October Bookstore News

Our Tricks and Treats

We're pulling out plenty of treats this month (and maybe a few tricks too).

Jenny is busy selecting some horror books to display. (Are you a reader who loves a good fright this time of year?)

Renee and Sue are combing the children's shelves for tamer Halloween-themed books. 

Our teen staffers are recommending some new titles for Teen Read Week, Oct. 12-18. 

Jane and Linda are tabulating the Halloween trivia contest winners (see trivia quiz below).

Don't forget Trick-or-Treating with the kids downtown on Oct. 25.

And there's more Halloween fun on Oct. 26 during our annual Halloween Kids Party.

Click here for more books (both kids and adults) that we recommend for getting into spirit of the season.

Happy Trick-or-Treating!

Caught Reading at The Bookstore

Look who was caught reading (and singing) recently at The Bookstore.

70s-80s' band icon Jim Peterik of Survivor stopped in to visit fans and sign copies of his book Through the Eye of the Tiger: The Rock 'n' Roll Life of Survivor's Founding Member.

Check our video clip by Sue.

Jim Peterik signs at The Bookstore in Glen Ellyn 

Come into the store; we have extra copies of Jim's book available.

See more "Get Caught Reading."

Meet Teen Staffer: Abbey

What I'm Reading

I'm currently reading The Normal Heart and the Destiny of Me: Two Plays by Larry Kramer. Both plays are set during the 1980s AIDS epidemic, following the life of activist Ned Weeks, who is based on Larry Kramer himself. People need to read this book because not only is it beautifully and poignantly written, but also was completely revolutionary for its time. It serves as a startling reminder (especially for young people) that not long ago we lived in a time full of prejudice, where people were oppressed simply because of their sexuality. It shows us both how far we've come in the struggle for equality, and how far we have yet to go.

Teen Reads Week is Oct. 12-18

My recommendation for Teen Reads Week is Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. For anyone who loved Eleanor and ParkFangirl is another funny yet touching example of Rowell's delightful writing style. Also, for all those Harry Potter fans out there (like me), they will love the parallels within the novel with the fantasy series of Rowell's creation, Simon Snow, as it brings back quite a few feelings of nostalgia.

About Me

I am a senior in high school at Glenbard West this year, where I participate on the Varsity Forensics Team and serve as the Assistant Editor-in-Chief of The Glen Bard Newspaper. I'm also in the Touring Chorus of Anima Young Singers of Greater Chicago, and tutor at the Glen Ellyn Children's Resource Center. I have been working at the Bookstore for a little over a year. I will be going to college next year and majoring in either English or pre-med (or both!).    

Bookstore Brain Teaser

Our trivia contest this month celebrates the season. Answer these questions correctly the next time you visit The Bookstore and you'll receive a 20% discount on one item in the store.

  1. Name any three physical attributes of the three women that visit Jonathan Harker in Dracula's castle.
  2. What 2014 children's book retells "The Raven"?
  3. What novel begins with this opening line: "The terror, which would not end for another twenty-eight years - if it ever did end - began, so far as I know or can tell, with a boat made from a sheet of newspaper floating down a gutter swollen with rain."

Preorder Special of the Month

The preorder books of the month are

Come into the store to preorder a copy and we'll give you 10% off.

Coming Events

Halloween Kids Party

Children ages 4 to 7 are invited to our annual Halloween Storytime Party. We will provide Halloween stories, activities and a small snack. Pre-registration is required, a $5 fee includes a gift certificate for $5 from The Bookstore. Call 630-469-2891 or email with participant’s name and age.


College and Career Night at The Bookstore

Create your college list, find a major and a career, and get a life! Join us at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 for our first College and Career Night.

Representatives from Career Vision and College Find and Seek will be on hand with advice and encouragement for high school students, college students, and anyone interested in finding out more about their possible career path.

This is an informal, informative evening, with snacks! Pre-registration is appreciated but not required.

Book signing: Judy Ferraro - "If I Catch You I Will KIll You"

Local author Judy Ferraro will discuss and sign copies of her new book  “If I Catch You I Will Kill You: A Childhood Sexual Abuse Survivor Redefines Life On Her Own Terms” at 7 p.m. Oct. 6.

Judy survived childhood sexual abuse and now comes forward with words of hope and guidance for survivors. Her story will resonate with many readers and serve as a cautionary tale for parents and children everywhere.