Local Store Events Round-Up: November 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 November! 

All Stores 

Booksgiving Day Celebration

Join us at your local HPB on Booksgiving Day, Saturday, November 22 at 1 p.m. for a special storytime. Every child who attends will receive a FREE book to take home.* Let’s work together to give the gift of reading to every child in every home. Part of the Half Price Books Million Book Donation Project. *Limit one preselected book per child while supplies last. 

Black Friday Deals!

Set your alarm and join us at 7 a.m. for doorbuster giveaways on Black Friday. The first 100 people through the door on Friday, November 28 will receive a FREE tote bag and $5 HPB Gift Card. One bag will contain a $100 gift card. Limit one per person, 16 years of age and up, while supplies last at each HPB retail location. And if you’re not an early bird, there’s still something for you, too. All Day Deals with a printable store coupon. Take your pick between two fantastic deals! See coupons for offer details. Not valid online or at Half Price Books Outlet.

$5 Bonus with $25 Gift Card

Now is the time to grab a gift card for the booklover in your life – plus one for yourself! Load up an HPB Gift Card today with $25 or more and get a $5 bonus! Use your bonus card in January 2015 and save $5 at your favorite HPB retail location. This bonus offer is valid on gift card purchases made in stores and online now through Wednesday, December 24, 2014. Buy a gift card online and get free standard shipping. Sorry, but HPB Gift Cards, coupons and other discounts cannot be used online at HPB Marketplace nor at Half Price Books Outlet locations. Got questions about gift cards? Check out our FAQs or contact our Gift Card Customer Service.

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 Nov. 2!

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 Nov. 2!

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 Nov. 8!

CALIFORNIA

Fremont

Booksgiving Storytime with Lisa Hollas

Join us at your Fremont HPB on Booksgiving Day, Saturday, November 22, at 1 p.m. Local children’s book author Lisa Hallas will be our guest reader for our Booksgiving Day Storytime, part of our Million Book Donation Project

ILLINOIS

Countryside 

Second Sunday Storytime

Pack up your half-pint readers and come to your Countryside HPB for Storytime Sundays. Sit down and enjoy a good tale with us at 3 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month. See you Nov. 9!

Niles

Saturday Storytime

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

Palatine 

Christine Johanson Ross Book Signing

Meet local children’s author Christine Johanson Ross at your Palatine HPB on Saturday, November 15, from 1 to 3 p.m. Christine will sell and sign her children’s book, A Snowflake Dream. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

INDIANA

Indianapolis – Northbrook/Greenbriar 

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 Nov. 22! 

KENTUCKY

Bowling Green – Outlet

Music Mondays

Get ready to turn up the volume! Your Bowling Green HPB Outlet has an additional 20% OFF all music and music related items each Monday. Offer good at Half Price Books Outlet in Bowling Green, KY only.

Movie Thursdays

Start popping the popcorn and stock up on movies at your Bowling Green HPB Outlet. Each Thursday, all movies and movie related items are an additional 20% OFF. Offer good at Half Price Books Outlet in Bowling Green, KY only.

An Afternoon of Poetry

Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 8, 1-3 p.m. for an afternoon of poetry readings at your Bowling Green HPB Outlet. Poets Eric Scott Sutherland , Tom C. Hunley and Lynnell Edwards will read their poetic work published by Accents Publishing.

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 Nov. 11 & 25!

HPB Outlet Book Club

Looking to expand your reading pleasure? Join the discussion at your Greenwood Marketplace Half Price Books Outlet Book Club. We meet the last Wednesday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. See store for details.

Lexington and Louisville 

Good Grades = Bookworm Bucks

Calling all Elementary to Middle School age students! Bring your report card to any Lexington or Louisville HPB store and earn Bookworm Bucks. Each “A” on your report card gets you $2 in Bookworm Bucks and each “B” gets $1 in Bookworm Bucks. Use your Bookworm Bucks toward any item in the store. A maximum of $2 in Bookworm Books can be redeemed per student per visit. Offer is valid at Lexington and Louisville Half Price Books stores through November 30, 2014.

Oldham County Comic Con

Look for the HPB booth at the Oldham County Comic Con on Saturday, November 8, at the Oldham County Public Library. We’ll have books, movies, graphic novels, games, toys and more. See you there!

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 Nov. 28!

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 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month. All young readers and listeners are welcome! See you Nov. 29!

Santa Claus at Half Price Books

Hey, it’s Santa! Santa Claus is coming to our store! In keeping with Christmastime traditions, Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick will make an appearance at your Fayette Place HPB. Grab your camera and bring the whole family for a memorable snapshot with Santa. Plus, the first 25 kids to visit Santa will receive a FREE Christmas book! Look for Santa to visit on Sunday, November 30, from 2 to 4 p.m.

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 Nov. 28!

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 Nov. 29!

Santa Claus at Half Price Books

HPB is full of excitement and anticipation because Santa Claus is coming to our store! In keeping with Christmastime traditions, Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick will make an appearance at your Hamburg Pavilion HPB. Grab your camera and bring the whole family for a memorable snapshot with Santa. Plus, the first 25 kids to visit Santa will receive a FREE copy of ’Twas the Night Before Christmas! Look for Santa to visit on Saturday, November 29, from 2 to 4 p.m.

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 Nov. 15!

Louisville – Springhurst/Freys Hill 

Monthly Coloring Contest

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

Drama as Literature: Play Readings

Your Springhurst HPB is all about drama. Join us on the first Tuesday of the month for a series of Classic Play readings from our resident staff of drama queens and kings. Light refreshments will be provided. Event occurs the first Tuesday of the month from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. See you Nov. 4!

Friday Magic Music Night

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

KY Vintage Video Gaming Tournament

Join us on the 3rd Saturday each month from 2-4 p.m. for Vintage Video Game Day. Customers can participate in a competition of Nintendo, Super Nintendo and Sega gaming. Score points as fast as you can! Winner receives a $25 HPB Gift Card. Come back each month to keep up with your competitors. Tournament of champions will be held in December. See store for details and contest rules. See you Oct. 18! 

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 Nov. 2!

OHIO

Cincinnati – All Stores 

Feed the Hungry Food Drive

Help feed the hungry in our community this holiday season. Starting Monday, November 17 through Sunday, November 23, our Greater Cincinnati Area HPBs will be collecting non-perishable food and personal care item donations for the Freestore Foodbank in Cincinnati and other local Foodbank organizations. Make a donation and receive 15% off your entire purchase at participating HPB stores.

Cincinnati – Kenwood Galleria

Lori Todd Book Signing

Meet local author Lori Todd at your Kenwood Galleria HPB on Saturday, November 8, from 1 to 3 p.m. Lori will sell and sign her new novel, Silver Links. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

Dog Days at Half Price Books

Join us at the 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 Laila, the Newfoundland, on Saturdays, November 8 and December 13, from 3 to 4 p.m. Presented in partnership with the Therapy Pets of Greater Cincinnati

Lora Ann Young Book Signing

Meet local author Lora Ann Young at your Kenwood Galleria HPB on Saturday, November 15, from 1 to 3 p.m. Lora Ann will sell and sign her inspirational book, The Lost Parent Club. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

Cincinnati – Northgate/Prospect Square

Dog Days at Half Price Books

Join us at the Northgate/Prospect Square 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 Augie the Greyhound and Sierra the Golden Retriever, on Sundays, November 16 and December 21, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Presented in partnership with the Therapy Pets of Greater Cincinnati.

Columbus – All Stores

Book Drive for Nationwide Children’s Hospital

This holiday season, don’t let a child go to sleep without a bedtime story. Stop by your nearest Columbus area HPB to purchase and donate a children’s book to the Reach Out and Read literacy program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Book drive runs from November 10 through December 30. See store for details.

Columbus – Brice Park 

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 Nov. 1!

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.

Pet Adoptions

Cute kitties and canine companions will be visiting the Brice Park HPB on Saturday, November 8, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The nonprofit CHA Animal Shelter will have a select group of adoptable pets looking for good, forever homes. Want to know more about your new furry friend? All Pet books are an additional 20% off during the event. 

Second Sunday Crafternoon

Calling crafters of all ages! Join us at your Brice Park HPB on the second Sunday of each month, from 2 – 3 p.m., for a FREE afternoon of crafts. Different themes featured each month using recycled treasures. See you Nov. 9!

Mason

Justin A. Baker Book Signing

Meet local author Justin A. Baker at your Mason HPB on Friday, November 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. Justin will sell and sign his new novel, The Collegiate Misadventures of Jeremiah Stone. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

 

Booksgiving Day Storytime with Cooper, the Border Collie

Bow wow! Join us for a fun Booksgiving Day Storytime at your Mason HPB on Saturday, November 22, at 1 p.m. Storytime includes special guest, Cooper the Border Collie! Plus, great fall crafts and every child who attends will receive a FREE preselected book to take home.

Westerville

Vinyl Fridays

Join us each Friday from 5pm to close and move to the groove while you shop! Listen to classic tunes on vinyl and get 20% off all used LPs at your Westerville HPB. Offer good at this location only.

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. 

Charlotte Barbaree Book Signing

Meet local children’s author Charlotte Barbabee at your Edmond HPB on Saturday, November 8, from 1 to 3 p.m. Charlotte will sell and sign Morgan McMouth and The Princess and the World’s Most Wonderful Blankadoo. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

PENNSYLVANIA

Monroeville 

Second Sunday Storytime

Pack up your half-pint readers and come to your Monroeville HPB for Storytime Sundays. Sit down and enjoy a good tale with us at 1 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month. See you Nov. 9!

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.

Tracy D. Pierce Book Signing

Meet local author Tracy D. Pierce on Saturday, November 15, from 1 to 3 p.m. at your Lincoln Square HPB in Arlington. Pierce, a former U.S. Army drill sergeant, will sign his latest book, The 2 Faces of Leadership: Merging the Best of Both Leadership Styles. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

Meet Kevin “Special K” Daley

Meet and greet former Harlem Globetrotter great Kevin “Special K” Daley at your Lincoln Square HPB in Arlington on Saturday, November 22, from 3 to 5 p.m. Kevin will also sell and sign his autobiography I Never Stopped Smiling; an inspirational story of a Guinness Book of World Records holder and internationally renowned 10 year veteran and former captain of the World Famous Harlem Globetrotters. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

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.

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.

Peter J. Story Book Signing

Meet local author Peter J. Story on Saturday, November 22, from 3 to 5 p.m. at your North Lamar HPB in Austin. Peter will sign his new psychological satire, Things Grak Hates; chronicling the life of a bizarre nomad and his descent toward evil. 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. 

Peter J. Story Book Signing

Meet local author Peter J. Story on Saturday, November 22, from noon to 2 p.m. at your Southpark Meadows HPB in Austin. Peter will sign his new psychological satire, Things Grak Hates; chronicling the life of a bizarre nomad and his descent toward evil. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

Bedford

HPB at Taste of Northeast

Look for the HPB booth at Taste of Northeast, a benefit for the Arts Council Northeast programs on Thursday, November 13, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hurst Convention Center. Meet BW, the HPB bookworm, and get a free tote while supplies last.

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.

Cedar Hill

James Howell Book Signing

Meet local author James Howell at your Cedar Hill HPB on Saturday, November 1, from 2 to 5 p.m. James will sell and sign his book, Countdown to Atomgeddon: The Race to Build the First Atomic Bomb. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

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 Nov. 9!

Dallas – Northwest Highway 

Vickery Meadow Local Market at HPB

Vickery Meadow Local Market, part of White Rock Local Market, is held in the parking lot of the Flagship HPB every Sunday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. The market provides a connection between local farmers, food producers and craftsmen within our community. Shop food, clothes, jewelry and more, all made by North Texans. The market accepts debit/credit cards and the Lone Star Card. Support for the market comes from the Vickery Meadow Improvement District.

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 p.m. Recommended for kids ages 10 and under. 

HPB Employee Art Show

View the artistic talents of our DFW Area HPB Bibliomaniacs! Our Bibliomaniacs work hard but their creativity doesn’t stop at the bookstore doors. Come and see their creative works in the Community Room of your Flagship HPB from November 6 to 30. Opening Reception on Thursday, November 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. Art available for purchase.

$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.

Tracy Lawson Book Signing

Meet local author Tracy Lawson at your Flagship HPB on Wednesday, November 12, from 4 to 7 p.m. Tracy will sell and sign her new Dystopian Young Adult novel, Counteract. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

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. See you Nov. 15!

Animal Adoptions

Cute kitties and canine companions will be visiting our Flagship HPB on the third Sunday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 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 Nov. 16!

Anne Rice Book Signing

Bestselling author, Anne Rice, will be at our Flagship HPB in Dallas to sign her new book, Prince Lestat: The Vampire Chronicles, on Tuesday, November 18 at 5 p.m. Hardback copies available for purchase as specially-priced new items while supplies lastNumbered passes will be available at the book sales table, next to the information desk, beginning at 9 a.m. on the day of the event. One pass per customer. 

John Connolly Book Signing

Meet international bestselling author John Connolly at the Flagship HPB in Dallas on Wednesday, November 19, at 7 p.m. John will discuss and sign his latest book in the Charlie Parker series, The Wolf in Winter due to be released on Tuesday, October 28. Hardback copies available for purchase as specially-priced new items while supplies last.

Christina Lauren and Anna Todd Book Signing

It’s about to get steamy hot! New York Times bestselling romance author duo, Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings , plus, Internet author sensation Anna Todd will be at our Flagship HPB in Dallas on Thursday, November 20, at 7 p.m. Christina and Lauren will discuss and sign their new book, Dirty Rowdy Thing, Book Two of the Wild Seasons series. Anna Todd will discuss and sign her latest books, After and After We Fell. Copies of Dirty Rowdy Thing, After and After We Fell are available for purchase as specially-priced new items while supplies last.

Holiday Ornament Sale

Looking for something unique to deck your halls? Come to the Flagship HPB in Dallas for our 5th Annual Employee-Crafted Ornament Sale. HPB bibliomaniacs from across the country have created handmade ornaments for this special sale. All proceeds will benefit the North Texas Food Bank. Each dollar spent will provide three meals for hungry North Texans. Shop the Ornament Sale on Friday, November 14 from 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday, November 15 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, November 16 from 9 a.m. until sold out.

Wanda Vassallo Storytime and Book Signing

Meet local author Wanda Vassallo at your Flagship HPB in Dallas on Sunday, November 30, from 3 to 4 p.m. Wanda will read a story from one of her children’s books, including I Was the Mother of a Baby Duck, Animal Trials and Smiles and Lessons from Finned, Feathered and Furry Friends. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

Dallas – Preston Village 

Storytime Sunday

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

Fort Worth – Ridgmar

BW at the Saginaw Library Booster’s Fall Sale

Meet and take photos with BW, the HPB bookworm, at the Saginaw Library Booster’s Annual Fall Book and Bake Sale. BW will be there to support the John Ed Keeter Public Library’s programs and services. The Library Book and Bake Sale is at the John Ed Keeter Public Library on Saturday, November 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sara Kendall and Jason Burkhardt Book Signing

Meet local authors Sara Kendall and Jason Burkhardt at your Fort Worth Ridgmar HPB on Saturday, November 8, from 1 to 3 p.m. Sara and Jason will read, sell and sign their children’s books from The Backdoor Trio series. The series tells Bible stories through animal characters. Books will be sold independently by the authors while supplies last.

James Howell Book Signing

Meet local author James Howell at your Ridgmar HPB on Saturday, November 22, from 1 to 3 p.m. James will sell and sign his book, Countdown to Atomgeddon: The Race to Build the First Atomic Bomb. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

Frisco

Gopal Raman Book Signing

Meet local teen poet and photographer Gopal Raman at your Frisco HPB on Saturday, November 8, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Gopal will read selections from his book, Beyond the Edge, a collection of poetry, prose and photography. The book is available for purchase and will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

Laurie Goyen Book Signing

Meet local author Laurie Goyen on Saturday, November 22, from 1 to 3 p.m. at your Frisco HPB. Laurie will sell and sign her memoir, River Through My Heart. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

Garland

Laurie Graves Book Signing

Meet local author Laurie Graves at your Garland HPB on Saturday, November 8, from 1 to 3 p.m. Laurie will sell and sign her inspirational book, Fit For Freedom: Healing For Your Body, Mind, and Spirit. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

Michelle Moore Book Signing

Meet local author Michelle Moore on Saturday, November 22, from noon to 3 p.m. at your Garland HPB. Michelle will sign her new inspirational book, Arm Yourself: Equipping Ourselves with the Armor of God. 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 Nov. 18!

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 Nov. 6!

Led by Students, for Students

Recite a favorite or share your own

First Thursday of the Month is spent

Together, not alone

Lewisville

James Howell Book Signing

Meet local author James Howell at your Lewisville HPB on Sunday, November 9, from 3 to 5 p.m. James will sell and sign his book, Countdown to Atomgeddon: The Race to Build the First Atomic Bomb. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

NaNoWriMo Word Wars Night

Your Lewisville HPB is hosting “Sprint Your Way To Novel Victory” on Friday, November 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. We are here to help you in the home stretch of National Novel Writing Month a.k.a. NaNoWriMo. Join us for a night of Word Wars–15 minute “sprints” of writing, with five minute breaks in between. Prizes will be awarded to the writers with the most words at the end of the night. Not participating in NaNoWriMo, but looking for a reason to write (and others to write with)? You are more than welcome to join us, too! Whether you know where your story is headed, or you need some help digging your way out of those dastardly plot holes, come celebrate your literary successes with your Lewisville Half Price Books. There will be plenty of coffee (and like-minded company) to keep your creative juices flowing!

Mansfield

Danielle A. Vann and Amy Zelder Book Signing

Meet local children’s author Danielle A. Vann and illustrator Amy Zelder at your Mansfield HPB on Sunday, November 2, from 1 to 3 p.m. Danielle and Amy will read, sell and sign their new children’s book, Gracie Lou and the Bad Dream Eater. Books will be sold independently by the authors while supplies last.

James Howell Book Signing

Meet local author James Howell at your Mansfield HPB on Sunday, November 16, from 1 to 3 p.m. James will sell and sign his book, Countdown to Atomgeddon: The Race to Build the First Atomic Bomb. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

McKinney

HPB Welcomes Deborah Crombie

New York Times bestselling mystery author Deborah Crombie will volunteer as a bookseller at your McKinney HPB on Saturday, November 29 from 1-4 p.m. as part of the Indies First/Small Business Saturday. Stop by and Deborah will help you find the next book for your reading list.

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.

Pawsitive Reading Storytime

Bow wow! Join us for a Pawsitive Reading Storytime. Load up the kids and bring them to your Rockwall HPB, where they can read a book to a trained therapy dog on the second Friday of the month from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Presented in partnership with Love on a Leash.

D.D. George Book Signing

Meet local children’s author D.D. George at your Rockwall HPB on Saturday, November 15, from 1 to 4 p.m. Debra will sell and sign her young children’s book, My Face and Me. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

Round Rock

Sandra Lott Book Signing

Meet local author Sandra Lott at your Round Rock HPB on Saturday, November 8, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sandra will sell and sign her latest inspirational book, The Day Hope Was Born: God’s Gift of Love. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

San Antonio – Huebner Road

Henry Melton Book Signing

Meet local author Henry Melton at your Huebner Road HPB on Saturday, November 8, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Henry will sell and sign his Science Fiction books, including his latest, Captain’s Memories. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

San Antonio – North Central

Henry Melton Book Signing

Meet local author Henry Melton at your North Central HPB on Saturday, November 8, from 3 to 6 p.m. Henry will sell and sign his Science Fiction books, including his latest, Captain’s Memories. 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 Nov. 2!

Lynnwood 

Storytime Sunday

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

Olympia – Outlet at Cooper Point 

25¢ Paperback Tuesdays

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

Redmond

Justin Hillgrove Book Signing

Meet pop culture artist Justin Hillgrove at your Redmond HPB on Saturday, November 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. Justin will discuss and sign his books including The Imp Lands and Sinja Book One. Imps and Monsters books and collectible items are available for purchase as specially-priced new items while supplies last.

Tacoma

Tracey M. Hook Book Signing

 

Meet local author Tracy M. Hook at your Tacoma HPB on Tuesday, November 11, at 1 p.m. Tracey will sell and sign her new Young Adult novel, Natural Elements; the story of a biracial woman struggling to fit into Bombay society. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

WISCONSIN

Appleton 

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 a.m. and the Third Sunday of the month at 2 p.m. Readers and arts-and-crafts lovers of all ages are welcome.

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.

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.

Madison – 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

 

Put the BOO in Books: Spooky Reads for Halloween

It’s that time of year again! Halloween is this Friday. What better way to get into the spooky spirit than reading a good book. Not every spooky story is filled with ghosts, ghouls or goblins. Sometimes just the build up of suspense and the fear of the unknown is enough to get the hair on the back of your neck standing straight up.

If you’re looking for a good mix of spine-tingling page turners, check out these titles at your local Half Price Books.

Classic Chills:

The Shining by Stephen King; Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk; Amityville Horror by Jay Anson; Coraline by Neil Gaiman; American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

Newest Thrills:

Prince Lestat by Anne Rice; Gray Mountain by John Grisham; Midnight Plan of the Repo Man by W. Bruce Cameron; Dark Places by Gillian Flynn; Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

What reads put you in the Halloween spirit?

Sam is Public Relations Coordinator at Half Price Books Corporate.

Books Authors Read with Sophie Kinsella

We continue our “Books Authors Read” series with Sophie Kinsella. Sophie is the best-selling author of the Shopaholic series. Her latest novel, Shopaholic to the Stars, is available at your local HPB today in the new arrivals section. Sophie loves a good book that make for a great film. Enjoy some of her favorite reads! – Emily


Hollywood and the publishing world are irrevocably intertwined these days. After all, a book and a film are just two ways of telling a story; two forms of entertainment; two ways to connect with an audience. But they are very different forms. A novel is essentially one single person’s creation with one name on the cover, whereas a film is the ultimate example of team-work, with about 6,000 people named in the credits. (OK, I exaggerate!) A lot can fall through the gaps as books move from the page to screen. So to find novels that you loved – AND loved the movie version – this can be rare. But here are five that worked for me…

1. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

I am a huge Dickens fan. His storytelling takes your breath away – and the characters! The names! There is such comedy and drama and pace in any Dickens novel that you wonder how any film can do justice to the original. And then you see David Lean’s Great Expectations, and you sink back and wallow. 

2. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

This book is very, very funny. It made me laugh out loud on many occasions when I read it – and it does so again whenever I subsequently read it. The main character, Rob, is so hopeless and honest, you can’t help rooting for him and his friends. He’s a bit stuck in life, trying to work out what it’s all about and defining his life through lists. Mainly lists of songs. I worried again that no film would be able to bring his idiosyncratic character to life, but John Cusack was perfect and the whole movie felt true.

3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

This was the first Harry Potter book I read. I absolutely loved it, immediately read the previous books and became an avid fan, waiting for new releases as eagerly as my children. I hoped and prayed that the films would be wonderful, and I really think they are. They are so faithful to both the detail and spirit of the books. I particularly like this one because of the neatness of the plot.

4. Atonement by Ian McEwan

This is such a powerful, atmospheric book, full of big ideas and a riveting plot. There is everything in this book, from love to class to war, and of course, guilt as a driving emotion. I lapped it up as soon as it came out, and went to see the movie too, which I thought was quite brilliant.

5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

What can one say? It’s a classic tale which moves and charms and inspires new thoughts every time you read it. I now enjoy it through my children reading it and discussing it. And when they ask, “Is there a movie?” I don’t frown and say “Read the book!” but instead: “Yes there is, and that’s a classic, too.”

Sophie Kinsella is an English novelist known for her Shopaholic series. Her two best-selling novels, The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic and Shopaholic Abroad were adapted into a film in 2009 entitled Confessions of a Shopaholic. Visit her online or follow her on Twitter @KinsellaSophie.

Half Price Books CEO shares her story in Fortune Magazine

half-price-books-CEOWe think things are pretty great here at Half Price Books, and we love it when other people think so, too. That’s why we were so excited when our president and CEO, Sharon Anderson Wright, was featured in Fortune Magazine!

Hear first-hand from Sharon as she tells you how her family started Half Price Books, became the largest family-owned new and used book store chain, and is “Thriving in an Amazon World.”

“Don’t tell Sharon Anderson Wright that bookstores are a dying industry. The 56-year-old CEO of Half Price Books took a disorganized collection of stores co-founded by her mom—they started by selling used paperbacks and hardcovers out of a dingy former laundromat—and transformed the operation into a chain that is defying a seemingly inexorable tide. While bookstores are shuttered around the country and industry revenue has decreased an average of 3.2% a year over the past five years, Half Price Books is growing. It opens about five stores a year, with revenues rising from $50 million in 1995 to $240 million in 2013.”

Read the full article.

Terrific Teachers from Literature, TV and Film: Part 2

Fall is here, which means it’s the time of year that HPB says thank you to educators. Educator Appreciation Weekend starts today, during that time teachers and librarians nationwide can shop their local HPB and save an extra 20% on their purchase by signing up for or renewing an Educator Discount Card. This deal is good through Monday, 10/13, plus educators can use the card all year long for a recurring 10% discount!

As a child of two members of the education system myself, all this talk about teachers got me thinking about some of the best examples I’ve encountered on the silver screen, the tube or in a book. We’ve visited this topic before, so if you’d like to see our first Top 10 list, click here. Otherwise, read on for even more great picks!

1. Fred Rogers, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

No teacher list would be complete without Mister Rogers. Kids of all ages grew up learning from this man. After all, the show ran for 30+ years! It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood…

 

2. Mr. Belding, Saved By the Bell

Technically a principal, not a teacher…but if, like me, you grew up with the students of Bayside High, then you know Mr. Belding deserves our praise.

 

 

3. Edna Krabappel, The Simpsons

Anyone who can put up with Bart Simpson for 20+ years has my respect. At least Ms. Krabappel taught Bart a lesson or two…hundred (see the chalkboard at the start of each episode).

 

 

4. Cameron Tucker, Modern Family

From dressing up as George Washington to making an orchestra with his students’ own bodies, Cam always goes above and beyond…and then a little further. But he means well.

 

5. Severus Snape, Harry Potter

Professor Snape is complex, and there are many great Harry Potter professors, but I picked Snape. After all, we all had that one teacher who we hated at the time but truly appreciate later on.

 

 

6. Tim Gunn, Project Runway

Tim Gunn has helped aspiring designers “Make it work!” for more than 30 years, the past 10 of which on TV. No teacher has more patience, understanding and concern for his students.

 

 

7. Dewey Finn, School of Rock

Every school has a substitute teacher with a slightly different educational perspective. Dewey is no different, helping his students embrace their inner creative talent.

 

8. Four, Divergent

Instructing Tris and the other transfer initiates, Four is brave and bold, while still having a sensitive side. Interestingly, it seems that Four learns just as much from Tris as he teaches her.

 

 

9. Ms. Frizzle, The Magic School Bus

From her wicked sense of style to her unparalleled sense of adventure, Ms. Frizzle is iconic, leading her band of students (and us as well) to a world they could have never imagined.

 

 

10. Mr. Miyagi, The Karate Kid

Mr. Miyagi leads through action and skill, not just words. Though he certainly knows how to make a point: “No such thing as bad student, only bad teacher. Teacher say, student do.”

 

 

What do you think? Who’s your favorite educator?

Jason is Email Marketing Coordinator at Half Price Books Corporate.

You can follow him on Twitter at @jasonapermenter.