Black History Month: Authors’ Birthdays

February is Black History Month and is also a month during which several notable African-Americans have birthdays.  Below are some of these heroes and some of their words—words from works worth remembering throughout the year. 

February 1:  Langston Hughes—Harlem Renaissance poet, short-story author, lyricist for the musical Street Scene
I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

Tomorrow,
I’ll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody’ll dare
Say to me,
“Eat in the kitchen,”
Then.

Besides,
They’ll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed–

I, too, am America.
(from The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes)

February 4:  Rosa Parks—NAACP secretary, heroine of the Civil Rights Movement
“People have said over the years that the reason I did not give up my seat was because I was tired.  I did not think of being physically tired.  My feet were not hurting.  I was tired in a different way…I was tired of Jim Crow laws, of legally enforced racial segregation.”  (from Dear Mrs. Parks: A Dialogue with Today’s Youth)

February 9:  Alice Walker—novelist, poet, essayist 
“I think us here to wonder, myself. To wonder. To ask. And that in wondering about the big things and asking about the big things, you learn about the little ones, almost by accident. But you never know nothing more about the big things than you start out with. The more I wonder, the more I love.”  (from The Color Purple)

February 17:  Frederick Douglass—former slave turned Abolitionist, author and orator
”A man is worked upon by what he works on.  He may carve out his circumstances, but his circumstances carve him out as well.”  (from Life and Times of Fredrick Douglass)
 

February 18:  Toni Morrison—novelist, winner of the National Book Award, the Nobel Prize and the Pulitzer Prize
“Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.”  (from Beloved)

February 20:  Sidney Poitier—pioneering award-winning actor, memoirist
“If the image one holds of one’s self contains elements that don’t square with reality, one is best advised to let go of them, however difficult that may be.”  (from his autobiography The Measure of a Man)

February 23:  W.E.B. Du Bois—civil rights leader, author, editor of the NAACP magazine Crisis
”I sit with Shakespeare and he winces not.  Across the color line I move arm-in-arm with Balzac and Dumas, while smiling men and welcoming women glide in gilded halls.  From out the caves of evening that swing between the strong-limbed earth and the tracery of the stars, I summon Aristotle and Aurelius and what soul I will, and they come all graciously with no scorn nor condescension.  So, wed with truth, I dwell above the veil.”  (from The Souls of Black Folk)  

Steve is Staffing & Development Manager (aka the “Buy Guy”) at Half Price Books Corporate.

 

Staff Picks: Top 10 Books by African-American Authors

Black History Month is set aside to remember and celebrate important African-American people and the impact that they have had on history.  However, no celebration would be complete without remembering those African-American authors who have impacted the world with their words that deftly address the perennial concerns of all humanity.  So, I turned to our 3,000 Bibliomaniacs and asked what books written by African-American authors do you believe everyone should read.  And without further ado, here are their top 10 answers.

  1. Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison
  2. Kindred, by Octavia Butler
  3. Native Son, by Richard Wright
  4. Beloved, by Toni Morison
  5. The Autobiography of Malcolm X, as told to Alex Haley
  6. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
  7. Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
  8. Going to Meet the Man, by James Baldwin
  9. Fallen Angels, by Walter Dean Myers
  10. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou

Though I have The Color Purple, The Invisible Man and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, I have to admit I have not read them yet, and I’ve been searching for Fallen Angels for months.  So, it looks like I’m in for another trip to Half Price Books.

What about you?  What’s your favorite book written by an African-American author?

Want to find out more about African-American authors? Check out Steve’s blog post later this month.

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

21 Books that Inspired Oscar-Winning Movies

“Secret’s in the sauce,” Sipsey said.

One of my favorite movies inspired by a book is Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) starring Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy and Mary-Louise Parker, based on the novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (1987) by Fannie Flag. Even recent box office mega-hits like the Twilight saga and Harry Potter series first captured an audience of readers before they ever landed on the big screen. Some of the silver screen’s most loved and heroic characters were born in books – alongside the “boy who lived” are men like MI6’s “007” based on the James Bond series by Ian Fleming. Bond films began with Dr. No in 1962 and continue to thrive today with the 23rd film in the franchise, Skyfall (2012).

There are so many gifted screenwriters who have taken fantastic stories and characters from the pages of books and adapted them for film. And often those films are hailed as the “Best Picture” and “Best Screenplay” at the Academy Awards. Here’s a round-up of 21 books that inspired Oscar-winning movies. Have you read them all?

 

1. Gone with the Wind (1940) based on Gone with the Wind (1936) by Margaret Mitchell • 2. The Sound of Music (1965) based on The Story of the Trapp Family Singers (1949) by Maria Augusta Trapp • 3. The Godfather (1972) based on The Godfather (1969) by Mario Puzo • 4. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) based on One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1962) by Ken Kesey • 5. Somewhere in Time (1980) based on Bid Time Return (1979) by Richard Matheson • 6. Terms of Endearment (1983) based on the novel Terms of Endearment (1975) by Larry McMurtry • 7. Scarface (1983) remake film based on Scarface (1929) by Armitage Trail • 8. Dances with Wolves (1990) based on Dances with Wolves (1988) by Michael Blake • 9. Schindler’s List (1993) based on Schindler’s List (1982) by Thomas Keneally • 10. Forrest Gump (1994) based on Forrest Gump (1986) by Winston Groom • 11. The Shawshank Redemption (1994) based on novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, from the collection Different Seasons (1982) by Stephen King • 12. Sense and Sensibility (1995) based on Sense and Sensibility (1811) by Jane Austen • 13. Cider House Rules (1999) based on The Cider House Rules (1985) by John Irving • 14. A Beautiful Mind (2001) based on A Beautiful Mind (1998) by Sylvia Nasar • 15. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003) based on the epic Lord of the Rings trilogy (1954-55) by J.R.R. Tolkien • 16. Atonement (2007) based on Atonement: A Novel (2001) by Ian McEwan • 17. There Will Be Blood (2007) based on Oil! (1927) by Upton Sinclair • 18. The Blind Side (2009) based on The Blind Side: The Evolution of a Game (2006) by Michael Lewis • 19. Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009) based on Push (1996) by Sapphire • 20. 127 Hours (2010) based on the memior Between a Rock and a Hard Place (2004) by Aron Ralston • 21. Hugo (2011) based on The Invention of Hugo Cabret: A Novel in Words and Pictures (2007) by Brian Selznick.

In celebration of the 85th Academy Awards this weekend (Sunday, February 24), I give a big shout-out to all the screenwriters behind-the-scenes of each Oscar-worthy picture.

Meredith is Associate Creative Director at Half Price Books Corporate.
You can follow her on Twitter at @msquare21.

Top Five Star-Crossed Lovers

      

Editor’s Note: SPOILER ALERT BELOW!

(Row 1: Romeo + Juliet, The Originals*; Shakespeare + Viola, The Oscar-Winners; Row 2: Clare + Henry, the Time-Crossed Lovers; Jack + Rose, in Boy-Dies-and-Leaves-Girl-to-Tell-the-Tale fashion; and Christian + Satine, in Girl-Dies-and-Leaves-Boy-to-Tell-the-Tale fashion)

I have always had a soft spot for the Star-Crossed Lovers, the ones who are hopelessly, tragically in love and yet can’t be together, whether due to circumstance or timing or, inevitably, death (and so often, death brought on by EPIC misunderstanding or missed connections– alas, alas).

These five, above, are my favorites, but they’re only the tip of the iceberg (get it? Iceberg?) — which ones am I missing? Whose tragic love tale hits you right through the heart?

*I’m aware that Romeo and Juliet are not ACTUALLY the originals — but they were certainly the breakthrough performance for the genre. Feel free to debate the rightful SCL origin story in the comments.

On that happy note, Happy V-Day, everyone! — Kristen

Kristen is Public Relations Specialist at Half Price Books Corporate. 
You can follow her on Twitter at @kristendickson.

 

Falling in Love with Kristin Hannah

After my blog post about falling in love with author Barbara Delinsky, a customer recommended I read Kristin Hannah.  Always on the look out for a new book, I hightailed it to my local Half Price Books fiction section, also known as my second home, and found the book Comfort & Joy, by Kristin Hannah.

Comfort & Joy is a modern-day fairy tale of a woman whose life has fallen apart, and the broken family that helps her to put the pieces back together.  Joy Candellaro doesn’t know how to celebrate her first Christmas since her divorce, especially since she has discovered her ex-husband is about to get remarried—to her sister, who is also pregnant with his child.  On a whim, she decides to take a trip.  She doesn’t care where she goes as long as it is somewhere else. She ends up in a small town in Washington, where she meets Daniel and his young son, Bobby, who are also facing their first Christmas without Maggie, Bobby’s mother, who died in an automobile accident earlier that year.  In this small, broken family, Joy discovers that there is such a thing as magic, as they repair each other’s broken hearts. 

However, there is a twist to this book that I never saw coming, and that I’m not going to reveal here. You will just have to read the book.

          

I read Comfort & Joy in one sitting, and have already gone back to the HPB fiction section, where I picked up Kristin Hannah’s Angel Falls.  However, I will have to wait until after I finish the HPB Book Club book Fahrenheit 451, before I can read it.

So, what author have you fallen in love with?

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

Love Notes: Valentine’s Day Calligraphy Lessons

This Valentine’s Day, write your love a handwritten note. Calligraphy is a beautiful and elegant way to express your love for that special someone in your life. Stop by one of our stores and pick up one of our calligraphy books to master your penmanship and your sweets’ heart.

Tweet or tag us on Instagram with pictures of your handmade love notes. Also, make sure to check out these books for more calligraphy inspiration. — Stephanie

Stephanie is Art Director at Half Price Books Corporate
You can follow her on Twitter at @saltpepperpress

Enter to Win a $100 Gift Card for your School Library!

Attention, parents and educators! HPB wants to help your children’s school libraries! Now through Sunday, February 17, 2013, register at http://www.hpb.com/schools and tell us how your school would use a $100 HPB gift card to enhance your school library. We’ll randomly select one winner from each of our 22 markets on March 4, 2013.

And stay tuned, because all registered schools will be invited to a Half Pint Library giveaway in their area later this spring. Last year, with the help of our generous customers’ donations, HPB gave away more than 340,000 children’s books nationwide to local schools and nonprofit organizations during our 14th annual Half Pint Library Book Drive. Here are just a few ways the donated books helped build Half Pint Libraries across the country in 2012:

–          Summer reading program incentives in Marion, Iowa

–          Reading materials for children’s health clinics in Indianapolis, Indiana

–          Donations for low-income families through food pantry & literacy programs in Naperville, Illinois

–          Books for a children’s reading area for a learning center in Kansas City, Kansas

–          Literacy program rewards in Lexington, Kentucky

–          After school tutoring resources in St. Paul, Minnesota

–          Prizes for a “Book Walk” at a festival in College Station, Texas

–          English Language instruction for Ecuadorian children through Camarones Community Coalition out of Madison, Wisconsin

In 2013, we’re excited to partner with our customers to get even more books into the hands of children who need them the most. This year’s Half Pint Library Book Drive runs February 17-March 31, 2013. During that time, drop off your new or gently used children’s book at any Half Price Books location.

After the drive is complete, Half Price Books will match each book donated as part of our Million Book Donation Project and will distribute the books at special giveaway events in each of our markets in the spring. Stay tuned to hpb.com/hpl for a giveaway event near you!

P.S. Educators, don’t forget to sign-up for our Educator Discount Card at www.hpb.com/educators for 10% off your purchases year-round! — Kate

Kate is Promotions & Direct Mail Coordinator at Half Price Books Corporate.

 

Before He was Batman: Top Five Christian Bale Films

   
  
 

1. Empire of the Sun(1987) – Based on the novel by JG Ballard, Empire of the Sun tells the story of young Jim, a British boy living in a wealthy family in Shanghai who ends up a prisoner of war during World War II. Steven Spielberg chose Christian Bale, 12, to play Jim over 4000 other young actors. His haunting performance earned him critical praise and the first ever “Best Performance by a Juvenile Actor” award from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.

2. Newsies (1992) – A musical loosely based on the true story of the Newsboys Strike in 1899 in New York City. Though the movie was not considered a success at the box office, it developed a huge cult following after it was released on video. Directed by choreographer Kenny Ortega (Dirty Dancing, High School Musical), the film stars Christian as Jack “Cowboy” Kelly, singing, dancing, and dreaming of one day escaping New York for a better life in ‘Santa Fe’.

3. Swing Kids (1993) – When Nazi Germany declares war on freedom and demands conformity of its youth, a group calling themselves ‘Swing Kids’ rebel by listening to and styling themselves after their favorite Jazz musicians from America. Christian delivers a gripping performance as Thomas, a young man who turns against his friends when shown acceptance and encouragement by the Hitler Youth.

4. Little Women (1994) – Here Christian plays Laurie, the handsome neighbor to the March family, who first proposes to Jo then ends up marrying her sister Amy. Though his part is small, Christian delivers an unforgettable performance.

5. Velvet Goldmine(1998) – Journalist Arthur Stuart (Bale) is given the challenging task of locating one of glam rock’s most outrageous superstars. Using Arthur’s flashbacks to showcase one of music’s most memorable eras, Velvet Goldmine is a glittery spectacle filled with amazing performances by Bale, Ewan McGregor, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Toni Collette, and Eddie Izzard.

Which is your favorite Christian Bale film? — Wendy

Wendy is Store Manager at the Half Price Books in Avon, Indiana.

Local Store Events Round-Up: February

Lots of fun things are going on at your neighborhood Half Price Books stores, including a little something special for those of you on our email list.  Check out what’s happening in February!

All Stores

2013 Half Pint Schools Giveaway

Half Pint Schools Giveaway

Parents and Educators: Enter to win a $100 HPB Gift Card for your school library! One winner will be randomly selected in each of our 22 markets. Deadline to register is February 17, 2013. Visit http://hpb.com/schools for giveaway details. And don’t forget to sign up for our Educator’s Discount Card – how teachers and librarians can save 10% year round!

Booklover’s Weekend

If you’re on the HPB Email List, check your email inbox on Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14) for a special offer! If you’re not on the list, it’s not too late to get in on this sweetheart deal! Sign up online in store today and you’ll get your own store coupon to use during Booklover’s Weekend — Friday, February 15 through Monday, February 18 — at any Half Price Books location. See coupon for redemption details.

Monroeville, PA

Spot the Groundhog’s Shadow

Groundhog’s Day is February 2. During the month of February at your Monroeville HPB, if you spot the groundhog’s shadow it could mean good fortune. Spot the groundhog’s shadow, sign up for our mailing list, and you’ll be entered to win a $20 HPB gift card. Winner will be selected at the end of February.

Celebrate Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is February 10 and your Monroeville HPB is celebrating the Year of the Snake all month long. Ancient Chinese wisdom says a snake in the house is a good omen because it means your family will not starve. We’d like to help. Sign up in store for our mailing list and you can enter to win a dinner for two at Sapporo Asian Cuisine & Sushi Bar. See store for details.

Kenwood Galleria – Cincinnati; Mason, OH; Fairfield Township – Hamilton, OH

Dog Days at Half Price Books

Join us at our South Ohio locations to take a bite out of reading.  Load up the kids and bring them to Half Price Books where they can read a book to a loveable pup. 

  • Kenwood Galleria – read to Rudi, the Shih Tzu on Feb. 2 and 16 from 11 a.m. – noon
  • Mason – read to Bella, the Pug on Feb. 17 from 3 – 4 p.m.
  • Fairfield Township – read to Potter, the Bearded Collie on Feb. 10 and 24 from 1 – 2 p.m.

Edmond, OK

Book Signing with F. Davis James

Local author, F. Davis James will sell and sign his book, For Heaven’s Sake, at your Edmond HPB on Saturday, February 2, from noon to 3 p.m. Follow the story of Walleye Watkins along his whimsical romp through the different heavens of the world’s great religions.

Phoenix – Paradise Valley

Book Signing with Joseph Serrano

Local author Joseph Serrano will sell and sign his book, Technomode at your Paradise Valley HPB on Sunday, February 3, from noon to 2 p.m. This is a post-apocalyptic story of the struggle between humans and machines in an occult world of sociorobotics and mecha technology.

Freebooter’s Paradise Book Signing

Come and listen to a story about mystery and adventure, pirates, gold, and magic. Local author Tim Loge will read, sell and sign Freebooter’s Paradise; A Dangerous Tandem Adventure a kids’ chapter book recommended for 4th through 8th grade. Join us at our Paradise Valley HPB on Sunday, February 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Humble, TX

HPB Humble Book Club

Looking to expand your reading pleasure? Join the discussion at our HPB Humble Book Club. We meet the first Monday of each month from 7:30 to 9 p.m. On Monday, Feb. 4, we will meet to discuss March, by Geraldine Brooks.

Feeling Lucky at Love?

Your HPB Humble store is offering you a chance to win a dinner for two. Starting Monday, Feb. 4 through Saturday, Feb. 9, buy your favorite love story and you can enter to win a $25 gift card for Wunsche Bros. Cafe in Old Town Spring. See store for details.

Book Signing with Ted Anthony Roberts

Local Author Ted Anthony Roberts will sell and sign his book, Captain Skull  at your Humble HPB on Saturday, February 16 from 1 to 3 p.m. This is a piratical, romantic, swashbuckling adventure story from the fictional memoirs of Sir Charles of Riley.

Naperville, IL

Celebrating our First Year in Naperville!

Join us on Saturday, February 9, as we celebrate our first year in Naperville. The first 100 people through the door at 9 am get a FREE tote bag!* One lucky shopper will win a $25 HPB Gift Card! Bring the whole family for a day of snacks, kids’ goodies, and a special appearance by BW, the HPB bookworm. Also, sign up for our email list and get 10% off that day’s purchase. Discount good at Naperville location only.

*Limit one tote bag per person, 16 years of age and up. Offer valid 2.9.13 at Naperville location only.

Austin – North Lamar

Book Signing with Amy Lawrence-Loughlin

Local author, Amy Lawrence-Loughlin will sell and sign her book, For the Love of Gus, A True Rescue to Riches Tale at your North Lamar HPB on Saturday, February 9, from 1 to 4 p.m. Come and meet the real Gus the Great Dane, a really big dog with a really big heart. A portion of the book sale proceeds will be donated the animal rescue organizations.

Dallas – Northwest Highway

Meet and Greet Boxer Rescue

Looking for a loyal friend, a lovable buddy, a canine companion? On the second Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., NorCal Boxer Rescue will bring Boxer dogs available for adoption to our Flagship HPB store. Come see these lovable dogs looking for a good, forever home.  See you Feb. 9!

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 Feb. 16!

Houston – Copperfield Plaza

Building a Better Store

We’re remodeling your Copperfield HPB store to be better, brighter and easier for you to shop. We will temporarily close on Monday, February 11 and Tuesday, February 12 while we finish sprucing things up for you. Come back to see all the changes when we reopen Wednesday, February 13 at 9 a.m.

Pittsburgh – The Pointe at North Fayette

Kid Fun on Extraterrestrial Culture Day

On Tuesday, February 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., your Half Price Books at The Pointe at North Fayette is celebrating Extraterrestrial Culture Day. Kids ages 4 to 12 and any cosmic visitors are invited to build their own spaceship. No need to phone home, we’ll have the supplies, earthling youth provide the creativity. Spaceships are guaranteed to fly as far as your imagination will allow. 

Garland, Texas

Book Signing with Robert Stevens, Jr. 

Author Robert Stevens, Jr. will sell and sign his second novel, Images. Join us at our Firewheel Plaza Half Price Books in Garland Saturday, February 16, from noon to 3 p.m. 

Phoenix – Camelback

Book Signing with Joseph Serrano

Local author Joseph Serrano will stop by our other Phoenix store to sell and sign his book, Technomode at our Camelback HPB on Saturday, February 23, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Springhurst/Freys Hill – Louisville, KY

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.

Storytime – Multiple Locations

Many of our stores have weekly or monthly storytimes.  Check out this month’s listings:

Huebner Road, San Antonio – Join us the first Sunday of every month for Storytime Sunday at 2 p.m.  The staff will read one of their favorite books, geared toward booklovers ages 2-8.  See you Feb. 3!

Northwest Highway – Dallas – Join us every Sunday from 1-2 p.m. for a story and special craft activity.  Recommended for kids ages 10 and under.

Lincoln Square – Arlington, TXStop 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.

Plano, TX – Our new Plano store will share a fun story with the kiddos each Sunday at 2 p.m.

Mesquite, TX 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 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Readers and arts-and-crafts lovers of all ages are welcome.

Rockwall, TX Visit us in Rockwall each Sunday at 3 p.m. for a fun story.  Stick around and get crafty with us with a new activity for kids each week. Storytime recommended for kids ranging from pre-schoolers to 5th graders.

South Arlington, TXPack 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. 

Lynnwood, WA – Bring the kiddos to the Lynnwood HPB for storytime from 3 to 4 p.m. every Sunday.

Corpus Christi, TX 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 Feb. 10!

Mason, Ohio – Sit down for a good tale each Tuesday from 11 a.m. to noon at our Mason Half Price Books.

Humble, TX – 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. 

Hurstbourne – Louisville, KY 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 Feb. 16!

Springhurst/Freys Hill – Louisville, KYStop by the Springhurst store on the last Saturday of the month from 2 to 4 p.m., where we’ll have stories, games, activities and snacks.  See you Feb. 23!

Special Sales – Multiple Locations

Lynnwood, WA

Monday Manga Madness

Join us on Monday evenings from 6 to 10 p.m. for 20% off all manga and anime at your Lynnwood HPB. You can stock up on a multitude of manga and an abundance of anime. Discount at this location only. Promotion ends on Monday, February 11, 2013.

Burleson, Texas

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.

Northwest Highway – Dallas

Comic Book Wednesdays

Pow! Comics just got cheaper! Half Price Books on Northwest Highway in Dallas, Texas will be reducing all regularly-priced comic books to the sale price of 50¢ each on Wednesdays only. Recurring each week on Wednesdays until further notice. Collectibles and bargain bundles excluded.

$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 $1.00 on Fridays only, until further notice. Offer valid at Northwest Highway location only.

Greenwood, Indiana

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.

Clearwater Village – Indianapolis

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.

Vinyl Fridays
Join us for a LP shopping spree! Get 20% off all vinyl on Fridays at our Castleton Commons HPB.  Come back each week for new discoveries and savings! No exclusions. All LPs discounted each Friday at this location until further notice.

Avon, Indiana

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.

Half Price Books Outlet – Bloomington, Indiana

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.

Northbrook/Greenbriar – Indianapolis

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.

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.

Fort Wayne, Indiana

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 Day – 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.

South Arlington – Arlington, Texas

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.

Appleton, WI

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.

Lexington, KY

Vinyl Fridays

Move to the groove while you shop! Join us on the last Friday of each month from 6 to 10 p.m. and listen to classic tunes on vinyl and get 20% off all vinyl LPs at our Sir Barton Place HPB in Lexington. Discount at this location only.  See you Jan. 25!

Louisville, KY – Hurstbourne

After-Hours Vinyl Blowout

Join us for an after-hours LP shopping spree! Clearance LPs will be reduced to 10¢ each, plus, get 30% off all regularly-priced vinyl on Friday, February 8 from 10pm to midnight at your Hurstbourne HPB. You can buy stacks o’wax, a plethora of platters, gobs of grooves, loads of LPs, or as many as you please. Discount at this location only.

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As always, be sure to check your local store’s webpage to see if anything has been added throughout the month. -Emily

Emily is PR Manager at Half Price Books Corporate.

You can follow her on Twitter at emilytbruce.