Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Christmas Eve, Dec. 24 11am-5pm
Christmas Day, Dec. 25 CLOSED
“Boxing Day,” Dec. 26 12pm-6pm --- Steve Haug, aka Maugorn the Stray, will be playing 3-6pm. Cookies will be available along with Coffee/Tea/Cocoa.
Friday, December 17, 2010
Saturday, Dec 18, 3-5pm we'll be hosting a Farmer’s Market Organisation Meeting.
Are you interested in seeing a weekly farmers market on Main Street in Reisterstown? What would you like to see? Would you like to sell something there? Join Gayle Neville Blum, author of “Reisterstown” to discuss options and possibilities.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Friday, 12/3, 7-8pm, The Sight and Sounds of Christmas in Williamsburg Local photographer Charlie Smith presents a slide show of Christmas in Williamsburg. Coffee and tea and munchies will also be available.
Saturday, 12/4, 3-5pm Tea with the Author Reisterstown author Marvin Barrash will discuss and sign “USS Cyclops,” a study of the worst non-combat related disaster in US Naval history. Join us for Tea/Coffee and cookies.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Walton Goggins (last seen in Justified, based on Elmore Leonard's novels)
and lots of others....
Man, what a cast!
PS There's supposed to be a trade paperback based on the movie coming out next May - but
the graphic novel came first.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010 3-5pm Tea with Author
Dana Stein, our own delegate and debut author will join us to discuss his climate-change-themed “Fire in the Wind.” Cookies and Tea/Coffee/Cocoa will be available.
Sunday, November 14, 2010 3-6pm Music in the Bookstore
Reisterstown local Nathan Rabe plays folk, alternative and Contemporary Christian music. Cookies and Tea/Coffee/Cocoa will be available.
Friday, November 5, 2010
Friday, 11/5/2010, 6-9pm - First Friday Wine Tasting
Drop in for wine and pizza! Coffee and tea will also be available.
Saturday, 11/6/2010, 3-5pm - Tea with the Author
Debut author Brand Gamblin will sign his SciFi YA novel, “Tumbler,” winner of the 2008 National Novel Writing Month award. Join us for Tea/Coffee and cookies. Tumbler is an adventure story about a woman who goes out to the Asteroid Belt to find her fortune. Yep, that's right, good old-fashioned science fiction.
Same bat-date, 6-9pm, Music in the Bookstore
Local guitarist Tina Ward will join us for live music. Refreshment will be available. Tina has sung/played with everyone from Joan Osborne to Taj Mahal to Livingston Taylor. This lady is seriously talented - come on in for a big treat.
Sunday, 11/7/2010 3-5 - Tea with the Author
Danny Birt makes a return appearance with his new books, the kids’ “Between a Roc and a Hard Place” and the adult high fantasy books. Join us for Tea/Coffee and cookies.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
We have a jam-packed weekend planned for Halloween! Saturday, 3-5pm Tea with the Bad-Ass Faerie and Dragon's Lure Authors - PLUS John L. French, local CSI and mystery writer/editor. Vonnie Winslow Crist, Kelly A. Harmon, Robert E. Waters, Jean Marie Ward, and editor Danielle Ackley-McPhail join us for refreshments and books-signing. The Dragon’s Lure anthology and Halfling's Court will also be available, along with Bad Cop, No Donut and Past Sins.
Sunday, all day -
Noon – 5pm Drop off your decorated pumpkin for judging!
Noon – 6pm Come by in costume for literary Trick or Treats…
3 - 5pm Join Reisterstown middle-school-mystery author TJ Perkins for a scary reading from her Mystery of the Attic plus autographed books.
5 - 6pm Decorated Pumpkin Contest Judging – prizes, photos, fun!
Friday, October 1, 2010
Friday, Oct 1, 6-9pm First Friday Wine Tasting: Drop in for wine and pizza! Coffee and tea will also be available. Live music provided by Ken 'iSinatra' McDermott.
Saturday, Oct 2 3-5pm Love, Monsters and Mythology (Tea with the Author) – Stephanie Draven, from our Writers Group, has a debut novel, POISONED KISSES. Stephanie will present a discussion on “Love, Monsters and Mythology.” Join us for Tea/Coffee, cookies and swag.
Sunday, Oct 3 3-5pm Music in the Bookstore – Local guitarist Tina Ward will join us for live music. Refreshments will be available.
Friday, July 9, 2010
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
To recognize July 1st as Canada Day, we'd like to recommend a couple of our favorite Canadian authors.
Louise Penny has this amazing mystery series featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surete du Quebec. Still Life is the first novel and it is set in a sleepy small town near the edge of the Vermont/Quebec border. The latest in the series - Bury Your Dead - comes out this September.
Tanya Huff is known for both her science fiction and fantasy work - memorable, strong characters making the most of the 'interesting' situations in which they find themselves. Her most recent release (Enchantment Emporium) features a young historian from the powerful Gale family taking over her missing grandmother's junk shop in Calgary - only to find that the Fey seem to be worryingly involved in the business and the disappearance. Some of you may remember the TV series Blood Ties, based on her characters in the Blood Books.
Who is YOUR favorite Canadian Author?
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
June 23rd has been designated Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Day. We are celebrating by ordering more vampire books from authors we didn't know DID vampires; selling some very cool SF and Fantasy --- and above ALL, reading. Lots of reading.
I wonder if Mary Shelley realised what she started when she published Frankenstein?
Friday, June 18, 2010
Nobel Prize-winning Jose Saramago, author of Blindness and a host of other novels, passed away today in his home in the Canary Islands. Aged 87, his Portugese publisher, Zeferino Coelho, mentioned that Saramago had suffered a recent illness and his condition had deteriorated. His work was known for its combination of surrealism and humanism.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with Spider Robinson and his family as they mourn the passing of Spider's wife and collaborator, Jeanne. If you were reading science fiction in the late 1970s and early 1980s, you will remember Jeanne Robinson as the co-author of the Stardance books. Stardance marked the first time I read such a clear description of how modern dance might evolve in zero-gravity...it was a uniquely amazing setting. It also won both the Hugo and the Nebula awards.
We'll miss your bright star, Jeanne,
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
The Baltimore Free Writers meet tonight at Constellation Books, 6-7pm, and we will host Nathan Rabe on Saturday the 22nd, 3-5pm. Reisterstown local Nathan Rabe plays folk, alternative and Contemporary Christian music. Cookies and Tea/Coffee/Cocoa will be available.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
This year we are adding a special area for our local service groups who want to share their organization’s efforts and goals. As always, we have collected a group of talented artisans who will present the best of their work. Stroll through the stalls and choose a delicate pair of earrings, a piece of artfully thrown pottery or a vibrantly colored t-shirt.
Chow down on pizza and crab cakes while listening to the sounds of the Reisterstown Jazz Ensemble, or perhaps take a bite out of a sugary funnel cake while listening to a rock beat. There is something for everyone, young and old.
Visit our website, www.bloominartfest.com for more details. Hope to see you there!
Thursday, May 6, 2010
This Friday, the 7th, we have a First Friday Wine Tasting, 6-9pm!
Start off May right with wine and munchies. Live music will be provided by Reisterstown's local jazz/classical guitarist, Steve Colon. Coffee and tea will also be available.
ALSO: a new Reisterstown business, Iced Gems Baking, will be selling cupcakes from their truck!
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Though SHADE is written for teens and adults, the event will be suitable for kids of all ages.
Call 410-833-5151 or visit http://www.constellationbooks.com/
If you can't make the event but would like Jeri to sign a book for you, please call Constellation before 5pm May 2 and place an order for your copy, which can then be shipped to you or held for you to pick up.
Love ties them together. Death can't tear them apart.
Best. Birthday. Ever. At least, it was supposed to be. With Logan's band playing a critical gig and Aura's plans for an intimate after-party, Aura knows it will be the most memorable night of her boyfriend's life. She never thought it would be his last.
Logan's sudden death leaves Aura devastated. He's gone.
Well, sort of.
Like everyone born after the Shift, Aura can see and hear ghosts. This mysterious ability has always been annoying, and Aura had wanted nothing more than to figure out why the Shift happened so she can undo it. But not with Logan's violet-hued spirit still hanging around. Because dead Logan is almost as real as ever. Almost.
It doesn't help that Aura's new friend Zachary is so understanding—and so very alive. His support means more to Aura than she cares to admit.
As Aura's relationships with the dead and the living grow ever complicated, so do her feelings for Logan and Zachary. Each holds a piece of Aura's heart?and clues to the secret of the Shift.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Coffee/Tea and munchies available - perfect way to spend a rainy Sunday!
Thursday, April 22, 2010
The Reisterstown, Glyndon and Owings Mills public is invited to a meeting to learn about safeguarding the Gwynns Falls Watershed.
The county Department of Environmental Protection and Resource Management and the Gwynns Falls Watershed Association, together with the community, plan to develop a Small Watershed Action Plan (SWAP) for the upper Gwynns Falls watershed.
The meeting is Wednesday, April 28th, 6:30-8:00 pm at Owings Mills High School, 124 Tollgate Rd.
It's our streams, let's keep them clean.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
First! Tea with the Author 3:00pm- 5:00pm
Reisterstown’s own Anny Cook will be signing her steamy romances. Join us for tea, coffee or cocoa and munchies! Simmering Romance with a Smile!Second! Poetry Slam/Open Mic 6:00pm- 7:00pm
Everyone is welcome to speak their own poetry/hip hop/rap lyrics. No obscenities, limit 3 minutes. Kids over 6 years of age welcome.
Munchies will be available at both events!
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Cookies and Tea/Coffee/Cocoa will be available. Steve has an extensive list of songs you can request! You can sample Steve's work at http://www.stevehaug.com/
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
This was a very thought-provoking post - Alaya Johnson talks about her book cover on Justine Larbelestier's blog. It reminds my why I shelve Sister Souljah and Toni Morrison in the General Fiction section --- and Octavia Butler in SFF.
Good stories are good stories, regardless of the author's or protagonist's supposed skin color.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
The New York Times reported yesterday that Amazon and Apple are manuvering around each other, using the publishers as pawns. There are three things about this article that catch our interest.
Amazon is threatening to stop selling books for certain publishers again. At issue this time is the requirement Apple wants publishers to guarantee their eBooks will not be published elsewhere for less than the iBookstore price. So the publishers are in renegotiations with Amazon...and its getting ugly.
The Bad: When Amazon refuses to sell a book, the publishers lose out, but so do the readers and the authors. Yes, the prices may go so high the readers won't buy the book, but that effects a market correction. If the prices go so low no one makes a profit, publishers go under, fewer books get published and the reader loses out.
The Good: Apple's iBookstore is actively recruiting the small and medium size publishers, which is great for readers. There is a LOT of wonderful material out there from the smaller publishers and promoting readership via the eBook format will only benefit us all.
What do you think?
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Hmn, how many Irish themes can you think of?
I can think of:
The early Irish Church as portrayed by Peter Tremayne's stories.
St. Patrick and the early history of the Romans in Ireland.
The American and Australian Irish Imigrant experience.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
(to the tune of American Pie by Don McClean)
A long, long time ago...
I can still remember
How th’ snowstorms used to make me smile.
And I knew if I stayed in that I could see those kiddies grin
And, maybe, they’d be happy for a while.
But February made me shiver
With every snowstorm it delivered.
Bad news on the doorstep;
I couldn’t take one more step.
I can’t remember if I sighed
Or laughed in joy when Sun I spied
But something touched me deep inside
The day the snowbank died…
And we were singin’
“Go, go!” to the remnants of snow,
Took my backhoe and my snowplow but the snowbank won’t go
Them icicles were drippin’ water and ice
Singin’ this’ll be the day the bank dies
Singin’ this’ll be the day the bank dies…
Did you lose a pair of gloves and do you have faith in th’ Sun above?
If the weather tells you so…
Do you believe in salt and sand,
Can rock salt save your blistered hand,
And can you teach me how to gently land?
Well, I know that you’re fed up with snow
`cause I saw you yellin’ at the plow.
You just dug out the ca-ar.
For the 40th time so fa–ar…
You were a lonely teenage bronckin’ buck
With a plow attachment and a pickup truck,
But you knew you were out of luck
The day the snowbank died.
And we were SINGIN’ (EVERYBODY IN THE MID-ATLANTIC!)
“Go, go!” to the remnants of snow,
Took my backhoe and my snowplow but the snowbank won’t go
Them icicles were drippin’ water and ice
Singin’ this’ll be the day the bank dies
Thank you. No money will be made, nor was any disrespect intended...
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
The 2010 Indies Choice Book Awards Finalists are:
BOOK OF THE YEAR -- ADULT FICTION
Border Songs, by Jim Lynch (Knopf)
Brooklyn, by Colm Toibin (Scribner)
The Children's Book, by A.S. Byatt (Knopf)
Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese (Knopf)
Generosity: An Enhancement, by Richard Powers (FSG)
Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel (Holt)
BOOK OF THE YEAR -- ADULT NONFICTION
Animals Make Us Human, by Temple Grandin ( )
Lit: A Memoir, by Mary Karr (HarperCollins)
The Lost City of Z, by David Grann (Doubleday)
Stitches: A Memoir, by David Small (W.W. Norton)
Strength in What Remains, by Tracy Kidder (Random House)
When Everything Changed, by Gail Collins (Little, Brown)
BOOK OF THE YEAR -- ADULT DEBUT
The Earth Hums in B Flat, by Mari Strachan (Canongate)
The Help, by (Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam)
The Piano Teacher, by Y.K. Lee (Viking)
The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet, by Reif Larson (Penguin Press)
Still Alice, by Lisa Genova (Pocket)
Tinkers, by Paul Harding (Bellevue Literary Press)
BOOK OF THE YEAR -- YOUNG ADULT
Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic)
Going Bovine, by Libba Bray (Delacorte Books for Young Readers)
If I Stay, by Gayle Forman (Dutton Juvenile)
Leviathan, by Scott Westerfeld, Keith Thompson (illus.) (Simon Pulse)
Shiver, by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic)
Wintergirls, by Laurie Halse Anderson (Viking Juvenile)
BOOK OF THE YEAR -- MIDDLE READER
Al Capone Shines My Shoes, by Gennifer Choldenko (Dial)
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, by Jacqueline Kelly (Holt)
Odd and the Frost Giants, by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins)
A Season of Gifts, by Richard Peck (Dial)
When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead (Wendy Lamb Books)
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, by Grace Lin (Little, Brown)
BOOK OF THE YEAR -- NEW PICTURE BOOK
All the World, by Liz Garton Scanlon, Maria Frazee (illus.) (Beach Lane Books)
The Curious Garden, by Peter Brown (Little, Brown)
The Lion and the Mouse, by Jerry Pinkney (Little, Brown)
Listen to the Wind, by Greg Mortenson, Susan Roth (illus.) (Dial)
Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11, by Brian Floca (Richard Jackson Books)
Otis, by Loren Long (Philomel)
MOST ENGAGING AUTHOR
(The author who is an in-store star as well as having a strong sense of the importance of indie booksellers to the community.)
Laurie Halse Anderson
PICTURE BOOK HALL OF FAME
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day, by Judith Viorst and Ray Cruz (Atheneum)
Bread and Jam for Frances, by Russell Hoban and Lillian Hoban (HarperCollins)
, by Bill Martin, Jr., John Archambault, and (Simon & Schuster)
Corduroy, by Don Freeman (Viking)
Curious George, by H.A. Rey (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Goodnight Gorilla, by Peggy Rathmann (Putnam)
Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, by (Greenwillow)
The Little Engine That Could, by Watty Piper (Grosset & Dunlap/Philomel)
Madeline, by Ludwig Bemelmans (Viking)
Napping House, by Audrey Wood (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats (Viking)
Stellaluna, by Janelle Cannon (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
The Story of Ferdinand, by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson (Viking)
Saturday, February 27, 2010
As I watch Twitter for Tsunami updates - and listen to Steve play and sing "Party with the Elder Ones" - I am reminded of the tsunami scene in Nation by Terry Pratchett where the protagonist manages to hold his canoe as he paddles through this huge wave. Very good reading for today.
Yes, "Party with the Elder Ones" is about Cthulu.
PS I hope everyone is safe in the Pacific.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Saturday the 27th, 3-6pm.
Friday, February 19, 2010
the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) just posted the nominees for the Nebula & Bradbury Awards and the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.
Congratulations to everybody on these lists - we have been jumping up and down, yelling "Good! We loved that one! Yes! Awesome!"
Note to local readers - Malice Domestic is just across the Potomac in Arlington, VA at the end of this April.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
During the record-breaking Valentine's 2003 weekend storm, I read memoirs of folks sailing around the world. It made me feel warm. THIS storm (that finished last night a bit before 5pm) was almost as bad as Valentine's 2003. Not quite there, though. I had on hand:
- Douglas Preston's Impact
- Charles Stross' Family Trade
- (both by Macmillan Publishing, they of the very public eBook spat with Amazon)
- Jasper Fforde's Shades of Grey - which reminds me of a satire of 1984. Darker than his usual work.
- Emily Giffin's Love the One You're With - this one comes out soon. The protagonist runs into her first love and starts to wonder What If?
- A collection of snippets from the mystery publisher Soho - called the Soho Sampler. VERY good stuff.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux
Note - I understand from one of my customers that Amazon has also delisted Macmillan from the Kindles. Her sister was in the middle of a mystery, only to find it's not accessible any more. Yep, it was a Macmillan title. :/
edited to fix the % symbol - it was a $
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
and Henry Holt imprints, amongst others...
What I want to know, dear Kindle owners, has Amazon yanked or delisted the Macmillan titles you already have on your Kindles? How far does this spat go?
Read Street picked this up too, as did Tobias Buckell
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
There's some bad news about author Kage Baker over at
Green Man Review. Please keep Kage and her sister in your thoughts.
PS If you don't know Kage's books, you are missing something FINE. Elements of history, hard science fiction, androids and humor. VERY good stuff.
Edited to Add - Kage passed away on 1/31 in the arms of her family. There's a wonderful perspective on her work at io9.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Author Robert B. Parker passed away Monday, at the age of 77. Author of more than 60 books, Parker passed away at his home in Cambridge, Massachusetts, his American publisher Penguin confirmed. "He will be deeply missed by us all," Penguin said. He is known for the Jesse Stone
series - made into TV movies starring Tom Selleck - and the Spenser series made into a TV procedural starring Robert Urich.
The books were so much better than the movies. (Always.)
He was named Grand Master at the Edgars in 2002. What I remember most about him was the gentle sarcastic humor he brought to his mysteries...very Raymond Chandler-like, but with a Boston twist.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
Noreen Grice, Astronomy author and guru on providing astronomy education to the blind community, is now a podcaster:
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
This is being moved to NEXT WEDNESDAY 1/20/10!
Our local writing group meets here in the shop. You can sign up at http://bfw.0fees.net/
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Steve has an extensive list of songs you can request!