USA Today had an article this week asking if The Night Circus, the debut novel by Erin Morgenstern that comes out this fall and that booksellers nationwide (including us) are raving about, is the next Harry Potter. It includes the book's trailer. (We spoke to the Wall Street Journal this week about our event with … Continue reading As the Book World Turns….
We've been running into Origami Yoda all over town this week, how about you? If you've seen him, send us a picture! Maybe you've seen him in origami form, or on the cover of your copy of The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, or maybe you've seen him in his Keep Austin Weird t-shirt. Whatever … Continue reading Where Have You Seen Origami Yoda?
Earlier this week, the venerable D. C. indie Politics & Prose posted photos of their bookseller's bookshelves to their facebook page. We loved the idea (and the pictures) and thought it would be fun to see what's on our own shelves. So, here you go, snapshots of personal BookPerson libraries:
Posted by Danny Here's the deal on Steampunk, a potentially huge subgenre a la all those novels featuring vampires, zombies, werewolves, etc.... Steampunk novels almost always take place in a Victorian alt-world wherein this era's technology, usually steam powered hence the "steam" in steam punk, has evolved a thousand times faster than it did in … Continue reading Danny Sets Us Straight on Steampunk
~Post by MysteryPeople Crime Fiction Coordinator Scott Montgomery We're halfway through 2011, and it's already been a strong year for crime fiction. Since I know other great books are coming out soon by some of my favorite authors and new unknowns come out with something every season that always blows me away, I thought it … Continue reading Top Ten Crime Fiction Novels of the Year So Far
BookPeople is a cool place to work for a lot of reasons. There's being on the front lines of all the new books that come out, meeting famous people when they swing through on book tour, and the fact that our primary job is to talk to people about books all day. But there's also … Continue reading BookPerson Nolan Makes Art, Throws a Party
Here's a sneak peek at the Top Shelf in this month's Independent, BookPeople's paper newsletter available in-store. This month, Master Bookseller Kester Smith reviewed the soon-to-be-released novel by Austinite Ernie Cline, Ready Player One. We're planning a big 80's night release party for Ernie on Tuesday, August 23rd, 7p. Details of the party are … Continue reading August Top Shelf: ‘Ready Player One’
On Friday we had a wonderful evening with bestselling thriller writer Meg Gardiner. A great crowd showed up to hear Meg talk about her latest book, The Nightmare Thief (including another bestselling thriller writer, Austin's own Jeff Abbott.) For those of you who couldn't make it, we caught some of Meg's talk on video: In … Continue reading Our Evening with Meg Gardiner
The long list of finalists for the prestigious Man Booker Prize were announced earlier today. Congrats to all of the authors (and their publishers) in the Man Booker Dozen: Julian Barnes The Sense of an Ending (Random House) Sebastian Barry On Canaan's Side (Faber) Carol Birch Jamrach's Menagerie (Canongate Books) Patrick deWitt The Sisters Brothers … Continue reading Man Booker Prize Long List Announced
Here's what's brand new on the shelves as of today. Blurbs provided by the books' publishers. HARDCOVER FICTION Close Your Eyes by Amanda Eyre Ward - Amanda Eyre Ward's latest novel is a dark mystery partially inspired by real events. For most of her life, Lauren Mahdian has been certain of two things: that her … Continue reading New Releases