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Writing to Live: A Q&A with Maggie Nelson

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The Argonauts Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555977078
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Graywolf Press - May 5th, 2015

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Bluets Cover Image
ISBN: 9781933517407
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Wave Books - October 1st, 2009

Staff Chat: Jim Shepard's THE BOOK OF ARON

The Chatters: Guest star Mark Dostert (author of UP IN HERE) and Benjamin Rybeck (Marketing Director)
The Book: Jim Shepard’s THE BOOK OF ARON
The Context: Everyone ever calls Shepard a “writer’s writer,” a term with some built-in obscurity; will THE BOOK OF ARON finally be his breakthrough?
The Plot: A crafty young boy uses his wits to survive the Holocaust


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ISBN: 9781101874318
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - May 12th, 2015

Summer Reading Begins This Saturday

Summertime: a season to hang out by the pool or on the beach with a refreshing book, and also a great time to get kids interested in reading! Celebrate with us on May 16, 2pm, with our Summertime Kickoff Party! We’ll debut our summer reading list and give kids an opportunity to make and decorate their own summer reading tracker to keep at the store.

Bring the whole family to snack on treats from Dixie’s Dessert Delivery and other refreshments.

Sounds, and Sweet Airs: Houston's AFA

by Annalia Linnan

The day I realize I’m one of those so-called “millennials” is when I go to meet Michael Remson at Double Trouble and have a brief moment of anxiety before I leave the house. How are we supposed to find each other if we have never met? Even with people I know at places we meet all the time, it’s still common practice to text and say, “I’m here!” upon arrival.

Summer of Shakespeare

“All that glitters is not gold.” “In a pickle.” “What’s done is done.” “Every dog will have his day.”

Why are these common phrases—and many more—painted on our windows? Check out the illustration beside our door for the answer. Artist Sara Hinkle has filled our windows with Shakespeare this summer! The Bard coined all the above phrases, and we’re celebrating his work all summer long.

A More Interesting Answer: An Interview with Jamie Kornegay

As a bookseller, I meet authors on book tours every week. They arrive at the store early enough to get situated, have a drink of water, and present their books to whomever has gathered. The next morning, they’re off to another store to do it again. Jamie Kornegay owns and operates the TurnRow Book Company in Greenwood, Mississippi and has, for years, been in the same position as me. But this spring  he published his debut novel, SOIL and hit the road to see book tours from the other side.

Soil Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476750811
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Simon & Schuster - March 10th, 2015

The Long Horizon: An Interview with Shya Scanlon

by Lawrence Lenhart

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ISBN: 9781936873616
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Dzanc Books - May 12th, 2015

Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day!

May 2 is the first ever national Independent Bookstore Day, so come celebrate with us! As the Houston summertime arrives, we have a sweltering lineup, full of refreshments and literary luminaries. And come pick up some limited edition swag, including signed chapbooks from Roxane Gay, infographics from David McCandless, amazing limited edition prints from Chris Ware and more! These limited edition items will only be available in-store on May 2. Here’s the full schedule of events:

The America I Encountered: A Q&A with Paul Otremba

Pax Americana (Stahlecker Selections) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781935536567
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Four Way Books - April 7th, 2015

The Currency (Stahlecker Series Selections) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781884800894
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Four Way Books - April 1st, 2009