If you Liked This is Where I Leave You, then you might also like…

If you are part of the HPB Book Club, you are currently reading or perhaps just finished, This is Where I Leave You, by Jonathan Tropper. Before reading this book for the HPB Book Club, I had never read any books by Jonathan Tropper, but now I can’t wait to look up his other books. Tropper has a fun way of looking at difficult situations that makes you laugh in spite of yourself. This is Where I Leave You is about a man whose life is falling apart and who is forced to reconnect with his estranged family, burying old hurts and finding out surprising secrets.  Ultimately, the main character must decide what he truly wants out of life and what kind of man he wants to be. Of course, the serious side of the book is buried behind Shiva chairs, fire alarms, baby monitors, and flaming testicles. And, if you like to read about serious topics surrounded by humor, here are a few other books you may like:

 

Truth in Advertising, by John Kenney; Domestic Violets, by Matthew Norman; The Financial Lives of Poets, by Jess Walter; If Jack’s in Love, by Stephen Wetta; Someone Could Get Hurt, by Drew Magary

 

And of course, some other books by Jonathan Tropper:

One Last Thing Before I Go;  How To Talk to a Widower;  Plan B;  The Book of Joe;  Everything Changes

The movie version of This is Where I Leave You, starring Jason Bateman and Tina Faye will be in theaters September 19.  And if you want to chat with fellow HPB Book Clubbers, visit hpb.com/bookclub/fb and join the conversation about This is Where I Leave You between now and the end of September.

So, what book are you going to read next?

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

75th Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz

On August 25, 1939, the movie The Wizard of Oz, arguably one of the most watched movies of all time, first graced the silver screen. This movie gave us lines like “There’s no place like home,” “Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore” and “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain,” as well as  wonderful songs like “If I Only Had a Brain” and “Over the Rainbow.”  Almost everyone you meet will have seen this movie at least once in his or her life, but as much as we enjoy this classic film, it wasn’t  easy to make. In the words of the Tin Man, Jack Haley: “It was work!”

Here are a few facts about The Wizard of Oz that prove Haley’s point and show the dedication of the artists and staff who made this piece of movie history possible.

  • When filming first started, actress Judy Garland’s Dorothy wore a blonde wig and heavy, “baby-doll” makeup, but when George Cukor was hired as director, he got rid of the wig and most of the makeup and told her to be herself.  However, she still had to wear a painful, corset-style device around her torso to make her appear flat-chested and much younger.
  • During one take, as the Wicked Witch was leaving Munchkinland, a burst of fire appeared on the platform where the witch was to disappear in a cloud of smoke.  The witch’s makeup heated up, causing actress Margaret Hamilton to suffer from second- and third-degree burns on her hands and face.
  • The woven pattern on the rubber prosthetic that made up part of the Scarecrow’s face makeup left lines on actor Ray Bolger’s face.  Those lines remained on his face for more than a year after the movie was completed.
  • The Tin Man suit was so stiff that actor Jack Haley had to lean against a board to rest because he couldn’t sit down.
  • The Cowardly Lion’s costume was made from a real lion skin and weighed 90 pounds.  Combined with the arc lights that lighted the set, actor Bert Lahr would sweat so much that the costume would be soaked by the end of the day, and two people would spend all night drying out the costume so it could be used the next day.
  • Even poor Toto, whose name was actually Terry, suffered during shooting when one of the witch’s guards stepped on him.  He had to have a double play his part for two weeks while he recovered.

Other interesting facts about the movie:

  • In the song “If I Only Had a Heart,” the voice of the girl who says “Wherefore art thou, Romeo?” is the voice of Adriana Caselotti, who voiced Snow White in Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
  • The song “Over the Rainbow” was almost cut from the movie because the Kansas scene seemed too long.
  • The Horses of a Different Color were colored with Jell-O crystals, and their scenes had to be shot quickly, before the horses started licking the Jell-O off their bodies.
  • Looking for a coat for Professor Marvel, the wardrobe department bought an entire rack of coats from a second-hand store. One day actor Frank Morgan was on set and stuck his hand into one of the pockets of the coat they had chosen and found a label indicating the coat had been made for L. Frank Baum, the author of The Wizard of Oz.  After filming, the coat was presented to Mrs. Baum who had verified that the coat had been her late husband’s.

If you would like to learn more about the movie The Wizard of Oz, stop by your local Half Price Books and look for books like The Making of the Wizard of Oz, by Aljean Harmetz, The Wizardry of Oz, by Jay Scarfone and Down the Yellow Brick Road, by Doug McClelland.  Also, look for The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum to read the original story, which has a much spunkier Dorothy, and many more adventures than what you see on the screen.

And, as always, Happy Reading!

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

 

And the Emmy Goes To… HPB Previews the 2014 Emmy Awards

Roll out the red carpet, folks…it’s Emmy time!

Whether you’ve patiently followed your favorite shows all season long or a boring summer has led to some serious Netflix binge-watching, come Monday, August 25th, televisions across America will be tuned to NBC, ready to see who gets TV’s top honors at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Seth Meyers.

Yes, you read that right. The Emmys are on Monday this year, and in August. Why, you ask? Three words: Sunday. Night. Football. Well, and the MTV Video Music Awards are on Sunday, August 24th—the Emmys’ typical time slot. No need to break the social-sphere and have everything on one night! So, with a unique new date, the Emmy train rolls on. This year’s crop of nominees is truly superb. Here at HPB, we’re big TV buffs, so here are some of our standout performances this year. Maybe they’ll walk away with some hardware!

Matthew McConaughey as Rust Cohle (True Detective): The McConaissance continued this year with HBO’s eerie drama that was anything but a typical detective whodunnit. McConaughey’s performance as the tortured, introspective Rust Cohle was simply a tour de force. From his Oscar-winning role in Dallas Buyers Club to now, for McConaughey, things are definitely more than “alright, alright, alright.”

 

Orange Is The New Black: Netflix’s reinvention of TV consumption has continued with the wildly-successful OITNB. With its unique mixture of dark themes and comedic elements and a female-dominated cast, the series simply demands attention and respect. With 12 nominations in total, there will likely be some statues in the ladies’ future. Could it possibly even dethrone Modern Family and win Outstanding Comedy Series?

 

Anna Chlumsky as Amy Brookheimer (Veep): If the name Anna Chlumsky doesn’t ring a bell right away, think back to My Girl. Yes, little Vada Sultenfuss is all grown up and part of a crack team that assists the Vice President of the United States, specifically as Chief of Staff. Chlumsky’s sharp wit and understated but spot-on physicality completes an already strong cast and makes Veep a can’t-miss favorite.

 

Fargo: Fans of the Coen brothers’ 1996 Oscar-winning feature film will not be disappointed by this year’s TV reinterpretation. Capturing all the bleakness of the original film’s setting along with its gosh-darn Midwestern charm, Fargo the series makes a strong case for its 12 nominations. Features stellar performances from Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks and newcomer Allison Tolman.  

It’s definitely been an incredible year for TV fans. These are just a few of this year’s best performances. What was your favorite thing to watch this year? Who do you want to see win on Emmy night?

To check out all of this year’s nominees, visit www.emmys.com

Jason is Email Marketing Coordinator at Half Price Books Corporate.

You can follow him on Twitter at @jasonapermenter.

 

Meet our #MeMyShelfandI Winner, Natalie!

 

Thank you to all our booklovers who entered our #MeMyShelfandI Giveaway. We asked and you delivered! There were thousands of entries filled with amazing shelves and we truly enjoyed hearing all of the great stories behind your collections. Alas, there could only be one randomly selected winner of this giveaway. Without further ado, please meet and join us in congratulating the winner, Natalie! – Sam

1. Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m 18 years old and I’ll be going to Cornell University next year, most likely majoring in English. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been dancing ballet and reading books. I’m also a Disney fanatic—I wrote my admissions essay about Disneyland!

I have a blog that I started to document my freshman year, and one of my recent posts covered the books I brought home from the HPB clearance sale (14 books for $20?! AWESOME).

2. Tell us about your collection.

My books range from my pre-teen years to today, so there’s a huge variety. I’ve sold plenty back to Half Price, but have still kept many books I read years ago.

3. What’s your favorite Half Price Books location?

Definitely the HPB by White Rock Lake in Dallas (The Flagship). It’s HUGE! The first time I went, I panicked because I wouldn’t have enough time to go through the entire fiction section before closing (definitely a daylong affair). Kind of far from my house, but well worth the drive.

4. What’s your favorite book, author, or genre? Why?

I don’t have one single favorite book, but The Joy Luck Club, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, Jane Eyreand These Things Hidden are among my favorites. I like books that have a little bit of mystery, succinct and powerful writing, and the ability to change the way you think about other people. As far as authors go, I also don’t have a favorite but I tend to read a lot of Barbara Kingsolver and Bill Bryson. In general, I read a variety of realistic fiction, non-fiction, memoir, and biography, but I’m always looking to expand my horizons.

5. What book are you currently reading?

I just started reading The Opposite of Fate by Amy Tan.

6. What are the next 3 books on your reading list?

My current to-read tally is 121 and the list isn’t prioritized, but I think I’ll read Slaughterhouse Five, The Big Sleep, and either Illumination Night or Room next.

7. What’s the best part about your shelf?

I like how I’ve organized my shelf. My main shelf is general/miscellaneous, my end table is school-assigned reading (so my younger siblings can find required books easily), and my floor/dresser is for books I have yet to read.

8. What’s the last thing you bought at Half Price Books?

My last haul consisted of Slaughterhouse Five, The Age of Innocence, Pride and Prejudice, The Imperfectionists, and On the Road.

9. Where is your favorite place to read?

I like reading on my balcony and basically anywhere I can, but when given the chance, I love reading on the beach (as long as I’m in the shade).

10. Do you have any books recommendations?

I just finished A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and I absolutely loved it! I’d definitely recommend that one as well as Me Before You, Quiet, and Atonement.

11. Anything else you would like to add about….anything?

Half Price Books is great. It gives me hope that printed books will be here for a long time and I’m so glad that there are others committed to keeping them around. Also, I post about books and movies on my blog, Natalie in Collegeland, including books I’ve bought at HPB. I have a Goodreads account too, if anybody’s interested in reading some of the many reviews I’ve written.

 

Books Authors Read with Julie Murphy

Awesome YA author Julie Murphy and some of her awesome author friends stopped by our Dallas Flagship store back in July as part of the Mighty Mississippi Book Blast tour – it was a packed house! We asked Julie to share with us some of her favorite reads in another edition of “Books Authors Read.” (And don’t forget to look for Julie’s book, Side Effects May Vary!) – Emily

I think the best writers are eclectic readers. I love pulling inspiration from all kinds of books to make my own sort of patchwork signature. It takes a lot for me to fall in love with a book, and when I do, I am absolutely evangelical about it. Without further ado, these are the books I just can’t shut up about:

1. Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King – My favorite thing about this book is the way it’s pieced together. We know Vera’s best friend, Charlie, is dead, but the mystery of his death is unraveled slowly as we learn about their loaded past. Every relationship in the book is so layered and authentic. Not to mention that I’m a sucker for multiple narrations. This one’s got Vera, Charlie, Vera’s dad, and even the town Pagoda telling different sides of the story.

2. Life by Committee by Corey Ann HayduLife by Committee is one of my favorite books of the year. It’s so different from anything out there with a main character that makes real mistakes. Not to mention the idea of this secret online group serving and guiding your every decision is fresh and relevant. Go for the concept. Stay for the deft character development.

3. One Day by David Nicholls – This is a book I could read over and over again. The story stretches over twenty years, visiting the two protagonists on July 15th of every year. I’m not usually a fan of long timelines, but the structure of the novel keeps me reading every time. Not to mention that the chemistry between the two characters is so tragically perfect. Think Andie and Duckie from Pretty in Pink!  

4. Election by Tom Perrotta – Tom Perrotta is all over the place right now with his HBO adaptation of The Leftovers. I’m a huge fan of the book and am enjoying the show so far, but if you’ve never read any Perrotta, you’ve got to start with Election! It is dark (and I mean dark) comedy at its finest. I’d be remiss to mention Perrotta without saying that his body of work has been a huge inspiration for me. Note: The film adaptation of election starring Matthew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon is completely worthy—after reading the book first, of course!

5. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – If this book doesn’t squeeze a few tears from you, I’ll be left wondering if real human blood runs through your veins. Me Before You is one of those books you can’t talk too much about without giving anything away, so I’ll just say that this unlikely friendship isn’t one I’ll soon forget.

6. Stiff by Mary Roach – I’ve always had a morbid curiosity concerning the anatomy of death. In Stiff, Mary Roach dares to ask the questions we all wonder but are too timid to investigate. I love how this book addresses such a complex and touchy subject in simple and humorous terms without being irreverent. A must read for everyone, but especially for those former cemetery obsessed goth geeks and fans of Six Feet Under—my people!

7. The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu – Like I’ve already said, multiple narrators are a total sweet spot, but this one has the added benefit of a rich southern setting and Mathieu’s crisp prose. Each narrator offers a different version of what happened on the night Alice supposedly slept with two boys, one of which was killed in a car accident soon after. Everyone thinks they know the truth, except, in the end, it’s the reader who’s left with all the puzzle pieces and the actual truth about Alice.

Julie Murphy is the author of Side Effects May Vary.

You may visit her online or follow her on Twitter @andimJULIE.

#HPBteensREAD: The Best Teen Reads This Summer

Hey TEENS! These final days of summer mean one of two things: either you are soaking up the sun and enjoying those last moments of being carefree, or you’ve procrastinated and are now furiously cramming your summer reading and projects into the wee hours before you have to head back to____… I promise not to say the “s” word! Whether you’re reading for enjoyment or obligation, we’d love to hear from you! Check out #HPBteensREAD and tweet us your review. (Plus, learn about how you can win a Teen Reading Prize Pack.) Also, follow the #HPBteensREAD hashtag to get some great recommendations!

Our good friend and librarian Kristen at the Irving Public Library, (organizers of the first-ever North Texas Teen Book Festival, coming in March 2015), gave us a quick list of the best teen reads this summer. Have you had the chance to pick these up? –Becky

Hey HPB Booklovers!

Here’s a list of authors and books we can’t keep on the shelves!

  1. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  2. The Living by Matt de la Peña
  3. Noggin by John Corey Whaley
  4. The Maze Runner by James Dashner (movie coming out September 19!)
  5. Unwind series by Neal Shusterman
  6. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  7. Divergent series by Veronica Roth
  8. Eleanor & Park and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  9. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  10. If I Stay by Gayle Forman (this title has been super hot, especially with the movie coming out on August 22!)
  11. Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles series) by Marissa Meyer
  12. The Selection series by Kiera Cass
  13. The Summer I Turned Pretty series by Jenny Han – perpetual teen summer reading fave!
  14. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins- another teen summer reading fave!
  15. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer series by Michelle Hodkin (the final installment comes out in November and interest for this series has seriously rekindled lately)

I could go on and on with teen books, but I should probably keep the list short and sweet. 😉 Take care and happy reading! 

–Kristen, Teen Services, Irving Public Library-Central Library

Local Store Events Round-Up: August 2014

Local Store Events Round-Up: August 2014

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

All Stores 

NEW Teen Summer Reading Program

HPB is offering our very first Teen Summer Reading Program! From August 1-27, teens ages 14-17 are invited to stop by your local HPB store, pick up a Teen Review Sheet and write a short review of a book you’ve read. Return the Teen Review Sheet to the store and receive a Teen Reward Coupon for 20% OFF your entire purchase. Coupons are valid from September 2-30. Don’t forget to share your favorite books/reviews on Twitter with the tag @halfpricebooks #HPBTeensRead. Program is not available at Half Price Books Outlet.

ARIZONA

Mesa 

Storytime Sundays

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

Phoenix – Camelback 

First Sunday Storytime

Pack up your half-pint readers and come to your Camelback HPB for Storytime Sundays. Sit down and enjoy a good tale with us at 1 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month. All young readers and listeners are welcome!  See you Aug. 3!

Phoenix – Paradise Valley 

Second Saturday Storytime

Bring your half-pint readers in for a good tale with us from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month. See you Aug. 9!

CALIFORNIA

Fremont 

Fremont Festival of the Arts

Look for the HPB booth at the Fremont Festival of the Arts on Saturday and Sunday, August 2-3, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. We’ll have coupons and free tote bags while supplies last. And, don’t forget to check out our store in The Fremont Hub.

ILLINOIS

Countryside 

Kurt Schuett Book Signing

Meet award-winning author Kurt Schuett at the Countryside HPB on Saturday, August 2, from 1 to 3 p.m. Kurt, the Grand Prize Winner of the 2013 Rogue Writing Contest, will sell and sign his debut urban suspense horror novel, Insurgency. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last. Author will donate all proceeds to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Second Sunday Storytime

Pack up your half-pint readers and come to your Countryside HPB for Storytime Sundays. Sit down and enjoy a good tale with us at 3 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month. See you Aug. 10!

Niles 

Robert Allen Johnson Book Release & Author Signing

Meet author Robert Allen Johnson on Sunday, August 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Niles HPB in Village Crossing. Robert will sign the 2nd book in his historical fiction series, Magnus. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last. 

Orland Park 

Robert Allen Johnson Book Signing

Meet author Robert Allen Johnson on Sunday, August 24, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Orland Park HPB located on LaGrange Road. Robert will sign volume 1 in his historical fiction series, Rising Sun (Magnus.) Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last. 

Rockford Outlet 

Build Your Own Bundle

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

Fill-A-Box For $10

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

Be a Summer Bookworm! 

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

Fill-a-Bag for $30

Your American Plaza Half Price Books Outlet is offering a special deal Friday through Monday, August 1-4. “Fill-a-Bag for $30” and stock up on fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, music and movies. Fill a free souvenir HPB reusable tote bag with merchandise storewide and get your whole bundle for as little as $30 plus tax per bag. Items must fit in bag and there is no limit to number of filled bags purchased. 10% of Fill-a-Bag sales go to Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary. Donate $1 to Noah’s Ark and receive 20% off a future purchase. Offer good at Half Price Books Outlet in Rockford, Illinois only. All sales are final.

INDIANA

HPB at Gen Con Indy

Look for the HPB booth at Gen Con Indy > < in the Indiana Convention Center from Thursday to Sunday, August 14-17. HPB has copies of Forbes senior editor David M. Ewalt’s book, Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and The People Who Play It. There will also be a special book signing by Ewalt at our booth on Friday, August 15, from 2-4pm. Want more? We have copies of Jim Butcher’s latest book in the Dresden Files series, Skin Game. Plus, D&D, RPG, and Sci-Fi/Fantasy books, movies, games, and more. 

Avon 

Retro Thursdays

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

Bloomington – Half Price Books Outlet 

Vinyl Thursdays

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

Fill-a-Bag for $30

Stock up this  holiday weekend! Your Bloomington Half Price Books Outlet is offering a special deal on Sunday and Monday, August 31 and September 1. “Fill-a-Bag for $30” and stock up on fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, music and movies. Fill a free souvenir HPB reusable tote bag with merchandise storewide and get your whole bundle for as little as $30 plus tax. Free tote bag with Fill-a-Bag purchase only. Offer good at Half Price Books Outlet in Bloomington, IN only.

Fort Wayne 

Comic Books Sale

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

LP Fridays

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

Greenwood 

Music Fridays

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

First Saturday Fiction Sale

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

First Sunday Sale

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

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.

Indianapolis – Clearwater Village 

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.

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.

Indianapolis – Northbrook/Greenbriar 

Movie Mania Friday

Listen up film fans! Shop us the first Friday of each month and save an additional 20% off all DVD/Blu-ray movies. Have fun with movie trivia contests throughout the day with a chance to win coupons or an HPB Gift Card. Listen to great movie soundtracks while you peruse our great DVD selection. Offer good at this location only. See you Aug. 1!

Retro Tuesdays

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

Turn It Up Thursdays

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

Robert Allen Johnson Book Release & Author Signing

Meet author Robert Allen Johnson on Saturday, August 9 from 1 to 4 p.m. at your Indianapolis HPB on 86th and Ditch. Robert will sign the 2nd book in his historical fiction series, Magnus. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last. 

Greyhound Pet Adoptions

Looking for a loyal friend, a lovable buddy, a canine companion? On the 4th Saturday of each month, from 2 to 4 p.m., Greyhound Pets of America – Indianapolis will bring their Greyhound dogs for a meet and greet. Stop by your HPB at 86th and Ditch Rd. and meet the fastest dog on earth. Learn about this affectionate breed and how you can adopt a retired racing Greyhound. See store for details. See you Aug. 23! 

KANSAS

Overland Park 

Clearance Sale at the Overland Park International Trade Center

Join us for a fantastic sale!  Everything is $2 or less! Come to our Clearance Sale at the Overland Park International Trade Center on Friday and Saturday, August 8 & 9 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stock up on as many books as you can carry, as well as music, movies and more. Plus, a special performance by the Ukulele Fight Club of Kansas City on Sunday at 10 a.m. See you there! Parking and Admission are FREE. Get directions and details.

Accepted Tender: Cash, check, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover. We are sorry, but we are unable to accept coupons, promotions or HPB Gift Cards. ALL SALES ARE FINAL.

 

KENTUCKY

Bowling Green – Outlet

Saturday Trivia

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

Tuesday Night Specials

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

Magic: The Gathering Game Night

Join us for Magic: The Gathering Game Night on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays each month from 6-8 p.m. at your Greenwood Marketplace Half Price Books Outlet. All gaming levels from beginner to advanced are invited to participate in our tournament style game nights. See store for details and game rules. See you Aug. 12 & 26!

Dollar Sale!

1 DAY ONLY! Everything in the store is $1 or less on Saturday, August 16, at your Bowling Green Half Price Books Outlet. Stock up on books, music, movies and more, ALL for $1 or less each. Offer good at Half Price Books Outlet in Bowling Green, KY only.

Meet WWF’s Hillbilly Jim!

It’s a Meet and Greet with WWF Wrestling Superstar Hillbilly Jim! HBJ will make a special appearance including photos and autographs at the Bowling Green Half Price Books Outlet on Saturday, August 23, from noon to 3 p.m.

New HPB Outlet Book Club!

Your Greenwood Marketplace Half Price Books Outlet is creating a once monthly Book Club! Join us on the last Wednesday of each month from 6-8 p.m. See store for book details. See you Aug. 27!

Fill-a-Bag for $30

Stock up this holiday weekend! Your Bowling Green Half Price Books Outlet is offering a special deal on Sunday and Monday, August 31 and September 1  “Fill-a-Bag for $30” and stock up on fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, music and movies. Fill a free souvenir HPB reusable tote bag with merchandise storewide and get your whole bundle for as little as $30 plus tax. Free tote bag with Fill-a-Bag purchase only. Offer good at Half Price Books Outlet in Bowling Green, KY only.

Lexington – Fayette Place 

Vinyl Fridays

Move to the groove while you shop! Join us on the last Friday of each month. Listen to classic tunes on vinyl and get 20% off all vinyl LPs all day. Discount at this location only. See you Aug. 29!

Local Authors Book Signing

Meet three local authors at your Fayette Place HPB on Saturday, August 9 at 1 pm.  Ricky Simpson, author of the historical fiction novel Willow, D. Ralph Young, author of the memoir The Power of a Mother’s Prayer , and Bonne Sobel, author of the memoir The Dogs Who Rescued Us, will be signing and discussing their books. Books will be sold independently by the authors while supplies last.

 

Saturday Storytime

Pack up your half-pint readers and come to your Fayette Place HPB for Storytime Saturday. Sit down and enjoy a good tale with us at 3 pm on the last Saturday of each month. All young readers and listeners are welcome! 

 

Lexington – Hamburg Pavilion  

Vinyl Fridays

Move to the groove while you shop! Join us on the last Friday of each month. Listen to classic tunes on vinyl and get 20% off all vinyl LPs all day at our Hamburg Pavilion HPB in Lexington. Discount at this location only. See you Aug. 29!

Last Saturday Storytime

Pack up your half-pint readers and come to your Hamburg Pavilion HPB for Storytime Saturday. Sit down and enjoy a good tale with us from 2 to 3 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month. See you Aug. 30!

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 Aug. 16!

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.

Friday Magic Music Night

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

Drama as Literature: Play Readings

Your Springhurst HPB is all about drama. Join us on the first Tuesday of the month for a series of Classic Play readings from our resident staff of drama queens and kings. Light refreshments will be provided. Event occurs the first Tuesday of the month from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. See you Aug. 5!

KY Vintage Video Gaming Tournament
Join us on the 3rd Saturday each month from 2-4 p.m. for Vintage Video Game Day. Customers can participate in a competition of Nintendo, Super Nintendo and Sega gaming. Score points as fast as you can! Winner receives a $25 HPB Gift Card. Come back each month to keep up with your competitors. Tournament of champions will be held in December. See store for details and contest rules. See you Aug. 16!

 

MINNESOTA

Northtown 

First Sunday Storytime

Pack up your half-pint readers and come to your Northtown HPB for Storytime Sundays. Sit down and enjoy a good tale with us at 2 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month. All young readers and listeners are welcome! See you Aug. 3!

 

MISSOURI

Chesterfield

Buck-A-Book Fiction Sale

Stock up on great stories! Come to your Chesterfield HPB Friday, August 8, through Sunday, August 10, for the Buck-A-Book Fiction Sale. Hundreds of specially-selected hardback fiction books are on sale for $1 all weekend. Sale at Chesterfield, MO location only.

NEBRASKA

Omaha

We’re Building a Better Store!

We’re expanding and remodeling our Omaha HPB store to be bigger, brighter and easier for you to shop. Stop by to take a peek at what we’re up to and pick up a money-saving coupon. We will close early at 4pm on Sunday, August 10 and reopen at 9am on Thursday, September 18. Come back to see all the changes at our Great Re-Opening Celebration, Thursday, September 18 through Sunday, September 21!

OHIO

Columbus – Brice Park 

Vinyl Fridays

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

First Saturday Storytime and Crafts

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

 

OKLAHOMA

Edmond 

Monday Music Madness

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

PENNSYLVANIA

Monroeville 

HPB at Steel City Con

Look for the HPB booth at Steel City Con from Friday through Sunday, August 8-10. HPB will feature books, comics, video games, coupons and more at the Monroeville Convention Center. See you there!

Second Sunday Storytime

Pack up your half-pint readers and come to your Monroeville HPB for Storytime Sundays. Sit down and enjoy a good tale with us at 1 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month. See you Aug. 10!

 

TEXAS 

Arlington – Lincoln Square 

Storytime Sunday

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

National Night Out Book Drive

Your Arlington HPB stores, in partnership with The Arlington Police Department, are hosting a children’s book drive to benefit our Arlington schools. You can purchase a children’s book to donate now through September 1and receive 10% off your entire purchase.

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.

National Night Out Book Drive

Your Arlington HPB stores, in partnership with The Arlington Police Department, are hosting a children’s book drive to benefit our Arlington schools. You can purchase a children’s book to donate now through September 1and receive 10% off your entire purchase.

Austin – North Lamar 

Storytime Sundays 

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

L. Jay Horton Book Signing

Meet pastor, motivational speaker and author L. Jay Horton on Saturday, August 23, from 1-4 pm, at the North Lamar HPB. Jay will sell and sign his inspirational book, Life is Hard But God is Good – 12 Principles for Unlocking Your Potential. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last. 

Austin – Southpark Meadows 

Storytime Sundays

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

Burleson 

Tuesday Night Specials

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

College Station 

Get cash for your textbooks!

Join the Half Price Books textbook buyers on Monday, August 11 through Friday, August 15 from 10 am to 5 pm at the Notes-n-Quotes on W. University Dr. at Nagel. Stop by and get competitive offers on all your textbooks. Get the scoop on selling your stuff.

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 Aug. 10!

Dallas – Northwest Highway 

Alan Berecka Poetry Discussion & Book Signing

Meet poet Alan Berecka at the Flagship HPB on Friday, August 1, at 7 p.m. Alan is the August featured speaker for the Dallas Poets Community’s First Friday Open Mic. He will sell and sign his poetry books, The Comic Flaw, Remembering the Body and With Our Baggage. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

$1 VHS Fridays

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

Storytime & Crafts Sundays

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

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 Aug. 16!

3rd Saturday Vinyl Night

It’s 33s on the third. Move to the groove while you shop when DJ Golden Era spins vinyl on the third Saturday of each month from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Flagship HPB in Dallas. Plus, get an additional 10% OFF all vinyl during this time. Find out why Dallas Observer readers named us The Best Place to Buy Vinyl. See you Aug. 16!

Dallas – Preston Village 

Storytime Sunday

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

Fort Worth – Hulen 

Brandy Herr Book Signing

Meet Granbury Ghosts and Legends Tour co-founder Brandy Herr at the Hulen HPB on Saturday, August 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. Brandy will discuss, sell and sign her new book, Haunted Granbury. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

Houston – North Oaks 

Knitting and Crochet Club

Are you a knit-wit? Hooked on crochet? Ambistitcherous? Join us on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, from 4 to 6 p.m., at your North Oaks HPB for our Knitting and Crochet Club. Bring your own yarn and don’t worry about frogging or darn overs. Come for the camaraderie and stay for the fun. See you Aug. 19!

Humble  

Storytime Wednesday

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

First Thursdays Poetry Nights

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

Led by Students, for Students

Recite a favorite or share your own

First Thursday of the Month is spent

Together, not alone

Mesquite 

Storytime Sunday

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

Rockwall 

Storytime Sunday

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

San Antonio

HPB at Wizard World Comic Con 

Beam, ride, fly or catch the nearest TARDIS to Wizard World San Antonio Comic Con at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Look for the Half Price Books booth featuring books, comics, manga, graphic novels, sci-fi DVDs and more, Friday through Sunday, August 1 – 3. See you there!

San Antonio- Stone Ridge Market

Sheri Summers Hunt Book Signing

Meet author Sheri Summers Hunt on Sunday, August 17, from noon to 5pm at the Stone Ridge Market HPB located at Evans and US 281. Sheri will sign her inspirational book, The Oldest Sin in the Book, about her spiritual journey to overcome compulsive over-eating. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last. 

WASHINGTON

Bellevue 

First Sunday Storytime

Pack up your half-pint readers and come to your Crossroads HPB for Storytime Sundays. Sit down and enjoy a good tale with us at 2 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month. All young readers and listeners are welcome! See you Aug. 3!

Lynnwood 

Storytime Sunday

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

Olympia – Outlet at Cooper Point 

50% Off All Fiction

Join us for 50% Off ALL Fiction at your Olympia Half Price Books Outlet! Saturday and Sunday, August 2 & 3, all fiction books will be an additional 50% OFF. Offer good at your Half Price Books Outlet in Olympia, WA only.

25¢ Paperback Tuesdays

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

Dollar Sale!

1 DAY ONLY! Everything in the store is $1 on Saturday, August 16, at your Olympia Half Price Books Outlet. Stock up on books, music, movies and more, ALL for $1 each. Offer good at Half Price Books Outlet in Olympia, WA only.

20% Off Everything Sale

Join us for a Storewide 20% Off Everything Sale at your Olympia Half Price Books Outlet! Thursday through Monday, August 28 – September 1, everything in the store will be an additional 20% OFF. Offer good at your Half Price Books Outlet in Olympia, WA only.

WISCONSIN

Appleton 

Vinyl Fridays

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

Storytime and Crafts

Pack up your half-pint readers and come to your Appleton HPB for Storytime and Crafts. Sit down and enjoy a good tale and free activity with us on the First Wednesday of the month at 11 am and the Third Thursday of the month at 2 pm. Readers and arts-and-crafts lovers of all ages are welcome.

Madison – Essex Square 

Friday Music Madness

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

Whitney Way 

Wednesday Music Madness

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

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