2015: A Bookstore Year In Review

2015 was an incredible year for our store. We are so grateful for the support we get from readers who continue to make the decision to shop local and independent, and for those who come out to hear authors speak in our store. This year we had the honor of hosting historic figures such as President Jimmy Carter and Senator Barney Frank; legendary artists such as Elvis Costello, Kim Gordon, Carrie Brownstein and photographer Sally Mann; YouTube stars Jenny Lawson and Felicia Day; and the timeless Judy Blume. Let’s look back and celebrate the words we read and the people who wrote them. Thank you for being a part of an incredible year!

Top 20 Bestsellers of 2015 : 

2015 Top Shelf Picks:

January: The First Bad Man by Miranda July
February: Get in Trouble: Stories by Kelly Link
March: Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
April: Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto by Aaron Franklin
May: Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan
June: Uprooted by Naomi Novik
July: The Hand that Feeds You by A.J. Rich
August: Three Moments of an Explosion by China Mieville
September: The Marvels by Brian Selznick
October: Bats of the Republic by Zachary Thomas Dodson
November: A Feast of Cookbooks

2015 Statesman Selects Picks: 

January: Migratory Animals by Helen Specht.
February: Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon
March: Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum
April: Delicious Foods by James Hannaham
May: Gutshot by Amelia Gray
June: The Edge Becomes the Center by DW Gibson
July: Armada by Ernest Cline
August: Foulsham by Edward Carey
September: Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
November: Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein
December: The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip by George Saunders

Top Blog Posts in 2015: 

The Highlight Reel

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Janunary 22 The New & Noteworthy Book Club makes a triumphant return.

April 8 LitHub launches, listing us as one of several proud indie bookstore partners.

LitHub Daily April 8 2015 ‹ Literary Hub

May We prove that Nick Offerman is more than a mustache.

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June 12 BookKids starts a Roller Girl Revolution!

roller girl display with demi and michael

July 1 We identify the #2015ComicBookRenaissance.

August 8 The 185th Annual First Time Ever BookPeople Nation Carnival of Books!

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September Merrilee knits a crayon named Esteban and he travels around the world.

September 6 Gregory and Chris start a new book club for cinephiles.

September 26 We celebrate teen lit at the Texas Teen Book Festival!

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October 31 We costume-party with Jason Segel!

November 7 MysteryPeople celebrates its 5th birthday with champagne, cake & the compilation of THE MYSTERYPEOPLE 100

MysteryPeople 5th Birthday (1)

THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, We enjoyed traveling with authors to schools all over Austin as they engaged young minds about their works!

2015 was an excellent year for school visits, especially since the conference of the Texas Library Association was held in Austin. That week we worked with 13 different authors on 21 different school events, including one with legendary illustrator Jerry Pickney (who just won TWO lifetime achievement awards!) Other exciting school visits were made by renowned magician Joshua Jay, Newbery Honoree Ingrid Law, Fancy Nancy illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser, and the newly minted National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Gene Luen Yang!

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And, of course, this year we posed with books. ALL THE BOOKS! 

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3 thoughts on “2015: A Bookstore Year In Review

  1. Congratulations on a spectacular year…but I can’t believe “The Nightingale” didn’t make any of your lists!

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