Meeting some of my favorite authors at American Booksellers Association Winter Institute conference!

Every year the American Booksellers Association puts on a conference in February called Winter Institute. This year, it was my complete pleasure to be able to attend. Many different things happen at these conference, like seminars and advanced learning sessions, but one of my favorite parts was meeting authors! The second night we were there, Scholastic put on a reception for some of its authors, including Pam Muñoz Ryan, author of my favorite book of this year and in my top 10 list of favorite books of all time, Echo. I was able to give her a giant hug and thank her for signing over a thousand bookplates for Echo which will be for sale in our stores – get yours at your local Half Price Books today before they run out! Seriously, Echo is one of the best books I have ever read. And I read a lot of books!


Photo Source: Publisher’s Weekly

John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars, made a surprise appearance at the reception. I had met John at a previous event for The Fault in Our Stars movie in Dallas, but it was a crazy night and I never thought he would remember me. To my complete and utter surprise, he did! He even went so far as to recall the night we met in great detail! We reminisced for a few minutes and then he had to be on his way.

A little while later, I was back at the hotel bar, and I heard someone say, “Kristen, I’d like to introduce you to Erik.” I turned around and to my second great surprise of the night, it was Erik Larson, author of The Devil in the White City, In the Garden of Beasts, and the upcoming Dead Wake. We sat for a while in the bar and talked about his books and some of his most memorable signing tours.

It was definitely a remarkable night for me – one that I’ll never forget!

Yeah, I have the best job in the world.

Read more about the highlights from Winter Institute 10 in the Publisher’s Weekly article.

Kristen B. is Assistant Buyer at Half Price Books Distribution Center.
You can follow her on Twitter at @kbev302.

Books Authors Read with Matt Kepnes

There’s nothing more inspirational than a well-written travel book. It can fill you with awe, wonder, and wanderlust. Books make those 10-hour bus rides through Laos more bearable. They get us excited for new destinations and can change our world view. I’ve always been a voracious reader, but my goal this year is to read one book a week (if not more). I go through fits and starts with reading. I’ll read a book or two a week and then won’t pick up another for months. This year I want to be more consistent.

As we make our way through the new year (where did January?), I wanted to share some of my favorite recent reads. These books will inspire, teach, and maybe change your habits so without further ado, the books:

Marching Powder: A True Story of Friendship, Cocaine, and South America’s Strangest Jail by Rusty Young and Thomas McFadden

 Marching Powder: A True Story of Friendship, Cocaine, and South America's Strangest JailRecommended to me by a reader of this blog, Marching Powder tells the true story of Thomas McFadden and his time in San Pedro prison in Bolivia. McFadden was an English drug trafficker who ended up in jail after an official he was bribing double-crossed him. While it wasn’t the best-written book I read last year, the storyline is what makes this one of my favorite recent reads. In the book, you learn about life in a prison where inmates bought their own cells (which created a huge class system), made their own drugs (to be sold on the streets), bribed cops, and developed an economy filled with shops, elected officials, and neighborhoods. Rich prisoners were even allowed to leave with a prison escort. McFadden also started leading tours through the prison during his incarceration (they even ended up in Lonely Planet) to backpackers (who for the right price could also stay the night). This is not a story of redemption. It’s one about life in one of the most corrupt prisons in the world. The book is now being made into a movie starring Chiwetel Ejiofor from 12 Years a Slave.

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

 Kitchen Confidential Updated Edition: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (P.S. )Before Anthony Bourdain roamed the world without reservations or to places unknown, he was a chef clawing his way through the kitchens of New York City. This book (his first one) is a very well written insider’s account of the restaurant industry. True to form, Bourdain is crass, vulgar, and doesn’t hold anything back. You learn about the drug use in kitchens, the fast pace and dog-eat-dog world of the restaurant business, staff loyalty to chefs (kitchen staff follow the chefs they like), and why there are some foods you should just never order. I’m a huge fan of Anthony Bourdain. I always enjoy his work, so it was nice to read about his rise to fame. This book was a very fun and interesting read. You’ll never look at restaurants the same way again.

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and BusinessWhile this book has nothing to do with travel, it is a wonderfully researched account of how we form habits. Why do we do what we do? Are we hard wired to repeat habits, even when they are bad? How do we break bad habits and form good ones? I read this towards the end of 2014 and it really impacted my life, which is why it is making this book list. We should strive to be better people than we were yesterday. What makes great people so great? They work at it. I believe in self-improvement because being better people makes us better travelers. This bestselling book discusses how we form habits and gives specific strategies about how to break bad habits and start good ones. This book definitely made me rethink many of my habits and is part of the reason why I decided to read more. (For example, I replaced my before-bed TV catch-up time with reading time!)

Choose Yourself! by James Altucher

Choose Yourself!I became friends with James a few years ago at a mastermind conference I was speaking at in Toronto. He’s an amazing, quirky guy who’s started dozens of finance and tech companies, consulted for the likes of Twitter, made millions, lost millions, and made millions again. His book is about how the new economy has made it easier for people to become their own bosses and put their happiness first. The old economy is rigged, he says. Companies treat workers like an expense, won’t rehire in the new post-financial crisis, and provide very little opportunity for financial independence. Unless you take it upon yourself to choose yourself (i.e. break out of the system and find ways to be independent), you’ll end up in a dead-end job or downsized into oblivion. From tips on starting your own business to advice on picking up a new skill or just figuring out what makes you happy and doing more of that, Choose Yourself is an uplifting book with practical resources on becoming your own boss and taking control of your life.

Turn right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time by Mark Adams

Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a TimeThis book recounts Adams’ tale of roughing it through Peru in search of little-visited Inca ruins and ancient cities with a surly Indiana Jones-type Australian guide. While most tourists stick to Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail, Adams goes everywhere else, tracing the Incas’ flight into the Andes Mountains after the Spanish invaded their empire. He discovers just how much there is to see in Peru that tourists never visit. In a country filled with Inca ruins, many are still unexcavated and have few tourists. It’s one of best-written tales I read last year and opened me up to a whole new understanding of the Incas. There was a lot about Peru I didn’t know and now I’m even more excited to visit the country someday, follow Adams’ footsteps, and get off the beaten path! I highly recommend you pick this book up.

Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure by Sarah MacDonald

Holy Cow: An Indian AdventureJournalist Sarah MacDonald writes about her experience moving to India to follow her boyfriend, despite vowing never to return after a visit a few years before (she hated India after her first visit). The book is well written and funny, and features amazing insights into Indian culture and its differences from the West – from family, marriage, and dating to class breakdowns, Sarah shares a lot about her time in the country. In a way, it’s the classic fish-out-of-water tale, but it reminded me of my own experience living in Thailand and having to adapt to Thai culture. I couldn’t put this book down and enjoyed her account of culture shock and how India broke down her preconceived notions of Western versus Indian values. It allowed her to appreciate the best of both worlds.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite RunnerI first read this book when it came out in 2003 but after recently rummaging through my book collection at my parents’ house, I picked it up again. The book follows the story of Amir, a wealthy Afghan kid who escapes with his family during the Soviet invasion, grows up in America, and eventually goes back to Afghanistan during Taliban rule to save his friend’s son. Though I read it many years ago, it remains one of my favorite books of all time. Re-reading it made me realize why it was such a phenomenon – it’s beautifully and vividly written with strong characters and a powerful story about grief, guilt, and redemption. Hosseini’s follow up, A Thousand Splendid Suns, is just as powerful. If you’ve never read his works, do so.

 

Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky

Salt: A World HistoryWhile dense, this book was surprisingly incredibly fascinating. It traces the history of salt and its importance to civilization, ancient empires, and how we were able to explore the world. It’s filled with quirky facts that make you realize how much of our world was influenced by salt. For example, to be “worth one’s salt” means to be worth one’s pay: the word “salary” comes from the Latin word for salt (sal). Ancient Romans and soldiers were often paid in salt since it was so valuable. Salt was recommended to me by a number of my friends and it was one of the most fascinating books I read last year. It’s important to know about the world – you can’t understand a place if you don’t understand its past, and this book will explain a lot of the past to you. I liked it so much, I picked up his follow-up book, Cod (about how cod changed the world).

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The AlchemistThis book is always on my Top Reads list. A story about following your dreams, this is one of the most widely read books in recent history. The story follows a young shepherd boy traveling from Spain to Egypt after he has a dream telling him he needs to get to Egypt. Along the way, he meets interesting people, learns to follow his heart, go with the flow, and love, and discovers the meaning of life. The book is filled with wonderful and inspirational quotes. My favorite is, “If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man…Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living right now.” A book about following your dreams is perfect for travelers because we certainly are dreamers. I’ve read this book multiple times – it always inspires me to enjoy life and dream more.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values by Robert M Pirsig

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into ValuesOriginally published in 1974, this book has been a classic hit since its release and was a long overdue read for me. I’ve heard people talk about it for years, and it’s highly recommended by Tim Ferriss, another voracious reader I respect. The book follows a father and his young son during a summer motorcycle trip across America’s Northwest. The tale addresses love, growth, discovery, and the meaning of existence. It is one of those deep books that uses travel as a backdrop to make us question why we do what we do, what makes us happy, and how we can be happier. Like The Alchemist, this is an uplifting and inspirational story that makes you want to turn your dreams into a reality. It makes you want to get out there and explore the world, and that’s a message I can always get behind!

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Into the WildThis book (which inspired the excellent movie of the same name) follows Christopher McCandless after he graduates from college, donates his savings to charity, and sets off across the United States in search of a deeper meaning to life. Sadly, he was tragically found dead by hikers in Alaska after mistakenly eating the wrong type of berries. Not much is known is about his time on the road – McCandless used an alias while traveling (Alexander Supertramp). Krakauer tries to fill in the blanks by using McCandless’ diary and interviewing the few people he met on the road. Much of the book is pure speculation. Regardless, it’s an inspirational story about breaking the mold, following your dreams, and living a more meaningful life (notice a theme on this year’s best books list?!).

Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris by Sarah Turnbull

Almost French: Love and a New Life in ParisI like all books about people who fall in love with Paris, so when this came up in Amazon as a suggested read, I immediately bought it up and wasn’t disappointed. Sarah Turnbull’s visit to the City of Light was supposed to last a week, but she ends up staying permanently with the guy she had traveled to Paris to visit (Paris has that effect on people). This book follows Turnbull’s life in the city as she navigates the highs and lows of trying to fit into a foreign culture while slowly falling more and more in love with it. Its a fish-out-of-water tale and clichéd at many times, but it offers lessons on embracing life in a foreign culture that will never really accept you as one of its own. Funny and witty, I found it to be a fun pager turner. It’s light read so it won’t take long to finish.

As am I reading a lot more this year, I thought it would be fun to start a travel book club. Once a month, I’ll be featuring about five amazing books – some oldies, some recent reads – covering travel, history, fiction, and anything else I think you might enjoy! So, if you want reading suggestions, just click on the big yellow button below and come join the 1,000 people already reading more great books!

This was originally published February 2, 2015 on Matt Kepnes’ travel blog Nomadic Matt.

You may visit him online or follow him on Twitter @nomadicmatt.

Matt Kepnes is the Ney York Times bestselling author of How to Travel the World on $50 a Day.

Books: Read the Movie, Oscars Edition

 

It’s time again for Books: Read the Movie. With the 87th Academy Awards coming up this Sunday, February 22, we have a special Oscars edition. There are so many Best Picture winners based on books, which makes it is very difficult to narrow them down, but here are my personal top five Best Picture winners based on books.

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Rebecca

You would think Alfred Hitchcock would have a mantle full of Oscars, but sadly this is just not the case. Hitchcock’s Rebecca was a list of many firsts for him. This was his first film after leaving England for Hollywood, his only film to win the Best Picture Oscar, and his first film adapted from another source. This film was adapted from Rebecca, the outstanding novel by Daphne du Maurier. A very haunting film that still plays well to this day, this is Hitchcock at his best.

Ben Hur by Lew Wallace

Ben Hur (Young Readers Christian Library)

You can certainly make a case for this being one of the greatest films of all time, being tied with the most Oscar wins at 11. (The other two films with 11 wins being Titanic and Lord of the Rings: Return of the King). This was also the film that won Charlton Heston his only Oscar, in which he took home the Best Actor award. This film is just shy of 4 hours long, but every minute of the chariot race makes it one of the most memorable scenes in movie history.

The Story of the Trapp Family Singers  by Maria Augusta Trapp (filmed as The Sound of Music)

The Story of the Trapp Family Singers

Based on the book by Maria Augusta von Trapp, this is the most memorable musical of all time. Who can forget Julie Andrews with her arms held out, twirling on the mountaintop? Winner of 5 Academy Awards – don’t be confused, none of the awards went to Julie Andrews, but she later won for another singing role, Mary Poppins this true story of the Von Trapp children is definitely a classic.

Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally (filmed as Schindler’s List)

Schindler's Ark

This is the film that won Steven Spielberg his first Oscar, and deservedly so. Ralph Fiennes also gave the performance of a lifetime and is one of the biggest snubs of all time. The Academy did not give him the Best Supporting Actor Award, instead giving it to Tommy Lee Jones for The Fugitive. To me, this film may have the most powerful movie ending of all time. But, no spoilers here! You need to see this film at least once in your life. 

The Godfather by Mario Puzo

 

The Godfather

A great book that has been turned into an incredible movie, how can we forget the mostpopular crime family in movie history, the Corleones? You just can’t go wrong with Marlon Brando (Best Actor Oscar), Al Pacino, James Caan and Robert Duvall! Make yourself a plate of pasta, grab a bottle of Chianti and enjoy…this is the best movie of all time!

 

There are so many more great films adapted from literature, some honorable mentions are Forrest Gump, In the Heat of the Night and The French Connection. What are your Oscar-winning favorites which are based on books? 

Jim is Art Director at Half Price Books Corporate.

Books Authors Read with Katy Evans

As a writer of contemporary romance, I will read anything – anything – with romance in it. From classics to modern day romances, these are some of my most favorite reads which have stayed with me for decades.

Tryst by Elswyth Thane

This book is haunting in the best way. It is beautiful, unexpected, the love story between a young girl and a boy who may, or may not, be coming back to the house her family is renting. Between its lovely descriptions, the young couples’ love bound by the supernatural, this is the sweetest, loveliest ghost story I’ve ever read. I highly recommend it.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë 

Like any romance writer, I like my heroes hot and preferably brooding, and that’s exactly what Heathcliff is. The ultimate brooding hero—borderline villain, Heathcliff stole my heart twenty years ago when I first read this book and to this day, Wuthering Heights continues to be one of my favorite love stories. Once again, there’s a supernatural element here that turns what could have been a regular star-crossed-lovers romance into something beyond everlasting. A must, must read classic.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

It is a truth universally acknowledged that you haven’t lived well if you haven’t met Mr. Darcy! The sometimes infuriating, sometimes charming, always impossibly attractive Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice has been stealing readers’ hearts for ages, and the same can be said for his lady, one of my most beloved heroines, Elizabeth Bennett. This book will not only amuse you, but it will tug at every romantic bone in your body and pull your heartstrings too. If you haven’t done so already, I do think it’s time you met Mr. Darcy!

Remembrance by Jude Deveraux

Jude Deveraux is one of my favorite authors and among the very first I ever read. Although I loved A Knight In Shining Armor and all of her historicals, this book stands out as my favorite. It touches upon the subject of reincarnation, and we find ourselves reading about a pair of star-crossed lovers during different lifetimes. It is a captivating, imaginative, original, beautiful read that just thinking about makes me want to read again.

Something Wonderful by Judith McNaught

I have loved every single Judith McNaught book I have ever read. From Perfect to her historicals, she’s an amazing writer and one who has given me countless hours of enjoyment ever since I was a voracious little reader at fifteen. But there is something extra special about this book—I love the sassy, strong heroine, the strong alpha hero, the circumstances that both keep them apart and pull them together, and the lingering feeling of hope that it left me with. This is the sort of read you close with a deep, delicious sigh and then open back up to page one, because you want to experience it all over again, it’s just that wonderful.

Katy Evans is the New York Times bestselling author of the REAL series. Her latest novel, Manwhore is set to hit a bookshelf near you, March 24, 2015.

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

Local Store Events Round-Up: February 2015

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 February!

Booklover’s Weekend

If you’re on the HPB Email List, check your email inbox on Thursday, February 12 for a special offer! If you’re not on the list, it’s not too late to get in on this sweetheart deal! Sign up online or in store today and you’ll get your own store coupon to use during Booklover’s Weekend — Friday, February 13 through Monday, February 16 — at any Half Price Books retail location. See coupon for redemption details. Not valid online nor at Half Price Books Outlet.

Read Across America Day

Each year, young and old alike celebrate Read Across America Day on March 2 in conjunction with Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Join fellow lovers of anapestic meter on Sunday, March 1 at 3 pm for a special Dr. Seuss Storytime. Kids, adults and Things of all ages welcome.

ARIZONA

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 Feb. 1!

Dale Lane Book Signing

Meet local Phoenix author Dale Lane on Saturday, February 14 from 11 am to 1 pm at your Camelback HPB. Dale will sell and sign his children’s book The Tails of Whiskers and Pals. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

ILLINOIS

Countryside 

Jeanne Roppolo Book Signing

Meet local author Jeanne Roppolo on Saturday, February 21, from 1 to 3 p.m. at your Countryside HPB. Jeanne will sell and sign her book Surreal: Reflections on Ice, An Epiphany of Understanding. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

Niles

Jeanne Roppolo Book Signing

Meet local author Jeanne Roppolo on Saturday, February 7, from 3 to 5 p.m. at your Niles HPB. Jeanne will sell and sign her book Surreal: Reflections on Ice, An Epiphany of Understanding. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

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 Feb. 7!

Rockford – Half Price Books Outlet

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 3/31/15 on Clearance merchandise at this location only.

Fill-a-Bag for $30

1 DAY ONLY! Your Half Price Books Outlet is offering a special deal for Booklovers on Saturday, February 14. Come “Fill-a-Bag for $30” and stock up on select fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, music and movies. Fill a free souvenir HPB reusable tote bag with select merchandise and get your whole bundle for just $30 plus tax. No coupon needed. Offer good at Half Price Books Outlet locations only.

INDIANA

Bloomington – Half Price Books Outlet

Vinyl Thursdays

Listen up, audiophiles! Your Bloomington HPB Outlet is offering 50% Off Vinyl each Thursday. You can buy stacks o’wax, a plethora of platters, gobs of grooves, loads of LPs, or as many as you please.  See store for details.

Fill-a-Bag for $30

1 DAY ONLY! Your Half Price Books Outlet is offering a special deal for Booklovers on Saturday, February 14. Come “Fill-a-Bag for $30” and stock up on select fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, music and movies. Fill a free souvenir HPB reusable tote bag with select merchandise and get your whole bundle for just $30 plus tax. No coupon needed. Offer good at Half Price Books Outlet locations only.

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 Feb. 28!

KENTUCKY

Bowling Green – Outlet

Buy One, Get One Free!

Your Bowling Green Half Price Books Outlet is having a BOGO store event on Saturday and Sunday, January 31 and February 1. Buy one item and get one item of equal or lesser value for FREE! Offer good at the Bowling Green Half Price Books Outlet location only from 1/31/15 – 2/1/15.

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.

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 Feb. 10 & 24!

Fill-a-Bag for $30

1 DAY ONLY! Your Half Price Books Outlet is offering a special deal for Booklovers on Saturday, February 14. Come “Fill-a-Bag for $30” and stock up on select fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, music and movies. Fill a free souvenir HPB reusable tote bag with select merchandise and get your whole bundle for just $30 plus tax. No coupon needed. Offer good at Half Price Books Outlet locations only.

Florence

DVD Clearance Blowout

Get ready for some binge watching! Pop in to your local HPB on Friday, February 6 – Sunday, February 8 for an additional 50% OFF the sticker price on all Clearance DVDs. Load up on great movies and TV shows and enjoy them from the cozy comfort of your couch. Start popping the popcorn and order the pizza. Offer good at Southern Ohio Half Price Books locations only. No coupon needed. Discount taken at register. 

Lexington – Fayette Place 

Leslie Wall Book Signing

Meet author Leslie Wall at the Fayette Place HPB in Lexington on Saturday, February 7, from 1 to 3 p.m. Leslie will sell and sign her book on business and government, Farewell to Forlorn Hope. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

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 your Fayette Place HPB in Lexington. See you Feb. 27!

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 Feb. 27!

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 Feb. 28!

Louisville – Hurstbourne 

Story Time Saturdays
Mark your calendars and bring the kids the third Saturday of every month from 2 to 4 pm for Story Time. Join us for sing-alongs, coloring contests, story-telling and more. See you Feb. 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.

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 Feb. 21!

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 Feb. 1!

NEBRASKA

Omaha

Insurgent Day at HPB

Are you reading Insurgent, by Veronica Roth with the HPB Book Club? And, anxiously awaiting the movie release? Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 21, from noon to 4 p.m. for Insurgent Day at your Omaha HPB. Test your Insurgent knowledge and win prizes with trivia questions on the half hour, get a temporary tattoo from 1 to 2 p.m. and dress as your favorite character or faction for a Costume Contest at 2 p.m. plus, treats and more! Winner of the Costume Contest will receive an “Insurgent Prize Package,” consisting of the four volume, hardcover set of the Divergent Series and a $10 movie gift card. 

OHIO

Beavercreek

DVD Clearance Blowout

Get ready for some binge watching! Pop in to your local HPB on Friday, February 6 – Sunday, February 8 for an additional 50% OFF the sticker price on all Clearance DVDs. Load up on great movies and TV shows and enjoy them from the cozy comfort of your couch. Start popping the popcorn and order the pizza. Offer good at Southern Ohio Half Price Books locations only. No coupon needed. Discount taken at register. 

Cincinnati – Kenwood Galleria

DVD Clearance Blowout

Get ready for some binge watching! Pop in to your local HPB on Friday, February 6 – Sunday, February 8 for an additional 50% OFF the sticker price on all Clearance DVDs. Load up on great movies and TV shows and enjoy them from the cozy comfort of your couch. Start popping the popcorn and order the pizza. Offer good at Southern Ohio Half Price Books locations only. No coupon needed. Discount taken at register.

Cincinnati-Northgate/Prospect Square

DVD Clearance Blowout

Get ready for some binge watching! Pop in to your local HPB on Friday, February 6 – Sunday, February 8 for an additional 50% OFF the sticker price on all Clearance DVDs. Load up on great movies and TV shows and enjoy them from the cozy comfort of your couch. Start popping the popcorn and order the pizza. Offer good at Southern Ohio Half Price Books locations only. No coupon needed. Discount taken at register. 

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 Sunday, February 15, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Presented in partnership with the Therapy Pets of Greater Cincinnati.

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 Feb. 7!

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.

Hamilton

DVD Clearance Blowout

Get ready for some binge watching! Pop in to your local HPB on Friday, February 6 – Sunday, February 8 for an additional 50% OFF the sticker price on all Clearance DVDs. Load up on great movies and TV shows and enjoy them from the cozy comfort of your couch. Start popping the popcorn and order the pizza. Offer good at Southern Ohio Half Price Books locations only. No coupon needed. Discount taken at register. 

Diane Gronas Book Signing

Meet indie author Diane Gronas on Saturday, February 28, from noon to 2 p.m. at your Hamilton HPB. Diane will sell and sign her YA Sci-Fi book Starseeker: Flower of Tamaroon. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

Mason

Dog Days at Half Price Books

Join us at your Arbor Square HPB in Mason 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 Cooper the Border Collie from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 8 and Sunday, March 29. Presented in partnership with the Therapy Pets of Greater Cincinnati.

DVD Clearance Blowout

Get ready for some binge watching! Pop in to your local HPB on Friday, February 6 – Sunday, February 8 for an additional 50% OFF the sticker price on all Clearance DVDs. Load up on great movies and TV shows and enjoy them from the cozy comfort of your couch. Start popping the popcorn and order the pizza. Offer good at Southern Ohio Half Price Books locations only. No coupon needed. Discount taken at register. 

Westerville

Vinyl Fridays

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 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, used LPs, cassettes and 8-track tapes. Offer good at this location only.

Donna “DD” Drake Book Signing

Meet local author Donna “DD” Drake on Saturday, February 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. at your Edmond HPB. Donna will sell and sign her books Prayers of God’s Powerful Women and Journal Your Prayers Praying Women. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

Oklahoma City – Penn Park

Blind Date with a Book

Your Penn Park HPB is celebrating Valentine’s Day with “Blind Date with a Book”. Join us on Saturday, February 14, and see if you’ve found your perfect literary match. Sign up for our mailing list and receive a free “book in disguise.” Remember, you can’t judge a book by its cover. Offer available 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 Feb. 8!

TEXAS 

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.

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.

You Know So Much! Monthly Trivia

Do you like to trifle with the trivial? Pop in and test your trivia knowledge at your North Lamar HPB on the last Sunday of each month from 7 to 8 p.m. Topics range from literature, movies, music and pop culture, to history, science, sports and art. The top three teams win HPB Gift Cards! Offer at this location only. See you Feb. 22!

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, February 7, from 1 to 5 p.m. at your Southpark Meadows HPB. Peter will sell and 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.

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 Feb. 8!

Dallas/Fort Worth

HPB at Fan Days

Beam, teleport, fly or catch the nearest TARDIS to Dallas Comic Con Fan Days at the Irving Convention Center in Las Colinas. Look for the Half Price Books booth featuring Sci-Fi, Horror, Gaming, Comics, Manga and all things geeky and fun, Saturday and Sunday, February 7 – 8. See you there!

Dallas – Northwest Highway 

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 1 to 2 pm. Recommended for kids ages 10 and under.

$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.

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 Feb. 15!

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 Feb. 21!

Thomas H. McNeely and Joe Milazzo Book Signing

Meet authors Thomas H. McNeely and Joe Milazzo and hear excerpts from their latest books at your Flagship HPB on Friday, February 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. Thomas will sell and sign his coming-of-age novel, Ghost Horse, winner of the 2013 Gival Press Novel Award. Joe will sell and sign his novel, Crepuscule W/ Nellie, inspired by the relationships of jazz artist Thelonious Monk, his wife Nellie and Baroness Pannonica De Koenigswarter. Books will be sold independently by the authors while supplies last.

Matt Kepnes Book Signing

Meet Nomadic Travel writer Matt Kepnes at the Flagship HPB in Dallas on Monday, March 2, at 7 p.m. As part of Nomadic Matt’s “America on $50 a Day” book tour, he will discuss the Dallas area plus his newly revised book, How to Travel the World on $50 a Day, its philosophy and some practical travel tips. A Q&A and book signing will follow.Books available for purchase as specially-priced new items while supplies last.

Sean Lowe Book Signing

Meet America’s favorite Bachelor! Sean Lowe, of ABC’s TV series, The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, will be visiting your Flagship HPB in Dallas on Tuesday, March 3, at 7 p.m. Sean will sign his new book, For the Right Reasons; a book on faith, love, marriage and why nice guys finish first. Books available for purchase as specially-priced new items while supplies last. Event passes available beginning at 9 a.m. on day of event.

Dallas – Preston Village 

Storytime Sunday

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

Frisco

Second Saturday Live Music

Join us for live music every second Saturday of the month from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Move to the groove while you shop at your Frisco HPB. 

Houston-Deerbrook

Ashley Nemer Book Signing

Meet local Houston author Ashley Nemer on Saturday, February 14 from 1 to 3 pm at your Deerbrook Plaza HPB. Ashley will sell and sign her sci-fi paranormal series Blood Purple, Blood Yellow, Blood Green and Blood White. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

Houston – Westheimer/Montrose

Nikki Fagan Book Signing

Meet local author Nikki Fagan on Saturday, February 21, from 1 to 3 p.m. at your Westheimer/Montrose HPB. Nikki will sell and sign her children’s book Foxy and Wolfy: What Kind of Friend is This?. 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 Feb. 17!

Humble  

Storytime Wednesdays

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 Feb. 5!

Led by Students, for Students

Recite a favorite or share your own

First Thursday of the Month is spent

Together, not alone

Mansfield

James Howell Book Signing

Meet local author James Howell at your Mansfield HPB on Sunday, February 15, 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.

Mesquite 

Sunday Storytime and Crafts
Pack up your half-pint readers and come to HPB in Mesquite TX every Sunday for Storytime and Crafts. Sit down and enjoy a good tale and free activity with us from 3:00 to 3:30 pm. Readers and arts-and-crafts lovers of all ages are welcome. Recurring each Sunday until further notice.

Rockwall 

Storytime Sundays
Pack up your half-pint readers and come to Rockwall Crossing HPB in Rockwall, TX for Storytime Sundays. Sit down and enjoy a good tale with us at 3 – 4 p.m. every Sunday. 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.

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.

San Antonio

HPB at San Antonio Record Show

Listen up, audiophiles! Look for the HPB booth at the San Antonio Record Show on Sunday, February 22, at Schertz Civic Center. We’ll have vinyl, CDs, DVDs and music memorabilia. Wow, you can buy stacks o’ wax, a plethora of platters, gobs of grooves, loads of LPs – as many as you please.

San Antonio – Huebner Road

Patrick Callahan Book Signing

Meet author Patrick Callahan on Saturday, February 21, from 1 to 3 p.m. at your Huebner Road HPB. Patrick will sell and sign his book Military Injustice. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

San Antonio – Bandera

Christopher St. John Sampayo Book Signing

Meet local San Antonio author Christopher St. John Sampayo on Saturday, February 21 from 1  to 4 pm at your Bandera HPB. Christopher will sell and sign his books Haunting of Rosehaven, Ghosts of Glass, and Fields of Frozen Stars. 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 Feb. 1!

Everett

Catherine White and Jeremy Rogers Book Signing

Meet local authors Catherine White and Jeremy Rogers at your Everett HPB on Saturday, February 14, from 3 to 4 p.m. Catherine and Jeremy, book contributors, will sell and sign the book #Love: A New Generation of Hope. Books will be sold independently by the authors while supplies last.

Lynnwood 

Storytime Sunday

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

Olympia – Half Price Books Outlet

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.

Fill-a-Bag for $30

1 DAY ONLY! Your Half Price Books Outlet is offering a special deal for Booklovers on Saturday, February 14. Come “Fill-a-Bag for $30” and stock up on select fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, music and movies. Fill a free souvenir HPB reusable tote bag with select merchandise and get your whole bundle for just $30 plus tax. No coupon needed. Offer good at Half Price Books Outlet locations only.

WISCONSIN

Appleton 

Vinyl Fridays

Join us for an LP shopping spree! Get 20% off all used 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 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