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Jul012014

Local Store Events Round-Up: July 2014

Local Store Events Round-Up: July 2014

Looking for something to do at your favorite book store? Check out these fun happenings at Half Price Books stores across the country during the month of July! 

ALL STORES

Summer Reading Program

Research shows that children who do not continue reading through the summer can lose a month or more of progress made during the school year. To help keep appetites up for reading, Half Price Books is hosting the FEED YOUR BRAIN® Summer Reading Program now through Thursday, July 31, 2014. Kids ages 14 and under can earn $5 HPB Bookworm Bucks as a reward for reading over the summer. Pick up a reading log at your local HPB today. Get started and learn more about Top Reader Prizes.

ARIZONA

Mesa 

Storytime Sundays

Pack up your half-pint readers and come to your Mesa HPB for Storytime Sundays. Sit down and enjoy a good tale with us from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month. See you July 6!

Phoenix – Camelback

First Sunday Storytime

Pack up your half-pint readers and come to your Camelback HPB for Storytime Sundays. Sit down and enjoy a good tale with us at 1 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month. All young readers and listeners are welcome!  See you July 6!

Temeka Johnson Book Signing

Meet WNBA player and author Temeka Johnson at your Camelback HPB on Saturday, July 19 at 5pm. Temeka will sell and sign her latest children’s book, Meek Follows the Rules. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

Phoenix – Paradise Valley 

Second Saturday Storytime
Bring your half-pint readers in for a good tale with us from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month. See you July 12!

ILLINOIS 

Countryside 

Second Sunday Storytime

Pack up your half-pint readers and come to your Countryside HPB for Storytime Sundays. Sit down and enjoy a good tale with us at 3 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month. See you July 13!

Rockford Outlet

Build Your Own Bundle

Attention book lovers! You can build your own bundle of mass market paperbacks at your Rockford Half Price Books Outlet every day. Wow, that’s 4 books for only $2! Valid through 10/31/14 on at this location only.

Fill-A-Box For $10
Your Rockford Half Price Books Outlet wants to put a little spring in your step every day. Stop by anytime we are open and fill one of our boxes with Clearance items for only $10.* Wow, that's $10 for a whole box of books!  * Plus tax. Valid through 10/31/14 on Clearance merchandise at this location only.

Be a Summer Bookworm! 

Bring your half-pint and teen readers to your Rockford Half Price Books Outlet this summer and pick up a Frequent Shopper Card. For every 10 Children’s or Young Adult books you purchase, your child receives a FREE book from a pre-selected collection when they turn in a completed Frequent Shopper Card. Readers 18 years of age or younger welcome to participate. Expires August 17, 2014. Good at your Rockford Half Price Books Outlet only. See store for details. 

Super Sidewalk Sale!

Your Rockford Half Price Books Outlet is having a Super Sidewalk Sale, Friday, July 18 through Sunday, July 20. Hundreds of books, music, movies and comics on sale for 50¢ or LESS! Rain or shine, we’ll see you there. Sale at your Half Price Books Outlet in Rockford, IL only.

INDIANA  

Avon 

Retro Thursdays

Think it's still cool to be old school? Stop by the Half Price Books in Avon every Thursday from 5-9 p.m. and get 20% off all vinyl, cassettes, comics, graphic novels and manga. Offer good at this location only.

Bloomington – Half Price Books Outlet 

Vinyl Thursdays

Your Bloomington Half Price Books Outlet is having Buy One LP, Get One Free each Thursday. Thumb through our vast, cool selection of LPs, all priced at 50¢ or less. See store for details.

50% Off Bargain Sale

Join us for a 50% Off Bargain Items Sale at your Bloomington Half Price Books Outlet! Saturday and Sunday, July 26 & 27, stock up on select fiction, nonfiction, children's books, music and movies with merchandise from our assorted Bargain Tables and Bargain Room. Offer good at Half Price Books Outlet in Bloomington, IN only.

Fort Wayne 

Comic Books Sale

Whamo! That's right! Stop by the Fort Wayne location every Thursday and save an additional 20% off all comic books in store. Sale at the Fort Wayne HPB location only.

LP Fridays
Join us each Friday for LP Day. All LPs will be 20% off, with some of your favorite songs being played on the turn-table.

Robert Allen Johnson Book Release & Author Signing

Meet author, Robert Allen Johnson on Friday, July 12 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Fort Wayne HPB in the Coliseum Shoppes. Robert will sign the 2nd book in his historical fiction series, Magnus. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last. 

Greenwood

Comic Book Wednesdays

Every Wednesday, stop by our Greenwood store to get 20% off all single-issue comics, including clearance and collectible issues. Offer good at this location only.

Music Fridays
Looking for some soothing grooves or pounding beats to start your weekend? Stop by the Greenwood HPB every Friday to get 20% off all CDs, LPs, cassettes and 8-track tapes. Offer good at this location only.

First Saturday Fiction Sale
Join us on the first Saturday of each month for an extra 20% OFF all used hardback fiction at your Greenwood HPB. Sale on July 5, August 2 and September 6 at this location only.

First Sunday Sale
Join us on the first Sunday of each month for an extra 20% OFF all items in our Christianity and Christian Fiction section at your Greenwood HPB. Sale on July 6, August 3 and September 7 at this location only. 

Tim Shurr Talk and Book Signing

Meet international speaker, consultant and TV personality, Tim Shurr at your Greenwood HPB on Saturday, July 12 at 10 a.m. Tim will share hilarious demonstrations, stories, and real-life examples of how to train your brain to eliminate self-sabotage through hypnosis. Tim will sell and sign copies of his book, Get Out of Your Way. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

Indianapolis – Clearwater Village 

Comics Sale Wednesdays

Comic fans and collectors, don't miss our weekly Comics Sale Wednesdays. Save 20% off comic books at our Clearwater Village HPB in Indianapolis, Indiana. Come back each week as we restock with new adventures in store! Sale excludes graphic novels and manga. Continues each Wednesday at this location until further notice. No superhero powers required.

Music Fridays

Looking for some soothing grooves or pounding beats to start your weekend? Stop by your Clearwater Village HPB every Friday to get 20% off all CDs, LPs, cassettes and 8-track tapes. Offer good at this location only.

Robert Allen Johnson Book Release & Author Signing

Meet author Robert Allen Johnson on Friday, July 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Clearwater Village HPB in Indianapolis. Robert will sign the 2nd book in his historical fiction series, Magnus. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last. 

Indianapolis – Northbrook/Greenbriar 

Retro Tuesdays
Listen up media aficionados! Join us each Tuesday and get 20% off all vinyl, cassettes, VHS, comics, manga, graphic novels and video games at our Northbrook/Greenbriar HPB in Indianapolis. Discount at this location only. No other discounts apply.

Turn It Up Thursdays
Looking for some soothing grooves or pounding beats to get through your week? Stop by your Northbrook/Greenbriar HPB every Thursday to get an additional 20% off all CDs! Offer good at this location only.

Movie Mania Friday

Listen up film fans! Shop us the first Friday of each month and save an additional 20% off all DVD/Blu-ray movies. Have fun with movie trivia contests throughout the day with a chance to win coupons or an HPB Gift Card. Listen to great movie soundtracks while you peruse our great DVD selection. Offer good at this location only. See you July 4!

Greyhound Pet Adoptions

Looking for a loyal friend, a lovable buddy, a canine companion? On the 4th Saturday of each month, from 2 to 4 p.m., Greyhound Pets of America - Indianapolis will bring their Greyhound dogs for a meet and greet. Stop by your HPB at 86th and Ditch Rd. and meet the fastest dog on earth. Learn about this affectionate breed and how you can adopt a retired racing Greyhound. See store for details. See you July 26! 

Keith Taylor Book Signing

Meet Youth Pastor and author Keith Taylor II at your Northbrook/Greenbriar HPB on Saturday, July 12 from 5 - 7 pm. Keith will sell and sign his inspirational novel, Rejected But Still Prevailing. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

Record Store Party Night!

We're having a Record Store Party Night at your Northbrook/Greenbriar HPB! Join us on Friday, July 25, from 9pm to midnight, when all regular price vinyl LPs and CDs are an additional 30% off. Plus, get clearance CDs for 50¢ and clearance vinyl LPs for 25¢ or less. FREE tote bag with purchase. Party with live music, trivia, Guitar Hero competitions, food trucks and Indiana City Brewing Co.

KENTUCKY

Bowling Green – Outlet

Tuesday Night Specials

Every Tuesday evening from 6 till close (9 p.m.) a different section of the Bowling Green Outlet store will be on sale. Get up to 50% off some of your favorites – like DVDs, CDs, LPs, fiction hardbacks and more! We're not spoiling the surprise. Come in store each Tuesday to learn what the special sale includes. 

50% OFF Everything Birthday Bash

Half Price Books is celebrating its 42nd Birthday! Join us at your Bowling Green Half Price Books Outlet for a Storewide 50% Off Everything Birthday Bash on Sunday, July 27. Offer good at your Half Price Books Outlet in Bowling Green only. All Sales are final.

Fill-a-Bag for $30

Stock up for the holiday weekend! Your Bowling Green Half Price Books Outlet is offering a special deal on Friday & Saturday, July 4 - 5. "Fill-a-Bag for $30" and stock up on fiction, nonfiction, children's books, music and movies. Fill a free souvenir HPB reusable tote bag with merchandise storewide and get your whole bundle for as little as $30 plus tax. Free tote bag with Fill-a-Bag purchase only. Offer good at Half Price Books Outlet in Bowling Green, KY only.

Saturday Trivia

Do you like to dabble in the trivial? Come to your Bowling Green Half Price Books Outlet for trivia on the hour, every hour, every Saturday! First customer to answer correctly will receive a bonus 15% OFF their entire purchase. Offer good at your Half Price Books Outlet in Bowling Green, KY only.

Magic: The Gathering Game Night
Join us for Magic: The Gathering Game Night on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays each month from 6-8 p.m. at your Greenwood Marketplace Half Price Books Outlet. All gaming levels from beginner to advanced are invited to participate in our tournament style game nights. See store for details and game rules. See you July 8 and 22!

20% Off Music Day

Join us on the 3rd Saturday of each month for 20% OFF all music and music-related books at your Bowling Green Half Price Books Outlet. We'll be spinning vinyl so you can move to the groove. Come back each week for new discoveries and savings! Offer at this location only. See you July 19!

New HPB Outlet Book Club!

Your Greenwood Marketplace Half Price Books Outlet is creating a once monthly Book Club! Join us on the last Wednesday of each month from 6-8 p.m. See store for book details. See you July 30!

Pet Appreciation Day

Saturday, July 12, is Pet Appreciation Day at your Bowling Green Half Price Books Outlet. Cute kitties and canine companions will be visiting from noon to 4 pm. Bowling Green/Warren County Humane Society, a nonprofit animal rescue and adoption organization, will have a select group of adoptable pets looking for good, forever homes. Make a donation from the Society’s Wish List and receive 15% OFF your HPB Outlet purchase. Plus, all pet related books are 50% OFF! See store for details.

Lexington – Fayette Place 

Vinyl Fridays

Move to the groove while you shop! Join us on the last Friday of each month. Listen to classic tunes on vinyl and get 20% off all vinyl LPs all day. Discount at this location only. See you July 25!

Lexington – Hamburg Pavilion  

Vinyl Fridays

Move to the groove while you shop! Join us on the last Friday of each month. Listen to classic tunes on vinyl and get 20% off all vinyl LPs all. Discount at this location only. See you July 25!

Last Saturday Storytime

Pack up your half-pint readers and come to your Hamburg Pavilion HPB for Storytime Saturday. Sit down and enjoy a good tale with us from 2 to 3 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month. See you July 26!

Louisville – Hurstbourne 

Third Saturday Storytime

Bring the kids the third Saturday of every month from 2 to 4 p.m. for storytime. Join us for sing-alongs, coloring contests, story-telling and more. See you July 19!

HPB Weekend Carnival

Looking for free family fun? Join us at your Hurstbourne HPB on Saturday & Sunday, July 26 & 27, for fun carnival games, prizes, face painting, magic and a raffle. Don’t forget to check out the store for great summer reads and fun outdoor entertainment ideas.

Louisville – Springhurst/Freys Hill 

Monthly Coloring Contest

Grab a crayon and unleash your inner artist! Stop inside the Springhurst Half Price Books and get involved with our Monthly Coloring Contest. Each month, a new coloring sheet is available for our pint-sized customers. Throughout the month, children ages 13 and under may submit their coloring sheet for entry. At the end of the month, 4 winners are selected (one from each age group). Winners receive a Half Price Books Gift Card and the honor of having their artwork displayed in store.

Drama as Literature: Play Readings
Your Springhurst HPB is all about drama. Join us on the first Tuesday of the month for a series of Classic Play readings from our resident staff of drama queens and kings. Light refreshments will be provided. Event occurs the first Tuesday of the month from 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. See you July 1!

Friday Magic Music Night

Join us each Friday from 5 p.m. to close and move to the groove while you shop! Listen to classic tunes on vinyl and get 20% off all CDs, select LPs, cassettes and 8-track tapes at your Springhurst HPB. Offer good at this location only.

KY Vintage Video Gaming Tournament
Join us on the 3rd Saturday each month from 2-4 p.m. for Vintage Video Game Day. Customers can participate in a competition of Nintendo, Super Nintendo and Sega gaming. Score points as fast as you can! Winner receives a $25 HPB Gift Card. Come back each month to keep up with your competitors. Tournament of champions will be held in December. See store for details and contest rules

MINNESOTA

Northtown

First Sunday Storytime

Pack up your half-pint readers and come to your Northtown HPB for Storytime Sundays. Sit down and enjoy a good tale with us at 2 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month. All young readers and listeners are welcome! See you July 6

St. Paul

St. Paul Tent Sale: Everything $3 or less!

As part of Highland Fest, join us outside the St. Paul HPB on Thursday, July 17 through Sunday, July 20 for a Tent Sale! All ages welcome. Tent Sale runs 9am - 7pm Thursday - Saturday, and 10am - 6pm on Sunday. Everything will be $3 or less (mostly less)! Books, music, movies, games and more. Sale at St. Paul location only.

MISSOURI

Chesterfield

Kids & YA Book Blowout

Restock your kids’ summer reads! This Friday, July 25 through Sunday, July 27, come to your Chesterfield HPB for a Kids and Young Adult Book Blowout. Hundreds of picture books, chapter books and young adult books are on sale for $2 or less. Some as low as 50¢. Sale at Chesterfield, MO location only.

OHIO

Cleveland Area

Clearance Sale at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds

Join us for a fantastic sale!  Everything is $3 or less! Come to our Clearance Sale at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds on Friday and Saturday, July 25 & 26 from 10 am to 7 pm and Sunday, July 27 from 10 am to 5 pm, in commercial buildings 16 & 20. Stock up on as many books as you can carry, as well as music, movies and more.  Plus, popular food trucks will be available during most hours of the sale! Get directions and details.

Columbus Area

PPL Young Adult Author Fest

Love, angst, terror and unexpected heroes all in one place! Look for the HPB table at the Pickering Public Library Young Adult Author Fest this Saturday, July 26, from 1:00 to 4:30 pm. HPB will have YA books to sell at this one-of-a-kind event featuring 12 YA authors. Event includes discussion panels, book signings and meet & greet sessions. See you at the Pickering Public Library!

Mason

Pamela Clark & Sylvia Johnson Book Signing

Meet authors Pamela Clark and Sylvia Johnson on Saturday, July 5 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Arbor Square HPB in Mason. The co-authors will sign their new book The Parker Treasure: Pizza and Chocolate Chip Cookie Tales – the story of three generations about love, sacrifice, money, power and the pursuit of things most valued in this world. Books will be sold independently by the authors while supplies last.

Reynoldsburg

Vinyl Fridays

Join us for an LP shopping spree! Get 20% off all vinyl on Fridays from 5 to 9 p.m. at your Brice Park HPB. We'll be spinning vinyl so you can move to the groove. Come back each week for new discoveries and savings! Offer at this location only.

First Saturday Storytime and Crafts

Pack up your half-pint readers and come to your Brice Park HPB for Storytime Saturdays. Sit down and enjoy a good tale and free activity with us at 2 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month. Readers, listeners and arts-and-crafts lovers of all ages are welcome. 

OKLAHOMA

Edmond 

Monday Music Madness
Looking for some soothing grooves or pounding beats to start your week? Stop by your Edmond HPB every Monday to get an additional 10% off all CDs, LPs, cassettes and 8-track tapes. Offer good at this location only. 

Mad Science Summer Fun

Mad Science is back! Come to your Edmond HPB on Saturday, July 26 at 2 p.m. for a Mad Science event with interactive, super cool science experiments. Children of all ages are invited to explore the fun of science.

It’s a Harry Potter Birthday Party!

Put on your robe, hop on your Nimbus 2000 and fly or teleport to your Edmond HPB on Thursday, July 31, at 3 p.m. to celebrate Harry Potter’s Birthday. Come dressed as your favorite Harry Potter character and enjoy storytime, Pumpkin Juice, rock cakes and more. Stick around for a $10 HPB Gift Card drawing open to all those dressed in costume.  

PENNSYLVANIA

Monroeville

Second Sunday Storytime

Pack up your half-pint readers and come to your Monroeville HPB for Storytime Sundays. Sit down and enjoy a good tale with us at 1 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month. See you July 13!

American Trivia Contest

We’re celebrating Independence Day all month long. Stop by your Monroeville HPB any time in July and take a chance at playing American trivia. Correct answers will earn you an entry in a drawing for a Trivia Gift Basket. Don’t forget to sign up for our email list for more great deals and events.

TEXAS 

Arlington – Lincoln Square 

Storytime Sunday

Stop by the Lincoln Square Half Price Books every Sunday at 2 p.m. for a fun tale. Recommended for kids ranging from infants to 6 years of age. Refreshments will be provided.

Arlington – South Arlington 

Storytime Sunday
Pack up your little readers and come to South Arlington HPB for a fun storytime. Sit down and enjoy a good tale with us at 3 p.m. every Sunday afternoon. Recommended for kids ranging from 2 to 8 years of age.

Retro Media Fridays

Get ready for a throwback! Join us at the Four Corners HPB in South Arlington every Friday night from 7-10 p.m. All retro media is 20% off – including LPs, cassette tapes, 8 tracks, VHS tapes and Laserdiscs.

Austin

HPB at Capital City Comic Con

Ka-Pow! Look for the Half Price Books booth at Capital City Comic Con on Friday, July 11 through Sunday, July 13. Zoink!! We’ll have books, collectibles, comics, games and more at the Palmer Events Center. Wham-O!!! See you there!

Austin – North Lamar 

Storytime Sundays 

Pack up your half-pint readers and come to your North Lamar HPB for Storytime Sundays. Get ready for a bit of a wild rumpus, smiles, silliness and a good tale with us from 1 to 2 p.m. every Sunday.

Austin – Parmer Crossing

Friday Clearance DVDs Sale

Make Friday night your movie night. Pop in to your Parmer Crossing HPB on Fridays in June and July for an additional $1 OFF all Clearance DVDs. Load up on great movies and enjoy them from the cool and comfort of your own couch. Start popping the popcorn and order the pizza. Offer at this location only through July 25.

Austin – Southpark Meadows 

Storytime Sundays

Pack up your half-pint readers and come to your Southpark Meadows HPB for Storytime Sundays. Sit down and enjoy a good tale with us at 3 p.m. every Sunday, and then each child can take a pre-selected book home for free. Children of all ages are welcome. 

Burleson 

Tuesday Night Specials

Stop by our Burleson location each Tuesday night from 7 to 9 p.m. for discount specials. Great savings may include 20% off DVDs or 30% off fiction hardcovers. You won't know what's on sale until you visit. Tuesday Night Specials valid at this location only. Ask in store for details.

Corpus Christi 

Second Sunday Storytime

Load up your half-pint readers and visit us at Moore Plaza for Storytime Sundays. We’ll share a tale from 2 to 3 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month. Recommended for kids ranging from pre-school to 4th grade. See you July 13!

Dallas Area

HPB Birthday Bash at Klyde Warren Park!

We’re having a party! Join us for a Birthday Bash on Thursday, July 24, from 10 am to Noon, at Klyde Warren Park in Downtown Dallas. We’re celebrating 42 fabulous years since we opened our first Half Price Books store in 1972. There will be storytime plus FREE kids’ books while supplies last. As part of our Million Book Project, we will celebrate our millionth book donation along with the Feed the Children Foundation.

Dallas – Northwest Highway 

“On the Phone…” Art Exhibit

Half Price Books is pleased to present, “On the Phone…”, a unique art exhibit showcasing the work of Half Price Books’ very own, Lorene Nash, Texas Regional Manager. The exhibit features a collection of 20 colorful and intriguing hand-drawn doodles, created during phone conversations in Nash’s office. Exhibition continues through July 31.

$1 VHS Fridays
Feed that VCR! Shop our VHS collection every Friday and save even more on video tapes of all genres. All VHS in stock priced at $4.98 or less will be sold for just $1 on Fridays only, until further notice. Offer valid at Northwest Highway location only.

Storytime & Crafts Sundays
Pack up your half-pint readers and come to our Flagship HPB for Storytime & Crafts Sundays. Sit down and enjoy a good tale and a special craft activity with us each Sunday from 3 to 4 pm. Recommended for kids ages 10 and under. 

Brad Thor Book Signing

New York Times bestselling author, Brad Thor, will be at our Flagship HPB to sign and discuss his new book, Act of War, due out Tuesday, July 8. Come meet Brad and have your book signed on Thursday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m. Hardback copies available for purchase as specially-priced new item while supplies last. Numbered passes will be available at the book sales table, next to the information desk, beginning Thursday, July 10 at 9 a.m. One pass per customer. RSVP and find the latest event details in the Facebook event.

Earl Swift Book Signing

Journalist and five time Pulitzer Prize nominee, Earl Swift, will be at our Flagship HPB to sign and discuss his new book, Auto Biography, a narrative nonfiction story following the life of a classic ’57 Chevy. Come meet Earl and have your book signed on Wednesday, July 16 at 7 p.m. Hardback copies available for purchase as specially-priced new item while supplies last.

Animal Adoptions
Cute kitties and canine companions will visit our Flagship HPB on the third Saturday of each month from noon to 4 p.m. The League of Animal Protectors, a nonprofit animal rescue and adoption organization, will have a select group of adoptable pets looking for good, forever homes. See you July 19!

3rd Saturday Vinyl Night

It’s 33s on the third. Move to the groove while you shop when DJ Golden Era spins vinyl on the third Saturday of each month from 5 - 7 pm at the Flagship HPB in Dallas. Plus, get an additional 10% OFF all vinyl during this time. Find out why Dallas Observer readers named us The Best Place to Buy Vinyl. See you July 19!

Juli Bauer & George Bryant Book Signing

New York Times bestselling authors Juli Bauer and George Bryant will be at our Flagship HPB to sign and discuss their book, The Paleo Kitchen: Finding Primal Joy in Modern Cooking. Come meet the authors and have your book signed on Sunday, July 13 at 7pm. Copies of their cookbook (filled with more than 100 recipes) available for purchase as specially-priced new item while supplies last.  

Loretta McIntosh Book Signing

Meet motivational speaker and author Dr. Loretta R. McIntosh at the Flagship HPB this Saturday, July 12, starting at 11:30 am. Dr. McIntosh will sell and sign her latest book, Get the Good Out of Life: Extracting the Good from Every Circumstance of Life. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last

Dan Oettel Book Signing

Meet composer, pianist, teacher and author Dan Oettel at the Flagship HPB on Saturday, July 26, starting at 1pm. Dan will sell and sign his book, This Can’t Be Right: The Education of an American Teacher. The book covers the story of an extremely unique path in public education and serves as a platform for educational reform advocacy. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

Dallas – Preston Village 

Storytime Sunday

Join us for storytime from 3 to 4 p.m. every Sunday afternoon.

Frisco

Michelle and Guy Brown Book Signing

Meet co-authors Michelle and Guy Brown at the Frisco HPB this Saturday, July 19, at 11am. The Browns will sell and sign their book, God, Save My Child: a spiritual book of their experience with a child born severely premature. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

Houston – North Oaks 

Knitting and Crochet Club

Are you a knit-wit? Hooked on crochet? Ambistitcherous? Join us on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, from 4 to 6 p.m., at your North Oaks HPB for our Knitting and Crochet Club. Bring your own yarn and don't worry about frogging or darn overs. Come for the camaraderie and stay for the fun. See you July 15!

Humble  

Storytime Wednesday
Bring the kids for a children’s storytime every Wednesday from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Snacks will be provided. Recommended for kids ages 1 to 6.

First Thursdays Poetry Nights

Are you looking for rhyme and reason? Come to your Humble HPB on the first Thursday evening each month from 7 to 9 p.m. for Poetry Night. See you July 3!

Led by Students, for Students

Recite a favorite or share your own

First Thursday of the Month is spent

Together, not alone

Mansfield

Susan Howell Book Signing

Meet local author Susan Howell at your Mansfield HPB on Saturday, July 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. Howell will sell and sign her spy thriller, Oil Rush, The International Tug of War; a novel about a Texas wildcatter and 1960’s cold war Superpowers battling for oil in the Persian Gulf. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

Mesquite 

Storytime Sunday

Pack up your kiddos and visit our store in Mesquite every Sunday for Storytime and Crafts. Sit down and enjoy a good tale and free activity with us from 3 to 3:30 p.m. Readers and arts-and-crafts lovers of all ages are welcome. 

Richardson

Richardson Reads: Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

Join in the community discussion with Richardson Reads One Book. Your Richardson HPB has new copies of this year's One Book selection, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan. New copies of this title are available for purchase as specially-priced new items while supplies last.

Storytime & Craft Extravaganza

Pack up your half-pint readers and come to your Richardson HPB on Saturday, July 12 at 2 p.m. for an “Under the Sea” themed storytime and craft extravaganza. Sit down and enjoy a good tale, fun crafts, great games and yummy treats. All young readers and listeners are welcome! 

Rockwall 

Storytime Sunday

Visit us in Rockwall each Sunday at 3 p.m. for storytime. Stick around and get crafty with us with a new activity for kids each week. Storytime recommended for kids ranging from preschoolers to 5th graders.

San Antonio-Broadway Brakenridge

Road Construction Update

We are open our usual hours while the City of San Antonio works on the Broadway Corridor Project . Avenue B is closed at E. Mulberry Ave. and Tuleta Dr. To access the store, please use Funston Place off Broadway.

A.K. Klemm Book Signing

Meet author A.K. Klemm at the Broadway HPB on Saturday, July 19, from 10am - 12pm. Klemm will sell and sign her first novel in the Lilly Hollow Series: The Bookshop Hotel. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

San Antonio- Huebner Road

A.K. Klemm Book Signing

Meet author A.K. Klemm at the Huebner Road HPB on Saturday, July 19, from 6 - 8pm. Klemm will sell and sign her first novel in the Lilly Hollow Series: The Bookshop Hotel. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

San Antonio-North Central

A.K. Klemm Book Signing

Meet author A.K. Klemm at the North Central HPB on Saturday, July 19, from 1 - 3pm. Klemm will sell and sign her first novel in the Lilly Hollow Series: The Bookshop Hotel. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

Romance Writers Book Signing

Can you feel the love? Six Romance writers in one place! Come to your North Central HPB on Thursday, July 24, at 7pm for a book signing full of desire with Lorraine Heath, Sophie Jordan, Caroline Linden , Sarah MacLean, Toni Blake and Cathy Maxwell. Books available for purchase as specially-priced new items while supplies last.

WASHINGTON

Bellevue

First Sunday Storytime

Pack up your half-pint readers and come to your Crossroads HPB for Storytime Sundays. Sit down and enjoy a good tale with us at 2 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month. All young readers and listeners are welcome! See you July 6!

Lynnwood 

Storytime Sunday

Bring the kiddos to the Lynnwood HPB for storytime from 1 to 2 p.m. every Sunday.

Olympia - Outlet at Cooper Point 

25¢ Paperback Tuesdays

All pocket-size, mass market paperbacks! Only 25¢! Every Tuesday at your Olympia Half Price Books Outlet. See store for details. Offer good at this location only.

Fill-a-Bag for $30

1-DAY ONLY! Stock up for the holiday weekend! Your Cooper Point Pavilion Half Price Books Outlet is offering a special deal on Friday, July 4, 10 a.m. -  8 p.m. "Fill-a-Bag for $30" and stock up on fiction, nonfiction, children's books, music and movies. Fill a free souvenir HPB reusable tote bag with merchandise storewide and get your whole bundle for as little as $30 plus tax. Free tote with Fill-a-Bag purchase only. Offer good at Half Price Books Outlet in Olympia, WA only.

Dollar Sale!

1-DAY ONLY! Everything in the store is $1 on Saturday, July 19, at your Cooper Point Pavilion Half Price Books Outlet. Stock up on books, music, movies and more. ALL for $1 each. Offer good at Half Price Books Outlet in Olympia, WA only.

Christmas in July

Get a head start on your holiday shopping and avoid the crowds! All Christmas items are 75% OFF on Friday, July 25, at your Cooper Point Pavilion Half Price Books Outlet. Stock up on books, music, movies and more. Offer good at Half Price Books Outlet in Olympia, WA only.

WISCONSIN

Appleton 

Vinyl Fridays

Get 20% off all vinyl on Fridays from 7 to 10 p.m. at our Appleton HPB. Like what you hear? Records playing in the store are 50% off. Come back each week for new discoveries and savings! Discount at this location only.

Summer Fun Wednesdays

Join us at your Appleton HPB for kids’ storytime, crafts or games each Wednesday through July. Each child participant will receive a FREE preselect book plus enter an end-of-Summer drawing for an HPB Gift Card. Light refreshments provided. Checkout what’s happening:

July 2, 11 a.m. – July Fourth Storytime

July 9, 1-3 p.m. – Drop in Crafts

July 16, 11 a.m. – Dragon Storytime

July 23, 1-3 p.m. – Drop in Board Games

July 30, 11 a.m. – Stories by Mo Willems

Madison – Essex Square 

Friday Music Madness

Looking for some soothing grooves or pounding beats to start your weekend? Stop by your Essex Square HPB every Friday evening, from 7-10 p.m., to get an additional 20% off all CDs, LPs, 45s and cassettes. Offer good at this location only.

Whitney Way

Wednesday Music Madness

Looking for some soothing grooves or pounding beats to make your week? Stop by your Whitney Way HPB on the West Side every Wednesday evening, from 7-10 p.m., to get an additional 20% off all CDs, LPs, 45s and cassettes. Offer good at this location only.

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As always, be sure to check your local store’s webpage to see if any new events are added throughout the month. – Emily

 

Tuesday
Jun242014

Books Authors Read with Kathleen Kent

We continue our "Books Authors Read" series with Kathleen Kent. Kathleen is the author of three best-selling novels, The Heretic’s Daughter, The Traitor’s Wife, and The Outcasts, which was the recipient of the American Library Association’s 2014 top choice for Historical Fiction.  She was also awarded the David J. Langum Sr. award for American historical fiction. (Not too shabby!) Enjoy some of Kathleen’s favorite reads! – Emily

   Growing up in Texas, I was always fascinated with books of Western lore.  Whereas a lot of my childhood friends were reading Nancy Drew and National Velvet, I loved the more adventurous and dangerous novels by Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey, and the stories of J. Frank Dobie.  As I got older, two of my favorite authors became Larry McMurtry and Cormac McCarthy.   Their Lonesome Dove and Border Trilogy became classics of the genre.  Recently, I’ve read some novels and one non-fiction book that carry the spirit of the Western myth in their teeth.  Some of these are:

1)    The Thicket, by Joe Lansdale. One of my favorite reads of last year.  Set in East Texas at the turn of the century, a young Jack Parker is orphaned through a string of tragic events.  His lot is further worsened by being set upon by a group of bank robbers who kill his grandfather and kidnap his younger sister, Lula.  Jack’s search to recover his sister is aided by a charismatic, bounty hunting dwarf named Shorty and his crew.  In Lansdale’s capable hands, East Texas is painted as a wild and untamed place, inhabited with rich, complex characters, by turns dark and funny.  I especially loved the tale-telling Shorty, recognizing in his mannerisms and speech the authentic expressions of the true sons and daughters of the Big Thicket.

You can visit him online or follow him on Twitter at @joelansdale.

2)    In the Rogue Blood, by James Carlos Blake.  Written in gorgeous prose, this book is set in the 1840’s during the Mexican War.  Two brothers, Edward and John Little, one fighting for Mexico, the other fighting as a scout for the United States, traverse a world in where the rules of survival are simple: kill or be killed.  In the vein of Blood Meridian, this book is dark, violent and at times bleak.  This is not a feel good Western, but a portrait of a country inhabited by brutal men and set upon women, with brief flashes of compassion and humanity, which is surely an accurate accounting of how the West was won.

3)    Little Century, by Anna Keesey.   Like the best of Westerns, this novel begins with an escalating conflict: the violent war over water and rangeland in Oregon.  Another orphan, eighteen-year-old Esther Chambers travels west in search of her only living relative. In the lawless town of Century, she’s met by a distant cousin, a cattle rancher named Ferris Pickett.  She begins a new life as a homesteader, in the hope that her land will one day join Pick’s impressive spread.   As incidents between the sheep and cattle ranchers turn to bloodshed, Esther’s sympathies are divided between her cousin and a sheepherder named Ben Cruff, sworn enemy of the cattlemen.

Here’s what I said on the book jacket cover:  “Little Century is rich and true and achingly beautiful. Its heroine, Esther Chambers, is the kind found in the best classic literature: an innocent caught against the backdrop of escalating violence whose essential goodness and loyalty shine through the savagery around her.”

You can visit her online or follow her on Twitter at @AnnaKessey.

4)    Spirit of Steamboat, by Craig Johnson.  Part of the Walt Longmire series, this book is a bit of a departure from the previous books, as it’s a shorter novella, and a bit of a “Ghost of Christmas Past” remembrance for the sheriff.   The story takes Walt back to Christmas Eve 1988, and a record-breaking Montana blizzard where three people die in a terrible crash.  In the accident a young girl is injured and may die unless she can be transported to a hospital via a broken down WWII transport plane, flown, of course, by a whiskey-sodden, broken down old WWII pilot.  A modern Western, this book has suspense, killing elements, and good guys waiting to be resurrected from their own character flaws to save the day.

You can visit him online or follow him at @ucrosspop25

5)    The Gates of the Alamo, by Stephen Harrigan.  Suspenseful, beautifully written, extensively researched, this is my favorite of the Alamo retellings.   The characters of that seminal drama, on both sides of the conflct---Bowie, Crockett, Travis, Austin, Santa Anna, Telesforo Villaseñor---are given depth and new energy in Harrigan’s book.  His landscape descriptions, as well as the recounting of the battles and the final siege, are breathtaking, exciting, poignant and memorable.

You can visit him online her or follow him on Twitter at @stephenharrigan.

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Kathleen Kent is the author of n The Heretic’s Daughter, The Traitor’s Wife, and The Outcasts.

You may visit her online or follow her on Twitter at @kathleenkent214.

 

Friday
Jun202014

Let's get dirty! 27 Garden Inspired Books for Your Summer

Summer officially arrives this year at 6:51 AM EDT, on Saturday, June 21. If you are like me, this means an extra-long, delightfully sweaty day in the garden. Gardeners come from all walks of life and take joy in creating edible and/or ornamental gardens. And, when we are unable to be in the garden we daydream about it, here are a few suggested reads that will hopefully satisfy your desire and dreams of the garden.

Fiction 1. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett • 2. The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman • Mysteries   3. Pushing Up Daisies by Rosemary Harris • 4. Garden of Secrets Past by Anthony Eglin • Poetry  5. Led By The Nose by Jenny Joseph • 6. Why I Wake Early by Mary Oliver • Short Story Collection  7. The Garden of Reading edited by Michelle Slung • Nonfiction by Amy Stewart 8. From the Ground Up • 9. The Earth Moved • 10. Flower Confidential • 11. Wicked Plants • 12. Gilding the Lily • 13. Wicked Bugs • 14. The Drunken BotanistNonfiction by Christopher Lloyd 15. The Well-Tempered Garden • 16. Dear Friend and Gardener • 17. In My Garden • 18. The Adventurous GardenerMore Nonfiction  19. My Garden Book by Jamaica Kincaid • 20. The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean • 21. A Garden in Lucca by Paul Gervais • 22. The Brother Gardeners by Andrea Wulf • 23. The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan • 24. The Tulip by Anna Pavord • 25. Bulb by Anna Pavord • 26. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver • 27. Potted History by Catherine Horwood

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Susan is Creative Coordinator at Half Price Books Corporate.

Tuesday
Jun102014

If you liked And the Mountains Echoed, then you might also like...

When I was told that the HPB Book Club selection for June and July was And The Mountains Echoed by Khalid Hosseini, I wasn’t exactly excited about it. I read Hosseini’s The Kite Runner earlier this year, and though I thought the writing was beautiful, the plot was so heartbreaking that I found myself forcing my way through it. However, after having read And The Mountains Echoed, I have to admit I was enthralled by the poetic pictures Hosseini’s words painted in my imagination. I also found myself approaching every chapter like a puzzle, trying to see how the chapter fit in with the rest of the book, as each chapter is told from someone else’s perspective. Now, I’m searching for what to read next. If you are like me, and you enjoyed reading And The Mountains Echoed, here are some other books you may like to read next.

Books about the Middle East:

Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy; The Bookseller of Kabul by Anne Seierstad; and In the Sea There are Crocodiles by Fabio Geda.

Books about siblings:


A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley; Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler; As I lay Dying by William Faulkner; Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen.

Books about the persecution of a people:


The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay; The People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks; The Power and the Glory by Graham Green.

 

Short story collections that read like novels:


Triburbia by Karl Taro Greenfield; The Wanderers by Richard Price; Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson; Midaq Alley by Naguib Mahfouz.

I think I may read The Bookseller of Kabul or Triburbia next. What about you?  What is your next book going to be? And if you want to chat with fellow HPB Book Clubers, visit hpb.com/bookclub/fb and jump in the conversation about And the Mountains Echoed between now and the end of July.

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Julie is Traffic Manager at Half Price Books Corporate.
You may follow her on Twitter at @auntjewey.

Friday
Jun062014

Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary

After 30 years, who are you still going to call...? GHOSTBUSTERS! It is hard to believe that this classic comedy is now celebrating it’s 30 anniversary. When Ghostbusters opened on June 8, 1984, there was already a huge buzz about the movie since the song by the same title by Ray Parker Jr. was climbing the charts. Everyone knew the song and had seen clips of the movie from the MTV video.

Ghostbusters opened and was an instant success, and was the highest grossing comedy of all time until the release of Home Alone in 1990. The film was directed by legend, Ivan Reitman, who was coming off the success of his two prior films, Meatballs and Stripes. So when it came to casting, Reitman didn’t have to look far. Returning from Stripes was Bill Murray and Harold Ramis. Adding Saturday Night Live star and one of the original Blues Brothers, Dan Akroyd, made up the comedy team that would put Ghostbusters in the history books.

If you have never seen this fun romp of a movie, what are you waiting for? Grab a copy and watch it tonight! There are several other fun things surrounding the 30th anniversary including fan art, Ray Parker Jr. anniversary single, and even a special edition LEGO set. So if you come across a full torso apparition, Focused Non-Terminal Repeating Phantasm, or a Class V Full Roaming Vapor (a real nasty one too)…you know who to call…GHOSTBUSTERS!

30th Anniversary Lego Set

Ray Parker Jr. Anniversary Vinyl

Images from Ghostbusters Art Show (Fan Art)

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Jim is Art Director at Half Price Books Corporate.