Months ago, before Covid made a nuisance of itself, and kids left their houses for school, I got a call at the info desk from a local middle schooler. This child had a few questions to ask me for a school project.
I’m not sure what I expected -- maybe help finding books on a topic they were studying. I settled in. These unexpected conversations are my favorite part about working at a bookstore, and while I’m certainly not a tutor, I’m pretty confident in my ability to at least find the right book to send a middle schooler in the right direction.
In response to the latest demonstration of the inherent dangerousness of being Black in the United States, we’ve seen nonfiction bestseller lists explode with books by Black authors. So much so that it’s become difficult to get our hands on those books. It’s a good problem to have. The importance of the work those books do, and help others to do, cannot be overstated.
In the last week we’ve seen an explosion of orders for books about race and activism. We’re selling out of books by Black authors -- and so are our distributors. Printers are rushing reprints, and we’ll get these books into your hands as quickly as we can, but we want to do everything we can to make sure you have access to information as quickly as possible.
To that end we thought we’d remind you that if you like audiobooks, you can download these books from Libro.fm -- while still supporting the local indie of your choice -- and start listening right now.
Hello fellow crafters! I think it's fair to say we've all had a bit more time to engage in our indoor hobbies these days, which means many of us have been crafting more than usual! And whether you're knitting, or embroidering, or maybe sewing masks, as several of our Third Place Booksellers have been these past few months, there's nothing better than crafting with the company of a great audiobook.
So here’s a list of quick, engaging reads that you can download off libro.fm right now, no leaving your house necessary.
Well, we made it through winter, Pacific NW friends. It isn't the Spring we were expecting, but nevertheless, May is here! Hopefully everyone has been able to enjoy the changing weather as much as possible. If you’ve been stuck indoors more than you prefer to be this Spring, here are some unrelated books with flowers on the cover to bring the Spring inside.
Curbside pick-up is a go, everyone! You can at last get in your car, leave your house, and return to it with books!
So in honor of short road trips for books, here’s a short list of books about road trips:
It’s going to be a strange graduation season folks, which is all the more reason to celebrate the graduates in our lives. There may be no ceremonies, but we should still honor this accomplishment -- in a safe way. And as far as graduation gifts go, books are an evergreen idea.
The doctor is in!
We all have that book we turn to when we need a break from the stressors of the real world. The real world is offering an abundance of stressors lately, so I thought I'd compile a list of books that offer some respite from the uncertainty, fear, and boredom we're all dealing with right now. Most likely you've read a lot of the books on this list; these are old favorites, books that radiate warmth and comfort to help us get through this pandemic together -- from a safe distance.
There are many things to love about being a bookseller, but my favorite double edged sword is that we get to read so many amazing books before they are officially released in stores. Double edged only because we read books we love and then we have to WAIT, sometimes MONTHS before we get to shove them breathlessly into your hands.
There’s been a lot of buzz around the bookstore lately because of all the wonderful advance reading copies we’re getting through, and because the suspense is killing us, this is what we can’t wait to recommend in the coming months:
Look, Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to mean anything. You get to decide whether it’s a holiday celebrating love, or a capitalist trap designed to sell cards and chocolate. Maybe it’s both, or neither. Maybe it’s just another random Friday in February.