Happy New Year! We’re thrilled to announce that this year Porter Square Books is launching not one, but TWO new book clubs for readers of young adult literature. Tomorrow on the blog there will be more information on "The Bookavores," a new young adult book club for teens only. Today I’m very excited to tell you about "Betwixt & Be Teen," our new young adult book club for readers of all ages.
Every January the booksellers at Porter Square Books look back on their staff picks from the past twelve months and select one to be their pick of the year. Sometimes the right book jumps right out and other times it’s an agonizing decision that we can fret over for weeks. The result is something like one of those Best of the Year lists that swarm through social media in December, but one that includes books in all genres, for all different types of readers and moods, and often, forgotten or overlooked gems from the past.
The Porter Square Books reading challenge is back for 2016, with twenty-six broad categories designed to push us out of our reading comfort zones. (PSB regulars might remember last year’s challenge with forty-three categories, inspired by Pop Sugar… we’ve gotten slightly more realistic.)
We all had a lot of fun coming up with silly rhymes or trying to match the themes of the books that were ordered or handing and emailing poems back and forth, but for me, the real joy came from slowing down. It’s easy, especially at holiday shopping pace, for order processing to become a kind of data entry. As I’m typing in ISBNs and contact information, it’s easy to forget that the ISBN is a book and the contact information is a person.
We are starting to get down to the wire for our holiday shopping. Here is some more information about our online inventory statuses and important dates if you’re shopping for Christmas. So if the inventory says:
On Our Shelves Now and there are More Than 10 Copies
Earlier this fall, we worked with Gregory Maguire to sell signed copies of his latest book After Alice. Unfortunately, in all the boxes and boxes of books, we got one copy where Gregory’s name was not printed on the cover. He kindly fixed it for us.
Once again we are celebrating Indies First on Small Business Saturday, November 28th. On Indies First local authors will step into the fast-paced, high-octane, several-holds-barred world of holiday libromancing to handsell their books, help you find the perfect gift, and, of course, sign copies of their works.
Here are the authors who will be joining us this year.
#CyberMonday. The online equivalent of Black Friday, in which online retailers compete for your holiday spending with flashy ads and deep discounts. A celebration of getting your holiday shopping done without having to put on pants, or grinding through the list of cousins and co-workers on your lunch break. On #CyberMonday, much like Black Friday, we tend to think of the biggest stores first when we fire up the browser but many local independent stores (including yours truly) support online shopping as well. Online shopping that includes shipping, in store pick up, and gift wrapping.
Following the American Library Association's Banned Books Week, one's thoughts return to the landmark censorship legal cases of the early '60s.