August News at The Bookstore

Jane and her to-be-read book pile

What's in your book bag?

The lazy days of summer are upon us. Whether you're traveling or stuck in town, what better way to spend these hot days of August than reading one of the great, new, just-arrived titles.

We thought we'd change things up by sharing what's in our book bag (or on our desk, sofa table or nightstand). Collectively, we're looking forward to digging into new (and some old) titles.

Check out our complete list here.

Photos (clockwise): Jane shows off her to-be-read pile, Jenny's pile includes some classics, Sue's pile leads with "Among the Ten Thousand Things," and Renee's book bag includes "The Flying Circus."

Renee's book bag

Sue's to-be-read books Jenny's book pile

Congrats to Our Grads

We're sharing a bittersweet goodbye with our graduating staffers Abbey, Ellie and Emma. What a great group of employees and readers. They are off to college this month and we wish them the best for a bright future. Join us in bidding them a fond farewell, or at least until the holiday season, when we hope they will back behind the counter during winter break.

Three new teen staffers have joined the team: Anthony, Elizabeth and Grace. Learn more about them next month.

Man Booker Prize 2015 Longlist

The Man Booker Prize judges just announced its long list of nominations for the 2015 award that honors the best in the year's fiction. Also called "The Man Booker Dozen," the Longlist includes 12 titles from authors around the world.  Click here for the complete list.

Calendars in Stock

Did you know that some calendars start in August? We have the Sandra Boynton "Mom's Family Calendar" in stock as well as many other wall and engagement calendars for 2016. Pick up a calendar today and enjoy it throughout the coming year!

Summer Reading

Don't forget to turn in your completed Bookstore Caught Reading forms to pick out a free paperback of your choice. Our summer reading program ends Sept. 10. See a staffer for details. 

BBQ Inspirations

The Glen Ellyn Backyard BBQ to benefit Bridge Communities is Aug. 29. Find great cookbooks to inspire your own awesome barbecue, pies and sides at The Bookstore. 

After the French Market

If you're enjoying the fresh produce and specialty goodies at the Glen Ellyn French Market on Sundays, be sure to stop in at The Bookstore after your shopping. We're open on Sundays until 4 p.m.!

What We're Talking About This Month

► August Staff Picks 

► August Book Club Picks

► Books Now in Paperback: We recommend these for book clubs.

► Book Extras: See the YouTube video of the book trailer for Mummy Cat by Marcus Ewert. 

► 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 the new release of "Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Disney Little Golden Book," name the other half of these beloved Disney couples: Belle, Prince Eric, Pongo, Megara, Lady, Jasmine? 

► 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


Movies and television shows are based on popular books. Read them before you see them. 

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