Kate DiCamillo has written several wonderful books — among them The Tale of Despereaux, The Magician’s Elephant, Because of Winn-Dixie — all of which would make wonderful gifts. If I had to choose just one, it would be The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. Ms. DiCamillo is known as a writer for children and has won numerous awards in that field, including the Newbery Medal, but she is a storyteller of such grace and charm that her books provide as much pleasure for adults as for children. Children will never feel that she is writing down to them, and adults will never feel that her writing is too simple, for it is in fact complex in theme and rich in emotion. Few writers have ever made me laugh out loud and, in the same book, moved me to tears, but Ms. DiCamillo does both, book after book.
What Kari Luna is giving.
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A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.
Nelson Mandela (via libraryadvocates)
Anyone familiar with J. J. Abrams’s cultishly popular film and TV projects should know exactly what to expect from his first foray into the printed word: the unexpected. This über-meta, genre-blending novel (akin to House of Leaves and Cloud Atlas) takes the reader on a fast-paced, perplexing ride.
Recommended by Kim, Powells.com
We’ve got plenty of copies of S. by J. J. Abrams in stock (unlike, say, a giant online retailer who shall remain nameless).
Describe your ideal reading experience (when, where, what, how).
While shooting in Portland, Ore., I got the pleasure of discovering Powell’s Books, an enormous old bookstore (which I hope still exists) and stayed there the entire day. I just curled up in a comfy chair and read. They had a cafe in the store that I frequented. What joy.
—Bryan Cranston: By the Book in the NYT
Um. We’re really, really excited that Bryan Cranston likes us.
Mitchell S. Jackson’s go-to gift for family and friends.
On Saturday we were joined by some of our favorite authors for Indies First! Featured here, from top to bottom:
Liz Crain and John Gorham
Whitney Otto, William Todd Schultz, and Richard Melo
We were also thrilled to welcome to our stores Stevan Allred, Ian Doescher, Amanda Coplin, and Chris Santella. Thanks to all the authors who came out and to the customers who helped make it a great event!