Books About Books Make Great Books

“In books I meet the dead as if they were alive,

In books we see what is yet to come…

All things decay and pass with time…

All fame would fall victim to oblivion

If God had not given mortal men the book to aid them.”

I believe the above quote from Richard de Bury adequately expresses the importance books play in our lives.  Books can teach us about civilizations long gone, as well as the world around us now, and they can inspire us with glimpses of what the future could be.  Some people believe that books are so important they have written books about them.  Here are 5 of my favorite books about books.

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke — This book is about Meggie and her father Mo, a man who can read characters out of books and into the real world.  One night while reading the book Inkheart aloud to his wife and baby girl,  Mo reads several characters out of the book.  Unfortunately, for everything that is read out of a book, something must go in.  Mo’s wife is taken into the book, and the rest of the story is roughly about getting her back, while the characters from the book try to take over the real world.

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fford — While the characters of Inkheart are read into the real world, Detective Thursday Next in The Eyre Affair uses the Prose Portal to go into a book to stop a thief from blackmailing the literary world.  However, the damage done by Thursday and the thief to the classic novel Jane Eyre causes Thornfield Hall to burn down and Rochester’s mad wife to fall to her death…What do you mean that’s how the story ends?  Are you sure it always ended that way?   And are you sure that a Goliath Corporation operative named Jack Schitt hasn’t always been trapped in Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven?

The Bookman’s Wake by John Dunning — Speaking of The Raven, the bibliomystery The Bookman’s Wake follows detective-turned-book dealer Cliff Janeway as he tries to protect a young woman who has stolen a rare volume of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven from someone who’s been killing people for more than 20 years to get his hands on it. This book also can teach you a lot about rare books and book binding, even as the reader stops into the University District Half Price Books store while following Janeway to Snoqualmie Falls. (Seriously, we’re in the book!)

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak — Since we were talking about people stealing books, we can’t leave out Liesel Meminger, the main character of The Book Thief, a book which is, of course, narrated by Death, during Nazi-Germany, a time when Death admits he was a pretty busy guy.  Liesel steals her first book after an apprentice gravedigger drops The Grave Digger’s Handbook in the snow after her brother’s funeral.  The also steals The Shoulder Shrug from a pile of books to be burned in celebration of Hitler’s birthday  Throughout this book, the power of books to change lives is explored.  Liesel even writes the book of her life story, which is the book that Death has been carrying around with him for years.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury — If we are going to mention burning books, we have to mention Fahrenheit 451, which is about a man whose job is to burn books.  First published in 1953, this book talks about technology taking over our lives and making them empty.  Books became blander and blander due to censorship, and finally stopped selling altogether.  So the government started burning them.  However, some people don’t give up their books willingly and are arrested or killed.  Montag, the main character is a fireman, or someone who burns books for a living, but he is also a man searching for something more in his life.  He begins to keep and read some of the books he is supposed to burn until the men he works with start coming after him.

Now, this is just a sampling of some wonderful and at times very poignant books about books.  There are many others.  In fact, the Assistant Manager at the Mesquite store might kill me for not mentioning The Neverending Story, by Michael Ende.  So, what are your favorite books about books?

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

Best Baby Shower Book Gift Ideas

The most popular gifts at baby showers are undoubtably clothes, and as adorable as those cute little outfits are, the new baby will outgrow them before the mom has fastened the snaps. We have been thrilled to see books make their way as a hot baby shower theme and gift option. At Half Price Books, we believe that books are a gift that grows with the baby and most importantly, grows their imaginations. Here are a few of our favorite books to give to the next generation of adorable munchkins.

1:  Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak   2: Cowboy Small by Lois Lenski 

3: Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton  

4: Thomas the Tank Engine by Rev. W. Awdry  

5: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See? by Eric Carle  

6:  The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone

 

1:  Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.  2: Olivia by Ian Falconer

3: Little Miss Curious by Roger Hargreaves   4: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle  

5: The Princess and the Pea by Hans Christian Andersens

6:  Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

If you would like more children’s book recommendations and ideas, please see our 40 Books Every Child Should Read and 21 Books to Start a Baby’s Library blog post.

What is your favorite childhood literary treasure and do you still have it on your bookshelf?

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


Half Price Books Does Earth Day Every day

Happy Earth Day, everyone! Here at HPB, we make preserving and recycling part of our business. In 2012, we donated more than 2.3 million books to non profit organizations and schools, helping to keep them out of landfills, and we continue to donate books all the time as part of our Million Book Donation Project.

And we don’t limit being green just to books. Each of our new stores is constructed with 100% recyclable flooring, handmade wood shelves and eco-paints. We also offer post-consumer waste shopping bags and recycled gift cards.

We’re always looking for ways to b(eco)me greener and view the protection of the environment as a journey, not a destination. I hope you’re doing something fun (and more importantly, green) today to celebrate. Let us know how you’ll celebrate in the comments! — Emily 

Emily is PR Manager at Half Price Books Corporate.

You can follow her on Twitter at emilytbruce.

Books Authors Read with Marie Lu

Editor’s Note: We are so excited to have Marie Lu at our Flagship Store in Dallas next week! She’ll be joining us Wednesday, April 24 from 7-9 p.m. for a book signing and Q & A; swing by if you can make it. We asked Marie to come up with a list of books she loves — thanks, Marie! We love these books too. — Kristen D. 

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Asking me to make a list of what books I recommend is dangerous. It’s a little like asking me to make a list of all the movies I recommend, or all the foods I love to eat (okay this one would be REALLY dangerous). I picture myself in a room, happily blabbering away to a poor skeleton covered with cobwebs, “And then there’s ALSO this OTHER book…oh and then there’s THIS ONE TOO…” But behold, I’m making a list here! And I’m going to keep the list down to 10 titles! 

1. Ready Player One (by Ernest Cline): This contains so many of my favorite things–action-packed fun, video games, 80s nostalgia, all things geek, and sci-fi. A must read!

2. Code Name Verity (by Elizabeth Wein): Very few books can make me legitimately cry. This is one of them. A heartwrenching tale of friendship’s deep roots.

3. Shadow and Bone, Book 1 of the Grisha Trilogy (by Leigh Bardugo): One of my favorite fantasy series at the moment. The Russia-inspired setting is refreshingly unique, and the heroine Alina is strong and great fun to follow–as are the sexy boys she attracts!

4. The Girl of Fire and Thorns, Book 1 of a trilogy (by Rae Carson): Another favorite fantasy series! I absolutely devoured this first book, as well as the next two. Fantastic worldbuilding, fantastic characters. (The final one comes out this summer, so now is a perfect time to get started!)

5. Proxy (by Alex London): Proxy doesn’t come out until this summer, but I had the fortune of reading this early. What a dynamite sci-fi story! It’s a futuristic take on the whipping boy concept, and I absolutely loved all the main characters. You don’t want to miss this.

6. The Night Circus (by Erin Morgenstern): An adult novel that took my breath away with its beautiful, magical circus setting. Truly one of the most unique stories I’ve read in a while.

7. The House of the Scorpion (by Nancy Farmer): This dystopian world chilled me to the bone. Just wow. There’s a reason why it has won every award under the sun. Fantastic.

8. The Thief, Book 1 of The Queen’s Thief series (by Megan Whalen Turner): Can you tell I love fantasy? This story is so brilliant, and by the end I was totally in love with Gen. He’s so awesome.

9. If I Stay (by Gayle Forman): By recommending If I Stay, I am also simultaneously recommending its companion novel, Where She Went. Two beautiful, lyrical, and heartbreaking books about family, love, and loss. You can’t go wrong with Gayle Forman.

10. Unwind (by Neal Shusterman): One of my favorite dystopian tales, and set in another chilling world that echoes issues in our own reality. This kept me on the edge of my seat.

My list could go on and on, of course. I hope you get a chance to pick these books up if you haven’t already! I promise that they will all keep you up into the wee hours of the morning. — Marie 

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Marie Lu is the New York Times Bestselling author of Legend and Prodigy

You may follow her on Twitter at @Marie_Lu.

Poem in Your Pocket Giveaway!

April is National Humor Month and National Poetry Month. So what better way to celebrate than put them both together and have a Humor Poetry Contest!  The rules are simple:
  1. We will give you a word, such as flounder or bookworm, and you will write an humorous poem based on that word in the comments below. 
  2. The poem can be rhyming, free verse, Haiku or any other style you like
  3. The poem should be no more than 20 lines long.
  4. Your poem can be about any subject you like, but as with the comments on this blog, please do contribute constructively to the task at hand and do not include profanity, personal attacks or seek to promote a personal or unrelated business.
  5. The contest begins April 17 at noon and ends April 18 at noon.
  6. Leave your poem in the comments of this post.
  7. The winner will be randomly chosen by 4p.m. on April 18 (no purchase necessary) 
  8. The winner will receive a $10 HPB gift card!
And your word is: BUMP. Here’s a sample poem: 

 

I found a curious bump this morning

When I was making up my bed

It was large and round and oddly enough

About the size of my head.

 

My hands flew to my face

My head where it ought to be

I would hate to think my head

Hadn’t gotten up with me.

 

Carefully, I poked the bump

And it began to growl

But since I don’t have a pet

I had to wonder how

 

I quickly threw the covers back

Letting loose a scream of fright

As a raccoon flew out the window

Which will be shut tonight.

Submit your poem in the comments below! Happy Poetry Month! — Julie 

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

Top 32 Popular Fiction Books for Book Clubs

We have Book Club fever here at Half Price Books! Our April-May title is The Great Gatsby, which we’re reading (or rereading) in anticipation of Baz Lurhmann’s adaptation, in theaters May 10. We love these books that draw people together over coffee/wine/dinner to discuss character, plot, themes, and symbolism, and thought it was time to suggest some popular titles. As always, we turned to our 3,000 bibliomaniacs for their opinion on the most-asked-for contemporary* Book Club recommendations, and here’s what they reported back. 

*Note that this list focuses on recent(ish) fiction — we will most likely do additional Book Club round-ups for Young Adult, Classics, genre fiction, etc. Ready? Here we go: 

(1) The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold (2) The History of Love, by Nicole Strauss (3) The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffinegger (4) The Tiger’s Wife, by Tea Obreht (5) Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn (6) The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, by Rachel Joyce (7) A Long Way Down, by Nick Hornby (8) A Visit from the Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan (9) Life of Pi, by Yann Martel (10) The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak (11) The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz (12) The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls (13) Olive Kitteridge, by Elizabeth Strout (14) The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot (15)
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Safran Foer (16) The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini

(17) Little Bee, by Chris Cleeve (18) Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, by Helen Simonson (19) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, by Mark Haddon (20) Middlesex, by Jeffrey Euginedes (21) My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult (22) Sarah’s Key, by Tatiana de Rosnay (23) Room, by Emma Donoghue (24) She’s Come Undone, by Wally Lamb (25) The Help, by Kathryn Stockett (26) The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows (27) The Paris Wife, by Paula McClain (28) Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston (29) The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd (30)
Unbroken, by Laura Hillard (31) Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen (32) Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese 

Which of these books did your book club read? What other titles should be included on this contemporary list? — Kristen 

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

Top 10 Inspirational Literary Heroines

I don’t know about you, but the recent Tournament of Heroes made me think of the heroes and heroines of literature that I find inspirational, and with Xena coming up the victor, I thought it would be nice to highlight ten heroines of literature who would definitely get my vote for being strong, intelligent and spunky women who have stood the test of time and inspired generations of booklovers.

1.      Elizabeth Bennet, from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice—A man insults her and then asks her to marry him?  That’s right, honey.  Make him work for it.

2.      Jane Eyre, from Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre—Deceive this woman and you’re on your own, at least until after your crazy wife burns down your house down and you go blind.

3.      Anne Shirley, from L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables—Fueled by her imagination, she is never at a loss for words. Just don’t make fun of her hair while she’s holding anything that she could possibly smash over your head.

4.      Eleanor Dashwood, from Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility—Making friends with the fiancé of the man you love is hard. Learning that he loves you instead—priceless.

5.      Hester Prynne, from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter—This passionate, self-reliant woman takes on the entire town of Boston with humble dignity and wins—eventually.

6.      Jo March, from Louisa Mae Alcott’s Little Women—Stubborn, independent and loyal, this little woman will do whatever it takes to help her family—except ask her aunt for money. Hey, we all have our limits.

7.      Evelina Anville, from Frances Burney’s Evelina—This country bumpkin, who is almost too kind for her own good, certainly knows how to set society on its ears. Foppish boys beware.

8.      Emma Woodhouse, from Jane Austen’s Emma—She’s got the friend and daughter part down pat, but as a matchmaker she needs a little work.

9.      Janie Crawford, from Zora Neal Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God—Facing down gossip and oppression, she is willing to give up everything for love—well almost everything.  Like I said before, we all have our limits.

10.  Moll Flanders, from Daniel Defoe’s Moll Flanders—Okay, so she’s not the greatest role model, but you can’t deny, the woman’s got spunk.

So who are your heroines of literature?

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

As Seen on TV: 21 Books from Mad Men

What’s that book Don Draper’s reading, you ask? We’ve got the answer for you.

Everyone’s favorite ad man Don Draper and his cohorts from AMC’s hit period drama Mad Men have been spotted in scenes reading heralded books from the era.

In anticipation of the sixth season of Mad Men, which premieres on Sunday, we’ve rounded up a list of books that make an appearance in episodes of Mad Men thus far.

1. Lady Chatterly’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence gets passed around among the ladies in the secretary pool. Season 1, Episode 3 “Marriage of Fiagro” / Lady Chatterly’s Lover was first published in 1928 in Italy, but made its notorious debut in the United States in 1960.

2. Betty Draper reads bedtime stories to Bobby from Nursery Friends from France, translated by Olive Beaupre Miller. Season 1, Episode 4 “New Amsterdam” / This 1920s children’s book is a collector’s item with illustrations by Miska Peresham.

3. Exodus by Leon Uris is discussed around the office and read as “research” when Don Draper and Roger Sterling are trying to win the business of Menken’s department store. Season 1, Episode 6 “Babylon” / This 1958 international bestselling novel is about the founding of the State of Israel.

4. While in bed next to Betty, Don is seen reading The Best of Everything by Rona Jaffe. Season 1, Episode 6 “Babylon” / This 1958 novel tells the story of employees at a New York publishing company, which was adapted into a film in 1959.

5. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand is an obsession of Bert Cooper, who tells Don to buy a copy. If you’re paying attention, you can spot it on the bookshelf in the Sterling Cooper offices. Season 1, Episode 8 “The Hobo Code” / This 1957 dystopian novel was Rand’s fourth and final published book.

6. Meditations in an Emergency by Frank O’Hara makes a few appearances in one episode, including being read by Don in a bar. Season 2, Episode 1 “For Those Who Think Young” / This book is a collection of poems by American writer O’Hara, first published in 1957.

7. Betty reads “A Diamond as Big as the Ritz” and other short stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Season 2, Episode 4 “Three Sundays” / This novella was first published in 1922 as part of Tales of the Jazz Age.

8. We see Betty staying up late to read Ship of Fools by Katherine Anne Porter. Season 2, Episode 9 “Six Month Leave” / This 1962 novel is an allegory about the rise of Nazism.

9. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner is spotted in the hands of Don’s lover named Joy. Season 2, Episode 11 “Jet Set” / This Southern Gothic novel tells the story of aristocrats who struggle as they lose their family reputation and face financial ruin.

10. Sally Draper is shown reading aloud to her Grandpa Gene from a copy of The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon. Season 3, Episode 3 “My Old Kentucky Home” / Variations on this nonfiction title have been used by subsequent authors over the years.

11. True-to-form for an advertising agency, Confessions of An Advertising Man by David Ogilvy is a topic of conversation. Season 3, Episode 7 “Seven Twenty Three” / An advertising copywriter, Oliglvy’s book is well-written and considered required reading for ad industry professionals.

12. Don reads The Chrysanthemum and the Sword: Patterns in Japanese Culture by Ruth Benedict in an episode with the same name. Season 4, Episode 5 “The Chrysanthemum and the Sword” / Influential book in post-World War II America, shaping the ideas about Japanese culture.

13. Young Sally Draper reads The Clue of the Black Keys by Carolyn Keene. Season 4, Episode 9 “The Beautiful Girls” / This is the 28th volume in the Nancy Drew mystery series, published under the pseudonym. Actual authors were Wilhelmina Ranking and Harriet Stratemeyer Adams.

14. In a moment of ego and reflection, Roger Sterling publishes his own book entitled Sterling’s Gold. Season 4, Episode 11 “Chinese Wall” / This fictitious memoir has been published in real life, containing Roger’s quips and quotes from the show.

15. The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John Le Carré makes an appearance as Don’s bedtime reading. Season 4, Episode 13 “Tomorrowland” / A tale of western espionage, this novel received critical acclaim when it was published in 1963.

16. Sally and Bobby’s step-grandmother Pauline is reading Where Love Has Gone by Harold Robbins after the kids go to bed. Season 5, Episode 4 “Mystery Date” / Harold Robbins was a bestselling author, best-known for his book The Carpetbaggers.

17. To help learn the language of his new wife and in-laws, Don studies up on The Berlitz Self-Teacher: French. Season 5, Episode 7 “At the Codfish Ball” / Berlitz Publishing is a leading source for language education and world travel books.

18. Megan and Don talk about what his father-in-law will think of his reading choices, while he reads The Fixer by Bernard Malamud before bed. Season 5, Episode 7 “At the Codfish Ball” / This novel won the U.S. National Book Award for fiction in 1967.

19. More bedtime reading for Don with Odds Against by Dick Francis. Season 5, Episode 9 “Dark Shadows” / International bestselling crime writer, Dick Francis’ novels center around horse racing.

20. Pete Campbell reads Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown as a bedtime story to his child. Season 5, Episode 11 “The Other Woman” / This highly acclaimed book is a classic bedtime story for generations of children.

21. The Inferno by Dante Alighieri translated by John Ciardi appears as Don’s beach read in Hawaii. Season 6 Preview Trailer / This is the first part of the epic poem series, The Divine Comedy, followed by Purgatorio and Paradiso.

The mass market paperback edition of The Inferno shown in Don’s hands in the trailer was published in 1954. We still don’t know what year Mad Men Season 6 will take place, this book doesn’t provide a clue. No such luck. Season 5‘s storyline left us in the Spring of 1967. The show’s creator Matthew Weiner has kept the time period of the next season tightly under wraps. Until Sunday…

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

Local Store Events Round-Up: April

Looking for something to do in April? Check out some fun happenings at your neighborhood Half Price Books this month!

All Markets

Half Pint Library Book Giveaways

Our Half Pint Library book drive wrapped up March 31. Now its time to give the books away! Any non profit organization or school can pick up a few boxes of books at one of our Half Pint Library book giveaways during the month of April. Visit www.hpb.com/halfpint for more information and to find the event nearest you.

April-May Book Club 

The Great Gatsby is considered one of the Great American Novels – and there’s a new movie adaptation coming out in May! Dust off your copy or grab one from your local HPB, then hop over to Facebook to join the discussion. 

Round Rock, TX

The Great Gatsby HPB Book Club Discussion

Join the HPB Book Club as we read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Come to your Round Rock HPB on Wednesday, April 24, from 7 to 8 pm, for an in-depth discussion of this literary classic. Light refreshments available.

Algonquin, IL

Win $100 Gift Card at our Algonquin Commons Opening

That’s right – we’re opening a new store! Join us at our Algonquin Commons Great Opening Celebration Thursday, April 25 – Sunday April 28. The first 100 people through the door at 9 a.m. Thursday through Sunday at the Algonquin store get a FREE tote bag and $5 gift card. One tote bag will contain a $100 gift card! Feeling lucky? Visit each day for a new chance to win.

*Limit one tote bag per person, 16 years of age and up. Offer valid 4.25.13 – 4.28.13 at Algonquin Commons, Algonquin, IL location only. One random $100 gift card winner each day, Thursday – Sunday.

Dallas-Fort Worth

Join HPB at Earth Day Dallas, an annual, outdoor festival celebrating the environment! Earth Day Dallas seeks to elevate environmental awareness and influence the way North Texans think, live and work. The family-friendly and free-admission event allows leaders in the corporate, academic and non-profit worlds to unite and show North Texans how green lifestyle choices can lower their cost of living, improve their health, and help save the environment. Come on down to Fair Park for this two-day festival; HPB will be at booth #206-208! 

Oklahoma City, OK — Penn Park 

Record Store Day

Do vinyl grooves make you move? Come visit your Penn Park HPB on Record Store Day – Saturday, April 20, when all vinyl LPs are 20% off. Offer good at this location only.

 

 

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. Here are the books we’ll discuss:

April 1 – On Chesil Beach, by Ian McEwan

Journaling at Half Price Books

Have you always wanted to keep a journal but couldn’t seem to get started? Your HPB in Humble will share the art of journaling. Andi Klemm will show you how to create your own pages, write your story and use your words as art. Join the conversation on the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. See you April 11!

Kenwood Galleria – Cincinnati

Dog Days at Half Price Books

Join us at our Kenwood Galleria HPB 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 Rudi, the Shih Tzu, from 11 a.m. to noon each first and third Saturday of the month. Presented in partnership with the Therapy Pets of Greater Cincinnati. See you April 6 and 20!

McKinney, TX

Meet Border Collie Companions

Looking for a loyal friend, a lovable buddy, a canine companion? On Saturday, April 13, from noon to 3pm, All Border Collie Rescue group < http://www.allbordercollierescue.com > will bring bright and beautiful Border Collie dogs for a meet and greet at your McKinney HPB. Group representatives will talk about this extremely intelligent working dog breed and how to adopt a rescued Border Collie.

 

Book Signing with Todd Boddy

Texas author, Todd Boddy, will sell and sign his new book, The Exit: Blue Moon Chronicles, an Apocalyptic Science Fiction story. Join us at your McKinney HPB on Saturday, April 6, from noon to 4 p.m. Also, meet young Graphic Novelist Andrew Purdum.

Book Signing with Bob May

Local author Bob May will sell and sign his book, The Best Season – The First Ninety Games: Honoring Black Ball Through Baseball Board Game Simulation: a book that highlights the great players from early baseball’s Negro leagues. Join us at your McKinney HPB on Saturday, April 20 from noon to 4 p.m.

Brookfield, WI

Run for the Hills Mascot Race

Come and cheer on BW, the HPB bookworm, at Wisconsin Hills Middle School “Run for the Hills” < http://www.whmsrunforthehills.org > 2013 Mascot Race. Join in an afternoon of family fun at Mitchell Park in Brookfield on Sunday, April 28. Festivities start at 1 pm with the Mascot Race < http://www.whmsrunforthehills.org/mascot-race.php > starting at 2:30 pm. Go, BW! Go! See you there.

Texas Library Association Conference

Look for the HPB booth #2414 at the Texas Library Association’s Annual Conference. Join us Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27 at the Fort Worth Convention Center. Be sure to stop by and pick up information about our Educator Discount Card, plus sign up for our mailing list and enter a daily drawing for an HPB Gift Card. And remember, your P.O. money goes twice as far at Half Price Books, where almost everything is half price or less every day. See you there!

Humane Society’s “Wish Egg” Drive

The Central Oklahoma Humane Society is having a donation drive. Stop by your Country Club Corner HPB and pickup a “Wish Egg” from an OK Humane volunteer. Each plastic egg will have a suggested item to donate. Come help cats and dogs in need on Saturday, April 6, from 1-3 p.m.

Dallas – Northwest Highway

Fahrenheit 451 Panel Discussion

In conjunction with The Big Read’s tribute to the late Ray Bradbury and Fahrenheit 451, WordSpace presents a discussion panel, featuring Dallas writer-stars Jerome Weeks, Ben Fountain, and Charles Dee Mitchell. Join us at your Flagship HPB on Tuesday, April 9, from 7-9 p.m.

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 April 20!

Plano, TX

Robert Valleau Book Signing

Come join us at your Plano HPB on Saturday, April 20, from 1-3 pm. Robert Valleau will sign his new book Mystic Dreams and Dusty Roads. See store for details.

Dallas-Fort Worth

HPB at Earth Day Dallas

Join HPB in celebrating the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day. Look for the HPB booth at Earth Day Dallas in Fair Park, Saturday & Sunday, April 20-21, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. We’ll have items for sale plus reusable HPB tote bags and coupons. HPB has been buying and selling s(eco)ndhand since 1972. Admission is free. See you there!

Phoenix

HPB at Earth Day Phoenix

We’ll have coupons at reusable tote bags at the Half Price Books booth at Earth Day Phoenix in Cesar Chavez Plaza on Monday, April 22, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 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 April 7!

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, TX – 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.

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, TXVisit 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 April 14!

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.

Edmond, OK – Enjoy a fun story with the folks at the Edmond HPB at 3 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month. See you April 13!

Hurstbourne – Louisville, KYBring 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 April 20!

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 April 27!

Sir Barton Place, Lexington, KY – Pack up your half-pint readers and come to your Sir Barton Place 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 April 27!

Special Sales – Multiple Locations

Seattle

Kids’ Book Warehouse Sale

One day only! Join us for a fantastic Kids’ Book Warehouse Sale where all items are $3 or less. Stock up on wonderful children’s books. Don’t miss this one day of ridiculous savings at our Washington Warehouse in Seattle on Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.! Get there early for the best selection.

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.

Music Night Bargains and More

Listen up, audiophiles, we’re staying open late! On Friday, April 19, from 9 p.m. till midnight, you’ll find 30% off all regular priced music plus clearance CDs marked down to $1, clearance vinyl LPs for 50¢, and bargain vinyl for just 10¢! Stick around to shop locally made “vinyl” art. Plus, sign up for a silent auction for two turntables with proceeds benefitting local music. Wow, you can buy stacks o’ wax, a plethora of platters, gobs of grooves, loads of LPs, or as many as you please.

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 Clearwater Village 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.

Fill-a-Bag for $15

1-DAY ONLY! Your Half Price Books Outlet is offering a special deal on Wednesday, April 24. Come “Fill-a-Bag for $15” and stock up on select fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, music and movies. Fill a free souvenir HPB reusable tote bag with select merchandise from our assorted Bargain Tables and get your whole bundle for just $15 plus tax. Offer good at Half Price Books Outlet in Bloomington, IN only.

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. Listen to classic tunes on vinyl and get 20% off all vinyl LPs all day at both the Sir Barton Place and Fayette Place HPBs in Lexington. Discount at this location only. See you April 26!

Ridgmar/Westover Village – Fort Worth, TX

Vintage Decor Blowout

Your Ridgmar HPB is Spring Cleaning. We are clearing out many unique decorative items and offering them to you. Collectible items offered for sale include coffee and meat grinders, tricycles, school benches, watering cans and more. Join us Friday-Sunday, April 26-28, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. for this unique sale. Get there early for the best selection.

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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