Welcome to The Bookies' Latest Update!                          April 2017 Issue 2
The Bookies Newsletter
Independent Bookstore Day
Join Us to Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day!
We're gearing up to have a great time on Independent Bookstore Day, Saturday, April 29th, a national event to celebrate independent bookstores. From 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., we'll be joined by authors from a range of genres. Meet your reading tribe, talk books, share recommendations and discover something new--perhaps even take home a signed copy. Read on to meet our authors and their books--plus we've included a few ice-breaking questions to get the conversation started. Click on the author's name to visit their website (where applicable), and on the book's title to find out more about it or place an order.

Dan Eberhart
Literary adult fiction about the Vietnam war--those who went to war and those left behind.
Ask Dan how many times he's visited the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C.!

Betsy Dornbusch
Adult/YA fantasy adventure. In the thrilling conclusion to the Seven Eyes trilogy, one man must fight to keep the things he holds dear, and find peace and security at the end of a life of bloodshed.
Ask Betsy what she is reading right now and why!

Scheideler sisters
Chicken Pot Turtle series
A fun, vibrant series about different countries for younger children.
Ask Angela and Lisa about the weirdest thing they have eaten while traveling!

Shimmy Dee Learns to Share
Danette Scott
Shimmy Dee Learns to Share (Special Edition)
A new edition of this popular story about sharing, which now includes activity pages.
Ask Danette why she chose a snake as her hero!

Who Says
Who Says
Ling Kee
Lovely book for early readers, set in China. When two dragons come to Earth, disguised as lizards, two sisters teach them about love and friendship.
Ask Ling Kee why she decided to write this book!

Nancy Sharp
Because the Sky is Everywhere
Because the Sky is Everywhere
Nancy Sharp
Picture book on understanding death. Also available in Spanish. Liam searches for understanding and meaning after his dad dies. 
Ask Nancy who the primary audience is for this book.

A Day In The Life of a Colorado Author
Another in our occasional series where local authors tell us about their day. This time, one of our Independent Bookstore Day guests, Nancy Sharp, tells us how she fits writing in to her busy life.
Before I became an actual author, I imagined the writer's life being full of glamour. I had an idealized picture of lazy afternoons lounging in bed in a satin robe. Just like a starlet with a laptop. Mornings, meanwhile, would be spent at urban coffee shops serving locally ground coffee and evenings at hip wine bars. Intellectual conversations would rise above all others.

Such a fanciful, escapist path would escape me because reality, of course, proved otherwise.

Writing, it turns out, is hard, hard work. In fact, real starlets are likely to have ghostwriters. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
Writing well demands that we fully immerse ourselves in life. Writers (particularly nonfiction writers like me) must absorb and distill all the joyful and challenging yearnings and events that fill the days. We must pay attention to how our feet first make contact with the floor each morning, the smell of our children's skin, and weird food cravings like red peppers, potato chips and M &M's.  We must remember silly, hotheaded moments and times when our hearts burst open.
And above all else, we must be disciplined...

Want to find out more about Nancy's day? The article continues on our blog!

Our Choices for National Poetry Month
In honor of National Poetry Month, we're highlighting new standouts from our poetry section, plus old favorites!

A Poem for Peter 
We have a new picture poetry book about the life of Ezra Jack Keats, A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of The Snowy Day by Andrea Pinckney. I thought it was an interesting format to use to tell Keats' story to younger kids. For young adults, Kwame Alexander's new book, The Playbook is lyrical, and very good.

A Book of Luminous Things 
I love anything by Billy Collins but his newest book, The Rain in Portugal, is terrific. I also love an anthology called A Book of Luminous Things, selected and edited by Nobel Laureate Czeslaw Milosz. Each poem chosen for inclusion is truly a luminous gem. In the store, we also carry a good selection of Donald Hall, Rita Dove, Louise Gl├╝ck, Kay Ryan, Ted Koose and Robert Pinsky. All have been Poets Laureate of the United States.  

The Poet_s Dog 

I LOVED The Poet's Dog by Patricia MacLachlan. It's a novel in verse for elementary-aged readers, about a poet, his dog and two children lost in a snowstorm. It's poetic and beautiful to read!

Keep a Pocket in Your Poem
I really enjoyed the brand-new Keep a Pocket in Your Poem: Classic Poems and Playful Parodies by J. Patrick Lewis. Famous poems by writers like Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost are presented and then parodied by Lewis. A witty and fun way to introduce children to the classics, and their opposite!

Ubiquitous_ Celebrating Nature_s Survivors
I love the book Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature's Survivors, about animals that have lived and adapted for millions of years to become part of the 1% of life on Earth that has survived, when 99% has become extinct. Poetry, pictures and fascinating facts--it's just a cool book!

I love Citizen by Claudia Rankine and anything by Nikki Giovanni, especially her Bicycle: Love Poems. And Mary Oliver's Upstream is a great inspiration for any creative out there! It's her essays, rather than her poetry, but it's darn soulful.

If you would like to explore more contemporary poetry, this list from Signature is a great place to start. There's a summary of each book on the main page, plus, if you're feeling inspired, a downloadable guide on how to write your own poetry.

My home on the ice
Mary Jane
Combine poetry and science with this great new series from Scholastic and Children's Poet Laureate, J. Patrick Lewis: Rookie Poetry: Animal Homes. Beautiful photography and appealing, informational rhymes!

Oxford Children_s Rhyming Dictionary
If you want to encourage a child to write poetry (or write your own!), a rhyming dictionary can be a big help. The Oxford Children's Rhyming Dictionary is bright and colorful and makes it simple to find the rhyme you need.
Welcome to Our New Website!
Website on computer 
If you've visited our website recently, we hope you noticed our brand-new look! Not only does the site look fresh, but there are behind-the-scenes tools that will improve our online service to you.

For a start, our inventory figures should be much more accurate and will be updated every 24 hours. (Please remember though, it's always possible for a book that shows as available to have just been purchased!) The site will be constantly updated with new releases, events, book lists and our staff's suggestions.

We'll be able to offer more services to schools, including putting together lists and book sets you can explore online. And, you can buy a gift card and have it mailed, or check the balance on an existing card right on the website.

Most exciting of all, you can now shop online! Order and pay for your books and gift cards, either for pick up in the store free of charge, or we'll mail your order right to your door! Everything you buy online will have a discount of 10% (other than a few net books), and we will gift wrap for free.

We're excited about our new site and new services and there will be more to come as we continue to build and expand in the coming months. Please explore the new site at www.thebookies.com and let us know what you think by email: thebookiesbookstore@gmail.com

Book Set: Our Favorite Novels in Verse
In honor of National Poetry Month, we've put together this list of our favorite novels in verse. Click on the image to see more. You can also see this set on the front page of our new website.

The Firefly Letters

Margarita Engle

Love that Dog

Sharon Creech
Hate That Cat

Sharon Creech
Lion Island

Lion Island
Margarita Engle
Brown Girl Dreaming

Jacqueline Woodson

Full Cicada Moon

Marilyn Hilton
Kwame Alexander


Patricia McCormick
The Playbook

Kwame Alexander
Inside Out _ Back Again

Thanhha Lai
Red Butterfly

A. L. Sonnichsen

The Crossover
Kwame Alexander
The Red Pencil

Andrea Davis Pinkney

Ann E. Burg

Something different...
The Wishing World
We're thrilled to be inviting more local authors into the store for our Independent Bookstore Day signing. We were also thrilled to see that local author, Todd Fahnestock, who was at our Small Business Saturday book signing, recently made the Mountains and Plains Indie Bestsellers list with his middle grade novel The Wishing World! Congratulations, Todd!