Events Calendar

  • Sunday, November 20 at 4pm: Middle Grade Book Club: Shad Hadid and the Alchemists of Alexandria
  • Saturday, December 10 at 11am: Book launch with Nicole Chen
  • Every Sunday at 10:30am: Outdoor Storytime with Mary Sheila


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Middle Grade Book Club
Sunday, November 20 at 4pm IN-STORE


It’s the next meeting of our middle grade book club for ages 9+! Led by bookseller extraordinaire Lorilee, we hope to introduce interested readers to amazing new books and the opportunity to talk about them in a fun, relaxed group setting. Our meeting will be held outdoors, in front of the store.


This month’s book is Shad Hadid and the Alchemists of Alexandria, an action-packed take on the ancient art of alchemy by George Jreije. Get 10% off the book in-store or online now through November 20. To RSVP, or for any questions, please email [email protected]com.


Twelve-year-old Shad Hadid has never quite fit in. The other kids at school don’t understand him, so he spends most of his time alone, cooking for his teta and daydreaming of opening his own Arabic bakery full of tasty treats. But when Shad is attacked by a shadowy monster, he learns his late baba was an alchemist with the ability to mix charms, elixirs, and mists—and he’s one too.


Then Shad receives an invitation to the mysterious Alexandria Academy, a fabled school for alchemists, where he hopes he’ll find safety and learn more about the ancient science. But when he arrives, no one at the school seems to know what alchemy is. As Shad digs deeper into the mystery, he discovers a sinister evil lurking in the shadows, and only he holds the key to stopping—or fulfilling—their plans. With danger at every turn and the fate of the alchemy world on the line, can Shad save his friends and defeat this sinister foe?




Book Launch: Nicole Chen
Saturday, December 10 at 11am IN-STORE


Join us for the launch of local author Nicole Chen's picture book debut, How We Say I Love You. This event will be held outdoors, in front of the store.


How do you tell your family that you love them? For Hana, love is all around her: Mom stirs love into a steaming pot of xifan. Dad cheers with love at her soccer game. Hana says good night with love by rubbing her grandma's feet and pouring her grandpa his sleepy tea. And as the light fades, Hana's parents tuck her into bed and give her a good night kiss. 


So many families express their love in all they do for one another, every day. How We Say I Love You is a book that wraps you in a hug and invites your family to share their own special ways of showing love.



Outdoor Storytimes: Sundays at 10:30am


In-person storytime is back! Join us every Sunday morning at 10:30am in front of the store as Mary Sheila shares some of our favorite read-alouds. (Grab a tasty pastry from our neighbors at Manresa while your kids enjoy the stories!) All storytimes feature picture books and are appropriate for all ages.



Past Author Visits


We have been fortunate to host many amazing authors and illustrators–in-store, off-site, online, and at local schools–over our forty years in business. Here are a few that have visited recently: 


  • Aaron Blabey
  • Aaron Reynolds
  • Adam Gidwitz
  • Ally Condie
  • Arree Chung
  • Brandon Mull
  • Dana Simpson
  • David Yoon
  • Erin Entrada Kelly
  • Faith Erin Hicks
  • Greg Pizzoli
  • Jake Burt
  • Jan Brett
  • Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
  • Jennifer Nielsen
  • Jessica Hische
  • Jessica Townsend
  • Judd Winick
  • Katherine Applegate
  • Kelly Yang
  • Leigh Bardugo
  • Liz Kessler
  • Loren Long
  • Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  • Mac Barnett
  • Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • Patricia Polacco
  • Peter Reynolds
  • Rosemary Wells
  • Ruta Sepetys
  • Samira Ahmed
  • Sara Pennypacker
  • Scott Campbell
  • William Joyce
  • ... and many more!


We're looking forward to hosting more of your favorite authors and illustrators in the future!


Jan Brett signing books  Jessica Hische speaking to students  Mac Barnett meeting a student

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