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Joy Interviews Samantha Mabry, author of TIGERS NOT DAUGHTERS

I’ve been a huge fan of author Samantha Mabry since her first novel, A FIERCE AND SUBTLE POISON, which is a reimagining of Hawthorne’s Rappaccini’s Daughter. Her writing is fierce and original, sitting on the cusp of both commercial and literary and always playing with some aspect of ‘other.’ She’s a Texas-based writer as well, so I’ve been privileged to do events with her including a workshop at Austin’s wonderful Writing Barn, and Samantha is always fascinating, always digging deep.

Tigers, Not Daughters Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616208967
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Algonquin Young Readers - March 24th, 2020


In accordance with the Harris County “Stay Home - Work Safe” order, Brazos Bookstore will be CLOSED as of Wed. March 25 until Fri. April 3 or further notice.


We will be unable to process or ship orders for the duration of this “stay home” ordinance. 

If you have been contacted that your order is ready for pick up, please come by the bookstore TODAY, TUES. MARCH 24 to claim your books via curbside pickup. Please call when you arrive and we will bring your books out to you: 713-523-0701.


Our Kid's Bookmark Contest has been a beloved Brazos tradition for many years. Given the current global health crisis and our collective efforts at social distancing, we feel there is no better time to open up a bookmark design contest for adults too! We all need ways to stay creative and inspired during these uncertain times. 

STOREFRONT CLOSED: Curbside Service or Shipped Orders Only!

Dear Readers,

Brazos is grateful for your continued support during this overwhelming time!

To ensure the safety of our patrons and staff, we will be closing the storefront to the general public as of Wednesday, March 18. We will be moving to Curbside Service or Shipped Orders only. Curbside Service will be available from 12-6pm daily.

We are also offering free domestic shipping on any orders placed between now and March 31.

Brazos Bookstore Updates: Restricted Store Hours 12-6pm, No Public Restrooms, Curbside Pick Up

Dear Readers,

To ensure the safety of our staff, authors, and patrons, we have cancelled all event programming through the end of the month. Thank you for your continued understanding during this time.

Kid's Bookmark Contest 2020

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 annual Bookmark Contest! Download the official entry form here and return it to the store by Wednesday, April 29, 2020. We’ll announce the winners at our Summer Reading Kick Off Party!


Women's History Month Staff Picks!

March is Women's History Month! Brazos honors the voices of great women with staff picks of some of our favorite books penned by women authors!


Goodbye Without Leaving Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060955335
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper Perennial - May 16th, 2000

SLAY Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534445420
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon Pulse - September 24th, 2019

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Milkman: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781644450000
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graywolf Press - December 4th, 2018

Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Riotous Black Girls, Troublesome Women, and Queer Radicals Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393357622
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 14th, 2020

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The Mercies Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316529259
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown and Company - February 11th, 2020

Kids Spring Break 2020

We are so excited for Spring Break at the Brazos Treehouse! Check out our events listed below and join us for an awesome Spring Break!


SPRING BREAK KICK-OFF STORY TIME WITH BUNNY BUDDIES : Join us for a special story time with Bunny Buddies, brought to you by our friends over at the Bellaire Nature Discovery Center. Snacks will be provided.


James McBride, DEACON KING KONG and the Art of Cool

Great news! On March 25, James McBride makes a triumphant return to Houston to read from his latest novel, DEACON KING KONG. As a bookseller but mostly as a fan, I feel it is my duty to inform everyone exactly how amazing this is. If you haven’t had the pleasure of seeing McBride read before, this is not an event you want to miss. Already the author of modern classics like THE COLOR OF WATER and THE GOOD LORD BIRD, he’s a consummate storyteller and undoubtedly one of America’s greatest living writers. And DEACON KING KONG has all the makings of one of the best novels of the 2020.

The Way Home: Black History Month at Brazos Bookstore

Many of the books that Brazos Bookstore is highlighting this February through our events programming are about journeys. The roads we take get us to where we are, but we have to look back at them to understand how we got here, and to understand what we need to move forward.

Infinite Hope: A Black Artist's Journey from World War II to Peace Cover Image
By Ashley Bryan, Ashley Bryan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781534404908
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - October 15th, 2019

Making Our Way Home: The Great Migration and the Black American Dream Cover Image
By Blair Imani, Patrisse Cullors (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781984856920
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ten Speed Press - January 14th, 2020

Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501169434
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: 37 Ink - October 15th, 2019

Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419738173
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Abrams Press - January 7th, 2020