Books - June 7th, 2016

Talk about a great summer read--this story of a boy, the dog he rescues, and the friendship that changes him is a fantastic tale of love, loss, and wagging tails. Former foster kid Ben doesn't make friends easily, preferring the characters in his books, until he rescues a mutt from the alley next to the Coney Island Library. When this scraggly dog leads him to a new friend, wild and luminous Halley, she and Ben begin to write a story together--but as their story unfolds, Ben's life begins to unravel. You've got to read this lovely, heartbreaking, laugh-out-loud story. 


It Wasn't Always Like This Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781616955885
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Soho Teen - May 17th, 2016

As Queen so famously asked, “Who wants to live forever?” IT WASN’T ALWAYS LIKE THIS is an atmospheric page-turner exploring just that question. After an experimental polio vaccine stops the O’Neill family from aging in 1916, oldest daughter Emma and her family find themselves the targets of a fanatic religious group. In 2016, Emma’s still on the run, and still—to all outward appearance—a teenager. But Emma’s grown colder as she’s grown older, and she’s not going to let the Church of Light hurt any more people in their quest to rid the world of her. This killer thriller from local author Joy Preble is an awesome pick for a parent-teen book club—your whole family has to read this one.


Reading Kubrick

The Stanley Kubrick Archives Cover Image
By Alison Castle (Editor)
$69.99
ISBN: 9783836508896
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Taschen - November 1st, 2008

Paths of Glory Cover Image
By Humphrey Cobb, James H. Meredith (Introduction by), David L. Simon (Foreword by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143106111
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - June 29th, 2010

I Am Spartacus!: Making a Film, Breaking the Blacklist Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781453254806
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Open Road Media - June 12th, 2012

Dr. Strangelove Dr. Strangelove Cover Image
$39.95
ISBN: 9781910433461
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Black Dog Publishing - November 17th, 2015

A Clockwork Orange Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780230302129
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Palgrave - October 25th, 2011

Stanley Kubrick: New Perspectives Cover Image
By Tatjana Ljujic (Editor), Peter Kramer (Editor), Richard Daniels (Editor)
$39.95
ISBN: 9781908966421
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Black Dog Publishing - July 7th, 2015

The Shining Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781844576395
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: British Film Institute - November 8th, 2013

Lolita: A Screenplay Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780679772552
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - August 26th, 1997

Kubrick, New and Expanded Edition: Inside a Film Artist's Maze Cover Image
$21.00
ISBN: 9780253213907
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Indiana University Press - June 22nd, 2000

Stanley Kubrick: Interviews Cover Image
By Gene D. Phillips (Editor)
$25.00
ISBN: 9781578062973
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: University Press of Mississippi - January 8th, 2001

Night Games: And Other Stories and Novellas Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566635066
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Ivan R. Dee Publisher - March 8th, 2003

Barry Lyndon: The Memoirs of Barry Lyndon, Esq. Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780199537464
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Oxford University Press, USA - December 1st, 2008

A Clockwork Orange Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393312836
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 17th, 1995

2001: A Space Odyssey Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780451452733
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Roc - August 1st, 1993

The Shining Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780345806789
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Anchor Books - August 27th, 2013

Lolita Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679723165
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage Books USA - March 13th, 1989

See the World with #BrazosBest: Santiago Gamboa’s NIGHT PRAYERS

The Book: NIGHT PRAYERS
The Chatters: Mark Haber (Floor Manager), Annalia Linnan (Bookseller), Keaton Patterson (Buyer)
The Plot: A young Colombian student is arrested for drug trafficking in Thailand, thus sets off a series of memories of youth, literature, innocence and guilt.

Night Prayers Cover Image
By Santiago Gamboa, Howard Curtis (Translator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781609453114
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Europa Editions - March 1st, 2016

Summer of Kubrick Announced!

Nothing says summer like sunshine, pools, lazy days, and…Stanley Kubrick?

The work of one of history’s greatest directors comes to Brazos Bookstore for Summer of Kubrick! This summer, through partnerships with Alamo Drafthouse, MFAH Films, and Rice Cinema, we will put film and literature in conversation as we explore Kubrick’s work. Join us for parties, book groups, screenings, and—of course, as Kubrick would’ve wanted it—surprises.

A Clockwork Orange Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393312836
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 17th, 1995

Book Club on Thursday, August 4 at 7pm. Screening at Museum of Fine Arts Houston on Friday, August 5 at 7pm.


The Shining Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780345806789
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Anchor Books - August 27th, 2013

Book Club on Wednesday, August 10 at 7pm.


Finale Party event TBA



May Featured Titles in the Treehouse


It's May, and that means it's almost summer! We know it's hard sometimes to keep the whole family entertained when school's out, but never fear: we've got books for every age and interest. Here are our May featured titles for the family!

There Is a Tribe of Kids Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781626720565
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Roaring Brook Press - May 3rd, 2016

Beloved illustrator and author Lane Smith (artist of such classic favorites as THE STINKY CHEESE MAN AND OTHER FAIRLY STUPID TALES and GRANDPA GREEN) brings out his wild side with this completely wonderful picture book! THERE IS A TRIBE OF KIDS is a sweet and enchanting story of a young boy trying to find a place to call home. The charming, repetitive language and Smith's trademark illustration style combine to make a perfect story time experience that has more and more to show you on each reading. Not only is it a visual feast and fantastic to read, but it'll tug right on your heartstrings, too. A perfect new classic.


The Trials of Apollo, Book One: The Hidden Oracle Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781484732748
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Disney-Hyperion - May 3rd, 2016

Another new series for fans of Rick Riordan's mythology books! In THE HIDDEN ORACLE, a new addition to the world of Percy Jackson, the Greek god Apollo crosses Zeus one too many times and finds himself sent to Earth as a mortal, stripped of all his powers. But Apollo's made some enemies over the many years he's been causing mischief, and without any of his powers, there's only one place he can be safe: Camp Half-Blood. As a big fan of Riordan's universe, I can't wait to read this one. It's under top-secret lock and key for now, but we'll all dive in together when it's out on May 3!


Ask Me How I Got Here Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062387950
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Greenwillow Books - May 3rd, 2016

ASK ME HOW I GOT HERE is revolutionary. It's a novel in verse told by Addie, a track star at an all-girls Catholic school who finds herself pregnant after one careless night with her boyfriend. She decides to end the pregnancy, and while she knows it's the right decision for her, it nevertheless changes everything in her life. ASK ME HOW I GOT HERE follows Addie's journey to rediscover who she is and what she wants in the aftermath of this massive experience. It's a phenomenal and refreshing book, not sugar-coating any of the tough decisions Addie has to make, or treating any young readers as if they can't understand or make any of these decisions themselves--because real teenagers do make the decisions Addie has to make every day. Through it all, Heppermann keeps Addie's dry wit sharp and her observations astute. Definitely pick this one up.


The Adventurist on Independent Bookstore Day

Since 2015, Independent Bookstore Day has been a celebration of cultural hubs around the country. For one day only, hundreds of indies invite their communities to a full day’s worth of activities and exclusive IBD merchandise, unavailable anywhere else.

A 10:30am, kicking off a full day of activities, we will celebrate the 75th anniversary of Curious George with our beloved former Kids Specialist Mary-Catherine as our featured reader! At 11am, the Houston ZooMobile will arrive with animals and artifacts on display.

The Adventurist Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250062239
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: St. Martin's Press - April 26th, 2016

Pre-order your copy of THE ADVENTURIST to be signed on Independent Bookstore Day, Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 7pm


Pulitzer Prize Winners for 2016

The Sympathizer: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802124944
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grove Press - April 12th, 2016

Fiction Winner


Finalists: Get in Trouble: Stories by Kelly Link & Maud's Line by Margaret Verble


Hamilton: The Revolution Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9781455539741
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 12th, 2016

Drama Winner


Finalists: Gloria by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins & The Humans by Stephen Karam


Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780307592644
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 27th, 2015

History Winner


Finalists: Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War by Brian Matthew Jordan, Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid That Avenged Pearl Harbor by James M. Scott & The Pentagon's Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America's Top-Secret Military Research Agency by Annie Jacobsen


Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143109396
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - April 26th, 2016

Biography Winner


Finalists: Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America by T.J. Stiles & The Light of the World: A Memoir by Elizabeth Alexander


Ozone Journal Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780226207032
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: University of Chicago Press - March 26th, 2015

Poetry Winner


Finalists: Alive: New and Selected Poems by Elizabeth Willis & Four-Legged Girl by Diane Seuss


Black Flags: The Rise of Isis Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780385538213
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Doubleday Books - September 29th, 2015

General Non-fiction Winner


Finalists: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates & If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran by Carla Power


Out Brief Candle: A Shakespeare Death Day Reading List

Someday I hope to be famous enough that people celebrate my death day—although I suppose part of the reason we celebrate Shakespeare's death day is because we don't really have a concrete birthday, and I am lucky to live in an era of more-complete social records. Shakespeare did have a bit of a preoccupation with death, as well, if the body counts of his plays tell us anything, so a death day celebration feels particularly appropriate for this memento mori playwright.

Exit, Pursued by a Bear Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781101994580
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - March 15th, 2016

Of all Shakespeare's plays to get a YA adaptation, I gotta admit I wasn't expecting The Winter's Tale to be one. It's a great play, and popular—the title of this novel is one of the stage directions in Act III (probably the most famous one Shakespeare ever wrote)—but it's a little odd: a sprawling, cross-country story that's ultimately about remaking a family after a king's irrational jealousy nearly destroys it. In EXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR, E.K. Johnston recenters the story on Hermione, the wronged queen of The Winter's Tale, moving the setting from Renaissance Sicily and Bohemia to modern-day Canada, and casting our Hermione as the head cheerleader of a small-town team. She's an athlete, a leader, a good friend and a great cheerleader.

She also gets raped at the end of the first act of the book.

I don't want to sugarcoat it, or pretend like this isn't a book that deals with a traumatic assault. I don't want to try and be nice about it, because, well, it's not—but this book handles trauma and support and recovery better than any book I've read on it, for teens or for adults. This is Hermione's book. It's not about the assault, about her rapist, or about revenge—it's about one teenage girl, reclaiming her agency and her life after someone's selfish act of violence tries to take it away. In the author's note, Johnston says she was in a very angry place when she wrote the book (due to a particular politician, apparently, who goes unnamed), and I think Johnston's rage shows in a very powerful way in the text: through the boundless compassion Hermione experiences from her family, her teammates, and her town.

That, to me, after living through endless twenty-four-hour news cycles about slut-shaming and victim-blaming, was the real gift of this book. Compassion. Everyone in Hermione's life, from her coach to her priest to her therapist, is incredibly kind and compassionate, and that kindness allows Hermione to heal. She is a phenomenal protagonist. She pushes herself to get better, she doesn't settle for anything but the full life she deserves, but since she's surrounded by people to support and help her, she's allowed to have panic attacks and experience her trauma and be afraid, because she is undeniably a person in Johnston's hands. The dimension, the power, and the strength Johnston gives Hermione make it clear that this adaptation surpasses its source. (Sorry, but not sorry, Bill.)


The Steep and Thorny Way Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781419719158
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Amulet Books - March 8th, 2016

Cat Winters is the queen of historical fiction and a favorite author of mine, with her previous YA outings forming a core of store favorites (IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS and THE CURE FOR DREAMING). So when I saw that her newest novel was a Hamlet retelling set in Prohibition-era Oregon, where biracial Hanalee tries to find justice for her murdered African-American father without running afoul of the terrifying local KKK chapter, I was a fan before I'd even read the first page—and once I'd finished the whole book, I was happier than I'd ever been.

THE STEEP AND THORNY WAY isn't just a great Hamlet adaptation, it's a great book, period. Winters always fills her historical fiction with pictures and historical documents to set the scene, and this novel is no exception—if there had been no Shakespeare references at all, this still would have been a phenomenal story. But I'm truly grateful it's a Hamlet adaptation, because it shows how the stories Shakespeare made famous are incredibly universal: Prohibition-era Oregon? A biracial, female protagonist struggling against social evils? That's not as far from early modern England as you can get, but it's several million miles, at least. Stories don't exist in a vacuum, either, and I love that Winters used this famous, wonderful story of something rotten in Denmark to tell an amazing story about a time and a set of injustices that our culture still doesn't really want to face.

And like I said, beyond Hamlet, this book is just a great story. It crosses genres as deftly as Shakespeare did himself: it's a thriller, a mystery, a ghost story, all set so perfectly in the 1920s that you'll think it was written then. Hanalee is a fierce protagonist, too—clever, tough, well-armed, and incredibly caring. THE STEEP AND THORNY WAY is the full package: great characters, a great premise, and a great author.


Dreamers Often Lie Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780803738638
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Dial Books - April 5th, 2016

The awesome thing about DREAMERS OFTEN LIE was that it made me feel so normal!

...oh, wait, that's not the point? People aren't supposed to hallucinate Shakespeare walking around with them? Oops. My bad. Let me regroup.

Jacqueline West's trippy, layered story is about Jaye, a high school actress, and what happens after she gets a concussion in a skiing accident. She's finally landed the lead in a school play—Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream—and all she can think about is getting back on that stage. So, when she forces herself to push through not just her accident, but the memories and family trauma it stirs of her father's death a year ago, the Shakespeare starts to get a little too real. As in, she starts hallucinating Shakespeare himself speaking to her, and Hamlet and Romeo and other characters and situations.

I love DREAMERS OFTEN LIE because, well, they do, and because, with Jaye as an unreliable narrator, even to herself, there's no way to be sure who's really real, what's really happening, or what's just in Jaye's mind. We don't know who's a figment or a person, what's Jaye's own mind working against her and what's really true. I loved this one. It's chilling, mysterious, and cerebral (a great book for a parent-teen book club!), and it'll pull you into the topsy-turvy world of Jaye's mind in no time at all. It's got a great love story, like a Shakespeare play should, but for all the romance and mystery, it's more about Jaye coming to terms with her loss, and with who she is now with these changes in her life and her family. It's tense and twisty, and Jaye's bardolatry gives a great original twist to this thriller.


Summerlost Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399187193
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - March 29th, 2016

All right, SUMMERLOST is actually middle-grade, and is about a Shakespeare festival, not a Shakespeare adaptation, but are you really going to argue with me about technicalities? Trust me: this book is golden. Like DREAMERS OFTEN LIE, it's about how Shakespeare can get into your head and affect the way you see the world—but instead of literally adding a layer of Shakespeare-themed perception, it's about theater, and the inspiration it can give you, and about how theater and drama can help you find belonging when you feel like you don't fit in.

Cedar Lee finds a new friend in local boy Leo, when she, her mother, and her brother move to her mom's hometown after losing her dad and youngest brother in a car accident. She works concessions at the local Summerlost Theater Festival, and sells programs in old show costumes with Leo, and watches soapy dramas with her brother. It's a perfect Polaroid of the monotony of grief through a young adult's perspective, of the way we can fixate on certain things as distractions, and Cedar gets caught up in the drama of—well—drama. There's a theater ghost, a mystery, and some wonderfully real, poignant family feels. It's utterly captivating and charming, like a summer evening full of potential. SUMMERLOST reminds me that Shakespeare really can make anything possible.


Liz Wright is the Kids Specialist and resident Shakespeare fanatic of Brazos Bookstore. She earned her B.A. in English and Creative Writing at Wellesley College, where she spent four years in the Wellesley College Shakespeare Society being all manner of lords, clowns, and untamed shrews. Her writing has appeared in BUST Magazine and Minerva Rising Literary Journal. This fall, she'll pursue her MA and MFA in Children's Literature and Writing for Children at Simmons College, where she'll be the Dean's Fellow for Children's Literature.


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