2015 was an incredible year for books – so incredible, in fact, that it was a huge challenge to compose this very list. But we did the tough work and now here they are, BookPeople’s Best Books of 2015 (in no particular order). We hope that you’ll find a new read for yourself, and some … Continue reading BookPeople’s Top Ten Books of 2015
Who would have thought that a six-foot-seven-inch Jewish hippie from Philadelphia would have started one of the best "fringe" western swing bands of its time, and still keep comin' right at ya! More than forty years, twenty-five albums, and nine Grammy Awards later, Asleep at the Wheel is still drawing crowds around the world, led by … Continue reading Ray Benson is Comin’ Right at Ya!
~post by Children's Book Buyer Meghan G. Talking about our country's fraught relationship with race is never easy. Many of us struggle as parents and educators to know how exactly to talk about America's experiences with race and racial prejudice (past and present) with young kids. As "Black Lives Matter" is at the forefront of dialogue in … Continue reading New Children’s Books Tackle Race and History with Candor and Grace
Many moons ago, a man named Scott Montgomery rolled into town with a big idea: create a curated crime fiction bookstore right inside BookPeople. Scott had read it all, from police procedurals to thrillers; cozies to hardboiled noir. The powers that be took one look at his resume (and his bookshelf) and handed him the keys … Continue reading Celebrating Five Years of MysteryPeople
The effects of Hurricane Patricia couldn't dampen our spirits when we had the great privilege of hosting Brian Selznick at Westlake Performing Arts Center in October for his first Texas tour. Although the weather unfortunately dampened our scheduled pre-show festivities, Brian's presentation about his latest book, The Marvels, dazzled attendees--as did his spiffy tuxedo. We were … Continue reading A Rainy Night Brightened by Brian Selznick
It’s here, the book we’ve all been waiting for, the epic conclusion to Austin author and illustrator Edward Carey’s Iremonger Trilogy, Lungdon. Carey has taken us through The Heap House, digging up secrets and whispering to objects; he’s opened our eyes to Foulsham as objects change to people and people change to objects; and now … Continue reading An Uncommon Evening with Edward Carey
It’s that time of year when our attention turns to holiday feasts and cozy nights cooking up special dishes to gather around. As the temperature dips, the leaves crisp, and the sweaters come out of the closet, hovering over a stove top and preheating the oven become welcome, heartening rituals. In this spirit, this month … Continue reading Top Shelf in November: A Feast of Cookbooks!
~post by Julie W. Earlier this year, I had the great fun of participating in the reading committee for the Summer/Fall 2015 round of the American Booksellers Association's Indies Introduce Program. The goal of Indies Introduce is simple: highlight some of the best fiction, nonfiction and children's books written by new and undiscovered authors each season. The selection process works a … Continue reading Read This Book: RULES FOR WEREWOLVES
We are thrilled to announce the fifth pick for our Trust Fall subscription club is Bats of the Republic by Zachary Thomas Dodson. Our booksellers have been mesmerized by this new novel, likening it to last year's form-defying novel, S., and the work of Mark Danielewski and David Mitchell. We've made it our Top Shelf pick for October, … Continue reading Announcing Trust Fall Pick #5!
After more than one thousand nominations, judges for the Kirkus Prize, now in its second year, have narrowed it down to six finalists for three different categories: fiction, nonfiction and young readers' literature. Here they are: Young Readers Literature: The New Small Person by Lauren Child Lillian's Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting … Continue reading Kirkus Prize Short List Announced – Bookseller Picks!