One of my favorite aspects of observing the world of publishing is this: oftentimes the most influential people—the individuals responsible for some of your favorite books—are the most unassuming. I missed Winter Institute this year, but a colleague of mine told me a story: at a shindig, folks drunk and dancing, he and another bookseller found themselves observing a thin, balding gentleman cutting loose. “Just think,” the bookseller said, “that’s the man who introduced Elena Ferrante to America.”
As much as we love selling books, we're all about cementing community with writers and artists in Houston. We're excited to have the opportunity to feature gift items from local vendors across the city. We will have a pop-up vendor station available at the front of the store. Here are a few vendors we're going to be showcasing:
For March, we've chosen Rudolph Wurlitzer's THE DROP EDGE OF YONDER as our #BrazosBest. Mark gives his enthusiastic opinion of Wurlitzer ("imagine Cormac McCarthy... But funny") and Two Dollar Radio in this video. Enjoy!
We give out a LOT of bookmarks here at Brazos, and we are always looking for new ideas for their design. This spring we’re asking kids to lend their artistic expertise to our second annual Bookmark Contest! Download the official entry form here and return it to the store by Sunday, April 23, 2017. We’ll announce the winners at our summer reading kickoff party on Saturday, May 13th at 2pm!
As a buyer, there are two times a year that I turn into a kid on my favorite holiday, giddy with excitement for all of the new lines, collections, catalogs as well as searching for the newest things that I will be carrying. I can’t count the times I’ve gotten excited during the new buying season and pestered (tortured) my colleagues with images and pictures from catalogs. The next best part is opening the boxes that have come in and seeing what we have ordered.
We strongly believe in uplifting voices that need to be heard. This month, we're highlighting literary works by immigrants and refugees. These books defy national boundaries and provide a lens through which we can examine power, empathy, and community.
In conjunction with today's release of Exit West, we interviewed author Mohsin Hamid.
Mohsin Hamid’s new book, EXIT WEST, comes out 3/6. From the bestselling author of THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST comes a new story of love, civil unrest, and the perilous, fantastical possibility of leaving home behind.
There is one chef whose cookbooks are among the highest percentage in my home library. Her name is Alice Waters, owner of Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California. Opened in 1971, it has been recognized as the Best Restaurant in America by Gourmet, and Waters herself was named Best Chef in America by the James Beard Foundation. She was the first woman to achieve this recognition.