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New Fall Releases from Coben, Hiaasen, Patchett and more

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Fall new releases (see also those listed in our Staff Picks) include brand-new books by Ian McEwan, Carl Hiaasen, Candice Millard, Tracy Kidder, Harlan Coben, and Jonathan Safran Foer, to name just a few! Click here for more

Plus, we're getting a limited number of signed-by-the-author copies of Commonwealth by Ann Patchett because we all loved it so much. Let us know if you'd like us to save a copy for you to pick up on or after Sept. 13.

Back-to-Books Time

Parents: We tend to think that Kids Back in School = More Time to Read (and browse The Bookstore without distractions), so we invite you to enjoy some fresh back-to-books time with us, reveling in the shiny new covers and crisp unread pages. 

We also are hearing that teachers are encouraging parents to model non-screen reading time.  So why not share that reading time, minus the devices, with your children of any age and feel the calm descend over your home.

Here Comes the SunCheck out the First Novel Prize List

Bookstore staffer Sue has found a new book list that she highly recommends! The Center for Fiction is the only nonprofit literary organization in the U.S. solely dedicated to celebrating fiction, and the group recently announced its 2016 First Novel Prize Short List. Authors include Kia Corthron, Emma Cline, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Yaa Gyasi, Krys Lee, Kaitlyn Greenidge, and Garth Greenwell. Take a look at these celebrated new authors as well as those on previous years' lists.

Join us for 'Dead Wake' on Sept. 22

At our Sept. 22 meeting, the Bookstore Book Club will discuss Dead Wake by Erik Larson. 

And prepare for our October selection, The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman. The Bookstore Book Club will meet on Oct. 20. 

If you're interested in joining The Bookstore Book Club, call us at 630-469-2891. Or stop by and add your name to the list while you pick up a copy of the latest selection.

Project SmokeBBQ Prep Work

Glen Ellyn's 8th Annual Backyard BBQ, a free family-friendly event in downtown to benefit Bridge Communities, is Sept. 10. Click here for more Info.

Get your own grill ready and check out our selection of cookbooks for pork/smoke/sauce fans and plenty of other cookbooks with award-winning side dishes and desserts.


Blind Date with a Book Makes First Donation

Thanks to our generous customers during the last few months, we've been able to donate over $300 to the Glen Ellyn Children's Resource Center with the proceeds from our Blind Date With A Book program. Be sure to browse the BDWAB shelf full of wrapped-up books with written clues to the genre and subject matter. Like any blind date, you might end up with a keeper! It's fun and all for a good cause.

Get Project Playhouse Raffle Tickets at The Bookstore

We are helping the Glen Ellyn Junior Women's Club raise money for the Glen Ellyn Children's Resource Center by selling raffle tickets for Project Playhouse, where you could win a life-sized playhouse created by a local builder! Stop in with your cash or a check, tickets are $25 each or 3 for $65. The drawing will take place on Saturday, Oct. 1.

What We're Talking About This Month

► September Staff Picks: Jaenny's pick is Another Brooklyn.

► September Book Club Picks: The Glen Ellyn Historical Society's pick is "One Summer, America 1927".

► Books Now in Paperback: We recommend these for book clubs: "Be Frank With Me," "JAnd Again," "Fates and Furies," and "Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?"

Books Heard on NPR: "Behold the Dreamers," "Terror Years," "Patient H.M." and "Harmony."

► Book Extras: This month we're featuring The Return. Here's the publisher's book trailer.

► Book Club Kit: Publisher Penguin Books is offering a kit for book clubs to discuss Ana of California, a contemporary story inspired by Anne of Green Gables. The kit comes complete with recipes for raspberry cordial, currant wine and hibiscus sangria.

Bookstore Brain Teaser: Receive 20% off your next in-store purchase if you can answer this trivia question:

In honor of Roald Dahl, who was born 100 years ago this month, what is the given name of the little girl in "The BFG" who was named after Dahl's granddaughter?

► The Indie Next ListWhat booksellers nationwide are talking about.

► The Indie Bestseller List: Based on last week's sales at independent bookstores nationwide

Coming Attractions

  The BFG     

We have the books the pair with your favorite movies and television shows. Read them before you see them. 


Robin Currie book signing

Local author Robin Currie will sign copies of her new children's book Tuktuk Tundra Tale at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 at The Bookstore.

Robin is a retired pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in Glen Ellyn and active in St. Mark's Church.

The book is is available in both paperback and hardcover.

Coloring Day & Origami Demo

Join The Bookstore on Saturday, Sept. 17 for Coloring Day all day and an origami accessory demonstration at 2 p.m. that day. 

The activities are part of the Fall Crawl Shopping weekend in Glen Ellyn, Sept. 15-18, starting with a Fashion Show Luncheon at A Toda Madre on Thursday, continuing on Friday and Saturday with Art Around Town creative demonstrations and workshops throughout downtown. Fall Crawl concludeson Sunday with a Tasting Tour.