Come to the Open Books bookstore Saturday, March 1st for our third annual Dr. Seuss Day! We’ll have fun Seussian activities all morning, and 20% off new AND used kid’s books. Best of all, there will be cake and other sweet treats, and our manager Kevin will be coming to work in costume …
Meet our new bookseller, Alice!
The books I got in trouble for reading during class were mostly science fiction and fantasy, but since my college years I’ve been discovering the joys of science and history as well. My favorite books are still in the fantastical vein*, but I also love learning about how the world works and the environmental or historical reasons why things are the way they are.
When I’m not reading books I like to read the Food section of the paper and save new recipes, and sometimes I even mange to use them. I especially like when I can use herbs that I’ve grown myself, though keeping them alive has been something of a challenge for me. I do like plants, but they don’t always love me back. Whenever I feel the need to see some plants that have been properly cared for I love visiting the conservatory in Garfield Park or walking around in a neighborhood with lots of gardens. Looking at neighborhood architecture is fun too, but my favorite building in the city is the Cultural Center downtown, which used to be the main library. Free events, stained-glass domes, quotes about knowledge from languages around the world done in mosaics, what more could a girl want? Oh, right, books! Good thing I work in a bookstore.
*To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis, a rom-com mystery with time-travel, and The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon, a political thriller/murder-mystery that’s also a meditation on loss, fatherhood and chess, set in an alternate-universe where Jewish refugees were sent to Alaska instead of Israel after WWII.
Confessions of a Book Cover Lover
Ok, so I’ll admit it, I do judge a book by its cover- but my initial reaction isn’t always binding (ha!). I’ve learned that books, much like people, “dress” a certain way to attract those who share their interests. A science-fiction book’s cover has a certain visual parlance that lets readers know other-worldly happenings are bound between its pages. Chick-lit, biographies, children’s books and almost all other categories have their own book-cover language as well (not to mention different eras- holla at vintage Penguins). Here are a few book-cover designers I am particularly enamored by. Let me know what you think!
Are you coming to Growing Up With Harry Potter, our super-Potter party for the release of The Casual Vacancy? Then get ready to WROCK, because Open Books is thrilled to announce a very special guest: premiere wizard rock band Tonks and the Aurors!
Tonks and the Aurors have three CDs out, which you can sample on bandcamp.
September 27th, 8 PM. FREE, but please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org - space is limited!
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
This may be the single greatest sentence he wrote. I think we all need someone to tell us that we’re okay. ^LB