News from The Bookstore

   

Great Gift Ideas for Moms, Grads & Dads

Shop The Bookstore this month for our selection of books that make great gifts for Mothers Day, Fathers Day and graduations. And don't forget to pick up something for yourself to read for the three-day weekend at the end of the month!

Besides books, we have other gifts for book lovers. We're now selling literary-themed socks, mugs, zippered pouches, journals and notebooks. Some of these items are made by companies who promote literary programs in underserved communities. 


A Fond Farewell

We must say goodbye to our friendly co-worker Jenny Fischer, who is taking an early retirement. A voracious reader, Jenny has been a dedicated bookseller with us for years. She is looking forward to taking more trips with her husband and spending even more time with her very advanced and supremely cute toddler granddaughter. We expect to receive plenty of book reports from Jenny on what she is reading during her retirement!

New People

We welcome to our bookselling staff Gail Dickson and Shannon Burgess. They both have daughters who are now working or have worked at The Bookstore. Gail and Shannon are quickly learning the various tasks involved in ordering and selling books, along with the cards, puzzles, toys, games and other items you can find at The Bookstore.


Thanks for Your Support on Indie Bookstore Day

Thanks to everyone who shopped with us on Indie Bookstore Day. 

If you enjoyed a visit with Clifford The Big Red Dog, or discovering the indie-only goodies on offer that day, we'd love to hear from you. 

We still have some of the special merchandise on hand, including the Mo Willems "Read" onesie, literary tea towels, the Literary Cocktail Party book, and the Jenny Lawson coloring poster.


Author Appearances

BETH FINKE will sign copies of her book Writing Out Loud: What a Blind Teacher Learned from Leading a Memoir Class for Seniors at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 3. Beth is a local author and friend of The Bookstore, Beth is a commentator on NPR and recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts. She also happens to be blind. She is also the author "Hanni and Beth: Safe & Sound," a children's picture book told from the viewpoint of Beth's seeing eye dog, Hanni. We will have copies of "Hanni and Beth" too.


Bookstore Gives Back

Here are the nonprofit organizations we supported in April: St. Mark's Church, Metropolitan Family Services, First Church of Lombard, First United Methodist, Loaves & Fishes Community Services,  DuPage Friends of Extension (4-H), Grace Church of DuPage and STEM-Con.


Books that make us think of spring

We're going on an egg huntEgg How to be Bigger BunnyBloom


Tournament of Books

The Morning News' Tournament of Books. And the winner is: The Underground Railroad. 

But the real news is that our very own Jenny Fischer and Sue Kowalski were featured on the national platform as judges. They provided guest commentary on March 16 about "The Nix" vs. "We Love You, Charlie Freeman." Check out their full commentary here


Reading Club Night recommendations

Did you miss our 2017 Reading Club Night when we offer suggestions for book clubs? No worries, we have our complete list of 2017 Reading Club Night recommendations saved here. We had a lively chat with book group members that night so be sure to watch for our next Reading Club Night. In the meantime, stop in the store and our knowledgeable staff will share some discussion topics for these books.


Decomposition Books

New at The Bookstore this month: spiral and clothbound notebooks from Decomposition Book® in a variety of decorative covers, from teacups to peacocks to sloths. All have 100% post-consumer-waste recycled pages printed with soy ink, and are made in the USA. A must-see item for those tween and teen Easter baskets!


Attention: Book Clubs 

Send us your lists! Has your group decided on titles for the new year? Let us know so we can have them in stock when you need one. If your book club tends to decide on titles month by month, just include us in your group email. We have a new email address: info@justthebookstore.com


The Bookstore Gives Back

The Bookstore staff is proud to serve our community. We contribute in a variety of ways:  donations, volunteering and in-kind exchanges. Last month, we supported the following organizations: Anima, DuPage County 4H Foundation, Glenbard South & West Boosters, NAMI, Parkview Elementary. Good luck in your endeavors!


Our Local Author Policy Updates

So you've written a book, gotten it published, and of course you want to share it with the world! Here's how The Bookstore can help. See our updated Local Author Policy.


What We're Talking About This Month

► May Staff Picks: Sue chose "All Grown Up."

May Book Club Picks including our book club's pick "Orphan’s Tale."

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

Books Heard on NPRIll Will, Rigor Mortis, Lucky You, All Grown Up

► 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

 Before I fall  The Shack  Zookeepers wife      

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

 


Wine and Finds

Wines & Finds is coming back to downtown Glen Ellyn on Tuesday, June 15 from 5 to 8 pm, just in time to finish up your Father's Day gift shopping at The Bookstore, with wine! Hosted by the Alliance of Downtown Glen Ellyn, Wine & Finds offers samples of wines at your favorite downtown stores. This is always a very popular event, so be sure to grab your tickets early. You can buy them here

Book signing with Beth Finke

BETH FINKE will sign copies of her book Writing Out Loud: What a Blind Teacher Learned from Leading a Memoir Class for Seniors at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 3. Beth is a local author and friend of The Bookstore, Beth is a commentator on NPR and recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts. She also happens to be blind. She is also the author "Hanni and Beth: Safe & Sound," a children's picture book told from the viewpoint of Beth's seeing eye dog, Hanni.