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On Friday, January 7th, we featured author Paul Weiss, whose uplifting book “Touching the Rainbow Ground: 8 Steps to Hope” was discussed.  Weiss has spent three decades among the poorest children in the world, working hard to trying to make them rich in spirit.  We had a marvelous crowd here to hear Paul’s story, so the event was definitely a success!  Thanks for coming out!

Here are our winter 2011 hours:

Sunday – 12 – 5 PM
Monday and Tuesday – Closed
Wednesday and Thursday – 10 AM – 6 PM
Friday and Saturday – 10 AM – 8 PM

…so we at Windows on the World – Books and Art wish all of our great customers a merry Christmas Day!  We’ll be back on the 26th!

We have a five awesome book-related T-Shirts from Out of Print available for purchase!  We have To Kill a Mockingbird, The Catcher in the Rye, Pride and Prejudice, Salughterhouse-5 and Moby Dick shirts, with the art taken from vintage covers.  They’re really cool, and could make great gifts for your book-reading relatives and friends!  They run for $25 each.

We also have restocked on Folkmanis puppets, one of our hottest holiday items this year.  These are perfect gifts for kids or for fans of animals!  Prices vary by puppet.

If you’re into the Vladimir Tod novels, you may be delighted to know that we have the exclusive Tod hoodie available at our shop!  Complete with a built-in earphones in the hood and iPod compatibility, this is ideal for fans of the series!

Bookwise, we now have the National Book Award for Fiction winning Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon in stock.  Just Kids by Patti Smith, which took home the Non-Fiction National Book Award, is also here.  We have plenty of Mark Twain’s Autobiography which has been sweeping the nation on hand, too!  There’s tons to see and peruse inside our shop, so swing by and see what’s new!

Thanks to everyone who came for our celebration!  We had a great time reading to children, and hope that they took something precious out of their time in the bookstore!

Bookstores hold a place in the hearts and times of our community. They are places to discover an author, a story, a life. Nothing affords the conversation and interaction among books and book lovers that a bookstore does. In the future, whether you download your story or pluck a volume off a shelf, a bookstore will be able to accommodate. But in order for bookstores to flourish and thrive, we must expose future generations to the unique pleasures they offer. On December 4th, 2010, take the child in your life to a bookstore. Watch his face light up as you give him free access, not just to a new book, but to tomorrow.

Please join us in this celebration!  We will be offering a fantastic 20% discount off all of our children’s books, and will be featuring two book readings Saturday afternoon – Robn Desandres reading for ages 8 – 12 from 3 – 4 PM, and Phyliss Becker reading for ages 2 – 7 from 4 – 5 PM.  It should be a wonderful event!

Hello, everyone!  Long time no see!  I’m picking the blog back up for the holiday season, and will try to be more vigilant about its upkeep for the remainder of the month!  Hopefully everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving – I know I did!  And this last weekend was a great one for the store from what I hear!  Keep an eye on us here for what’s going on with us this Christmas!

Our children’s books received a massive surplus of titles by Candlewick Press, including these highlights:

The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo (H/C, $16.99)
The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz (H/C, $16.99)
Emily Windsnap and the Siren’s Secret by Liz Kessler (H/C, $15.99)
Noah’s Garden by Mo Johnson and Annabelle Josse (H/C, $15.99)
The Circus Ship by Chris Van Dusen (H/C, $16.99)
Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, trans. by Emma Rose, illust. by Sara Fanelli (Trade, $12.99)
Gulliver by Jonathan Swift, retold by Martin Jenkins, illust. by Chris Riddell (Trade, $12.99)
Mythology by Lady Hestia Evans (H/C, $19.99)
Vampirology by Archibald Brooks (H/C, $19.99)

Here’s what’s new at our shop this week!

The Itteh Bitteh Book of Kittehs by Professor Happycat (Trade, Humor, $12.00)
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (Trade, Young Adult, $7.99)
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (Mass Market, Mystery, $9.99)
Earth by Jon Stewart and The Daily Show (H/C, Humor, $27.99)
Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer (Trade, Social Science/Food, $14.99)
Djibouti by Elmore Leonard (H/C, Mystery, $26.99)

Sorry for the absence – I’ll try to post these up a little more regularly.

You’ve heard me gush about the Heritage Press before – this particular book is one of theirs!  It’s The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler.  This is a very old printing of the book, from 1936, and it’s in fairly good shape considering.  It does have a little sunning and some pencil markings on the binding, but the interior is relatively clean and crisp.  Illustrated by Robert Ward Johnson and featuring an introduction by Theodore Dreiser, this is a great way of picking up this classic.  It’s only $7.00 plus tax.

We received a fantastic collection of exquisite Franklin Press titles last month, and we have finally gotten them out onto the shelves for purchase!  Each one is leather-bound, and feature gorgeous illustrations within.  You will find the majority of these fine books in our classic section, with Ulysses by James Joyce, a collection of Greek Tragedies, and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, just to name a few of the wonders we now have.  We also acquired some of Franklin’s Pulitzer Prize collection, including Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man in the Sea, Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, and The Keepers of the House by Shirley Ann Grau.  Most are at the quite affordable cost of $8.00, which is a steal!   A few were unfornuately water-damaged, but we’ve marked the price down to $4.00 on those particular books to compensate for it.  Come by and see the selections!