The Learned Owl Book Shop, November 1, 2016
Kate's Corner

Happy November! What an exciting month ahead. The holidays are starting to loom, we have tons of events, and we are drawing ever closer to the halfway break in the Main Street construction.

As hard as this may be to believe, the west side of the street and sidewalk are nearing completion. In the next week, we should see a lane shift from the east to west side. Traffic will flow both ways where the parking normally lives. At this time, they will begin work on the east or Village Green side of Main Street. In theory, this side will be completed by Nov. 15th. At this point everything from 303 to Clinton Street should be completed, and all construction will be suspended until spring. This does seem unlikely at this point, so let's all keep our fingers crossed it will be done by Thanksgiving. In the meantime, it is more important than ever to get out and support our Main Street businesses and protect what it is that makes this town so special to us.

Going into this, we knew that our businesses would be impacted; however, I don't think any of us realized the full extent. The reality has been alarming, and I think we are all praying for a spectacular holiday season to recoup what has already been lost and help to sustain us through the rest of the construction when it begins again in the spring. I will do my best to keep you updated on the progress and schedule.

If you haven't done so already, please take some time to write letters to the Hub and your councilmen to let them know how the construction is affecting us all.

Until my next thrilling installment of Kate's Construction Corner, thank you for your support, and happy reading!

- Kate
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The Hudson Players present:
November 4-19
The Learned Owl's
Wise Readers Club

One of the things we at The Learned Owl Book Shop enjoy most is recommending books to our customers and talking with them about books they have enjoyed. We are always happy to direct them to bestsellers and highly-anticipated new releases, as well as the classics and much-loved children's books.

In keeping with this favorite activity and just in time for the start of your holiday shopping, The Learned Owl Book Shop proudly introduces our Wise Readers Clubs! We know how busy everyone is, especially during the holiday season, and we want to help with the stress that sometimes results. The Wise Readers Club and Wise Readers Jr. is a special opportunity to sign up and receive a brand new Indie Next hardcover book every month. The books that make the Indie Next List are chosen by independent booksellers across the country. Often, you will hear these authors on NPR and see their books in the New York Times Book Review or Wall Street Journal. They are sure to be the ones wise readers everywhere are talking about!

The program is available in three, six, and twelve month durations, for either adults or young children. Costs include shipping. Read more or sign up online at
You think YOU'VE got problems?
Story time:  Penguin Problems
Sunday, Nov. 6, 2-3 PM (at The Owl)

Penguin Problems
Children aged 4 - 6 are invited to join us for story time. We will be reading Penguin Problems, the story of a penguin who grumbles about all the things that go wrong in his life. With a little help, he slowly realizes that he has a lot to be happy about.
We will have a photo booth for pictures, a craft and a snack. Please call ahead to register for this free event: 330-653-2252.
Meet the authors and talk books

Writing to Publish
Wednesday, Nov. 2, 7 PM
(at the Hudson Library)
Local authors Shelley Costa, Casey Daniels (a.k.a. Kylie Logan) and Mary Ellis will share their experiences in the library's Writing to Publish Series. Please register online at, or call
330-653-6658. [more]

Saturday, Nov. 5, 1-3 PM (at The Owl)
Author Harry Haskell with Maiden Flight, historical fiction about the love affair of Henry J. Haskell, Harry's father, and Katharine Wright, sister of Orville and Wilbur.

Shelley Shepard Gray
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 7 PM
(at the Hudson Library)
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray will discuss her newest book, An Amish Family Christmas. Please register online at, or call  330-653-6658.

Terry Pluto Saturday, Nov. 12, 1-2 PM
(at The Owl)
Terry Pluto, sportswriter, newspaper columnist and author, will be at the book shop with his new book The Comeback: Lebron, the Cavs and Cleveland. Come to meet the author, talk sports, and get your copies personalized. Other books by Pluto will also be available to purchase.

Saturday, Nov. 12, 1-3 PM (at The Owl)
Meet Laura Freeman, 11-year veteran reporter at Record Publishing Co., who has just finished her second historical romance novel, Impending Love & Death.

The Golden Age Monday, Nov. 14, 1 PM OR Tuesday, Nov. 15, 7 PM
(at The Owl)
Join us as our Learned Owl Book Club discusses The Golden Age by Joan London.

Saturday, Nov. 19, 10 AM - noon (at The Owl)
Amanda Flower
Buy a Mystery, Help Feed a Community

Prose and Cons is local author Amanda Flower's twentieth published book. To celebrate, Amanda is donating $1 for every copy of the novel sold by December 20th to local food pantry, the Landing, located in Akron, Ohio. The Learned Owl will also make an additional $1 donation for every copy of the novel preordered or sold through the bookstore through December 20th.

To order a personalized & signed copy of Prose and Cons, please leave the name who you would like the book signed to in the comment portion of the online order form. Amanda will also be signing at The Owl on Saturday, December 10th, 1-3 PM.
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NEW for adults

Now in paperback! Kate recommends:
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by Bradley Somer
[St. Martin's Griffin, $15.99]
A goldfish named Ian is falling from the 27th-floor balcony on which his fishbowl sits. He's longed for adventure, so when the opportunity arises, he escapes from his bowl, clears the balcony railing and finds himself airborne.
Plummeting toward the street below, Ian witnesses the lives of the Seville on Roxy residents.  Though they share time and space, the residents have something even more important in common: Each faces a decision that will affect the course of his or her life.

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Louise recommends:
Faithful by Alice Hoffman
[Simon & Schuster, $26.00]
What happens when a life is turned inside out? When love is something so distant it may as well be a star in the sky? Faithful is a moving portrait of a young woman finding her way in the modern world. A fan of Chinese food, dogs, bookstores, and men she should stay away from, Shelby has to fight her way back to her own future.

The Wrong Side of Goodbye
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The Wrong Side of Goodbye
by Michael Connelly

[Little Brown and Co., $29.00]
Detective Harry Bosch must track down someone who may never have existed in this new thriller from bestselling author Michael Connelly. Swift, unpredictable, and thrilling, The Wrong Side of Goodbye shows that Michael Connelly "continues to amaze with his consistent skill and sizzle" (says the Cleveland Plain Dealer). [read more]
NEW for teens

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Heartless by Marissa Meyer
[Feiwel & Friends, $19.99; available Nov. 8]
Alana recommends: Marissa Meyer should be crowned the queen of retellings. In this prequel to Alice in Wonderland, Meyer writes the story of the Queen of Hearts - before she was cruel and cold. Filled with numerous references to Lewis Carroll's classic stories, this novel brings both sides of the looking glass to life, and makes readers sympathize with a villain whose tragic past goes deeper than anyone could have imagined.

Katherine recommends:
The Sun Is Also a Star
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The Sun Is Also a Star
by Nicola Yoon
[Delacorte Press, $18.99]
"A love story that is smart without being cynical, heartwarming without being cloying, and schmaltzy in all the best ways."
- The Bulletin, starred review

The Outsiders
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Special 50th anniversary edition:
The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
[Penguin Books, $20.00]
This special edition of the groundbreaking novel contains n ever-before-seen photos and letters from the publisher's archives, o riginal review clippings and media coverage, p hotos from the author's personal collection, a  gallery of covers around the world, a nd much more!  Celebrating 50 years of the novel that laid the groundwork for the YA genre, this is the ultimate edition for fans of The Outsiders.
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New storybooks to share

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Pigloo by Anne Marie Pace, illustrated by Lorna Hussey
[Henry Holt & Co., $16.99]
Pigloo is an explorer. His destination? The North Pole. Big sister Paisley has doubts about Pigloo's plan, but Pigloo knows that explorers have to be patient as well as brave. When Pigloo takes his sled to the top of a hill, he sets off on his expedition - with a little unexpected help.

The Bear Who Wasn_t There
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The Bear Who Wasn't There
by LeUyen Pham
[Roaring Brook Press, $16.99; Nov. 15]
This book is about Bear... so what happens when he doesn't show up on his page? Who will find him?
One thing's for sure - it probably won't be Duck. Duck doesn't seem concerned that Bear is missing. In fact, he seems to be trying to steal the show for himself! He even disguises himself as Bear in an attempt to fool the reader. But after pages and pages of Duck's antics, Bear appears somewhere utterly unexpected. In fact, it looks like someone may have tried to get rid of him on purpose...

Nanette_s Baguette
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Nanette's Baguette
by Mo Willems
[Disney-Hyperion, $17.99]
Will Nanette get the baguette from baker Juliette? Or will Nanette soon be beset with regret? She might even have to move to Tibet! Set in a meticulously handcrafted-paper-modeled French village, the uniquely vibrant laugh-out-loud world of Nanette's Baguette may be Mo's best creation yet.
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