Counter Intelligence, Part 1

November 12, 2008
I don’t have a good before picture yet, but not to worry — I’m working on it. The pictures start after the demolition crew took out the old counter (sadly, I was not present to document that; oh, the missed photo opps!). This is the first round, more coming soon.
The Saga Begins

The Saga Begins


Author Update | Pseudonymous Bosch

October 22, 2008

A figure much shrouded in mystery, Pseudonymous Bosch came to Salt Lake last week on Thursday, October 16, on tour for his new middle-reader adventure/mystery/magical extravaganza If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late:

Beware!

Dangerous secrets lie between the pages of this book.

OK, I warned you. But if you think I’ll give anything away, or tell you that this is the sequel to my first literary endeavor, The Name of This Book is Secret, you’re wrong.

I’m not going to remind you of how we last left our heroes, Cass and Max-Ernest, as they awaited initiation into the mysterious Terces Society, or the ongoing fight against the evil Dr. L and Ms. Mauvais. I certainly won’t be telling you about how the kids stumble upon the Museum of Magic, where they finally meet the amazing Pietro.

Oh, blast I’ve done it again. Well, at least I didn’t tell you about the missing Sound Prism, the nefarious Lord Pharaoh, or the mysterious creature born in a bottle over 500 years ago, the key to the biggest secret of all.

I really can’t help myself, now can I? Let’s face it—if you’re reading this, it’s too late.

Our customers and the students of McGillis School were not only privileged enough to see him in person (sadly, we have had to edit all our pictures to keep his identity secret) but to hear the story behind the fabulously funny books! For example, we now all know who W.P. May is, and why The Name of This Book Is Secret is dedicated to … them (shh! It’s a secret!). We also discovered that Bosch can pull a rabbit out of a hat, spin a great story, and entertain every single kid, parent, and bookseller he met!

There is so much I can’t tell you, aside from that you must all pick up the books immediately. But! For you, dear readers, an exclusive reveal of P. Bosch’s true identity! Drumroll please …..

….. Jon Scieszka!


Pictures | Jon Scieszka

October 17, 2008


Event Update | Red Wagon Read-a-thon

October 13, 2008

This past Saturday, October 11th, was our Red Wagon Read-a-thon. I gotta tell you, October is giving any other month in my memory a run for its money as the Best Month of Events Ever. Fantastic authors like Jon Scieszka and Nikki Giovanni (I’ve never been so thrilled to hold someone’s microphone) with even more to come, and now this. A reading marathon, you say? What’s that about? How long can anyone read for, really?

Well, I’ll tell you. We had, throughout the course of our eight hours camped out in the Children’s Room, about 10 readers, ranging from a first-grader to a mom and her fifth-grader reading together. We broke it up every hour with yoga and trivia games (which were enthusiastically declared “the best!” by contestants) and had pretzels, bananas (we are healthy! or at least, we tried) and candy corn on hand for snacking. And all told, our winner for Most Time Spent Reading read for a grand total of five hours. Fantastic!

We were reading for fun, but also for a good cause. Every read-a-thon participant raised at least (and often more than) $20 as their entry fee, and customers and participants alike brought in big donations of books, for local charity the Book Wagon, which provides books to children (ages 5 – 12) at nine low-income housing projects in Salt Lake County. All told, we raised $650 in monetary and book donations for them, and we continue to get calls about books. Talk about successful! It felt a little bit like Christmas come early, to tell you the truth.

One mom asked me when our next one would be. We definitely have to have another one, there’s no doubt about it. I’m envisioning next spring, when the weather is nice and the patio is open (snow kept us inside this weekend). Who knows, maybe we’ll try for a full day, open to close, instead of just eight hours!


nonpartisan

October 8, 2008

I’m probably as behind on this as I was on LOLympics, but if you haven’t already visited PunditKitchen, you must go now! Here are my favorites, one for each candidate (see, no partisanship here!):

Sadly, there were no good ones for Biden (at least I didn’t think so). Anyone else find one?


We Went Medieval

September 22, 2008

Xandra as Knight

Our Midnight Release Party for Brisingr was a blast — from the fun-beyond-my-wildest-expectations Knight for a Night Picture Station (everyone got in on that) to the frighteningly realistic battles put on by the Society for Creative Anachronism (Internet, I confess: I cringed every time I heard a particularly loud thwack while visions of personal injury lawsuits danced around my head), everything went better than I could have hoped. I attribute most of that to the stellar efforts of the lovely Lydia Black, or as partygoers know her, the Elven Queen Lyra; she definitely brought the medieval and the fantasy to the party.

Were you there? I’m polling favorite moments! Mine was probably the costume contest (sadly, my camera died long before I could document it) — seeing the fantastic regalia that fans of the series put together for the party was awesome. Leave yours in the comments!


Let the Games Begin (almost)

September 18, 2008

They have arrived! The sight of laydown boxes warms my heart every time. Now I feel officially ready to get excited about our Brisingr Midnight Release Party, tomorrow night from 10 p.m. to Midnight — and there are lots of other reasons to get excited as well! I still haven’t figured out what my costume is going to look like, but I’ve been promised some help by the fabulous and without-whom-we-might-not-have-a-party Lydia, so I am in good hands.