Did You Hear Our Big Event News?

I'm writing this today while I look out my hotel window at the Mississippi River. I'm in Memphis attending a book conference. Last night, I had the opportunity to visit the Civil Rights Museum on the grounds of the Lorraine Hotel. It was a profoundly moving experience. As I reflect on it, it saddens me to think that while we have progressed, we still have a long way to go in so many ways for so many people. If you ever visit Memphis, please promise you will stop there.

The bookshop remains busy while I am gone, with the staff preparing for an exciting slate of upcoming events. By now you may have seen that we have announced an event with Junot Díaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Mr. Díaz has a gorgeous new picture book, Islandborn, coming out in March. We are so very excited.

Our Bookworm Book Festival is almost here. On Saturday, February 3rd, the best authors and illustrators will be on hand at Spring Oaks Middle School for a fun morning of readings and activities. If you are unable to attend, call us—we'll get personalized copies for your special little ones.

If you want to get out for an evening of literary conversation and a glass of wine, come meet Texas-born author Stefan Merrill Block on February 1—his mesmerizing new novel Oliver Loving examines a small Texas town in the wake of a horrific school shooting.

How in the world did we have two ice days last week? It was crazy. While our poor plants were rapidly succumbing to the cold, we stayed nice and warm inside reading. Lots of reading. And listening to our audiobooks. I'm listening to Heart Spring Mountain, a moving story of three generations of Vermont women—strong, resilient, broken, shattered. Meanwhile, I am reading Lying In Wait, a compelling Irish crime novel by Liz Nugent. Some of the staff are sharing in my love of the forthcoming An American Marriage. It's the one we are buzzing about the most. We have plenty of other recommendations for you online—you're sure to find something that strikes your fancy.

I hope you've had some time to read, as well. What are your recommendations?

Take care,