65 Banned or Challenged Books that Shaped America

Writer and philosopher Voltaire once said, “Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too.” Sounds simple but at what point does someone else’s thinking or ideas become subversive? Where does one draw the line? Who gets to decide?

For the past 40 plus years, Half Price Books has strived to uphold co-founder Ken Gjemre’s direction; “We don’t let others, or ourselves, determine what our customers should read.” So every year we celebrate Banned Books Awareness Week to celebrate our First Amendment rights which enable us to write, speak, publish and read freely. We acknowledge authors and their work which have caused controversy. And you might be surprised about which books are stirring things up.

The number one challenged book in 2013 reported by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom is (brace yourself)… Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey.

Yep. Captain Underpants. Sounds silly, but over the years there have been many challenged books that have had a profound influence on American culture. Some of these banned or challenged books have shaped America. Below is the Half Price Books list of 65 Best Banned or Challenged Books Across the Decades, many of which you can find on our shelves.

(1) The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (2) The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X & Alex Haley (3) Beloved by Toni Morrison (4) Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown (5) The Call of the Wild by Jack London (6) Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (7) The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (8) Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (9) For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway (10) Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (11) The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (12) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (13) Howl by Allen Ginsberg (14) In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (15) Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (16) The Jungle by Upton Sinclair (17) Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman (18) Moby-Dick by Herman Melville (19) Native Son by Richard Wright (20) The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton (21) The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane (22) The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

(23) Sexual Behavior in the Human Male by Dr. Alfred C. Kinsey (24) Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein (25) A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams (26) Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (27) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (28) Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (29) Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (30) The Words of Cesar Chavez by Cesar Chavez (31) 1984 by George Orwell (32) The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (33) The Color Purple by Alice Walker (34) Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume (35) The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (36) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (37) And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell (38) Annie On My Mind by Nancy Garden (39) The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (40) The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (41) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (42) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (43) Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

(44) A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (45) The Giver by Lois Lowry (46) The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman (47) The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (48) The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (49) Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (50) Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya (51) SlaughterHouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut (52) One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey (53) Lord of the Flies by William Golding (54) The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier (55) Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (56) Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson (57) My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier (58) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (59) Go Ask Alice by Anonymous (60) Ulysses by James Joyce (61) As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner (62) The Awakening by Kate Chopin (63) Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (64) Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White (65) The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein (66) Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich


What book do you think shaped American life and culture? Or perhaps just your own?

Join Half Price Books as we celebrate our First Amendment rights during Banned Books Awareness Week, September 28 – October 5.

Susan is Production Assistant at Half Price Books Corporate.

Books Authors Read with Maggie Stiefvater

Editor’s Note: We are so excited to have Maggie Stiefvater at our Flagship Store in Dallas next week! She’ll be joining us Wednesday, September 25 at 7 p.m. for a book signing and Q & A. Please note that Maggie has asked readers to buy at least one of her books from an HPB, so please either buy a book the day of the event or bring in a receipt from another HPB; we will begin handing out signing passes starting at 9 a.m. on Weds the 25th (the day of the event). Additional books may be brought from home or from another store. Email customercare@hpb.com if you have any questions. 

We asked Maggie to come up with a list of books she recommends — thanks, Maggie! We appreciate it. — Kristen D. 

I give a lot of love to my favorite fictional bits and bobs in most book recommendation posts I do, so I thought this time around, I’d list a few of my favorite nonfiction/ research/ mythology books. These are some true things I read before I make things up.

1. An Encyclopedia of Fairies, by Katharine Briggs. This big, dusty, out-of-print tome was my first real introduction to the fairy folklore of the United Kingdom. It’s a lovely alphabetical encyclopedia of all the various pretties and nasties that could kill you in a supernatural way as of the time of writing. It’s where I tell people to begin if they’re interested in British fairy lore.

2. The Golden Bough, by James George Frazer. Really, this is not the only book on comparative mythology out there, or the best, but it was the first for me — the first book I read that talked about myths from several different places and then said, “these all look a lot alike. Let’s DISCUSS.” How I adore discussing. So while #1 on my list gives you the specifics of some folklore, this one asks you to look at the general. Not to sound too geeky, but as a fantasy author, it’s invaluable. If you think hard about what purpose old mythology served, it better positions you to create new ones that might resonate in the same way, two hundred years later.

3. Songbook, by Nick Hornby. Probably this feels like a sharp left turn, but I don’t think it really is. Nick Hornby’s best known for his novels (Hollywood loves them, you’ve seen them on airplanes, they involve Hugh Grant), but this collection of essays on music is my favorite book by him. Music is as much an inspiration to me as mythology is, and it’s sort of the same thing — it’s a way we make sense of the world. Just another way we tell ourselves stories.

4. Wall and Piece, by Banksy. Even though this book is written by a guerrilla street artist and has nothing to do with music or mythology, it’s not a left turn, either. Because art is just another way of story-telling, of course, and Banksy is an artist famous for writing his own mythology.

5. The Career Novelist, by Donald Maass. Okay, I haven’t read this one in awhile. And it is an actual left turn from the other books in this list. But it’s the one book on the industry that really made an impact before I was published. It’s older, so some of what it says about the book industry is no longer right, but the broad concepts remain true. It’s a great guide on how to remain pragmatic in a career built on emotions.

Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of the Shiver trilogy, The Raven Cycle, & The Scorpio Races. You may visit her online or follow her on Twitter at @mstiefvater.

77 Books You Wish You Could Discover Again for the First Time

I am always asking our 3,000 Bibliomaniacs for book recommendations, mainly because I’m always up for discovering a new book or author.  Knowing this about me, one of our bibliomaniacs decided to ask me a question this month.  She was in the middle of reading Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell and was already starting to lament the point when the book would be over, knowing the first read is always the best read.  So she asked me what book I would want to discover again for the first time.  Of course, I didn’t want to be the only one to think about this question, so I sent it out to my knowledgeable pool of bibliomaniacs. Here are 77 books they said they wished they could discover again for the first time.  I also added my book to this list, but I’m not telling which one it is.
(1) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, by J.K. Rowling (2) The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien (3) The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis (4) Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman (5) Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn (6)  Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card (7) Hell’s Angels, by Hunter S. Thompson (8) Mediterranean Winter, by Robert Kaplan (9) Sophie’s World, by Jostein Gaarder (10) Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams (11) Fight Club, by Chuck Palahniuk (12)  The Princess Bride, by William Goldman (13) The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath (14)  The Neverending Story, by Michael Ende (15)  Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline (16) Fathermucker, by Greg Olear (17) Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert (18) Iron Man, by Tony Iommi (19) The Electric Church, by Jeff Somers (20) The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Steven Chbosky (21) Sharp Objects, by Gillian Flynn (22) Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie (23) The Giver, by Lois Lowry (24) The Mists of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley (25) A Countess Below Stairs, by Eva Ibbotson (26) The Crystal Cave, by Mary Stewart (27) She’s Come Undone, by Wally Lamb (28) You Can’t Win, by Jack Black (29) City of Night, by John Rechy (30) All the Pretty Horses, by Cormac McCarthy (31) Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell (32) The Host, by Stephenie Meyers (33) The Club Dumas, by Arturo Perez-Reverte (34) Alanna: The First Adventure, by Tamora Pierce (35) The Invisible Man, by Ralph Waldo Ellison (36) The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde (37) The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett (38) Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery


(39) The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins (40) A Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula Le Guin (41) James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl (42) Through the Looking-Glass, by Lewis Carroll (43) Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl (44) The Big Sleep, by Raymond Chandler (45) The Godwulf Manuscript, by Robert B. Parker (46) Be Here Now, by Ram Dass (47) Un Lun Dun, by China Mieville (49) The Twenty-One Balloons, by William Pene Du Buis (49) To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee (50) The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald (51) American Gods, by Neil Gaiman (52) Redwall, by Brian Jacques (53) Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell (54) Guilty Pleasures, by Laurell K. Hamilton (55) Geek Love, by Katherine Dunn (56)  Lamb, by Christopher Moore (57) The Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon (58) The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood (59) The Blind Assassin, by Margaret Atwood (60) The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver (61) The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz (62) Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy Toole (63) I Know I Am But What Are You, by Samantha Bee (64) Haunted, by James Herbert (65) Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (66) A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again, by David Foster Wallace (67) A Widow for One Year, by John Irving (68) Domu: A Child’s Dream, by Katsuhiro Otomo (69) Consider the Lobster, by David Foster Wallace (70) Choke, by Chuck Palahniuk (71) Bluebeard, by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (72) Breakfast of Champions, by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (73) Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (74) Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, by Alvin Schwartz (75) The Truth, by Terry Pratchett (76) The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton (77) On The Road, by Jack Kerouac

Now, I have more books to discover. What about you? What books do you wish you could discover again for the first time? — Julie


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


Read the Movie: Your Fall Guide to Movies Based on Books

Want to get a jump on some great movies this fall? The fall movie line-up is chalked full of top-notch movies based on some bestselling books. Maybe you want to “read it first,” or maybe you want to impress your friends by saying “that isn’t how it happened in the book” — either way, you are in for some entertaining reading. Here are some books whose film adaptations will hit theaters this fall.

Carrie by Stephen King. Everyone is familiar with the famous shot of Sissy Spacek standing wide-eyed on stage covered in blood. I am not sure how a remake is going to top that, but with Chloe Grace Moretz teamed up with Julianne Moore, this has the potential to be a decent remake of a classic horror movie. Carrie will be released in theaters October 18.

Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup. This is one of the most anticipated films this fall. A stellar cast is on board with Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Paul Giamatti and Quevenzhane Wallis, who you’ll remember from Beasts of the Southern Wild. Look for this one to be in the Oscar mix for Best Picture. Twelve Years a Slave will be released in theaters October 18.

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. 70 years after a horrific alien war, an unusually gifted child is sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future invasion. Staring Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley and Viola Davis. Ender’s Game hits theaters November 1.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Liesel Meminger, a young girl living with her foster parents in Germany during WWII, finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Staring Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson. The Book Thief film opens on November 15.

The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort is based on the true story of Belfort’s tall from a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to one involving crime, corruption and the federal government. Martin Scorsese teams up again with Leonardo DiCaprio in what is sure to be another Scorsese classic. The film also stars Matthew McConaughey, Jonah Hill and Jon Favreau. The Wolf of Wall Street film opens November 15.

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. The victors of the 74th Hunger Games are now targets of the capitol, which sparks a rebellion in the District of Panem. Jennifer Lawrence, last year’s Oscar winner for Best Actress, reprises her role as Katniss Everdeen in what will be a certain blockbuster this fall. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire hits the big screen November 22.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Although there was no need to stretch the book out to 3 three hour movies, the holidays wouldn’t be right without a Peter Jackson fantasy movie. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens December 13.

The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel. In a race against time, a crew of art historians and museum curators unite to recover renowned works of art stolen by Nazis before Hitler destroys them. Coming off their oscars for Best Picture (with last year’s Argo), George Clooney and Grant Heslov bring along a top notch cast in what is sure to be on many critics’ Top Ten list. The Monuments Men opens December 18.

August: Osage County by Tacy Letts. A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional women who raised them. Academy Award winners Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep star alongside one another and look to have their names on the Oscar list again this year. August:Osage County opens Christmas Day.

What book will you read first before you see the movie?

Jim is Art Director at Half Price Books Corporate.

Local Store Events Round-Up: September

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

All Stores

Become a Dork Do-Gooder at HPB

Do you spend your days wanting to be more like Nikki Maxwell of the Dork Diaries? If so, then stop by your local HPB and pick up a Dork Do-Gooder Day Official Participation Sheet. Kids who complete 5 Do-Gooder activities before October 1 can bring back their participation sheet (signed by a parent or guardian, of course) for a special Dork Do-Gooder Day celebration on Tuesday, October 1. See store for details. 

Authors Writing Competition

Call for entries! The Shelf Unbound Writing Competition for Best Independently Published Book sponsored by Half Price Books is looking for self-published and/or small press books. The top five books will receive editorial coverage in the December/January 2014 issue of Shelf Unbound book review magazine. Plus, the winning book will be stocked in all Half Price Books retail stores in 16 states. The deadline for entry is midnight on October 1, 2013. Get details here.


Phoenix – Camelback

HPB Crafty Hour

Looking for some crafting fun? Pick up your BFF or your new school friend and come to your Camelback HPB as we make friendship bracelets. No experience necessary. All supplies will be provided. Join us on Sunday, Sept. 8, from 2-3 p.m.

Storytime Sunday

Pack up your half-pint readers and come to your Camelback HPB for Storytime Sunday. Sit down and enjoy a good tale with us from 2 to 3 p.m. on Sept. 15. Coloring activities and light refreshments provided.

Phoenix – Paradise Valley

Second Saturday Storytime

Bring your half-pint readers in for a good tale with us from 2:30 to 3:30 pm on the second Saturday of each month. See you Sept. 14!

Vinyl Final Friday

Join us on the last Friday of each month to listen to classic tunes on vinyl and get 15% off all vinyl LPs from 7-10 p.m. at your Paradise Valley HPB. Offer good at this location only. See you Sept. 27!



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.

Labyrinth Lord and Board Game Night

We’re staying open late to roll the dice at your Bloomington HPB Outlet. Join us late night Friday, September 27, from 9-11:30 pm, for board games or sign up for the role-playing game, Labyrinth Lord. Special thanks to The Game Preserve for the board games. Want more? Stick around for a chance to win HPB Outlet Gift Certficates.

Children’s and Young Adult Book Sale

2-DAYS ONLY! Your Half Price Books Outlet in Bloomington is offering a special deal on Saturday and Sunday, September 28-29. All Children’s and Young Adult books are 50% off. Plus, bring in your young artist for a coloring contest and a chance to win a $25 gift certificate. Contest for kids age 12 and under. 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 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.


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.

DVD Weekend Sale

Looking for some great couch-worthy entertainment? From Friday through Sunday, September 27-29, your Greenwood Shoppes HPB will have an additional 25% off all DVDs and Blu-rays. Wow! Start popping the popcorn and order the pizza. Sale at this location only.

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.

A Man Without a Country, Signed

Your Clearwater Village HPB has an inscribed copy of A Man Without a Country, by Indianapolis native, Kurt Vonnegut. This 2005 hardback is inscribed “Dear Hoosier, Love, Kurt Vonnegut.” The book is a collection of short essays covering a variety of topics from humor to modern American society in classic Vonnegut fashion. Almost a memoir, the book was his last published before his death in 2007. See store for details.

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.

CD 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.

First Friday Movie Mania

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 Sept. 6!

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.



LexingtonFayette Place and Sir Barton 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 at both the Sir Barton Place and Fayette Place HPBs in Lexington. Discount at this location only. See you Sept. 27!

Lexington – Sir Barton Place

Last Saturday Storytime

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 Sept. 28!

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 Sept. 21!

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.

Last Saturday Storytime

Stop 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 Sept. 28!



Live remote with KCKC 102.1 FM!

Come on down and check out The Alice 102 live radio remote at our Independence Great Opening! This Saturday, from 10am to noon.



Clearance Sale at the Sharonville Convention Center

Big location, big selection, big savings! Everything will be $2 or less! Come to our 1st Annual Clearance Sale at the Sharonville Convention Center on Friday & Saturday, September 20 & 21, from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., & Sunday, September 22 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. in the Big Exhibit Hall. We’ll have hundreds of thousands of books, music and movies! The first 200 customers each day will receive a free HPB tote bag!* So come to the Half Price Books Clearance Sale and fill your shelves with great books, music and movies at great prices! See you there! Snack bar and FREE parking available.

Accepted Tender: Cash, Check, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover. We are sorry, but we are unable to accept coupons, other discounts or gift cards at the clearance sale. All sales are final. *Limit one tote bag per person, 16 years of age and up. Offer valid Friday, September 20 through Sunday, September 22 at Clearance Sale only.


Storytime Tuesday

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



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.

Second Saturday Storytime

Enjoy a fun story with the folks at the Edmond HPB at 3 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month. See you Sept. 14!

Penn Park

Blind Date with a Book

Your Penn Park HPB is capping off Literacy Month with “Blind Date with a Book”. Join us on Friday, September 27, from 4-9pm, to see if you’ve found your perfect literary match. Sign up for our mailing list and pick a book based on a brief description. Remember, you can’t judge a book by its cover. Also accepting donations for the OKC Literacy Coalition.


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

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.

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.


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 Sept. 8!

Dallas – Northwest Highway

The Steampunk Omnibus

The Seadog Slam presents The Magnificent and Stupendous Steam Powered Omnibus of Art, Science and Knowledge at your Flagship HPB. Celebrate the culture of steampunk with a living gazette of poetry and literature, fine arts, gears and gadgets, music, manners, and more. You are invited to dress in your finest steampunk garb and enjoy the experience on the first Wednesday of the month, this Summer, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. See you Sept. 4!

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.

Storytime Sunday

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

Pirate Poetry with Seadog Slam

Avast me buckos! Dock yer jollyboat at your Flagship HPB as The Seadog Slam presents an evening of Pirate Poetry and Tales of the Sea on the third Wednesday of each month this Summer. And if ye be a pirate too, perhaps ye will be persuaded to read yer poems as well. Join us Wednesday, Sept. 18 from 7:30-9:30 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 Sept. 21!

Maggie Stiefvater Book Signing

New York Times bestselling young adult novelist, Maggie Stiefvater, will be at our Flagship HPB to sign and discuss her new book, The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2), due out Tuesday, September 17. Come meet Maggie and have your book signed on Wednesday, September 25 at 7 p.m. Hardback copies available for purchase as specially-priced new item.

Dallas – Preston Village

Storytime Sunday

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


A’Mera Frieman Book Signing

Author, A’Mera Frieman, will sell and sign her novel, Breaking the Line: Victoria’s Beginning at your Garland HPB on Saturday, September 21 from 1-4 pm. Frieman’s book tells the story of a biracial child, Victoria, rejected by her parents and raised by her aunts. Victoria struggles with her family and how to keep on the right path.

Diamond Wilson Book Signing

Local author Diamond Wilson, will sell and sign her novel, The Caves of Qumran, at your Garland HPB on Saturday, September 28 from 1-3 pm. Wilson’s book tells a historical mystery adventure centering around the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Book of Esther.

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 Sept. 17!


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 Sept. 5!

Led by Students, for Students

Recite a favorite or share your own

First Thursday of the Month is spent

Together, not alone


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.


Storytime Sunday

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


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 pre-schoolers to 5th graders.

Round Rock

4 Day Sidewalk Sale

Join us at your Round Rock HPB for a 4 day Sidewalk Sale starting this Friday through Monday, September 30. We’ll have lots of items marked $3 or less. Sale at our Round Rock store only.



Storytime Sunday

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

Olympia-Half Price Books Outlet

Now Hiring

Our new Olympia Half Price Books Outlet will be hosting a Hiring Day on Friday, September 27, from 10am to 6pm. The store is now accepting applications for temporary positions including full time management and part time booksellers. Applicants should have good customer service work experience. Go to http://www.hpb.com/jobs/ to apply or download an application. 



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.

Friday Poetry Readings

Do you love rhymes? Verse? Poetry?

Then drop by your Appleton HPB.

Where at 7 p.m. every Friday night

It’s poetry that our Bibliomaniacs recite.

Whether it’s free verse that’s your style,

Or its rhymes that always make you smile,

We’ve got a poem just waiting for you,

Even if what you love is haiku.


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 7-10pm, to get an additional 20% off all CDs, LPs, 45s and cassettes. Offer good at this location only.


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