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The Play Is the Thing: The Importance of Being a Play Reader

Oftentimes you don’t even notice it. You walk into your local bookstore and mosey toward your familiar haunts. The most anticipated releases in fiction greet you with their colorful jackets, thick with adventure and intrigue. Adjacent to the newest fictional fare is a gallery of faces: leaders, creatives, and celebrities tell their life stories—or somebody else does it for them.

Moving Forward, Alone: An Interview with Anthony Michael Morena

In 1977, NASA launched Voyager 1 and Voyager 2, space probes intended to study Jupiter and Saturn. The probes have since surpassed these near planets, going on to explore Neptune, Uranus, and even interstellar space. There are time capsules aboard the probes, golden records encrypted with images and sounds. The records are meant to convey to would-be intelligent beings what life on Earth is like (at least as of 1977). In THE VOYAGER RECORD: A TRANSMISSION, Anthony Michael Morena analyzes and riffs on the political, cultural, and aesthetic inclusions and omissions on the records.

Summer of Shakespeare Redux

After the bardolatry bonanza of last year's Summer of Shakespeare, we're excited to partner with the Houston Shakespeare Festival again this summer! With 2016 being the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, it's been a big year for commemorating the Bard—you might have seen our death-day celebrations with HSF in April, or the traveling exhibition of one of Shakespeare's First Folios making its way around the country. It's clear that for literature fans, Shakespeare is far from dead and gone.

Vinegar Girl Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780804141260
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Hogarth Press - June 21st, 2016

Shylock Is My Name Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780804141321
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Hogarth Press - February 9th, 2016

The Gap of Time (Hogarth Shakespeare) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780804141376
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Hogarth Press - June 21st, 2016

Hogarth is releasing a phenomenal line of new Shakespeare adaptations from amazing authors: try Jeanette Winterson's retelling of The Winter's Tale, THE GAP OF TIME, for a great romance; SHYLOCK IS MY NAME is Man Booker Winner Howard Jacobson's stark adaptation of The Merchant of Venice; and we cannot wait for Anne Tyler's VINEGAR GIRL, a hilarious and smart retelling of The Taming of the Shrew!


Romeo And/Or Juliet: A Chooseable-Path Adventure Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781101983300
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - June 7th, 2016

Comics virtuoso Ryan North has done it again. After the success of last year's Kickstarted TO BE OR NOT TO BE, North continues his laugh-out-loud hilarious mashup of Shakespeare and webcomics with a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure version of Romeo and Juliet! With cameo art by dozens of comic artists, as well as paths that include making out at parties, becoming an assassin, and Juliet getting totally shredded as a lifeguard, you will enjoy every single choice of this wild ride.

We've also got fantastic Shakespeare tote bags from our favorite friends at Out of Print! Check out those, and all these great titles, at the store now.


Shakespeare's First Folio: Four Centuries of an Iconic Book Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780198754367
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Oxford University Press, USA - June 15th, 2016

Shakespeare's Sonnets Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781604336153
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Cider Mill Press - March 8th, 2016

Shakespeare Box Set (Miniature Editions) Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780762459438
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Running Press Book Publishers - March 29th, 2016

Shakespeare in America: An Anthology from the Revolution to Now (Loa #251) (Library of America #251) Cover Image
By Various (Editor), James Shapiro (Editor), Bill Clinton (Foreword by)
$21.95
ISBN: 9781598534627
Availability: Backordered
Published: Library of America - January 12th, 2016

Shakespeare and the Countess: The Battle That Gave Birth to the Globe Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781681771410
Availability: Backordered
Published: Pegasus Books - April 4th, 2016

How to Be a Tudor: A Dawn-To-Dusk Guide to Tudor Life Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781631491399
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - February 15th, 2016

Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780670786022
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Viking - May 3rd, 2016

Will's Words: How William Shakespeare Changed the Way You Talk Cover Image
By Jane Sutcliffe, John Shelley (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781580896382
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Charlesbridge Publishing - March 22nd, 2016

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

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

Who’s Your (Lit) Daddy?

Where would we be without fathers? Literally, we would not be alive. But beyond that, these figures—sometimes loving, sometimes flawed—create so much of our sense of who we are, frustrating as that may sometimes be.

The same thing can happen with the authors we read when we’re young. So to celebrate Father’s Day, we asked the Brazos staff to pick its literary father figures.

Who’s your (lit) daddy?


The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: And Other Clinical Tales Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780684853949
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Touchstone Books - April 2nd, 1998

Augusta Bartis, Inventory Manager
“Oliver Sacks. He’s a bearded teddy bear…and he’s smart…and he’s cool….He’s just my daddy, okay? Why do I have to explain it to you?”
Favorite Work: The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat


Humboldt's Gift (Penguin Classics) Cover Image
By Saul Bellow, Jeffrey Eugenides (Introduction by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143105473
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - October 28th, 2008

Mark Haber, Store Manager
“Saul Bellow. Why? Maury Povich did DNA testing—Bellow is literally my father.”
Favorite Work: Humboldt’s Gift


Junky: The Definitive Text of
$15.00
ISBN: 9780802120427
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Grove Press - November 13th, 2012

Ülrika Moats, Gift Buyer
“William S. Burroughs—because I found a connection with him in my early twenties that has carried through my adulthood.”
Favorite Work: Junky


The Sun Also Rises Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780743297332
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Scribner Book Company - October 17th, 2006

Keaton Patterson, Book Buyer
“Papa Hemingway. He’s the big, unruly, imperfect father figure of all twentieth century literature.”
Favorite Work: The Sun Also Rises


Oblivion: Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780316010764
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Back Bay Books - August 30th, 2005

Benjamin Rybeck, Marketing Director
“David Foster Wallace. Even though I now understand how flawed and troubled he was, I still want to be him.”
Favorite Work: Oblivion


The Sonnets and Other Poems (Modern Library Classics) Cover Image
$9.00
ISBN: 9780812969207
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Modern Library - April 14th, 2009

Liz Wright, Children’s Specialist
“Easy: Billy Shakes—not only because his stories are completely adaptable and universal, but also because…sorry, I’m trying to think of something funny to say, but I can’t. He legit means that much to me.”
Favorite Work: “Sonnet 23”


Corrections (Recent Picador Highlights) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780312421274
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Picador USA - August 27th, 2002

Jeremy Ellis, General Manager
"Franzen, because he's well meaning, even if he's maybe, slightly out of touch. And he can write a dysfunctional family relationship like no one else."
Favorite Work: The Corrections



Who’s YOUR literary father figure? Tweet/Instagram yours @BrazosBookstore!


Summer of Kubrick: A Personal Odyssey

Do works of art ever stagger us more than they do in our formative years?

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: On Our Shelves Now
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)
$70.00
ISBN: 9783836508896
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Taschen - November 1st, 2008

Paths of Glory (Penguin Classics) 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 (Controversies) Cover Image
$27.99
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 (BFI Film Classics) Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781844576395
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: British Film Institute - November 8th, 2013

Lolita: A Screenplay (Vintage International) 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 (Conversations with Filmmakers) 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. (Oxford World's Classics) 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 (Norton Paperback Fiction) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393312836
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
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: Ace Books - 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 (Vintage International) 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
$18.00
ISBN: 9781609453114
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Europa Editions - March 1st, 2016

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