We're excited about Jazz Up Glen Ellyn on Saturday, July 16. The free music event begins at 2:30 p.m. Be sure to visit the Jazz Up Glen Ellyn website to see the bands and artists scheduled to play. There will be clinics with jazz experts - including one at The Bookstore - and several music sessions at restaurants after the big event. The Bookstore will be selling CDs for the featured musicians as well as books about jazz and its performers.
News from The Bookstore
Find Great Deals at the Annual Sidewalk Sale: July 21-24
Find incredible deals throughout Glen Ellyn at the annual Sidewalk Sale July 21-23! Be sure to stop by The Bookstore, as we just never know what wacky idea Jane has cooked up to entice our customers. Will it be 35% off all covers with the color yellow? Your age is your discount percentage? Buy one, get one at 50% off on coloring books? We do know that cookbooks, history titles, biographies, fiction, gardening, children's series, early readers, young adult, graphic novels, parenting, travel and sports books will all be in our sale bins, ready for you to choose from! Main Street will be closed between Pennsylvania and Crescent on Thursday & Friday for live entertainment and activities on the street in addition to the great bargains.
The Ultimate Bookstore List of Summer Reads
Looking for a some hot summer reads? Here are a few lists for your reading pleasure:
- The Ultimate Bookstore List of Summer Reads
- Hot new Indie reads
- What's in Our Book Bag: the Jenny edition
- What to read while you're waiting for the new Harry Potter
- Favorite Reads of 2015 — some now available in paperback
Dust off your wizard hats and wands. There's a new Harry Potter story and we're celebrating with a midnight release party on July 30.
In Harry Potter & The Cursed Child, written in the form of a stage play script, Harry is all grown up. An overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic and father of school-age children, he still grappling with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs.
The book officially goes on sale Sunday, July 31, but The Bookstore will offer pre-release services so you can purchase the book in advance and pick it up right after the stroke of midnight. We're taking pre-order reservations in the store, via email or by phone at 630-469-2891.
You can purchase the book at The Bookstore on July 30 beginning at 10 p.m. and stay for the festivities until midnight. We'll have prizes for costumed Potter fans, a trivia challenge capable of stumping Harry himself, and treats worthy of the Hogwarts Express Trolley. We will be partnering with other downtown businesses and restaurants, so stay tuned to our website for details.
The Bookstore is proud to bring back a Glen Ellyn tradition: Find Waldo. Starting July 1 and running the month of July, children are invited to participate in this fun scavenger hunt. Pick up your Waldo passport at The Bookstore, and then hunt for little Waldo statues hidden in 25 downtown businesses. When you find Waldo, ask the store employee to stamp or sign your passport. After you fill up the passport, return it to The Bookstore to receive a small prize. All Waldo seekers also are invited to our Waldo Party on Aug. 3 at The Bookstore. Click here for party details and a list of participating businesses.
Get Caught Reading and Earn a Free Book
The Bookstore welcomes children and readers of all ages to participate in our 2016 summer reading program. Pick up your summer Get Caught Reading form at The Bookstore, and read 10 books during the summer, filling out the form as you go along. When it's completed, turn your form in to receive a free paperback book of your choice from our store stock. Stop by The Bookstore for complete details.
Join us for 'Unknown Americans' on Aug. 25
Get a head start on The Bookstore Book Club's August and September reads.
At our Aug. 25 meeting, we'll discuss The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez, and for Sept. 22 the group has selected Dead Wake by Erik Larson. (The club is taking July off for parasailing, mini-golfing and other high adventure excursions.)
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.
What We're Talking About This Month
► July Book Club Picks: The Glen Ellyn Historical Society's picks are "Between the World and Me" and "The New Jim Crow."
► Books Now in Paperback: We recommend these for book clubs: "Our Souls at Night," "The Fisherman," and "The Tsar of Love and Techno."
► Books Heard on NPR: "In the Darkrooml," "The Mandibles," and "Disappearance at Devil's Rock."
► 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:
Name the British title given to the first Harry Potter book. What is the object in that title?
► The Indie Next List: What booksellers nationwide are talking about.
► The Indie Bestseller List: Based on last week's sales at independent bookstores nationwide
Join us July 30 for the midnight release party of the new Harry Potter story. Beginning at 10:30 p.m. you can get into the excitement with such festivities as prizes for costumed Potter fans, a trivia challenge capable of stumping Harry himself, and treats worthy of the Hogwarts Express Trolley. We will be partnering with other downtown businesses and restaurants, so keep coming back here for details.
The Bookstore is proud to bring back a Glen Ellyn tradition: Find Waldo. Starting July 1 and running the month of July, children are invited to participate in this fun scavenger hunt.
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. See more about The Bookstore Book Club here.
Find incredible deals throughout Glen Ellyn at the annual Sidewalk Sale!
P.J. Hartenaus will sign copies of her third book in the Belden Boy series, "Backwoods Bully" on Aug. 20.
K.M. Daughters aka Pat Casiello (who writes with her sister) will be signing copies of their new book, Reunion for the First Time, at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 at The Bookstore.
Learn some basics in Mandarin and have a lot of fun! Offered twice to suit your schedule: Tuesday August 9 from 10 am to 12 noon and Friday, August 12 from 2 to 4 pm. Free, RSVP to The Bookstore by phone at 630-469-2891 or email us.