General blog posts

A Sense of Wilderness: Sara Chats with Translator Rhonda Mullins

Today, I'm honored to spotlight a book from beyond the northern border: Julie Demers' Little Beast, out from Canada's Coach House Books last month! Little Beast is, in fact, a little beast. At about 150 pages, it clocks in as a fairly quick read. However, Several of our staff members were bowled over by this small volume immediately. It merges fairy tale with adventure story, all seen through the eyes of a small girl with a full beard who must protect herself from suspicious townsfolk.

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By Julie DeMers, Rhonda Mullins (Translator)
ISBN: 9781552453667
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Published: Coach House Books - April 24th, 2018

A Novel-Novel, Not A Prison Novel: Keaton Interviews Rachel Kushner

Keaton: Instead of leading with the obligatory "why did you write a prison novel" question, I’d like to know how the subject of prison might have altered your writing. Your first two novels are expansive, even global narratives, where the setting of The Mars Room is by its very nature confined and cut off from the larger world. Did this necessitate a different approach for you? How so?

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ISBN: 9781476756554
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Published: Scribner Book Company - May 1st, 2018

Us and Not Us: An Interview with Bianca Stone

Bianca Stone is a Brooklyn-based poet and visual artist. As soon as we got in her new book, we knew we needed to chat! We sat down with Stone recently to talk about her new poetry collection, The Mobius Strip Club of Grief (Tin House, Feb 2018), purgatory, death, family trauma, and stripping.

The Mobius Strip Club of Grief Cover Image
ISBN: 9781941040850
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Published: Tin House Books - February 27th, 2018

Sara Interviews Sara Kramer of New York Review Books

For the month of May at Brazos Bookstore, we’re championing Basic Black with Pearls as our Brazos Best. It’s a fever dream of a book, featuring a surreptitious affair, world travel, an undocumented main character (Shirley), mathematical codes in magazines, a mysterious organization known as The Agency, and a momentous visit to Toronto (Shirley’s childhood town). It’s poignant and disorienting, and yet incredibly readable.

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By Helen Weinzweig, Sarah Weinman (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9781681372167
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Published: New York Review of Books - April 17th, 2018

May Buyer's Corner: Keaton and Sara Talk Events, New Faves, and Brazos Best!

Click here to watch our May Buyer's Corner!

Featuring our events with Joe Holley, Paula McLain, and Rachel Kushner.

Hurricane Season: The Unforgettable Story of the 2017 Houston Astros and the Resilience of a City Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316485241
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Published: Hachette Books - May 1st, 2018

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By Eugene Vodolazkin, Lisa Hayden (Translator)
ISBN: 9781786072719
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Published: ONEWorld Publications - May 8th, 2018

The Trial: A New Translation Based on the Restored Text (Schocken Kafka Library) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780805209990
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Published: Schocken Books Inc - May 25th, 1999

Basic Black with Pearls Cover Image
By Helen Weinzweig, Sarah Weinman (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9781681372167
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New York Review of Books - April 17th, 2018

Pedagogy, Refuge, and Writing: Sara Interviews Ana Emilia Felker

We are so excited to be able to host Ana Emilia Felker, student of University of Houston's new Ph.D. program in Spanish with a Concentration in Creative Writing (Concentración en Escritura Creativa en Español-PhD/ECE). She is also the author of the new Aunque la casa se derrumbe, a series of genre-blurring essays about Mexico City. Before we host her for a presentation on May 5, I was able to ask a few questions and get a sense of what to expect from the lovely new book.

Yoko Tawada and the Strange Hopefulness of Disaster

Yoko Tawada is a spectacular writer of both Japanese and German, and has received iconic literary prizes in both places (Akutagawa Prize, Goethe Medal, and more). She writes across genres and geographies in a way that manages to pick playfully from each; for example, in THE NAKED EYE, her protagonist is a young Vietnamese woman who ends up, kidnapped, in cold war-era Europe, obsessed with a film star.

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By Yoko Tawada, Margaret Mitsutani (Translator)
ISBN: 9780811227629
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - April 24th, 2018

Announcing Summer of Moby Dick

Every year at Brazos Bookstore, we host a new literary theme, complete with programming, parties, a window mural, and more! Take a look at our full schedule below. Be sure to swing by the store to pick up bookmarks and postcards by Jade Young, as well as custom Moby Dick-themed activity books by our staff.

Moby Dick Kickoff Party

June 8, 7pm

Join us for treats, crafts, costumes, and sea shanties with actor Philip Hays

Moby Dick Book Club

June 20, July 18, & August 8 at 7pm

An Independent Bookstore Day Note from Ben

Phew, y’all. It has been a crazy spring for events at Brazos Bookstore. We’ve had major offsite events with Mohsin Hamid, Steven Pinker, Sean Penn, Cecile Richards, and others.

Men and Their Mothers: Mark Talks Two New Releases

Often when reading I’ll conflate the books I’ve recently read with the ones I’m currently reading, making connections, finding similarities and resemblances that may (or may not) be there. This could be the consequence of being a voracious reader, having an active imagination or, put quite simply, sometimes the similarities are just there, undeniably present and impossible to avoid, books like distant cousins or siblings.