October Country

The equinox is behind us and we're rolling into the last quarter of the year. Harvest and Halloween--the nights are coming sooner and they're darker when they come. There's no better time to curl up in front of the hearth with a book and share a story with your family, or just with your own imagination.

We're celebrating story-telling this month in myriad ways. We have tale-tellers for the kids, and kids' tales for grownups. Our regular book club is exploring the endless permutations of The Marriage Plot, and we're inviting the whole community to join us on Tuesday, October 30th for a very special event. We've refurbished our legendary typewriter collection and we're letting you use those newly-shined machines to relate your bookstore anecdotes and memories. Bring in a favorite short quote or epic saga and stamp it onto a page the good old-fashioned way.

September Song

"[T]he days grow short when you reach September / When the autumn weather turns the leaves to flame / One hasn't got time for the waiting game."

--lyric by Kurt Weill from "September Song"

The days are a little bit shorter, sure, but the leaves are still pretty green in these parts, and we don't mind the waiting game as long as we have a good book in hand. This is a great time to find one, as our shelves are groaning with new fall releases, including the titles below. Now that the kids are back in school, you might be able to read one or two.

Speaking of kids, we have some activities on tap this month for the young and the young at heart. We're launching a new in-store book club for adults who love kid fiction--our first meeting is on Thursday, September 13th. YA author Kimberly Foster will be here on Sunday, September 30th to read from and sign her new novel, The Clover Tree. And our Story Time series has resumed, so keep the first Saturday of each month free from here on out.

The View from the Top of the Wheel

"The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning."

--Natalie Babbit, Tuck Everlasting

The weeks that come after aren't half-bad either. August is a great month for just about anything, but especially for our favorite vice, reading. There's no better time to indulge in a good book--as Sam Keen put it, "Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability." The long dog days of August afford ample opportunity to earn the respect of family and friends by settling down to turn a page or two (or more). This might be the only time of year when you have full permission to indulge your whims. No assignments, no "you must read this," just pick up something fun and set your mind in motion. Everything else can catch up later.

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