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Spooky season book recs by theme

I’ll be honest, this is a chaotic list that has a little something for everyone to celebrate spooky season. We broke down some classic sinister themes and gave a few book recs for each, varying from romance to fantasy to mild horror to deeply disturbing. Don’t forget to check under the bed before you climb […]

An interview with Katie Holt of The Strand

What’s your favorite area of your bookstore? My favorite part of the store are the stacks of fiction seated against the back wall, but more specifically range of letters that’s MNOP. Personally, I love shelving and it takes a lot of our day up since we’re a used bookstore. This is the area where all […]

5 Queer Books for Spooky Season

Spooky season is here at last! We’re all ready to dive into creepy, scary, unsettling books, but if you’re like me, you’re always looks to diversify your reading even within subgenres. Have I got the list for you: here are a few killer books featuring queer people that are perfect for burrowing under your blankets […]

Hocus Pocus character book recommendations

It’s the time of the year when we start watching Hocus Pocus at least once a week, and to celebrate the sequel’s premiere, we are giving some book recommendations based on your favorite character from the original movie! Winifred A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness: In this tale of passion and obsession, Diana Bishop, […]

Climate change, corporate greed and murder converge in futuristic D.C.-based mystery series’s stunning sequel

TORONTO – Political intrigue in Washington, D.C.? That’s nothing new. But that intrigue is anything but dull in the second book of Michael Kaufman’s genre-smashing Jen Lu series. A well-crafted, entertaining story told with humor, heart, guts and soul, “The Last Resort” (Jan. 10, 2023, Crooked Lane Books) is perfect for fans of political thrillers, […]

How authors can make the most of working with their publicists

There are so many great duos: Sonny and Cher. Peanut butter and jelly. Calvin and Hobbes. An author and their publicist. If you’ve hired a publicist to help market your book, you’ve already taken the first step in building a truly dynamic partnership. And with any partnership, it’s important that both sides are working together […]

Reading Recommendations for Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week is the annual celebration of the freedom to read, and is typically celebrated during the final week of September. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, […]

An interview with Elizabeth Decker of Caprichos Bookshop

What’s your favorite area of your bookstore?    The post office because it means I’m shipping more books! What’s the coolest book cover that you like to have facing out on the shelves?   One book cover that always gets a lot of attention is Lost Words. It’s also a giant book and partnered with Lost Spells […]

An interview with Emily Giglierano of Astoria Bookshop

What is your favorite area of your bookstore? Our under-visited kids’ nonfiction section. It’s not ideally situated, tucked away near the office and the back door storage area, but the books are my favorites: these are the really cool picture-book biographies, the oversized atlases of wild animals and places all over the world, almanacs and […]

“Addictive” WWII series continues with detective investigating art heist and multiple London murders

‘This is to my shame the first Mark Ellis book I’ve read. If the others evoke a vanished London so impressively, are graced with such complex plots and deep characterisation, and, above all, are written so well I shall have to read them all.‘ –THE LONDON TIMES LONDON, England – In “Dead in the Water” […]