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How to develop an elevator pitch

Describe yourself in three words. I’m sure you’ve been faced with this dreaded, near-impossible task at some point. The longer you consider your options, the farther you seem to be from your goal. How can anyone distill their identity, with its many layers, into only three words? As an author, you’re about to face a […]

Fun fantasy book recommendations for fans of Willow

One of my absolute favorite things is when a fantasy book sweeps me away and makes me laugh, and I’m really excited for the premiere of Willow at the end of November, because it feels right up that alley. If you’ve watched and want some more books that give the same feeling, check these out […]

Cozy mysteries to curl up with this winter

I am personally a huge fan of the winter – it gives me an excuse to stay indoors and curl up with a good book without feeling like I’m missing out on too much. Cozy blankets, warm drinks and a roaring fire is my idea of a good time. I find myself gravitating toward mysteries […]

An interview with Vanessa Deubler of Madison Street Books

What’s your favorite area of your bookstore? My favorite area of the bookstore is our staff pick wall. There’s such a variety of books on there, all well-recommended by my coworkers, and it’s right by our front windows. What’s the coolest book cover that you like to have facing out on the shelves? The Grip […]

New 1920s mystery follows PI on his twisty case which features legendary figures of the time

Award-winning author’s book includes Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Dorothy Parker and many more Brunswick, ME – Award-winning author of over ten mysteries and historical novels, Matt Cost is releasing a fast-paced historical mystery, “Velma Gone Awry: A Brooklyn 8 Ballo Mystery” (April 13, 2023, Encircle Publications), which is set in the roaring ‘20s and […]

New book by EU foreign policy chief offers unique insight into international diplomacy and shares her experiences during some of the most turbulent periods in modern history

LONDON – So much of modern-day diplomacy still takes place behind closed doors, away from cameras and prying eyes. But what does this vital role really look like in today’s world? From 2009 to 2014, Catherine Ashton was the EU’s first High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security. Arriving in Brussels as a relative novice […]

Teen struggles with eating disorder in gorgeous, moving graphic novel from critically acclaimed author and artist

Teen struggles with eating disorder in gorgeous, moving graphic novel from critically acclaimed author and artist Pasadena, CA – Disney and DC artist and author Victoria Ying pulls at readers’ heartstrings and explores her past in the poignant YA graphic novel, “Hungry Ghost” (April 25, 2023, Macmillan/First Second). Ying has seen tremendous success with many […]

An interview with Aaron Jackson of Bookworks

What’s your favorite area of your bookstore? Well considering I am a poet I have to go with the poetry section. I really love our poetry section because Albuquerque has such a wonderful poetic community. We have so many great local authors who have works in our section and I have been told that former […]

Books paired with Dolly Parton songs to celebrate Diamonds & Rhinestones’ release

We don’t need a new Dolly Parton album as an excuse to listen to her songs and compile a reading list, but we are excited for her new greatest hits album, so you know we couldn’t help ourselves. Once you’ve settled in with some of these books, check out our Dolly Parton-inspired playlist and stream […]