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It Has Always Been Thus: A Q&A with Colson Whitehead by Keaton Patterson

National Book Award. Pulitzer Prize. The cover of Time. Colson Whitehead is undeniably one of our finest and most important contemporary authors. He is a consummate storyteller. A true American original able to illuminate our nation’s darkest aspects with his incredibly vivid imagination. Over the last twenty years, he’s addressed racism with a story of elevator inspectors, gentrification with a zombie apocalypse, and taken a tour through the history of slavery on a literal underground railroad.

The Nickel Boys: A Novel Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780385537070
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Doubleday - July 16th, 2019

Summer Staff Picks: BEST BEACH READS!

The swampy summer continues! Escape the city with these Staff Summer Picks: BEST BEACH READS!


KEATON'S PICK: THE NICKEL BOYS by Colson Whitehead- This ripped-from-the-headlines potboiler follows up the Pulitzer and National Book Award-winning THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD. A riveting and harrowing tale from one of our time's greatest writers. THE NICKEL BOYS is out July 16, and I can't wait.

The Nickel Boys: A Novel Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780385537070
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Doubleday - July 16th, 2019

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These Rebel Waves Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062471505
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Balzer + Bray - August 7th, 2018

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Bluets Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781933517407
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Wave Books - October 2009

Sea Monsters Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9781936787869
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Catapult - February 5th, 2019

Hot Dog Girl Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525516255
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - April 30th, 2019

Hold Fast Your Crown: A Novel Cover Image
By Yannick Haenel, Teresa Fagan (Translated by)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781590519752
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Other Press - April 2nd, 2019

The Paper Wasp Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780802129413
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grove Press - June 11th, 2019

Mrs. Everything: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781501133480
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Atria Books - June 11th, 2019

Summer Staff Picks: STAYCATION READS!

Summer is in full swing here in the Bayou City, so we've put together a list of SUMMER STAFF PICKS to keep you well-read and your imagination well-fed for the summer season! With temperatures in the mid-90's that feel like the low 100's, we should all enjoy a little time with our home AC's and these STAYCATION READS! 

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Riots I Have Known Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781501197307
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - May 21st, 2019

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Pond Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780399575907
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - July 11th, 2017

Red, White & Royal Blue: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250316776
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - May 14th, 2019

Magic for Liars: A Novel Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250174611
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tor Books - June 4th, 2019

I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525508960
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House - June 25th, 2019

Laurie Anderson: All the Things I Lost in the Flood Cover Image
$75.00
ISBN: 9780847860555
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Rizzoli Electa - February 6th, 2018

Giovanni's Room (Vintage International) Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780345806567
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - September 12th, 2013

2019 SPEED READING: WALT WHITMAN CHAMPION!

On Friday, June 28, 2019, Brazos Bookstore and The Pocket hosted a SPEED READING: WALT WHITMAN COMPETITION.

Contestants were judged on the categories of Volume, Clarity, Speed, and Whitmanism. 

We are pleased to announce that the 2019 SPEED READING: WALT WHITMAN CHAMPION is CHRISTOPHER CRAWFORD!

Congratulations Christopher, the trophy and the glory are all yours! 

Queer Staff Chat: DECIDUOUS QWEEN

This week Traci and Cassie sat down over lunch in Keaton's office for a Queer Staff Chat about Matty Layne Glasgow's new poetry collection DECIDUOS QWEEN. Matty's in-store reading on Friday, June 21 kicks off a weekend of PRIDE celebrations at Brazos Bookstore, followed by DRAG QUEEN STORY HOUR on Saturday, June 22. 


TRACI: Ok--

                *the sounds of chewing*

I’ve got a mouthful of pizza

Deciduous Qween Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781597092586
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Red Hen Press - June 4th, 2019

Making Art, Turtle Bravery, and Other Adventures: Joy Interviews Lucy Ruth Cummins about TRUMAN

Sometimes you pick up a picture book and you know immediately that this is a book you will be reading to your child over and over -- in fact, you’ll be reading it over and over, even when your kid isn’t in the room! Such is the case with TRUMAN, the sweet, funny, and very heartwarming story of a brave turtle, which releases July 9, written by Jean Reidy and illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins, who is not only a phenomenal author and illustrator of books for children, but also an art director at Simon and Schuster!

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By Jean Reidy, Lucy Ruth Cummins (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534416642
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - July 9th, 2019

Between Terror and Horror: A Q&A with Brian Evenson

Brian Evenson is not only a master of horror, he is a master of the short story form. Each of the compact nightmares he concocts is an object lesson in suspense, subtlety, and manipulation of the most primal of human emotions--fear. However, it is a disservice to relegate his work to the realm of genre. While steeped in the tropes of horror, science fiction and fantasy, Evenson’s fiction is highly literary and elusive--leaving his readers with more questions than answers as he chaperones us further into the uncanny with each word.

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Song for the Unraveling of the World Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566895484
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Coffee House Press - June 11th, 2019

Joy Interviews Kim Tomsic for her new book: GUITAR GENIUS!

One of the things that always fascinates me is when authors I’ve loved in one genre or type of book try their hands at another. I’ve known Kim Tomsic as a middle grade novel author (her 11:11 Wish is absolutely adorable!) but now she’s written a truly fascinating nonfiction picture book called Guitar Genius: How Les Paul Engineered the Solid Body Electric Guitar and Rocked the World! It’s Illustrated by Brett Helquist and out now from Chronicle books.

Tex-Mex Mythos: Traci Interviews Fernando A. Flores

This Sunday afternoon I nestled in with a cup of coffee, my own mechanical typewriter resting quietly nearby, and hopped on a call with Fernando A. Flores, author of Tears of the Trufflepig, a novel birthed from the keys of an Olivetti Underwood Lettera 32 in Austin, Tx. Hammered out in a four month fever dream, Flores wrote Trufflepig in late 2014, but his mythical depiction of the Texas-Mexican border is filled with details and insight that read like prophecy.

Tears of the Trufflepig: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780374538330
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: MCD x FSG Originals - May 14th, 2019

A Tapestry of Linked Concerns: A Q&A with Max Porter

Talking crows. Troublesome earth spirits. The worlds Max Porter weaves in his fiction are fantastical ones, where myth bleeds constantly into reality. Yet the concerns of his prose--even as he reinvents the concept with his poetic and formal experimentation--are always completely human. Dead parents. Missing children. The need for an explanation. The need to place blame. With Lanny (out 5/14 from Graywolf Press), these concerns come to a head when an odd child meets an implacable and timeless force.

Lanny: A Novel Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781555978402
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graywolf Press - May 14th, 2019

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