Wellesley Books Newsletter October 11th, 2023

'Tis the season for James Patterson to reward hard-working booksellers--or book buyers, events coordinators, receivers, and so on--with much-deserved Patterson Bookseller Holiday Bonuses. For many, many years, Mr. Patterson has awarded these holiday bonuses to hundreds of independent booksellers across the country. Anyone can submit a nomination; all you have to do is answer the question, "Why does this bookseller deserve a holiday bonus?" You can access the nomination form here.

Come visit us at the Boston Book Festival!

Once again, we're thrilled to be selling books at the Boston Public Library in support of the BBF--now in its 15th year! You can see our smiling faces at Teen Central (on the second floor of the library) and at Rabb Hall. For the full lowdown on programming, click here!

Upcoming Events

Saturday, October 15th, at 1 PM

Lisa Rogers, local picture book author of 16 Words and Hound Won't Go (and former Hardy School librarian!), joins us for the launch of her latest, Beautiful Noise: The Music of John Cage. Lisa will also have some fun musical activities for kids!

"Tantalizing glimpses of a composer who challenged the very definition of music."

–Kirkus Reviews

RSVP here

Saturday, October 21st at 2 PM

Local author Gig Babson and her dog Pippi join us for a meet-and-greet at the store from 2–3pm to sign (by hand and by paw) copies of their latest book, Pippi Rocks.

The book is a warm and inspiring affirmation of how a dog's and its owner's reciprocal love brings deep and unique meaning to their lives. Enjoyed by those from ages 4 to 94!

No need to RSVP for this meet-and greet, so come by anytime between 2–3pm to say hi!

Curated by Gennari Aronson LLP, the Authors & Innovators Business Ideas Festival is jam-packed with insights, idea exchange, and thoughtful, intelligent conversation with business book authors, innovators, and top business minds. The two author events below will take place at Wellesley Books and are free (with an RSVP) and open to the public.

Tuesday, October 24th at 6 PM

AI, Ikigai, and the New Face of the Workforce 

Whether you’re an employer, employee, or just launching your career, the world of work is changing rapidly. From traditional and non-college pathways, to good jobs that pay a living wage, to sustainable work-life balance, there’s much to know about the new world of work.

Featuring authors Jean Eddy (Crisis-Proofing Today's Learners), Mark Erlich (The Way We Build), and Christina Wallace (The Portfolio Life).

RSVP here

Wednesday, October 25th at 6 PM

More Than Just Responsible — Deeply Responsible 

Corporate social responsibility has entered the mainstream, but what does it take to run a successful purpose-driven business? Geoffrey Jones, Harvard Business School professor, examines leaders who put values alongside profits to showcase the challenges and upside of deeply responsible business.

"Jones makes a strong case for reimagining capitalism and posits that the first step in this process is to reconceptualize business and its social purpose."

–Badrinath Rao, Wire India

RSVP here

Bookseller Recommendations

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Betty recommends:

Tom Lake by Ann Patchett

The joy, and comfort, of reading Ann Patchett is that you recognize the people and the feelings, but are guests of her extraordinary articulation. She just says it like we never quite would. In this ode to Patchett's favorite play--Our Town--we hear Lara describe to her three daughters a chapter of her life they didn’t really know about. Summer stock, celebrity costars, Tom Lake has all this and a very charming story about how the generations learn from each other. At a time when the news is more fraught every day, join Patchett and her crew in a cherry orchard and be charmed.

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Rebecca recommends:

Bournville by Jonathan Coe

I think Jonathan Coe is a bit slept on in the US. His novels are always likable and readable, and he likes to examine big issues by telling the stories of ordinary lives. In his latest, we check in on Mary and her extended family at various pivotal moments in English history, beginning with VE Day and ending in March 2020. Bournville, an archetypal model village and the place of Mary's birth, ties the novel together as both a place and a motif. (If you can find it--it seems to have gone out of print--go back and read The Winshaw Legacy for a follow-up.)

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Sally recommends:

Let Us Descend by Jesmyn Ward

publishes October 24th

This is the story of a girl named Annis who is a slave on a plantation in Louisiana. It is brutal and heartbreaking and her situation is seemingly unending. But it is also brilliant and poetic and beautiful and ultimately hopeful. Jesmyn Ward is a writer who makes magic with her words. This is a book to be read with open eyes and open hearts to the tragedies and strengths of ancestors.

New in Hardcover

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Brooklyn Crime Novel

Jonathan Lethem

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Roman Stories

Jhumpa Lahiri

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Family Meal

Bryan Washington

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Justin Torres

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Death Valley

Melissa Broder

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Starling House

Alix E. Harrow

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Going Infinite

Michael Lewis

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A Man of Two Faces

Viet Thanh Nguyen

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Roxane Gay

Click here for more new hardcovers!

New in Paperback

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Liberation Day

George Saunders

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The Grandest Stage

Tyler Kepner

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The Hero of This Book

Elizabeth McCracken

Click here for more new paperbacks!

Prison Book Program and Banned Books Week

Book bans and challenges are certainly on our minds recently, especially given that October includes Banned Books Week. A benefactor has generously agreed to match all donations towards this Prison Book Program this month. Is this the first you're hearing of our partnership with the PBP? Click the image to learn about this fantastic organization.

Bookseller Recommendations for Young Readers

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Lorna recommends:

Dear Unicorn by Josh Funk & Charles Santoso

I loved this clever picture book about a girl sharing art and letters with a pen pal as part of a school project. I never had a pen pal for school, but if I did, I would have wanted a unicorn. Josh Funk continues to amaze me with his fun, creative picture books. The art by Charles Santoso is perfect.

New Books for Kids

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The Puppets of Spelhorst

Kate DiCamillo

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If I Was a Horse

Sophie Blackall

signed copies available!

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Spy School Goes North

Stuart Gibbs

New Books for Young Adults

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The Forest Demands its Due

Kosoko Jackson

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Kenneth M. Cadow

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I Loved You in Another Life

David Arnold

Click here for more new kids' & YA!

Kids' Book Subscriptions

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A Child's Library and Middle-Grade Monthly are our two book subscriptions for children aged 0-5 and 8-12, respectively. Each month, Lauren and Kali select a newly-published picture book or middle-grade novel. Subscriptions can be purchased on a month-to-month basis, or for a year, and may be shipped to the child's home or picked up in-store. They make a great gift! Our October selections are Zander Stays by Maureen Fergus & Scot Ritchie, and Mabuhay! by Zachary Sterling. Please click on the covers for more information.

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In the Gift Department

It's calendar season! They've been selling briskly this year--stop by soon for the best selection.

What We're Reading Now

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Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Chalice of the Gods


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The Vaster Wilds


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Chain Gang All-Stars


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Weaving Sundown in a Scarlet Light


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Cosmoknights Book Two


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This Book is Banned


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The Winners


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Dogs of the Week

Loki & Vali

Do you know how difficult it is to get a good photo of not one, but *two* Dogs of the Week? Some of the outtakes from this shoot are delightful, but we've decided to go with a more traditionally flattering photo of these two Australian Labradoodle cousins. Loki and Vali are both three years old and dedicated swimmers. Vali is a world-class cuddle buddy, especially to readers. Loki is obsessed with all things ball, and can play fetch in the pool ad infinitum. Sounds like a perfect pairing!

Thank you for supporting your community independent bookstore!


Rebecca Stimpson

Wellesley Books

82 Central Street

Wellesley, MA 02482


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