Author Visits and Pop-Up Shops: Notes from Valerie's Messy Desk

I hope your Thanksgiving holiday was as special as mine was. We gathered, we ate, some played wiffle ball. Greg and I are still washing dishes and putting away the silver. And I read. Hopefully you did, too. 

We have a busy week ahead of us. After the joy of Indies First Saturday (thank you for stopping in and celebrating with us), we are charging into the holiday season. We welcome our good friend Jessica Brody this week. Read her Q&A on our blog to prepare for the visit. And we are trying a new venture—a pop-up shop at the Theta Design Weekend. Our Theta friends have reinvented their much respected Antiques Show into a new weekend of shopping. Join us at the GRB as we show you the newest and best design books.

You know me: I love children's books as much as I love all books. I love beautiful picture books. I love great children's stories. And in this morning's New York Times, Maria Russo has eloquently explained that love, in a way that I cannot, but feel from the bottom of my heart. Please read her article about Wonder, the life transforming novel by R.J. Palacio, and now a hit movie.

Remember, we are celebrating the holidays without batteries this year—our shop is stuffed with games galore that require nothing more than a few friends and an instruction manual. A five-year-old guest at Cathy's Thanksgiving declared "Go Go Gelato" amazing. Come ask us about our favorite games and puzzles. And please let us wrap those for you. We have lots of paper and tulle. 

I just finished The After Party by Anton Disclafani—I'm excited to interview her at the aforementioned Theta Design Weekend. And my stack grows larger daily. There are so many books that I want to read.  I am listening to Renegades by Marissa Meyer—it's a fast paced teen novel which makes the morning run just a little more palatable. As usual, we have plenty other recommendations up our sleeves. How about you? What are you reading?