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The burdensome part of being a bookseller -- oh, wait, there are many burdensome parts, really, believe us, if you can (suspend disbelief) -- rather, one of the MOST burdensome tasks we have is reading manuscripts, galleys, and advance reading copies of books you won't see in the store for months. But we do it, just for you. Someone has to, you know? It would further pain us to relate news of less-than-stellar forthcoming books, but in the interest of, er, enormous enthusiasm, we're going to give you a heads-up on some that have, well, simply blown us away.

To begin: you must watch for Tea Obreht's The Tiger's Wife. It arrives March 8 from Random House; this modern, complex legend is simply thrilling. Obreht was named a New Yorker "20 under 40"; they certainly got that right.

Don't read anything resembling a thriller? Oh, yeah, we understand. But you must grab David Vann's Caribou Island, which lands any day now. Riveting, yes, hard to forget, yes. It's one of the most honest portraits of a marriage, of love, of loss, of isolation. (David will be speaking at The Booksmith on February 9, by the way.)

If you read Karen Russell's St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, you will most certainly want to watch for her Swamplandia!, a most curious, most unsettling novel coming on the first of February. She (also a New Yorker "20 under 40"; what is it with these young writers anyway?)  is an amazingly original and haunting writer; it isn't likely you'll forget the fantastic and fantastical Bigtree clan nor their intimately-understood Florida. 

Off to read some more. Details to come...



Check out Adam Savage's intro to FORA's top ten playlist videos -- among them, Stephen Johnson at The Booksmith. Excellent stuff here.








Over this week, and likely some of next week, Gary Kamiya's reading the first volume of Mark Twain's Autobiography, published by UC Press. He'll be posting intermiitent thoughts, ideas, samples, and musings during the reading project, all of which will be posted at Bay Citizen. Kamiya's opening is here -- read and enjoy! Let us know if you'd like us to hold a copy of the book for you; we'd be happy to.





 Our wonderful co-host for Daniel Kehlmann's visit on September 25, the Center for the Art of Translation, has made its podcast of Kehlmann's talk available. Sit back and enjoy!



If you've wondered about our fabulously fun Bookswaps, here's a taste of the goings-on, courtesy of 



This is utterly wonderful, and even better in repeat viewings! After you watch this , catch Steven Johnson at The Booksmith on Monday, October 11 for an amazing talk.

13 Words, an inspired collaboration between Maira Kalman and Lemony Snicket, arrives October 1. While we're all waiting for it to land, we've been watching the book's trailer...check it out



Most of the technical bugs relating to Booksmith's livestreaming project have been worked through, so we chose to begin livestreaming on Thursday, September 9, when the wonderful William Gibson returned to talk about his new book, Zero History.

We'll continue to work through remaining tech items over the next few weeks, until we can broadcast our livestreaming news far and wide. 

Watch live streaming video from booksmith at

Lisa Brown's made some delicious books in the past (including the spot-on How to Be, and the wickedly clever "Baby, Make..."/"Baby, Do..." books for adults from McSweeney's, and the excellent young adult novel Picture the Dead), but at the moment, we're enthralled with Vampire Boy's Good Night, successfully road-testing it with kids as young as just-almost-three. It's a big, big hit all around. And it's high time to have a Halloween book that's, well, different, unordinary, smart!

There's a superb website to visit, and a fun book trailer to watch. Hope you enjoy book, site, and trailer as much as we have!

Oh, yes -- we're having a Halloween party with Lisa and Vampire Boy on Saturday, October 23. Stay tuned for the time, but mark your calendar now. Costumes requested, story, photos, and goodies provided!



Our resident designer/design enthusiast Lauren G. [read all about her by clicking "About Us"] spotted the new art-deco covers for F. Scott Fitzgerald titles over at Design Sponge. They ARE gorgeous. Who says one can't judge a book by its cover?? These versions arrive in November. Hmm, holiday gift list, check!