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Dad and Daughter Make A Book: Joy Interviews Caldecott Winner Matthew Cordell

One of the picture books I’ve been eagerly anticipating is finally here: Caldecott’s Medal winner (WOLF IN THE SNOW) Matthew Cordell’s KING ALICE, about a little girl and her family stuck indoors on a snowy day. When Alice’s dad suggests she create her own book to combat snow day boredom, all sorts of imaginative shenanigans ensue!

So imagine my delight when I was able to interview Matthew Cordell about his books, his family, winning the Caldecott and more! Here’s what Matthew had to say:

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ISBN: 9781250047496
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Feiwel & Friends - September 25th, 2018

Joy Interviews Rachel Toalson, Author of THE COLORS OF THE RAIN

It’s my great pleasure today to get to chat with debut author Rachel Toalson, one of our wonderful Texas authors of books for young adults. She’ll be in store on Sunday, 9/23, discussing and signing her novel THE COLORS OF RAIN, which is set here in Houston, in the tumultuous 1970s.

Ülrika's Favorite Back-to-School Gifts

Swing by Brazos Bookstore to find all the items listed in this video! 

Vengeance and Vulnerability: Joy Interviews Author Courtney Summers

I have been a fan of Courtney Summers’ work for awhile now. She is a fearless, hard-hitting YA writer, not afraid of putting on the page the issues that teenage girls face: sexual violence and poverty being just two. Her newest YA novel, Sadie, is simply brilliant -- the story of a girl seeking revenge for the brutal murder of her younger sister alternating with the transcript of a podcast about that same girl’s POV.

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ISBN: 9781250105714
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Wednesday Books - September 4th, 2018

Texas, Sexy Grocery Stores, and Making a Home: Alexis Interviews Luisa Muradyan, author of AMERICAN RADIANCE

I first heard Luisa Muradyan read her poetry on a cold and rainy night in the fall of 2016. It was a Glass Mountain event, one of the first readings I ever attended, so I didn’t even really know what was going on in the writing community yet, but I heard her read and thought she was simply amazing.

American Radiance (Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781496207753
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Nebraska Press - September 1st, 2018

Houston In My Head: Thu Interviews Kate Gavino, Author of SANPAKU

Kate Gavino is a writer and illustrator from Houston. She is the creator of the website, Last Night’s Reading, which was compiled into a published collection by Penguin Books in 2015. She was recently named one of Brooklyn Magazine’s 30 Under 30. Now, she is working in Paris. Kate and I got together to discuss her forthcoming graphic novel, SANPAKU, which comes out on August 21st.

Thu Doan: Do you mind telling us about SANPAKU?

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ISBN: 9781684152100
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Archaia - August 21st, 2018

It's Lit: The August Edition

Welcome to the first edition of It's Lit! Keep reading to find the answers to your literary frustrations.


Dear Booksellers, 

I read a lot, but I always have a hard time deciding what's next on the book list. How do you decide what to read!?


Vexed by Variety

Dear Vexed,

Scottish Lumberjills, Tablet Candy, Sophomore Novels, and Other Adventures: A Q&A with Author Caroline Leech

It’s always a pleasure when Houston YA author Caroline Leech drops by. She’s amazingly talented. She’s got this delightful Scottish accent. Her Scotland-set historical novels are engaging, fun, romantic and lush with details that make you feel like you’re wandering the Highlands. Also she says things like “Putting tablet in your coffee is like putting gravy on haggis” and who doesn’t adore someone who can come up with a sentence like that?

Writing A Novel about the Spectrum of Belief: Thu Interviews Author R.O. Kwon

The Incendiaries travels between Phoebe, a piano prodigy who grieves and blames herself for her mother’s death; Will, a young man studying to become a priest until he loses his faith and drops out of the seminary; and John Leal, a mysterious and enigmatic man with ties to North Korea; all of whom meet at Edwards University. Deeply troubled and searching for a purpose beyond themselves, the three become swept up in a chain of dangerous acts, fanning the flames towards destruction and an irreparable tragedy. I cannot recommend it enough for a suspenseful and alluring read!

The Incendiaries: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735213890
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - July 31st, 2018

Ask A Bookseller: Brazos Bookstore Edition

Got a burning question about 1980’s Croatian literature? Need advice regarding a friend who just doesn’t GET Shakespeare like you do? In the vein of Dear Abby, we’ve decided to open our mailbox to questions from our beloved customers.

Though you may remain anonymous, questions and answers will be shared in our weekly newsletter and on our website by our crack team of bookish experts.

It's lit!