Thursday, July 30, 2009

Longlist for the Man Booker Prize Announced

The longlist includes:

The Children's Book, A.S. Byatt (Chatto and Windus)
Summertime, J.M. Coetzee (Harvill Secker)
The Quickening Maze, Adam Foulds (Jonathan Cape)
How to Paint a Dead Man, Sarah Hall (Faber)
The Wilderness, Samantha Harvey (Jonathan Cape)
Me Cheeta, James Lever (Fourth Estate)
Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel (Fourth Estate)
The Glass Room, Simon Mawer (Little, Brown)
Not Untrue & Not Unkind, Ed O'Loughlin (Penguin - Ireland)
Heliopolis, James Scudamore (Harvill Secker)
Brooklyn, Colm Toibin (Viking)
Love and Summer, William Trevor (Viking)
The Little Stranger, Sarah Waters (Virago)

For more information, visit

Friday, July 17, 2009

Ooo, Cool Picture of the Day -

Phil Plait (Bad Astronomer and author-we-have-carried) pointed this out:
On this day, during the Apollo 11 40th Anniversary, NASA posted Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter images of the Apollo 11 landing site. So very cool!

OK, once a geek, always a geek,

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Big Author Event this Saturday - 3-5pm

Tea and Cookies will definitely be available, but the stars of the event are Ellen Jensen Abbott, S. Terrell French, Roseanne Parry, and Fran Cannon Slayton. They will all be visiting and signing their books. The books are targeted to kids ranging from grade 3 to grade 9.

Watersmeet, a YA Fantasy, a teenage girl confronts prejudice, war, and family secrets.

When Brother's dad is shipped off to Iraq in Heart of a Shepherd, Brother must help his grandparents keep the ranch going. He's determined to maintain it just as his father left it, in the hope that doing so will ensure his father's safe return. The hardships Brother faces will not only change the ranch, but also reveal his true calling.

When the Whistle Blows introduces us to Jimmy, who lives in Rowlesburg, West Virginia during the 1940s. He does all the things boys do in the small mountain town: plays a mean game of football, pulls the unforgettable Halloween prank with his friends in the Platoon, a and promises to head off into the woods on the first day of hunting season no matter what. He also knows his father belongs to a secret society, and is determined to uncover the mysteries behind it But it is a midnight encounter with a train that shows Jimmy the man his father really is.

Operation Redwood propels the reader into
clandestine e-mail exchanges, secret trips, fake press releases, and a tree-house standoff. These are among the clever stunts and pranks the kid heroes pull off in this exciting ecological adventure.

In Bull Rider,
Cam O'Mara is a dedicated skateboarder. But when his older brother serves in Iraq and comes back partially paralyzed, the bull-riding mantle falls to Cam. This is a timely debut novel about family loyalty and hope in the face of tremendous trials.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Wine Tasting Friday AND Community Bake Sale/ Folk Music Sunday

Wine Tasting at the Bookstore, 6-9pm, Friday the 10th July - Join us for wine, munchies and live music provided by local musician Nathan Rabe. Tea and coffee will be available also.

Community Bake Sale + Folk Music! Sunday the 12th July -

Community Bake Sale to benefit the Crisis Center 12-4 PLUS Steve Haug playing Folk/Celtic Music 3-6.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Celebrate Independents Week July 1-7!!!!

Reisterstown's Main Street Shopkeepers - Independent Businesses all - will be holding special sales, not to mention Live Mic @ Java Mammas all week. Most of us will close on the 4th itself to be with our families - but the rest of the week will be a blast.

As we honor national heritage and liberty, we also celebrate our nation's local independent businesses who have given so many citizens opportunity and underpinned and underwritten community life and prosperity. It's also a time to consider the independent decision-making ability each of us possesses to choose the future of the place we make our home.

Love your Indies!