And All That Jazz: Swinging Sounds for International Jazz Day

Happy International Jazz Day, everyone! We’re all celebrating, right?

As every school child knows, April 30 has been designated as International Jazz Day by UNESCO, the cultural arm of the United Nations.

April 30 is also National Honesty Day. So, let’s be honest. Most people don’t listen to jazz or know much about it. I say that based on personal experience, and it’s backed up by recording industry data, radio station ratings and surveys on concert attendance. The reasons for this are complicated, and the jazz blogosphere is filled with thoughtful analysis.

For the sake of this post, however, let’s say you’re at least somewhat interested in jazz, but perhaps you don’t know where to start.

Admittedly, jazz can be confusing. It’s a broad genre, encompassing (rightly or wrongly) everything from noisy experimental “free jazz” to WWII-era big band music to the “smooth jazz” heard when you’re waiting for your conference call to begin. Also, most jazz greats had prolific recording careers spanning several decades, resulting in massive, imposing discographies.

For those interested in sampling this great, American-born music but aren’t sure where to start, here are a few totally-biased suggestions. First, we’ll look at some classic jazz, then at a handful of more recent recordings.

Duke Ellington: Ellington at Newport (1956)
This live album from Ellington’s triumphant turn at the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival works as a great introduction to the pianist-composer-bandleader’s music. Included are some of Duke’s earliest works, dating back to the 20s, as well as new music written for the occasion. This has it all — power, humor, beauty and above all, madly infectious swing. Note: The original LP contained some music recreated in the studio, so for the best sound quality and complete performance, look for the “complete” version issued as a two-CD set in 1999.

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong: Ella and Louis (1956)
This is the first of three utterly charming albums recorded together for Verve Records by this pair of preeminent vocalists. Backed by Oscar Peterson’s small group, Ella and Pops (only squares call him Satchmo) explore the Great American Songbook with effortless grace and class.


Bill Evans: Sunday at the Village Vanguard (1961)

Widely hailed as one of the top live jazz recordings ever, this album captures the impressionistic and highly-lyrical pianist Bill Evans with one of his best trios. His idea that the bass and drums are equal voices in the group, not merely accompanists for the piano, is fully realized here with bassist Scott LaFaro (who tragically died soon after) and drummer Paul Motian. Waltz For Debby is an equally essential album from the same sessions.

John Coltrane: My Favorite Things (1961)
The influential and incendiary saxophonist went through a few distinct periods in his too-brief career, so it’s important for newbies to jump in at the right place. While A Love Supreme from 1965 is his undisputed masterpiece, My Favorite Things may be better for the uninitiated. The hypnotic title track is Coltrane’s remarkable reinvention of Rogers and Hammerstein’s popular song from The Sound of Music.

Miles Davis: In a Silent Way (1969)
While you almost can’t go wrong with anything Miles recorded in the 50s or 60s, for today I’ll suggest In a Silent Way, which divided critics upon its release due to its use of “electric” instruments and the influence of rock music. With its otherworldly sounds and gorgeous textures, this album would prove highly influential not only in jazz and rock, but also in ambient music and electronica.

Charlie Haden & Pat Metheny: Beyond the Missouri Sky (1997)
This intimate duet record from bassist Haden and guitarist Metheny shimmers with a straightforward beauty borne of the musicians’ shared roots in the American heartland. The eclectic program mixes originals with tunes from the likes of Henry Mancini, Roy Acuff and film composer Ennio Morricone. 

Gregory Porter: Liquid Spirit (2013)
Porter, born in 1971, is one of the most lauded singers to appear in recent years, with this album winning a Grammy for vocal jazz in 2014. Porter’s rich baritone has an earthy quality perfectly suited to his highly personal style of songwriting. Like some others in his generation, he tends to favor his own material over the jazz standards of yesteryear, and while rooted in jazz, he owes just as much to R&B greats like Bill Withers and Marvin Gaye.

Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band: Landmarks (2014)
One of the busiest drummers of the last 20 years, Brian Blade has released four albums with his Fellowship Band. The music here is rich in melody, cinematic in scope and informed by Blade’s upbringing in Shreveport, Louisiana, touching on gospel, folk and rock, as well as jazz.

Want to hear some live music? There are events all over the globe, and you can catch a live webcast of this year’s “All-Star Global Concert,” featuring Herbie Hancock and others at 1 p.m. EDT.


Mark is Art Director at Half Price Books Corporate.

Much Ado About William Shakespeare: Best Movie Adaptations

What better birthday to celebrate than one of the best storytellers in history William Shakespeare? Of course, everyone thinks of Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet when thinking of Shakespeare, but his play still inspire and are the basis of many movies. Being a movie buff, here are my top 5 picks of movies based on Shakespeare. 

Much Ado About Nothing (1993)

Based on a play of the same name, this is really a fantastic comedy film about mistaken identity and suppressed affections with an all-star cast. On the British side, we have Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson and Kate Beckinsale. On the American side, Michael Keaton is perfect as the bumbling Dogberry and Denzel Washington plays a noble Prince. 

West Side Story (1961)

Romeo and Juliet turns to the streets of New York for the retelling of this classic Shakespeare story. Maria and Tony fall in love, despite being a part of rival gangs. The ending does change a bit with this adaptation, but not enough to keep it from winning the Oscar for Best Picture in 1961.

10 Things I Hate About You (1999)


It is easy to see where this one comes from, The Taming of the Shrew. Bianca and Cameron are forbidden to date until shrewish older sister, Kat, is dating as well. Kat, played by Julia Stiles, gets set up to date “bad boy” Patrick, portrayed by Heath Ledger. Cameron even disguises himself as a language tutor, just as Lucentio did in Shakespeare’s original play.

Ran (1985)

Based on Shakespeare’s work King Lear, Ran, is the story of two sons that are battling over the division over their father’s estate. This is a film everyone should see and is masterfully directed by Akira Kurosawa. One of the greatest epics of all time.

Forbidden Planet (1956)


That’s right, one of the truly classic sci-fi films is based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Instead of being stranded on an island, the story here takes place on a planet with a utopian society. As with the play, the planet’s ruler, Morbius, sees his daughter fall in love with one of the outsiders, despite his objections. This film also gave us one of the most-recognizable robots in film history, Robby the Robot. A must see for everyone.

There were so many great stories to choose from. Big Business and Throne of Blood were close to making the list. What are some of your favorite Shakespearean works being retold today?

Jim is Art Director at Half Price Books Corporate.

Celebrate Earth Day with Half Price Books

Happy Earth Day! The bibliomaniacs here at Half Price Books have been green since before it was cool. Helping the environment by preserving and recycling resources has always been a part of our daily business, and we feel that everyone can help preserve the environment.

We strive to be green when we are constructing our stores. Each new location is constructed with 100% recyclable flooring, handmade wood shelves (made in our very own HPB Woodshoppe!) and eco-friendly paints. We also offer post-consumer waste shopping bags and recyclable paper gift cards.

In 2014, we donated more than 1.6 million books to non-profits and schools, helping to enrich minds and keep books out of landfills. We continue to donate as part of our Million Book Donation Project – check out our 2015 progress!

Half Price Books continues to look for ways to b(eco)me green. Tell us the green things you do in the comments!

Prepare for Star Wars: The Force Awakens

I may be showing my age here, but anyone who grew in the 70’s remembers camping out in lines that went around the block just to see Star Wars for a fifth time. As a movie buff, few things make me feel like a kid again, but with this new Star Wars trailer out, I can’t wait to see this movie. It should be exciting, with director JJ Abrams behind the camera, who is known for rebooting the Star Trek franchise. Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be in theaters December 18. That gives you plenty of time to drop by Half Price Books and pick up the original other Star Wars movies on Blu-Ray or DVD. Also, take home a few comics and books to get yourself prepared for this fall release. If you come by on Saturday, May 2nd, you can take home a comic book free with any purchase as part of Comic Book Day!

   

Check out the trailer!

What is your favorite movie in the Star Wars saga?


Jim is Art Director at Half Price Books Corporate.

Before They Can Read: 10 Children’s Book Illustrators Both Kids & Parents Will Love

For youngsters who can’t yet read on their own, like my precious daughter, illustrations in books are the heart of engaging imagination and captivating attention. Children’s literature is rich with beautiful art that can help a child develop a love of books (just as soon as they pass the stage where eating the book is the primary intrigue).

As adults who are reading aloud to your kids, I believe it’s important that you enjoy the book, too, if for no other reason than it means you’re more likely to read it over and over again, making story time a cherished ritual with your kiddos. While there are some amazing classic children’s books which every child should read, here are 10 illustrators whose artwork will get you (and your babes and tots) hooked on books.


Oliver Jeffers is an artist, illustrator and writer from Belfast in Northern Ireland who now lives in Brooklyn, New York. Jeffers uses mixed media and figurative painting, along with his own style of composition, to create enchanting illustrations which are adored by readers of all ages. Several of his books – including Stuck and This Moose Belongs to Me (shown above) – rose to the top of the New York Times bestseller list. The Day the Crayons Quit, written by Drew Daywalt, comes to life thanks to the illustrations by Jeffers. Follow him @OliverJeffers on Twitter.

Canadian-born author and illustrator Peter H. Reynolds is known for his children’s picture books which encourage creativity and self expression, including The North Star, The Dot (shown above), Ish and So Few Me. The Dot is among my favorites. Clearly others agree, since it’s been published in more than 20 languages around the world. Follow him @peterhreynolds on Twitter.

Benji Davies is both an illustrator and animator. His work on the printed page features colorful scenes and charming characters, like award-winning On Sudden Hill, written by Linda Sarah, Goodnight Already! by Jory John, The Storm Whale (shown above) and dozens more. Follow him @Benji_Davies on Twitter.

Jane Chapman (also known by her pseudonym Jack Tickle) really hit her stride with the bestselling picture book Bear Snores On, written by Karma Wilson and published in 2002. Chapman’s feathery brush strokes are easy to spot. Due to her tendency to illustrate anthropomorphized creatures great and small, I’ve been compelled to acquire several of her books for my daughter’s library.

Chapman’s husband, Tim Warnes, is also an illustrator, comic artist and children’s book author. One of my favorite board books which features Warnes’ work is I Love You to the Moon and Back. It’s sweet, gentle rhyme was written by Amelia Hepworth. Warnes and Chapman live in Dorset, England, with their son Noah. Teamed up, they published Hands Off My Honey! Follow this duo @chapmanwarnes on Twitter.


Mo Willems is an American writer, animator and creator of lovable children’s books. Caldecott honors and critically-acclaimed for starters, Willems’ picture books offer whimsy with a twist on the ordinary. Known for Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs and dozens more. Follow him @The_Pigeon on Twitter.


Carin Berger is an author, designer and illustrator who created OK Go! and Not So True Stories & Unreasonable Rhymes. My favorite among her work is her latest picture book, called The Little Yellow Leaf, where she uses collage-based illustrations. Its subtlety and simplicity are delightful. Follow her @CarinBerger on Twitter.

Los Angeles-based illustrator Brigette Barrager has a retro style that harkens back to the 50s and 60s. She illustrated Where Does Kitty Go in the Rain?, written by Harriet Ziefert. Barrager also illustrates princesses, unicorns and paper dolls. Follow her @missbrigette on Twitter and Instagram.

Charles Santoso is a picture book illustrator based out of Sydney, Australia. Perhaps the inspiration for his latest work came from Down Under as well. I Don’t Like Koala, written by Sean Ferrell, just hit shelves this week. Follow him @minitreehouse on Twitter.

Erin E. Stead is a Caldecott award-winning illustrator of children’s books. Her first publication was A Sick Day for Amos McGee, written by her husband Philip C. Stead, who is also an artist. Her other award-winning works include Bear Has a Story to Tell, also written by her husband, plus And Then It’s Spring (shown above), written by Julie Fogliano.

Who is your favorite contemporary illustrator of children’s books?

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

Happy Birthday Beverly Cleary: Celebrating Drop Everything and Read Day

Beverly Cleary turns 99-years-old on Sunday! The beloved author of books like Henry Huggins, The Mouse and the Motorcyle and the Ramona series, was born on April 12, 1916. We would like to celebrate her birthday by telling you a few things you may not know about this author.

  • Yamhill, OR, the town where Mrs. Cleary was raised, did not have a library. So her mother made an arrangement with the State Library to have books sent to her and then created a reading area in a small room above the Yamhill Bank.
  • After moving to Portland in the first grade, Beverly came down with the chicken pox and was out of school for a while. Being behind in her schoolwork when she returned she was placed in the lowest reading circle and quickly became bored with her required reading selection.  Since Mrs. Cleary began writing, she has always kept in mind children who are struggling with reading.
  • Though Mrs. Cleary’s parents had another gentleman in mind for her, Beverly eloped with Clarence Cleary, whom she had met in college.
  • Though Mrs. Cleary was determined to write “the kind of books [she] wanted to read,” she followed her mother’s advice and got a steady job as a librarian.
  • When her husband asked her why she didn’t write a book, Mrs. Cleary said, “Because we never have any sharp pencils,” so the next day Mr. Cleary brought her a pencil sharpener.
  •  Mrs. Cleary’s mother also advised her to write simply and make her books humorous, because “everyone likes to laugh.”
  • Mrs. Cleary’s first book Henry Huggins was published in 1950.

  • Mrs. Cleary’s best-loved character, Ramona, appeared as a minor character in Henry Huggins
  • Mrs. Cleary had a neighbor named Ramona, and one day, as Mrs. Cleary was writing the character of an annoying little sister, she heard someone call out “Ramona!” so that became the name of her character.
  • Mrs. Cleary would bake bread while she wrote.
  • You can see statues of Ramona Quimby and other Cleary characters in Portland’s Grant Park.  Many scenes from several of Cleary’s books take place in Grant Park.
  • Mrs. Cleary is a cat lover and owned one cat who tired of competing with the typewriter for Cleary’s attention, would sit on the keys
  • In 2000, Mrs. Cleary was named a living legend by the Library of Congress.
  • Mrs. Cleary’s last book Two Times the Fun was published in 2005.  It is an omnibus, containing stories like The Growing-Up Feet, Two Dog Biscuits and Janet’s Thingamajigs.
  • In Mrs. Cleary’s  book Ramona Quimby, Age 8, Ramona’s class celebrates Drop  Everything And Read (D.E.A.R.) Day, a day set aside to encourage everyone to take time in their day to read.  As a result, D.E.A.R. Day is now celebrated every April 12 to coincide with Mrs. Cleary’s birthday. What a wonderful way to celebrate someone’s birthday!

So, don’t forget to stop by your local Half Price Books on Sunday, April 12, and take time to read something fun. Perhaps even revisit your childhood by picking up a copy of your favorite Beverly Cleary book.

Happy Birthday, Mrs. Cleary!

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

Local Store Events Round-Up: April 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 April!

ALL STORES

2015 HPB Tournament of Fandoms!
We’re down to the final four in our The Tournament of Fandoms! Your votes will decide who has the biggest fans of all. May the best fans win!

Vinyl Day
Calling all vinyl lovers! Come celebrate Vinyl Day with us this Saturday, April 18, and save some scratch on vinyl LPs and more at your local HPB store. Check out our fresh, new and pre-loved classic vinyl, plus new turntables and accessories.* Half Price Books has been selling vinyl since 1972—we’re a record nut’s paradise! *While supplies last.

ARIZONA

HPB at Phoenix Pride Festival
Look for the Half Price Books booth at the 35th Annual Phoenix Pride Festival on Saturday & Sunday, April 11-12, from noon – 9 p.m., at Steele Indian School Park. We’ll have books, music and movies to sell plus valuable coupons! See you there!

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 April 5!

Jeannine Pondozzi Book Signing
Meet local author Jeannine Pondozzi on Saturday, April 25, from 1 to 3 p.m. at your Camelback HPB in Phoenix. Jeannine will sell and sign her books including, The House of Santos series. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

ILLINOIS

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 April 4!

20% Off Vinyl Sale
Listen up, audiophiles! Friday and Saturday, April 17 & 18, we’re giving you an additional 20% off select vinyl at your Niles HPB. Be sure to thumb through our vast collection of LPs and discover new treasures to add to your vinyl collection. Need help? Talk to our resident experts about records and what collectors look for.

20% Off Comics Sale
Ka-pow! We’ll beat our own prices. Come to your Niles HPB Friday through Sunday, April 24 – 26, when you can get an additional 20% OFF all comics. Bam!! You can stock up on a commodious amount of comics. Offer does not include graphic novels. Comic sale at Niles location only.

Orland Park
20% Off Vinyl Sale

Listen up, audiophiles! Saturday, April 18, from 3 to 5 p.m. we’re giving you 20% off all vinyl at your Orland Park HPB. We’ll be spinning classic tunes and at 4 p.m., DJ Tanner will hold a Vinyl-themed trivia contest with a chance to win a Vinyl Gift Pack. Be sure to thumb through our vast collection of LPs and discover new treasures to add to your vinyl collection.

Gerald Manuel Book Signing

Meet author and pastor Gerald Manuel on Saturday, April 25, from 1 to 3 p.m. at your Orland Park HPB. Pastor Manuel will sell, sign and discuss his book How to Identify Your Spiritual Soul Mate, which provides valuable dating advice for adults of all ages and backgrounds. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.


INDIANA

Pop Mania Saturday
Pop, Pop! Check out the magnitude of items on sale! Saturday, April 18, all Indiana HPB stores are offering an additional 20% off select comics, graphic novels, manga, music and movies!

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.

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 April 25!

Indianapolis – Clearwater Village

Ta’Sean McKinley Book Signing
Meet youth minister and author Ta’Sean McKinley on Friday, April 17, from 6 to 9 p.m. at your Clearwater Village HPB in Indianapolis. Ta’Sean will sell and sign his inspirational autobiography Unaccompanied. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

Marc Thomas Eckel Book Signing
Meet Fort Wayne artist and author Marc Thomas Eckel on Friday, April 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. at your Clearwater Village HPB in Indianapolis. Marc will sell and sign his latest novel ReBoren, based on the two lives of Chaplain John Boren . Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

KENTUCKY

Bowling Green – Half Price Books Outlet

Literature Art Competition
Calling all creatives! Your Bowling Green HPB Outlet is hosting an art competition in April with the theme of “Literature.” Students and local artists are invited to submit original mixed-media artwork or photography that fit the “Literature” theme from April 1 through April 15. Artwork will be on display in the store from April 16 through April 25, when customers are invited to vote for their favorite pieces. On Sunday, April 26, from 6 to 10 p.m. we’ll have an Art Show complete with an “art fusion” and light refreshments. Winners of the contest will receive HPB Outlet Gift Certificates. Voting customers will receive a 10% discount off their entire purchase. See store for more details.

Vegas Day
Feeling lucky? Drop in to your Bowling Green HPB Outlet for Vegas Day on Saturday, April 4, from noon to 6 p.m. Sidle on up to the roulette, Texas Hold’em or solitaire tables and play for a chance to win HPB Outlet Gift Certificates and other prizes. No ante required, just a love for books.

All Ages Easter Egg Hunt
Hippety-hop in to your Bowling Green HPB Outlet where both kids and adults alike can join us in the hunt on Sunday, April 5, from 1 – 3 p.m. Easter eggs will be filled with prizes, including candy, coupons and gift certificates.

Monthly Scrabble Tournament
Hold on to those power tiles! Join us on the first Tuesday of each month starting at 6 p.m. for Scrabble. All ages are invited to participate in our tournament-style event. Winners will receive an HPB Outlet G-I-F-T Certificate. See you April 7!

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 April 14 & 28!

Tabletop Game Night
Let’s put away our devices and have some analog fun! Join us at the Bowling Green Outlet every 3rd Thursday for Tabletop Game Night starting at 6 p.m. when we’ll play tournament-style with a variety of tabletop games. We’ll kick things off on Thursday, April 16 playing Settlers of Catan. Ask in store for the line-up of other tabletop games coming soon.

Fill-a-Bag for $30

1 DAY ONLY! Your Bowling Green Half Price Books Outlet is offering a special deal for Booklovers on Saturday, April 25. Come “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 and get your whole bundle for just $30 plus tax. No coupon needed. Tote bags available while supplies last. Offer good at Bowling Green Half Price Books Outlet only.
 

Live Acoustic Guitar
Move to the groove while you shop at your Bowling Green HPB Outlet on Friday, April 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. Enjoy an acoustic guitar performance by local musician Garry White.

Lexington – Fayette Place

April Fool’s Trivia Contest
Are you a fool for the trivial? Come to your Fayette Place HPB in Lexington on April 1 for April Fool’s Day Trivia. We’ll have trivia questions on the hour, every hour. The first customer to answer correctly will receive a coupon for 15% OFF their entire purchase. Discount cannot be applied to new bestsellers. See store for details.

Dollar Paperback Sale!
Mark your calendars to stock up on great reads on the first weekend of each month. All used mass market, pocket-size paperbacks are only $1 at your Fayette Place HPB. Discount excludes new bestsellers and current publications. See store for details.

Half Pint Art School
Let your half-pint readers release their inner artist at your Fayette Place HPB in Lexington. On Sunday, April 12, from 1 to 6 p.m., we’ll provide the Spring-themed crafts, you supply the young artist and we’ll do the cleanup. You decide where to hang the masterpiece.

Drop Everything & Read Storytime

Join us on Sunday, April 12 as we drop everything for a special storytime at the Fayette Place HPB in Lexington! In celebration of National Drop Everything and Read Day, we’ll be reading children’s books from 3 to 4 p.m. Kids (and adults) of all ages welcome.

Celebrate Earth Day
Your Fayette Place HPB in Lexington is honoring Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22. To thank customers who use or purchase a reusable bag, we will take 20% off your entire purchase. Some restrictions apply. Be sure to check out our books on gardening and earth-friendly ideas. Offer good at this location only.

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 April 24!

HPB Book Club Discussion
Looking to expand your reading pleasure? Join the HPB Book Club discussion at your Fayette Place HPB in Lexington. We meet the last Saturday of each month from 4 to 6 p.m. Light refreshments provided. See what we are reading this month.

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 April 24!

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 April 25!

Jarrod Polson Book Signing
Meet former University of Kentucky basketball player and hometown boy Jarrod Polson on Friday, April 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. at your Hamburg Pavilion HPB in Lexington. Jarrod will sell and sign his book Living Beyond the Dream. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

Louisville – Hurstbourne

Easter Egg Hunt and Storytime
The Easter Bunny is coming! Hippety-hop on over to your Hurstbourne HPB in Louisville on Saturday, April 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. for an Easter Egg Hunt and storytime for kids ages 8 and under. We’ll have a special visit from the Easter Bunny plus prizes, snacks and crafts. Grand Prize Egg contains a $50 HPB Gift Card! Want more? Get an extra 20% off all kids’ books and kids’ DVDs all day. Excludes new releases. Offer at this store only.

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 April 18!

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 April 18!

Last Saturday Event
Join us at your Springhurst HPB for the Last Saturday Event. Every last Saturday of the month, from 2 to 4 p.m., we present an event highlighting anything from pop culture to community activism. Events include games, snacks and storytime. See store for details on this month’s event.

20% Off Vinyl Sale
Listen up, audiophiles! Saturday, April 18, from 2 to 4 p.m., we’re giving you an additional 20% off select vinyl at your Springhurst HPB in Louisville. We’ll be spinning tunes from the 50s to modern day to enhance your shopping experience. Be sure to thumb through our vast collection of LPs and discover new treasures to add to your vinyl collection. Need help? Talk to our resident experts about records and what collectors look for.

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 April 5!

 

MISSOURI

St. Louis Book Fair
Half Price Books is proud to be part of the Greater St. Louis Book Fair. Don’t miss the Midwest’s largest charity book sale from April 30 through May 3 at Macy’s in West County Center.

Chesterfield
 
Sukanya Mani Showcase

Shake up your day with creativity! Meet local artist Sukanya Mani at your Chesterfield HPB on Saturday, April 4, from noon to 2 p.m. Sukanya will be painting, creating and talking about her work, inspiration and art techniques. Artwork will be available for purchase from the artist.

 

OHIO

Cincinnati – Kenwood Galleria

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 Saturday, April 4, from 3 to 4 p.m. Presented in partnership with the Therapy Pets of Greater Cincinnati.

Kelly Rabah Signing
Meet local author Kelly Rabah on Saturday, April 11, from 1 to 3 p.m. at your Kenwood Galleria HPB. Kelly will sell and sign her new book On Angel’s Wings: A Guide to Chronic, Serious and Terminal Illness for Patients, Families, and Health Care Professionals. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

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 April 4!

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 April 12!

Columbus – Carriage Place

 Table Top Game Day
Let’s put away our digital devices and have some analog fun! Join us at the Carriage Place HPB in Columbus this Saturday, April 11, from 4 to 7 p.m. for Tabletop Game Day. Bring your friends and family and try out a variety of tabletop games.  

Sunday Storytime & Craft
Pack up your half-pint readers and come to your Carriage Place HPB in Columbus for Sunday Storytime and Craft. Get ready for smiles, silliness and a good tale with us from 2 to 3 p.m. on the third Sunday of each month.

Celebrate Earth Day
We’re celebrating Earth Day throughout April! Come into your Carriage Place HPB in Columbus and check out our books on earth-friendly ideas. Pledge to help the planet and enter a drawing for an Earth Day Gift Bag. See store for details.

Columbus – North High

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 North High Street HPB in Columbus. Offer good at this location only.

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.

David Randall Fisk Book Signing

Meet retired newspaper editor and author David Randall Fisk on Saturday, April 18, from 1 to 3 p.m. at your Edmond HPB. David will discuss, sell and sign his book Legendary Locals of Edmond. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

Oklahoma City- Penn Park

Lynn Christian Hefley Book Signing
Meet local author Lynn Christian Hefley on Saturday, April 4, from 1 to 3 p.m. at your Penn Park HPB in Oklahoma City. Lynn will sell and sign her children’s book Itty Bitty Buddybird: A Not So Wise Little Owl. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

Bekah Beets Book Signing
Meet local author Bekah Beets on Saturday, April 11, from 1 to 3 p.m. at your Penn Park HPB in Oklahoma City. Ms. Beets will sell and sign her middle-grade novel Renna Can’t Remember. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

Tiffany Rogalin Book Signing
Meet local author Tiffany Rogalin on Saturday, April 25, from 1 to 3 p.m. at your Penn Park HPB in Oklahoma City. Tiffany will sell and sign her Christian novel Judge Seth Code. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

PENNSYLVANIA

Monroeville

HPB booth at Steel City Con
Look for the HPB booth at Steel City Con from Friday through Sunday, April 10 to 12. HPB will sell books, toys, comics, games 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 1pm on the second Sunday of each month.

Earth Day Seed Giveaway
Your Monroeville HPB is honoring Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22. Be sure to check out our books on gardening and earth-friendly ideas plus, get a FREE seed packet with purchase. Offer good while supplies last.

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 AREA

The Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee
The Bee is back! Half Price Books is proud to sponsor and participate in the Literacy Coalition’s Adult Spelling Bee. Come cheer on our Austin HPB Bibliomaniacs as they c-o-m-p-e-t-e on Thursday, April 30, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Scottish Rite Theater. All proceeds benefit the Literacy Coalition. For more information and tickets.

Clearance Sale at Parkline Shopping Center
Join us for a fantastic sale! Everything is $2 or less! Come to our Half Price Books Clearance Sale in the Parkline Shopping Center in Austin on Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Stock up on as many books as you can carry, as well as music, movies and more. Get directions and details.

Austin – North Lamar

Austin Edible Book Festival at HPB
Mark your calendars and start cooking up ideas to enter the 13th Annual Austin Edible Book Festival. Your North Lamar HPB is the contest host for food entries on Wednesday, April 1, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. All edible books must be “bookish” through the integration of text, literary inspiration or, quite simply, the form. Prizes awarded for Funniest, Most Appetizing, Least Appetizing, Best Construction and Best in Show. What better time than April Fool’s Day to eat your words? See store for details.

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.

D.E.A.R. Day Book Signings

Join us on Sunday, April 12, from 1 to 4 p.m. as we celebrate Drop Everything And Read Day at your North Lamar HPB. We are featuring Texas authors’ book signings, including Linda Baten Johnson, Mitchel Street and Arlene Gale. Books will be sold independently by the authors while supplies last.

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 April 26!

Austin – South Lamar

Marge Wood Book Signing
Meet local author Marge Wood on Saturday, April 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. at your South Lamar HPB. Marge will sell and sign her kids’ book The Secret Buzzard Society. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

Janna Bierschwale Book Signing
Meet local author Janna Bierschwale on Saturday, April 11, from 2 to 4 p.m. at your South Lamar HPB. Janna will sell and sign her kids’ book Abby and the Stolen Bone. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

D.E.A.R. Day Book Signings

Join us on Sunday, April 12 as we celebrate Drop Everything And Read Day at your South Lamar HPB. We are featuring Texas authors’ book signings starting with Howie Richey from noon to 2:30 p.m. Howie will sell and sign his book Party Weird: Festivals and Fringe Gatherings of Austin. From 3 to 5:30 p.m., Lillian J. Hunter will sell and sign her books Sam Solves a Problem and What If I Had Taken the Road Not Traveled. Books will be sold independently by the authors 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.

Marge Wood Book Signing
Meet local author Marge Wood on Saturday, April 25, from 2 to 4 p.m. at your Southpark Meadows HPB. Marge will sell and sign her kids’ book The Secret Buzzard Society. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

Bedford

Pet Adoptions
Cute kitties and canine companions will be visiting your Bedford HPB on the last Sunday of each month, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Humane Society of North Texas, a nonprofit animal rescue and adoption organization, will have a select group of adoptable pets looking for good, fur-ever homes. Make a donation of pet supplies or food and receive 10% OFF, and those who adopt a pet will receive 15% OFF their bookstore purchase. Discount good at the Bedford HPB location only. See you April 26!

Cedar Hill

First Sunday Storytime
Pack up your half-pint readers and come to your Cedar Hill HPB for Storytime Sunday. Sit down and enjoy a good tale and themed activity with us at 3 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month. Light snacks provided. Storytime recommended for kids ages 2 to 10.

Cedar Park

Storytime Sundays
Pack up your half-pint readers and come to your Cedar Park HPB for Storytime Sundays. Sit down and enjoy a good tale with us at 3 p.m. every Sunday afternoon.

J’Nai Reynolds Book Signing
Meet local author and poet J’Nai Reynolds on Saturday, April 18, from 1 to 3 p.m. at your Cedar Park HPB. J’Nai will sell and sign her new book Heart of the Poet: The Poems of Enduring Faith. 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 April 12!

Dallas-area Stores (Dallas – Northwest Highway, Dallas – Preston, Cedar Hill, Frisco, Garland, LewisvilleMcKinney, Mesquite, Plano, Richardson, Rockwall)

Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt
Gather up the kiddos and hop on over to Half Price Books on Friday, April 3 from 2 to 3 p.m. for an Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt at participating Dallas-area stores. Bring your Easter basket and follow the clues to find eggs and surprises.  See your local store for details.

Dallas – Northwest Highway
 
Vickery Meadow Good Local Market at HPB

Vickery Meadow Good Local Market will set up shop in the parking lot of the Flagship HPB every Sunday, from 10 a.m. – 3 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 Vickery Meadow Good Local Market accepts debit/credit cards and the Lone Star Card. Support for the market comes from the Vickery Meadow Improvement District.

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

Abbi Glines Book Signing
Meet New York Times bestselling Romance author Abbi Glines at the Flagship HPB in Dallas on Monday, April 13, at 7 p.m. Abbi will participate in a Q&A and sign her book When I’m Gone, part of the Rosemary Beach series. Purchase of When I’m Gone from HPB required for signing. Paperback copies available for purchase as specially-priced new items while supplies last.

David Baldacci Book Signing

New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci will be at your Flagship HPB in Dallas to discuss and sign his Young Adult fantasy thriller, The Finisher. Come meet David and have your book signed on Wednesday, April 15 at 7 p.m. Purchase of The Finisher from HPB required for signing. Hardback copies available for purchase as specially-priced new items while supplies last. Numbered passes will be available beginning Wednesday, April 15 at 9 a.m. One pass per customer, please.

Sarah Dessen Book Signing
Meet New York Times bestselling author Sarah Dessen at the Flagship HPB in Dallas on Thursday, May 7, at 7 p.m. Sarah will read, discuss and sign her new novel Saint Anything. Purchase of Saint Anything from HPB required for signing. Hardback copies available for purchase as specially-priced new items while supplies last. Numbered passes will be available beginning Thursday, May 7 at 9 a.m. One pass per customer, please.

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 April 18!

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 March 19!

Stories Around the Campfire

To celebrate the Big D Reads 2015 novel, True Grit, join us at your HPB Flagship store in Dallas on Saturday, April 18, at 2 p.m. for an interactive camping demo/experience and discussion of grit. Krys Boyd of KERA’s Think will read a selection from the book, and architect/adventurer Gary Garmon will share some of his wildest camp stories.

Dallas – Preston Village

First Sunday Storytime
Pack up your half-pint readers and come to your Preston HPB in Dallas for Storytime Sunday. Sit down and enjoy a good tale and themed activity with us at 3 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month. Light snacks provided. Storytime recommended for kids ages 2 to 10.

Fort Worth – Ridgmar/Westover Village

Take Time to Read Donation Drive
Your Ridgmar HPB is participating in the John Sayles Lodge’s “Take Time to Read” program in partnership with Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Stop by our store on Saturday, April 18, between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and donate a children’s book to a worthy cause. Half Price Books will match each donation. Plus, purchase and donate a book from our store and receive an additional 10% off your entire purchase. Want to know more? Volunteers will be on hand for information about this literacy program.

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. See you April 11!

Houston – Westheimer/Montrose

Michael Lewis Book Signing
Meet local author Michael Lewis on Saturday, April 11, from 2 to 4 p.m. at your Westheimer/Montrose HPB. Michael will sell and sign his parenting book Thank God for Women With Big HIPS. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

Vicci Shook Book Signing
Meet local author Vicci Shook on Saturday, April 18, from 1 to 3 p.m. at your Westheimer/Montrose HPB in Houston. Vicci will sell and sign her children’s book Silly Bubba and the Llama. 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 April 21!

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 April 2!
Led by Students, for Students
Recite a favorite or share your own
First Thursday of the Month is spent
Together, not alone

Mesquite

First Sunday Storytime
Pack up your half-pint readers and come to your Mesquite HPB for Storytime Sunday. Sit down and enjoy a good tale and themed activity with us at 3 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month. Light snacks provided. Storytime recommended for kids ages 2 to 10.

Richardson

Sunday Storytime & Crafts
Pack up your half-pint readers and come to your Richardson HPB for Sunday Storytime and Crafts. Sit down and enjoy a good tale and free activity with us at 3 p.m. each Sunday. Readers, listeners and arts-and-crafts lovers of all ages are welcome.

Rockwall

First Sunday Storytime
Pack up your half-pint readers and come to your Rockwall HPB for Storytime Sunday. Sit down and enjoy a good tale and themed activity with us at 3 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month. Light snacks provided. Storytime recommended for kids ages 2 to 10.

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. See you April 10!

Round Rock

Myra Hargrave McIlvain Book Signing
Meet former Victoria Advocate columnist and local author Myra Hargrave McIlvain on Sunday, April 12, from 1 to 4 p.m. at your Round Rock HPB. Myra will sell and sign her historical fiction book Stein House, winner of the 2014 Texas Association of Authors Best General Fiction Book. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

San Antonio – Broadway

Jerry Williams Book Signing
Meet local author Jerry Williams on Saturday, April 25, from 1 to 3 p.m. at your Broadway HPB in San Antonio. Jerry will sell and sign his suspense thriller Graystone. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

Drop Everything & Read Storytime
Join us on Sunday, April 12 as we drop everything for a special storytime at the Broadway HPB in San Antonio! In celebration of National Drop Everything and Read Day, we’ll be reading children’s books from 2 to 3 p.m. Kids (and adults) of all ages welcome.

San Antonio – Huebner Road

J.J. Persis Book Signing
Meet local author J.J. Persis on Saturday, April 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at your Huebner Road HPB in San Antonio. J.J. will sell and sign her debut novel Zodiac Lovers I Remember. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

Jesse Brown Jr. Book Signing
Meet author Jesse Brown Jr. on Sunday, April 5, from 2 to 4 p.m. at your Huebner Road HPB in San Antonio. Mr. Brown will sell and sign his dark fantasy novel The Legend of the Werewolf. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to SpaySA.

D.E.A.R. Day Book Signing
Join us on Sunday, April 12, as we celebrate Drop Everything And Read Day at your Huebner Road HPB in San Antonio. We are featuring a book signing by Texas author Larry Morris from 1 to 4 p.m. Larry will sell and sign his sci-fi books from the Pushed to the Stars trilogy. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

Ervinell Walters Book Signing

Meet local author Ervinell Walters on Saturday, April 18, from 2 to 4 p.m. at your Huebner Road HPB in San Antonio. Ervinell will sell and sign her debut Christian novel Afterwards. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

Matthew Cothran Book Signing
Meet author Matthew Cothran on Saturday, April 25, from 2 to 4 p.m. at your Huebner Road HPB in San Antonio. Matthew will sell and sign his children’s book Always Use the BIG Spoon, a light-hearted retelling of an old Spanish Folklore, which will not only entertain, but also teach timeless family values and a few Spanish words. Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

San Antonio – North Central

D.E.A.R. Day Book Signings
Join us on Sunday, April 12, from 1 to 4 p.m. as we celebrate Drop Everything And Read Day at your North Central HPB in San Antonio. We are featuring Texas authors’ book signings with Allan C. Kimball, award-winning author of several Texas Travel Books and Marjorie Brody, award-winning Young Adult author of Twisted. Books will be sold independently by the authors while supplies last.

San Antonio – Stone Ridge Market

Christopher St. John Sampayo Book Signing
Meet local author Christopher St. John Sampayo on Saturday, April 11, from noon to 4 p.m. at your Stone Ridge Market HPB in San Antonio. 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.

D.E.A.R. Day Book Signing
Join us on Sunday, April 12, as we celebrate Drop Everything And Read Day at your Stone Ridge Market HPB in San Antonio. We are featuring a book signing by Texas author Jordan Larsen from 1 to 4 p.m. Jordan will sell and sign his book Lackland’s Bravest: Real Life Heroes.Books will be sold independently by the author while supplies last.

Sugar Land

Madeleine & Britt Howard Book Signing
Meet local authors Madeleine & Britt Howard on Saturday, April 25, from 1 to 3 p.m. at your Highland Square HPB in Sugar Land. The Howards will sell and sign their parenting book Little B’s Safety Coaching, which helps parents and children learn how they can be safe in the home, at the mall, on the computer and much more. 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 April 5!

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.

Dollar Sale at the Outlet
1 DAY ONLY! Everything in the store is $1 or less on Saturday, April 11 at your Olympia HPB Outlet. Haul away loads of bargains including used fiction, children’s books, music, DVDs, and more – ALL for $1 or less each plus tax. No coupon needed. Offer good at Olympia Half Price Books Outlet 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.

Open Mic Poetry Night
We’re celebrating National Poetry Month with an evening of poetry at your Appleton HPB on Monday, April 6, from 7 to 8 p.m. featuring a special reading from our guest, former Wisconsin Poet Laureate Bruce Dethlefsen. Sign up for open mic starts at 6:45 p.m. Readers are welcome to share original poems or a favorite poem by an admired author. All open mic readers are entered into a drawing for an HPB Gift Card. Plus, all poetry books are an additional 20% off from 6 to 10 p.m. on April 6. So come early or stay late, we’ll keep the coffee on.

Madison – Essex Square

Friday Night Fever
Looking for some soothing grooves or pounding beats to start your weekend? Stop by your East Madison HPB every Friday evening, from 7 – 10 p.m., to get an additional 20% off all CDs, 45s, cassettes and select LPs. 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 or this post to see if any new events are added throughout the month. – Emily