Everyone's favorite silly maid is coming to town! Amelia Bedelia that is!!! Remember when she dressed the chicken? Or when she drew the drapes? How about the time she dusted the furniture? Amelia is always getting into messes. Now we are getting to know a whole new side of Amelia, and you can be sure … Continue reading
Friday, sweet Friday, you've come at last! Today we celebrate with Claude McKay. Dawn in New York by Claude McKay The Dawn! The Dawn! The crimson-tinted, comes Out of the low still skies, over the hills, Manhattan's roofs and spires and cheerless domes! The Dawn! My spirit to its spirit thrills. Almost the mighty city … Continue reading National Poetry Month!
Here are a few of our favorite shots from last night's event with Jenny Lawson. After meeting a few hundred of her biggest fans, Jenny signed many, many copies her memoir Let's Pretend This Never Happened. If you'd like one, you can get your hands on a copy via our website or by calling 512-472-5050. … Continue reading She Came, She Saw, She Signed Some Chickens
I'd like to start by saying I am so excited for Austin Food and Wine Fest this weekend! It's going to be great, Marcus Samuelsson, Andrew Zimmern, Johnathan Waxman- just to name a few of the amazing chefs that will be in attendance. In preparation for this momentous occasion I decided to get in the … Continue reading Making “Italian, My Way”
Top Shelf for May: The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson Reviewed by: Liz W. Close your eyes and imagine, for a moment, that you are a member of the family Fang. Your mother and father are performance artists—they dress up and pull stunts that “subvert normality.” Usually these stunts take place in the mall, too, … Continue reading Top Shelf for May: THE FAMILY FANG by Kevin Wilson
Today, besides being Thursday which in itself is very exciting, is National Poem in Your Pocket Day! Pick a poem, carry it with you and share it throughout the day with those around you. It's so exciting to think of people all over the country sharing poems today. The poem in my pocket is... Dream … Continue reading National Poetry Month!
The Austin Food & Wine Festival is fast approaching, and as one of the very lucky booksellers who will be on hand in the cookbook tent this weekend helping folks find books and get them signed by their favorite chef, I thought I ought to get to know one of those cookbooks a little bit … Continue reading Pulling Up a Chair to the ‘New American Table’
~Post by David Duhr of WriteByNight, Austin’s center for writers. Poet Marianne Moore once said, “A man is a writer if all his words are strung in definite sentence sounds.” Setting aside the lack of gender neutrality in Moore’s era, what she’s saying is that if it sounds like writing, then it’s writing. I.e., if you … Continue reading The Art of the Sentence
Oh joyous Wednesday! Today marks the birth of James Fenton. We celebrate him and his work! In Paris With You by James Fenton Don't talk to me of love. I've had an earful And I get tearful when I've downed a drink or two. I'm one of your talking wounded. I'm a hostage. I'm maroonded. … Continue reading National Poetry Month!
Sara Pennypacker, author of the Clementine series (one of our favorites for young readers) has a brand new book on the shelves, Summer of the Gypsy Moths (ages 9+). We're very excited to welcome Sara here to share this new story on Sunday, May 6, 1p. A new book by one of our favorite authors … Continue reading Summer of the Gypsy Moths is here!