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Signing: Lisa Knopp, author of
Bread: A Memoir of Hunger
Thursday, February 2nd, 4:30pm - 6:30pm
When she was 54, Lisa Knopp's weight dropped to a number
on the scale that she hadn't seen since seventh grade. The
severe food restricting that left her thin and sick when she was
15 and 25 had returned.
This time, she was determined to understand the causes of her
malady and how she could heal from a condition that is caused by
a tangle of genetic, biological, familial, psychological,
cultural, and spiritual factors.
This compelling memoir, at once a food and illness narrative,
explores the forces that cause eating disorders and disordered
eating, including the link between those conditions in women,
middle-aged and older, and the fear of aging and ageism.
by the University of Missouri Press, this book is a hardcover
with dust jacket for $24.95. Copies available for purchase at
Can't make the signing but would like a signed copy? Call us at
(402) 475-8663 to pre-pay and reserve a signed copy you can pick
Kayt & Michael have been
applying archival dust jacket covers to special books - and
you'll see lots of those items on our New Arrivals shelf over
the next few weeks!
We are looking forward to
serving cider & homemade cookies in the shop this Friday. We'll
have lots of new books for you to look at!
We are happy to announce that
we've hired a new staffer. Buay (pronounced "Boy") Wuol
has joined our staff. He's smart, friendly and a life-long
learner. When you see him in the afternoon, be sure to introduce
We spent much of December working through our backlog of
inventory, so you'll find lots of great new books on our
shelves. Kayt & Buay have been applying archival mylar dust
jacket covers to books with fragile jackets - and special items.
Keep your eyes on our New Arrivals shelf - there are some gems.
Friday & Saturday
December 9th & 10th
10am - 6pm both days
Join us for cider, cookies, good cheer - and great books!
stocking stuffers - blind date books, buttons, calendars &
postcards. We have LOTS of books for your loved ones to curl up
with this Winter.
*Spend $35 & get a FREE bookstore cat calendar
*Spend $75 & get a FREE bookstore tote bag
Come in for
some old-fashioned comfort & joy. We'll be glad to see you!
We are pricing LOTS of new
inventory this week and getting ready for our Holiday Open House
this Friday and Saturday. The shop is decorated for the season.
Stop in for a cozy browse and find some treasures for you and
your loved ones. We also have GIFT CERTIFICATES available for
Saturday, November 26th
10am - 6pm
Join us in celebration & support of small, unique
businesses like ours. We'll be decorated for the holidays and
serving hot cider and Cinnamon's homemade gingerbread and sugar
New inventory continues to
come out - and we still have 50+ boxes we're working on.
Continue to watch our New Arrivals photos - but stop in for the
for 20% off your Books!
Tues, Nov 8th AND Wed, Nov 9th
10am - 6pm
We acknowledge your civic participation with a discount
on your entire purchase - every time there is a voting
opportunity in Lincoln.
Just come in
and tell us that you voted & get 20% off. We trust you to be
honest - and we won't ask how you voted.
Join us on
Tuesday & Wednesday next week. We'll be celebrating our right to
Our shop has a great selection
of new inventory - and we have a full slate of great events
through the rest of 2016.
2017 "Cats, Books, Life is Good" calendars will be on sale soon
- full of photos of Padric & Eddy and quotes that are
comforting, inspiring and quirky. Reserve yours though
RIGHT - Benefit for Lincoln High School Theatre!
Friday, November 4th
5pm - 8pm
10% of all day's sales will go to support LHS's Theatre
Join us from
5pm - 8pm, when we'll have a troupe of actors in costume. Expect
a little song, a little dance, some theatrical antics - and much
It's a book extravaganza in
the shop right now. We have turned over the New Arrivals shelf
three times in 4 days. Stop in soon for a browse - and get a
jump on your holiday shopping!
Pumpkin Patch Sale!
Thursday October 20th -
Saturday October 22nd
10am - 6pm, all 3 days
Pick a pumpkin from the basket - your discount is written
on the underside!
10% - 50% OFF your entire purchase!
(One harvest per customer, per day, please!)
our biggest sale of the season!
10/18/16: This Thursday - Saturday is
our Pumpkin Patch Sale: 10% - 50% off your entire purchase. It's
a great time to shop - we have all kinds of new books in all
areas: especially graphic novels and manga!
Friday, October 7th:
*Cookie Day, 10am-7:30pm
*Book Signing by Marjorie Saiser,
Celebrate Fall with us this October First Friday! We'll be
serving hot cider and cookies (Pumpkin Chocolate Chip, Peanut
Butter, Oatmeal Cinnamon & Chocolate Mint) all day.
We'll also welcome Marjorie Saiser, who will be signing copies
of her latest book of poetry,
I Have Nothing to Say About Fire.
Welcome this new season, with comforting homemade treats &
continue to price new books for a steady stream of New Arrivals
and our celebration of Banned Books Week remains in full swing
through this Saturday.
Also, this Saturday from 11:30am-12:00pm, come down to hear 13
year-old Grace, who will be signing in front of our shop. She is
raising money for a learning trip to Washington DC - so help the
kid out by tossing some money into her hat!
Tuesday, Sept 27th -
Saturday, Oct 1st
Celebrate fREADom this week!
We'll have displays of banned books, and we're giving away
"Reading Rebel" temporary tattoos!
We're giving away "Reading Rebel" temporary tattoos in honor
of Banned Books Week - however, we also have "Reading Rebel"
buttons for $.75 each!
We are still glowing from our
25th Anniversary Celebration! This week, we're celebrating
Banned Books Week and the following week, we're having Cookie
Day & a Book Signing with Marjorie Saiser. Like us on Facebook
to keep up with all the Fall fun!
Anniversary Sale & Party!
Friday, Sept 23rd
10am-6pm in the shop:
*25% OFF all Books
*Contribute a paragraph to the BOOK we're creating!
7pm-10pm @ Duffy's Beer Garden & Parrish Parking Lot (behind our
by The Bottle Tops
*FREE birthday cake
*Contribute a paragraph to the BOOK we're creating!
Join us in celebration of our book-lovin' community. We'll have
new swag for sale & old photos on a loop on the big screen. We
can all buy drinks from Duffy's, eat cake - and dance the night
marks the beginning of SowerFest - a weekend of spectacular live
music at Duffy's Tavern. Come out and be with old & new friends!
Today, we bought 7-8 boxes of
fantastic Science Fiction paperbacks from a private collection.
Great content & cover art. We'll be working on those books over
the next couple of days. Watch for an all-SF New Arrivals shelf
& Party for
Lincoln's Little Free Libraries!
Friday, Sept 2nd
Libraries are tiny houses of free books that are popping up all
Join us this
First Friday in celebration!
*Food & Drink
*Free bookmarks with addresses of Little Free Libraries
*Meet LFL stewards & learn how to create your own LFL
OFF all books you buy to donate to the LFL bin!
At the end of the evening, books in the bin will be divvied
up between the stewards and will go to stock the Little Free
Strengthen literacy & support your community!
Recipient: Flatwater Shakespeare Company
Shakespeare Company inspires and informs actors, artists,
audiences, scholars, and students of the Great Plains and
Midwest regional area through theater productions of the highest
quality, based in the works of Shakespeare and enhanced by a
creative educational wing. This summer, FSC will be performing
Taming of the Shrew at Wyuka Stables, as well as several sites
around the city. Performances are FREE - donations are welcome -
and Ivanna Cone ice cream (also FREE) is served at intermission!
For a schedule of performances and location, please visit:
Flatwater Shakespeare on Facebook!
You'll see some bright new
faces in the shop - we have hired Erik and Kayt. Smart, friendly
& enthusiastic readers. I think you'll like them. You'll also
see my friend, Melissa, who has graciously offered to lend a
hand on Friday & Saturday afternoons.
Michael will be in the shop on Monday afternoons, when we are
closed to the public, doing the magical work of elves. He'll be
applying archival dust jacket covers, doing book repair &
generally getting us ready for the week. You will likely see him
at special events, also.
All in all, we're getting on track to celebrate our 25th
Anniversary on September 23rd - and we're planning on making
sure you have plenty of good reading to settle in with as the
weather cools! ~C.
Downtown 101: Back to School Event
Tuesday August 23rd - Saturday August 27th
10am-6pm all days
Get a FREE $5
for every $20 you spend at our bookstore this week!
Spend $40, get 2 FREE $5 Gift Cards! $60? 3 $5 Cards! $300?! 15
See how this works?!
You can redeem your cards - without spending any additional
money - through September 30th, 2016!
8/24/16: We welcome Erik Campbell to
our staff! Erik is a book lover with a real knack for making
good recommendations - and he's a top-notch guy. You'll like
books, holy cow. We are working through boxes and boxes these
weeks - and our New Arrivals shelf is getting a lot of action.
You'll be sure to find new books to explore when you stop in!
Lots of Young Adult Lit came
in this week and we are gearing up for a great Fall of reading,
Friday Gallery Walk:
Mini Art Show by Isabel Sheesley
Friday, August 5th 6pm - 8pm
Cinnamon's 13 year old daughter.
She'll have postcards for sale that evening
and prints available to order.
All proceeds go toward more art supplies - or the college fund.
Join us for
lemonade, cookies - and art!
Game - Pick Your Discount!
Friday, July 29th 10am-6pm
our big summer sale -
10% - 50% OFF
your entire purchase!
Pick a shell from the pail and see what discount you get!
We just bought lots of vintage
Children's Books - Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Bobbsey Twins, Trixie
Belden & Cherry Ames. Lots are out in stock already and more
Also, expect to see some wonderful Science Fiction & Fantasy on
our shelves soon. Katherine & I are buying a collection this
Discussion - One Book One Lincoln!
Wednesday, July 20th 7pm
Join us for
coffee, cookies & good conversation about this year's OBOL
selection, Being Mortal, as well as other finalists - and
the selection process. To read reviews of books in the 2016 Top
One Book One Lincoln page!
Art, History & Native American
Studies books have come in recently - along with lots of Science
Fiction favorites like Heinlein & Asimov.
Fest - Outdoor Music Festival!
Friday, July 8th 5pm-2am
Saturday, July 9th 3pm-2pm
will be closed to traffic beginning Thurs night. IF you are just
coming to shop our store, let the folks at the gate know. BUT,
if you stay for music, pay the gate fee. It's not cool to scam
the Zoo Bar. For the musical line up:
It has been a summer of steady
book buying. We've had a huge influx of Children's and Young
Adult Books, plus some great Literature, History & Archaeology.
Keep your eyes on our New Arrivals shelves!
Wednesday, July 6th
10:00am - 6:00pm
for FREE homemade cookies and lemonade - a perfect way to
ease back into your week after the 4th of July holiday!
Our stained glass window has
been installed. Many thanks to Harry from Palace Glass, who did
beautiful work creating it - and heroic work installing it.
have new buttons and postcards - and LOTS of new books in all
sections. Our air-conditioning in the bookstore is marvelous.
Come for a cool browse soon!
We recently bought a small,
lovely, collection of Children's Picture Books that we'll be
working on this week. We also received our new shipment of
archival mylar dust jacket covers and Michael has been applying
them to books that will benefit most. Continue to watch New
Arrivals for an upcoming assortment of interesting titles!
from Palace Glass will be installing our stained glass window on
Monday! The window is a gift to ourselves on the occasion of our
25th Anniversary in the book business. Be sure to stop in for a
look next week!
Recipient: Silicon Prairie Theatre Company
Prairie Theatre Company was founded in 2015 and is comprised
entirely by Lincoln youth. Their mission is to express, empower
and entertain through theater.
Their first production, a farce called "Boeing, Boeing" debuted
at The Haymarket Theater in early January of 2016. The company
selected the play and raised funds to procure the rights to
produce it. They held auditions and spent the entirety of their
winter break from school to rehearse. The show was performed to
sell-out crowds and garnered rave reviews.
For more information about SPTC - including how to donate to the
cause - please visit:
the Press - Celebrating 75 Years of University of Nebraska Press
First Friday 6/3
5:00pm - 7:30pm
University of Nebraska Press is the largest, most
diversified university press between Chicago and California
- a local treasure with national acclaim.
on the evening of June's First Friday to meet people who
work at the press. We'll have food, drink, free swags, book
catalogues, games & more!
We're excited about our
upcoming event with University of Nebraska Press. Stop by this
First Friday, 5pm-7:30pm. Our windows are full of UNP titles
that we have in stock - and you'll have the opportunity to win
new books, a SIGNED, LIMITED EDITION Ted Kooser book & a $75
Gift Certificate from UNP.
also gearing up for a great summer of reading fun. Find a 20%
OFF coupon in your completion packet for participating in the
Lincoln City Libraries Summer Reading Program. We'll also have
new bookstore swag to offer soon!
5/17/16: Our New Arrivals section
continues to offer a great selection of what we have recently
priced. We continue to work on the many boxes of books we
recently purchased - and we may soon add to the stacks.
Tomorrow, Katherine & I are going to look at a varied collection
- Archaeology, Paleontology, History, etc. We'll see what we
for 20% OFF your Books!
Tuesday 5/10 (Primary Election Day)
& Wednesday 5/11
YOU to get out and vote - and so we're offering 20% off
your ENTIRE purchase
for participating in the primary election.
Vote in person - or by mail - and tell us you did so! We
won't ask who you voted for. That's not our business.
We're running the event on election day AND the day after!
We keep putting out more & more
New Arrivals. So many new books that we have converted the
display shelves by the front door and above the counter as extra
New Arrivals storage! Check our shelves for great Film Books,
Shakespeare, Literary Criticism and History.
We have turned over our New
Arrivals shelf twice this week - and it's only Wednesday. We are
working on a very large backlog of great inventory. Come in for
a browse soon - you'll find lots of new, exciting books. We have
purchased several large collections in the past month!
We bought books from a retired
English professor yesterday. Chess, Literature,
Science/Culture/History. Expect to see some lovely volumes on
our shelves soon!
Pick Your Discount!
flower to keep from our bouquet - your discount is written
on a ribbon attached to the stem.
Get 10% - 50% off your ENTIRE purchase!
Kat and I made a trip to
Norfolk last week to buy a book collection. Mostly History -
some Military/Civil War, some Ancient, some American - as well
as books on Languages, Books & Cooking. Continue to watch New
Arrivals for photos. Michael got a new camera & the pictures are
much easier to see now!
April First Friday -
Stage RIGHT - A Benefit for Lincoln High School Theatre
donating 10% of all day's sales to benefit the theatre
department at LHS, which provides education and quality
productions for our community.
after school to be entertained by a troupe of actors in
costume - Stage RIGHT is always a lively evening at the
We have expanded our Manga
section to accommodate a big influx! Katherine has also
rearranged our Foreign Language section to make room for lots of
new French books. We continue to work diligently through our
pricing backlog - be sure to check not only New Arrivals when
you stop in, but also the display shelves by the counter and the
door. We have been putting New Arrivals overflow into those
This week, we're launching our
new radio show! "That's What She Wrote" will air for 30 minutes
one Sunday a month as part of KZUM's "The Wimmin's Show" hosted
by Deb Andersen. Tune in to 89.3FM to hear Cinnamon and a guest
talk about books by and about women. Visit
That's What She Wrote
for the schedule of guests and topics. Our first episode
will air on Sunday, March 13th at 12:30pm. As we go along, we'll
add podcasts, program notes and a list of books discussed on the
show to our TWSW page on our site.
We have purchased books from
two private libraries in the past couple of weeks, which means
we now have New Arrivals on the display case by the front door,
the display case by the counter - and in a few (ahem, many)
stacks on the floor. Stop in soon and explore!
Tuesday Winter Recipient: SP CE Commons
CE Commons is: an open community that grows through your
participation; access to tools, resources, and human energy; a
safe and welcoming place where creativity and kindness are
They can be reached via email at email@example.com, on facebook
facebook.com/spZcecommons and , and in REAL LIFE at 1239 S.
14th street. A reliable phone number for the organization is
Amanda Huckins': 402 312-3158.
One of their favorite ways for people to get involved is for
people to plan a public event of their own creation by using
their Event Request form at
Holding a public event at SP CE Commons is free. Checking out a
book from SP CE Commons library is free and there are no due
dates or fines. Learning to Letterpress at SP CE Commons is
free. Events at SP CE Commons are usually free, and even when
there is a suggested donation or cover, they typically require
that event hosts admit people who want to attend the event
regardless of their ability to pay.
SP CE Commons is funded by freewill donations from a core of
regular contributors and a fluid group of regular, occasional,
and one-time donors. Open hours, classes, events, etc. are
planned and staffed by volunteers, and volunteers maintain the
physical space and perform administrative functions. Important
decisions are made using a consensus model that is
ever-evolving. Everyone is invited to attend SP CE Commons' open
meetings and help make decisions.
Programming at SP CE is meant to be enriching for both
participants and organizers. Currently SP CE is utilized by a
variety of people, mainly people who like to read, people who
want to teach or learn skills, people who want to impact the
reality of their community, and people who create. It is their
hope that more and more people in the neighborhood where it is
located will be empowered to engage in creative pursuits and
with each other at SP CE Commons.
March First Friday -
Spend $15 & get a FREE calendar!
lots of great books from a recent purchase. Come browse!
Kat & I went on a housecall in
Hastings and purchased a significant portion of a library
belonging to a retired professor. You'll find lots of great
literature - much of which is out of print and can be hard to
Cinnamon's "Annual" 29th Birthday Sale!
Thursday Feb 11th - Saturday Feb 13th
10am - 6pm, all days
for one of our time-honored (if not accurately marked)
occasions! In celebration of Cinnamon's non-birthday
birthday, we're offering:
the entire store!
have festive birthday decor, chocolates, good music and lots
of fun as we celebrate Cinnamon's 29th birthday...again!
We are all recovering from "snowmaggedon"
- which really wasn't nearly as bad as it could've been.
Katherine the Brave came down on Tuesday and opened the shop for
a bit and scooped our walk. The cats were oblivious - Michael
had made a comfy extra bed right by the downstairs heater, just
in case the window baskets got too cold for them. They piled
into that new bed and ignored the world!
Yesterday, we bought 12 boxes
of books - a collection of (mostly) Western Americana & Art. I
got the chance to barely break into it today, so you'll find a
smidge on today's New Arrivals shelf. Stop in later in the week
when I've made more progress!
So far, this year is off to a
great start. We've had a steady flow of books onto our New
Arrivals shelves - and we continue to work through a sizeable
backlog of books we purchased but have yet to price. Digging
into those boxes is like opening presents. Also, after 25 years,
we finally made the decision to hire a cleaning company - and we
are REALLY liking it. Things are clicking along.
Books & Bottles Private Book-Buying Party Reservations Go On
Thursday, January 14th @ 10am
Reservations for our 2016 Books & Bottles season go
on sale Wednesday
January 14th at 10am, at the bookstore, in person or
by phone. First-come, first-serve. We
recommend in person reservations for fastest
"Get your friends together,
go to your local bookstore, and have a book-buying party."
~Roy Blount, Jr on NPR's Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me
2nd Thursday evening of each month, we'll host a private
party for 10 (minimum) - 20 (maximum) people. We will
provide a seasonal signature drink - and participants will
receive a 10% discount on all purchases.
non-refundable reservation fee for the whole group
*All participants MUST be at least 21 years old
options will also be provided
2016 "Books and Bottles" Dates & Drinks
(all parties 6:30pm - 8:00pm)
4th: White Chocolatini
*note: this is the First Thursday of the month
March 10th: Guinness
April 7th: Fuzzy Navels
*note: this is the First Thursday of the month
May 12th: Margaritas
June 9th: Sangria
July 14th: Ginger Mojitos
August 11th: Bellinis
September 8th: Appletinis
October 13th: Vampire Blues
November 10th: Mulled Wine
December 8th: Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Schnapps
Gather together to celebrate
reading, curiosity, small business - and friendship!
This is an especially Happy New
Year for us. Our bookshop was established in 1991, so 2016 marks
25 years! We'll be celebrating with a big party this September.
In the meantime, we'll be providing the personal customer
service and the great variety of books that we are known for.
Thank you all for supporting us through the last quarter
Let our booksellers help you
find great gifts for your friends and family this holiday
season. We have all kinds of New Arrivals - we filled and
refilled that case three times last week! We'll also be serving
hot cider and cookies through December, while supplies last.
Enjoy some old-fashioned comfort & joy while you shop for books
Sun 12/13 1pm-5pm
Open House, receive these
*Spend $35 - 2016 Books & Cats
*Spend $75 - A Novel Idea Zippered
Join us for Cookies, Cider & Good Cheer -
We wish you all that's Merry & Bright!
Let our booksellers help you
find great gifts for your friends and family this holiday
season. We have all kinds of BOOKS and Gift Certificates
(available for any amount) are a good choice for tutors, music
teachers, coaches, baby sitters - anyone on your list, really.
Blind Date Books make fun stocking stuffers, as do buttons,
postcards and 'Read 'em & Weep' tissue packs. Come see us soon!
Recipient: Equality Press
Press is a Lincoln based non-profit publishing company
dedicated to creating books about social justice issues intended
for younger readers. They believe that education can be a major
contributor to the formation of a more equal and peaceful world.
Their first major project, the Liberty and Justice series of
books, presents episodes from American history that have
typically been omitted from mainstream textbooks.
Equality Press is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to
help support the first book in the Liberty and Justice series,
The Silent Sentinels.
You can support them here:
You can visit Equality Press at
www.eqpress.org, or like them on Facebook at
the Blocks: Downtown's Premier Pre-Holiday Shopping Event
($7 in advance or $10 at the Door)
Downtown's boutiques, jewelers, book stores, Husker apparel
shops and specialty stores are staying open late just for you!
VIP Shoppers will enjoy special discounts, giveaways, appetizers
from your favorite restaurants, and other fantastic shopportunities as you shop the blocks of Downtown Lincoln with
friends and family.
Come to our bookshop for food, drink and 20% OFF all Children's
Happy Thanksgiving! We'll be
closed Thursday but you can catch us from 10am-2pm Friday (short
day) and join us for a lovely Small Business Saturday on the
28th. I'm making gingerbread & sugar cookies, the shop will be
decorated for the Winter Holidays and we'll have lots of great
books and other gifts for booklovers!
We are getting set for the
holiday season - plenty of gift certificates & sleeves made of
plantable paper; new tote bags, lots of new buttons, "Read 'em &
Weep!" tissue packs - and LOTS of recently priced books!
BOGO 50% OFF!
Friday, November 6th
10:00am - 7:30pm
use per customer, but we'll take the discount off your second
most expensive book so you get the best deal!
Thursday October 22nd -
Saturday October 24th
10am - 6pm, all days
up a pumpkin from our basket - your discount is written on the
10% - 50% OFF
Your Entire Purchase!
One "harvest" per customer, per day. Join us for our biggest
sale of the season!
We have decorated for Autumn
and have new displays all over the place. We have also
rearranged Philosophy, Psychology, Self-Help & Inspriational Lit
to make better use of our shelving space. Philosophy has
Friday Sweet Soiree!
Friday October 2nd
10am - 7:30pm
Homemade Cookies (chocolate-mint, pumpkin chocolate chip, apple
spice) and Fresh Apple Cider
for books & enjoy a sweet treat!
9/28/15: We continue to celebrate
Banned Books Week with displays that feature books that have
been challenged or banned. New books continue to come in, so you
can expect a steady stream of New Arrivals!
Books Week Celebration!
Tuesday Sept 22nd - Saturday Sept 26th
10am - 6pm all days
Sale - Books priced as marked
Tuesday - Friday; Saturday $1 each
Banned Books" button with every purchase (1 per customer, per
displays that celebrate our "fREADom!"
New Books this week include
Graphic Novels, Vintage Children's Books, German History &
Holocaust, Foreign Language and more. We are getting ready to
celebrate Banned Books Week - prepping for a sidewalk sale and
We priced so many books last
week that we turned over our New Arrivals shelf twice. You'll
find lots of new Children's/YA Lit, Foreign Language, Science
Fiction/Fantasy - and all sorts of Non-Fiction.
Our September Books & Bottles Private Book Buying Party was lots
of fun - we served Appletini's and had a great evening. If
you're interested in reserving a party for the 2016 season,
continue to watch this site and our facebook page. Reservations
will go on sale in January.
Many thanks to the stewards of Lincoln's Little Free Libraries
for their help during our benefit for them last Friday. Bob's
cookies were a special treat. Thanks also to all our customers
who purchased books to donate. This is truly a wonderful
Free Library Benefit
Friday, September 4th
5pm - 8pm
during your First Friday Gallery Walk for a celebration of
Lincoln's Little Free Libraries!
*Food & Drink
*Meet the LFL stewards *Get ideas for your own LFL
Purchase Books to Donate to the LFL's at 30% OFF!
The Little Free Libraries are particularly in need of
Children's Books. Help us strengthen our community and Lincoln's
love of books!
We have NEW postcards for sale
on our counter. One features Mark Twain, another Edgar Allan Poe
- and another has our lovely art deco-ish logo with a quote from
Vincent Van Gogh: "So often, a visit to a bookshop has cheered
me, and reminded me that there are good things in the world." We
also have new buttons - three designs. And we have books. Lots
and lots of books!
Recipient: Flatwater Shakespeare Company
Lincoln's Own Shakespeare Company, Flatwater Shakespeare Company
has been presenting high-quality entertaining and powerful plays
in the Lincoln Community for 15 years. While the focus is on
Shakespeare, Flatwater also has performed modern classics such
Waiting for Godot
Angels in America Parts I and II.
This summer one of Shakespeare's comedies,
As You Like It,
will be presented at The Stables Theatre at Wyuka and then on
tour at local parks and other outdoor venues. Performances will
Thursday-Sunday evenings in June. All performances are at 7:00
pm and offered free of charge (donations gratefully accepted).
For more information, visit the website at
or find them on Facebook.
We have lots of new Mystery &
Science Fiction/Fantasy paperbacks - and lots of new Literature.
Downstairs has stacks of new non-fiction that Michael will be
shelving this week. Michael has also been applying archival
mylar dust jackets to books in need - so you'll find some
interesting things on our New Arrivals shelf this week!
Tues August 25th - Sat August 29th
For every $20
you spend on books/book swag, get a:
FREE $5 GIFT CARD!
the month of September!
of Lincoln Bus Tours Ticket Launch!
Monday August 17th, 10am - sellout
tickets for the October Ghost Tours! Scott Colborn, tour
director, will be here at 8am with donut holes and coffee for
the early birds.
schedule of tour dates, visit: ghostsoflincoln.com
We are looking forward to once
again being the ticket outlet for the Ghosts of Lincoln Bus
Tours this Monday - and to the annual downtown Scarlet Days
event the following week!
We continue to work on the
large collection that came in earlier this month. Find new books
in History, Science, Philosophy, Eastern Philosophy &
Psychology. We have also been working through our pricing
backlog, so you'll also find new Graphic Novels, Literature,
Children's Books, & much more!
Game - Pick Your Discount
Friday, July 10th 10am-6pm
Pick a shell
out of our pail of sand & get
10% - 50% OFF
YOUR ENTIRE PURCHASE!
summer with some great reading!
Whew! We brought in 100 boxes
of books last week. Many books found new homes through our Free
Boxes. Inside the shop, we have filled our New Arrivals section
- and we've converted the display cases by the counter and the
front door into New Arrivals overflow. Find lots of History,
Science, Philosophy, Eastern Philosophy and more in this round -
with lots more on the way!
6/22/15: Welcome, Thespians! We have a store
full of Mystery and Imagination for you. There are
new displays throughout the store and extra Drama is
available up front. We also have "Bookstaches" for
$.50 each and "Blind Date Books" for $4-$6 each.
Book One Lincoln Discussion
Wednesday, June 17th 7:00pm
One Book One Lincoln selection is Americanah. Join us for
coffee, cookies and a great conversation about this book - and
the OBOL selection process.
runners up are Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
and Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson.
if you have read the book(s) - you are most welcome to take a
place at the table in good company!
Read reviews of current and past finalists & selections on our:
We have been working
through all sorts of New Arrivals lately. Be sure to check the
stacks on the floor for books that may not have appeared in our
regular New Arrivals Photos. Our Children's section has expanded
and we'll be bringing in lots of new Science books this week!
Friday BOGO 50% OFF!
Friday, June 5th 10am-7:30pm
One use per
customer - but we'll be sure to apply your discount to your
second most expensive book, so you get the best deal!
during the Gallery Walk and browse for books! It's a great time
to shop for Father's Day!
Recipient: The Black Cat House
Black Cat House is an organization dedicated to educating
themselves and the community about oppressive power structures,
and how to dismantle them. Their goal is to create a safe and
accessible space for all members of the community to learn about
important issues and share their own experiences. They host a
variety of events for people with different levels of knowledge
and have internal discussions to address privilege. They are not
limited to any specific ideology, but their principles are
derived from anti-capitalism, anti-racism, feminism, queerdom,
Free wifi and a public-use computer for their guests
A growing radical library and zine collection
Regular open hours to meet with others in the community
Free event space for educational events
The Black Cat House is located at 1601 B St, Lincoln Nebraska,
68502. General meetings are every Monday night at 7:00 PM. Open
Hours are every Tuesday and Wednesday from 3:00-6:00PM. You can
reach us at
Every dollar they receive goes directly to improving available
resources and giving back to the community. They accept monetary
donations, as well as donations for the library and for their
annual garage sale.
We had another big influx of
Poetry and lots of great Children's Board Books. Also, expect to
see a bunch of new Edgar Rice Burroughs, Dr. Who & Tony
Hillerman books. My current quirky favorite book is called The
Songs of Insects - full color photos and descriptions of a
myriad of insects, along with a CD of the sounds they make.
Non-fiction (downstairs) has piles of books that are all fair
game - just waiting to be shelved. Stop in soon for some
treasure-hunting. We also have a new display on Mexico in the
case in the stone room. Find Mexican history, cooking, art - and
several books in Spanish.
Book Season has begun! During
the warm months, we buy books like crazy. This week, we had a
large influx of Graphic Novels, Poetry, Cookbooks, Gardening
Books, Children's Books - and lots more. We have boxes of new
inventory that we're working through. When you stop in, be sure
to holler. Katherine & I may be buried in books!
also have new French and Japanese displays - culture, art,
cooking, language, fiction & more. If you're looking for a
"stay-cation", start with checking out those shelves!
Voted" for 20% OFF my BOOKS!
Tuesday May 5th & Wednesday May 6th
Wear your "I
Voted Today" sticker on Election Day AND the next day for 20%
off your entire purchase!
Did you vote by Mail? Great! Let us know & we'll give you the
We have new displays
throughout the shop and new History books. We also recently
purchased a couple of art pieces from Noyes Gallery. Find the
green cat by Mike Fluent in our Children's section - and don't
miss the Steampunk box in Science Fiction & Fantasy!
Frye, author of Contact Sheet: Poems
Friday, May 1st
6:00pm - 7:30pm
McArthur, author of Two Gun Hart
Saturday, May 2nd
1:30pm - 3:00pm
Voted" for 20% OFF my BOOKS!
Tuesday April 7th & Wednesday April 8th
Tuesday May 5th & Wednesday May 6th
Wear your "I
Voted Today" sticker on Election Day AND the next day for 20%
off your entire purchase!
Did you vote by Mail? Great! Let us know & we'll give you the
We are still working through
recently purchased Philosophy & Theology collections. However,
we continue to put out great Children's Books, Mysteries,
Science Fiction / Fantasy - and all kinds of Non-Fiction. We
also have a HUGE number of free books at the moment. Be sure to
check our "free book bins" (aka "Harold" & "Maude") outside!
Friday Pick Your Discount!
Friday, April 3rd 10am-7:30pm
flower (to keep) from our bouquet. A ribbon attached to the stem
will reveal the discount you'll get:
10% - 50% OFF your entire purchase!
Celebrate Spring with us - and start your First Friday
festivities with great books!
4/1/15: We continue to unpack boxes of
books recently purchased. There are some great Philosophy &
Theology books coming out - unusual, academic titles that can be
hard to find in used bookshops. We also have a display of
beautiful little books from the late 1800's - mid 1900's in the
glass case right now. As usual, we are also putting out a high
variety of quirky, fascinating miscellany. (Star Wars Origami,
papers complete & included, just sold!)
RIGHT - A Benefit for Lincoln High School Theatre!
Friday, March 27th 10am-8pm
will be donating 10% of all Friday's sale to the dedicated folks
who run and participate in Lincoln High School's amazing theatre
program. Join us in support of education and these great kids!
school, we'll have a troupe of actors in costume who will
entertain you. Come shopping & have some extra fun!
3/24/15: We have completed several
Spring Projects, so the bookshop is looking fresh for the
season. We continue to get great Fiction and Children's/YA Lit -
and we've enjoyed a great influx of History and Philosophy
lately. We're excited to host Stage RIGHT, a benefit for LHS
Theatre, this Friday. Come see us soon!
Over the past
few weeks, we've been making the bookshop more beautiful. We
have added significantly to our inventory - lots of new History
& Philosophy, Children's Books & more. We renovated our lower
level and got some new signage upstairs.
We've been giving the bookshop
some TLC. New paint and rugs in our lower level, an expanded
Children's/Young Adult section, and beautiful new window
displays. We have also been adding to our inventory. Children's
Books, Theology, Science, Literature & History sections have all
been boosted. Today, we purchased 14 boxes of great books - lots
of Philosophy, Literary Criticism, Foreign Languages and more.
It's an exciting time to browse!
Recipient: Common Root Mutual Aid Center
Root is 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to providing a welcoming,
supportive community space with resources for the purpose of
mutual inspiration, education and connection. They work to
cultivate peaceful coexistence and compassion, cooperation and
direct democracy, social and ecological responsibility, economic
justice and solidarity; and investment in community spaces. They
facilitate community-building events and provide for the
advancement of the arts.
weekly events and provide resources available for the community
which can be used during any of their events. Resources include:
Root Mutual Aid Center is located at 3140 O St, Ste 202, Lincoln
NE 68510. Weekly meetings are every Thursday at 7:30 pm (Central
Time). If you would like to become a member of the collective,
all you have to do is come to their meetings or events and help
organization is funded by the fundraising efforts of volunteers
and by donations from the community. They are always in need of
donations (every little bit helps) to keep events free and open
to the public. Formal memberships for those who want to give
regularly are available. Contact
We purchased a collection of
books on Ghosts/Hauntings/Vampires recently. We are also working
through a cache of Classical Greek Literature & Poetry. Science
Fiction/Fantasy got an influx last week - Kat had to rework the
section to fit it all in. Come for a browse soon!
Annual 29th Birthday!
Thurs, Feb 12th - Sat, Feb 14th
10am-6pm all days
In celebration of my
continued delusion about my age,
BOOKS will be 29% OFF!
us for birthday candy & great books - and to tell me I don't
look a day over 29! :)
We bought LOTS of books last
week - and this week will be devoted to getting them priced, on
the New Arrivals shelf and out into their sections. Should be an
exciting several days in here!
Friday, February 6th 10am-7:30pm
one book & get another for 50% OFF!
One use per customer, please - but we'll apply the discount to
your second most expensive item so you get the best deal.
time to shop for Valentine's Day!
Leather bound books, Signed books, your favorite romantic
novels, History, Mystery - all the treasures of the bookshop!
Welcome, February! We have lots
of new Children's & Young Adult Books, Philosophy, Military
History and Western Americana this week. See us this Friday for
our First Friday BOGO 50% Off event - and shop for your
valentine! We'll be open 10am-7:30pm that day.
Our 2015 Books & Bottles
private book buying party dates have SOLD OUT! (All but 2 sold
in the first 8 minutes after opening this morning - whew!)
However, we do have a wait list - and if we have time in our
schedule to do additional parties, we'll offer those parties to
those on the wait list first. Call (402) 475-8663 if you'd like
to add your name.
& Bottles Reservations Go On Sale!
Wednesday, January 21st @ 10am
January, we take reservations for our monthly private book
buying parties in person at the bookstore or by phone. We sell
out quickly and recommend coming to the shop in person for
reserves the evening for 10 (minimum) to 20 (maximum) guests
*Each month's party will feature a signature cocktail - at no
charge to guests
*Guests will receive a 10% discount on books
must be 21 or over. Parties are held on the First Thursday of
each month. For a complete list of dates and featured drinks,
Books & Bottles page!
Happy New Year! We have been
working through lots of new inventory and you'll find new books
in all your favorite sections. Foreign Language has lots of new
Greek & Latin. The Philosophy and Theology sections have been
enlarged and are now packed with all kinds of new academic
titles. Children's Books have been coming out like crazy - we
just unpacked some Junie B. Jones, among other great titles.
Stop in soon!
We have our 'Cats, Books,
Life is Good' calendars on sale for $7.99. Beautiful color
photos of our boys accompanied by inspirational and funny
quotes. Our 2015 Books & Bottles private book-buying party
reservations will go on sale on Wednesday, January 21st at 10am.
Books & Bottles page for a listing of drinks and dates!
We have our 'Cats, Books,
Life is Good' calendars on sale for $7.99. Beautiful color
photos of our boys accompanied by inspirational and funny
quotes. Our 2015 Books & Bottles private book-buying party
reservations will go on sale on Wednesday, January 21st at 10am.
Books & Bottles page for a listing of drinks and dates!
Saturday 12/13, 10am-6pm
& Sunday 12/14, 1pm-5pm
Cider, cookies & good cheer!
Receive these FREE GIFTS when you:
$35 - 'Cats, Books, Life is Good'
$75 - 'A Novel Idea' zippered
us for some relaxing holiday shopping. We have gifts & stocking
stuffers for everyone on your list: Books of all kinds,
T-shirts, Notecards, Totes, Calendars, Blind Date Books - and
Gift Certificates available for any amount!
Small Business Saturday was a
great kickoff to our Winter Holidays! We enjoyed homemade
cookies, warm cider - and the company of friends who happily
shopped for books & gift certificates. The bells on our front
door jingled throughout the day and there was much laughter.
Sales were up considerably from last year, which had also been
strong. It was a lovely day, all around!
Recipient: Tabitha Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels has delivered a hot, noon meal to the homes of
individuals in the Lincoln community since 1967. Tabitha
Meals on Wheels is the oldest and only service of its kind in
Lincoln, dedicated for more than 45 years to feeding hungry
Elders in our community 365 days per year. It
remains the only program of its kind helping individuals remain
independently in their homes.
People who receive meals do so for many
different reasons: they may be unable to go get groceries any
longer; their physical limitations or memory issues may cause
difficulties in cooking complete meals; or, they may want to eat
more healthfully. Tabitha Meals on Wheels is serving more
than 500 meals per day. As with all our services, Tabitha Meals
on Wheels is committed to saying "yes" to all, regardless of
their financial situation. Currently more than 70% of
Tabitha Meals on Wheels clients cannot afford the full $5.75
Our supportive Meals on Wheels donors and a team
of 800+ volunteers are essential in providing this much needed
service to those in need in our community. With a
33% increase in our client base during the past five years alone,
Meals on Wheels volunteers are in dangerously short supply. More
than 39 meal routes (12-20 meals per route) are delivered each
day by volunteer individuals or teams (pairs). If you are
interested in volunteering for Meals on Wheels, contact Janelle
Nosal, Volunteer Coordinator, at 402.486.8563 or Janelle.firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 29th, 10am-6pm
*Homemade Cookies & Hot Cider
*2015 'Books, Cats, Life is Good' Calendars
*Gift Certificates for any amount
*Notecards, T-shirts, Totes
*FREE magnets & coloring sheets
us for some relaxing holiday shopping. No trampling - just a
lovely time in your local bookshop, celebrating hometown
business. We appreciate your patronage!
the Blocks: Downtown's Premier Pre-Holhiday Shopping Event
($7 in advance or $10 at the Door)
Downtown's boutiques, jewelers, book stores, Husker apparel
shops and specialty stores are staying open late just for you!
VIP Shoppers will enjoy special discounts, giveaways, appetizers
from your favorite restaurants, and other fantastic shopportunities as you shop the blocks of Downtown Lincoln with
friends and family.
All-Access Pass Includes Exclusive Access to:
at 20 downtown shops
Limousine chauffeur service
*Entry into the Single Barrel after party!
Schedule of Events:
Check-in at the Single Barrel on 10th & P Street.
Stores open late, offering special discounts, samples from local
vendors, fun activities and raffle prizes!
Single Barrel After Party, prize winners will be announced
11/18/14: We purchased a collection of
History (Ancient Greek, Egypt & Native American), Philosophy,
Languages (Chinese, Sanskrit, Greek, Hebrew & more) and
interesting miscellany last week - 20 boxes in all. We'll be
working through these and our backlog over the next two weeks.
Expect to see lots of New Arrivals coming through!
11/9/14: We have a brand NEW facebook
page, since we got locked out of our OLD page. You can visit it - and "like" it - by going here:
Day & National Vanilla Cupcake Day
celebration of both, we'll be serving mini vanilla cupcakes with
Allan & Bryse
will be baking up a storm for us - join us for a sweet treat!
Signing: Penn Stewart, author of
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Fertile Ground details the story of a German American
family living in upstate New York during the first few months of
the WW II. Executive Order 9066 authorized the internment of
ethnic Germans and Italians on the east coast who the FBI deemed
a threat to national security. Fertile Ground depicts the
internment experience of a German immigrant and the travails of
the family left behind.
John Schulze, who publishes as Penn Stewart, is a graduate of
the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and currently lives with his
wife and two daughters in Macomb, Illinois, where he teaches
writing at Western Illinois University. Fertile Ground is
his debut novel, but his work has appeared in Prairie
Schooner, Word Riot, Conclave: A Journal of
Character, Two Hawks Quarterly, Rolling Thunder
Press, Union Station Magazine, Front Porch Review,
Meadowland Review, and elsewhere.
a "riveting mystery" and "dramatically suspenseful and
provocative!" Get a SIGNED copy reserved for you for $23.49
by calling (402) 475-8663 or emailing email@example.com
We are working with Facebook
to restore our page - it shouldn't take long. Thanks to all of
you for your patience!
news - Tomorrow, we are set to receive 13 boxes of hand selected
books from Maryland. We also just purchased 6 boxes of books
from a local synagogue. Expect LOTS of New Arrivals. (Just
remember to check this site, and not facebook, for the time
We have been pricing lots of
new inventory - filling and refilling our New Arrivals section
last week. Literature, Philosophy, Graphic Novels and lots of
Frontier Women's History. The Pumpkin Patch Sale was great fun -
one of our best sales ever. Thanks for shopping with us!
Thurs 10/16 - Sat 10/18
10am - 6pm all 3 Days
Pick a pumpkin from the patch & see what discount you get -
10% - 50%
your entire purchase!
Don't miss our biggest sale of the season!
Discussion: Wed, October 15th @ 7pm
Join us for coffee, homemade cookies and great conversation
about the 2014 One Book One Lincoln selection, The Light
Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman.
four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne
returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on
Janus Rock, nearly half a day's journey from the coast. To this
isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom
brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later,
after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel
hears a baby's cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore
carrying a dead man and a living baby.
Tom, who keeps
meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a
horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately.
But Isabel insists the baby is a "gift from God," and against
Tom's judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy.
When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are
reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice
has devastated one of them.
(This was one of the best
discussions we've had in the shop. A great variety of opinions.
We've had lots of fun in here
lately! On First Friday, we served homemade cookies to scores of
happy customers. Author Jeff McArthur was here for a book
signing. We are steadily pricing our way through 40 boxes of
recently purchased books - and we bought a nice cache of Science
Fiction/Fantasy yesterday. Come see us soon!
Last Wednesday night, we
brought in 40 boxes of books. Stacks of boxes were everywhere -
and we had a Books & Bottles party scheduled for the next night.
We asked our facebook friends for help. Many thanks to the dozen
volunteer 'Bookslingers' who came to our rescue on Thursday
afternoon. We had Burning Sky Scottish Ale - and schlepped and
shelved and dusted. By Thursday evening, we had a beautiful
bookshop again - and we had a great time at that night's party!
Last week was lots of fun! We
bought all kinds of great books: Charles Bukowski, Jack Kerouac,
William S. Burroughs, Kurt Vonnegut...Poetry by Langston Hughes,
Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Wallace Stevens, Robert Pinsky, Ezra
Pound. We filled our New Arrivals section twice. A cornucopia!9/16/14:
We bought new Graphic Novels,
Manga, SFF, Children's Books & History last week. When you come
in to browse - check your favorite sections. You're bound to
find something new! We donated gift baskets to the Love & Light
Benifest and First Plymouth Church. Jake's Cigars threw a fun
street party last week - and we have been watching Jun Kaneko's
glass sculpture rising above Tower Square (13th&P) as it's
football and volleyball seasons are underway. We have our new
"Go Big Read" T-shirts on sale for $15 - color graphics on both
sides. Our first order sold out within 1/2 an hour. Through
pre-orders and a quick turnaround, we sold out of M & L on our
2nd order. We have XS, S, XL, 2XL & 3XL currently in stock - and
more M & L on order. Get yours soon & celebrate fall - and all
aspects of our University town! ;)
Thanks to Lincoln's Little Free
Library stewards & our customers for a wonderful time last
night. We had a table of food & drink outside, bookmarks,
stickers & buttons. Our customers filled a bin with books they
purchased at 30% off to donate to our LFL's. Count on this to be
an annual event!
for lots of new books this week - we just purchased some great
Science Fiction/Fantasy, Manga & Gaming. We've been shelving
Philosophy, History & Cookbooks - and lots of Literature.
Lincoln's Little Free Libraries!
Tues, Sept 2nd - Fri Sept 5th
This week, we'll give you 30% off any books you buy to
donate to our LFL bin!
Free Library Celebration - Friday, Sept 5th 5pm-8pm
Join us this evening for a party with local LFL stewards!
Enjoy food, drink - and find out about Lincoln's Little Free
Libraries. Get information about how to start your own Little
Free Library - and see examples of various designs!
Free Libraries are small "book houses" on posts. They are all
different. If you have a LFL, you put books in it that people
can take for free. People may also leave books in your LFL. It's
a wonderful way to encourage reading & community!
What a week! We sold 581 Ghost
Tour tickets last Monday - with a line that stretched from our
door to "O" Street! The October public tours are sold out -
however, you can visit: ghostsoflincoln.com & talk to Scott
about chartering a private tour.
area colleges are back in session and we just wrapped up a
celebratory Scarlet Days. If you got a $5 Gift Card during
Scarlet Days, remember to use it at our bookshop before the end
of this month. And check out our brand new "GO BIG READ"
also filled our New Arrivals section TWICE, offering new SIGNED
books, Philosophy, Music, Poetry, Literature & History. You're
sure to find new books in your favorite sections!
Recipient: The Lincoln Bike Kitchen
Lincoln Bike Kitchen is a community-building organization that
provides bicycles and related resources to all people. They
advocate for utilitarian bicycling as a vital part of a healthy,
equitable, and sustainable community - and connect cycling to
broader environmental and social issues through outreach,
education, and praxis. Their mission is to help moderate, low,
and extremely low-income individuals in the Lincoln community.
While this is the main mission, they will help anyone who comes
to their shop or to an event. There is an intake census that
individuals are asked to complete when they come to the shop,
but this is self reporting and The Lincoln Bike Kitchen does not
demand any proof of income or status. They are open to
individuals of any race, creed, sexual orientation, gender
identity, age, country of origin, religion or sect or physical
or mental ability.
At this time the Bike Kitchen is completely donation funded. All
labor is provided by volunteers, individuals who are earning
their bikes, or individuals who need volunteer hours for other
programs. For more information please contact Jay Mauk at
402-326-7016 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tues, Aug 26th - Sat Aug 30th
This week, we welcome back the Big Red students, faculty,
staff & fans!
in our bookshop & get a FREE $5 gift card that's good through
of Lincoln Bus Tours Ticket Launch!
Monday, August 25th 10am-4pm
12 nights in October.
Mondays (10/6, 10/13, 10/20/, 10/27)
Tuesdays (10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28)
Wednesdays (10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29).
$15/each. 50 seats on each tour. Blocks of tickets may be
purchased. All tickets need to be pre-paid in order to reserve!
information about the 2014 tours, contact Scott Colborn at
Now that each of us has had a
vacation, we are ready to get crackin' at work. Were changing
displays today, to welcome UNL & other area colleges back in
session. Ghost Tour tickets go on sale tomorrow. Tues-Sat, we'll
celebrate "Scarlet Days" - and if you spend $20, you'll get a
FREE $5 GIFT CARD to use anytime before Sept. 30th! Be sure to
check our events page to learn about our upcoming "Little Free
Library Days", too!
We bought more great Science
Fiction/Fantasy this week - the hardcovers and trade paperbacks
will enjoy a brief stay on our New Arrivals shelf, the mass
market paperbacks will be shelved directly. We also have a new
influx of Dungeons & Dragons manuals.
Game - Pick Your Discount!
Friday, August 1st 10am-7:30pm
It's hot - so we've decided to go for a beach theme. Pick up
a shell - on the underside is your discount on your entire
10% - 50%
A great time
to stock up on beach books or "staycation" reading!
Great books this week! In the
glass case in a newly acquired collection of pop-up books by
Robert Sabuda. He takes that art form to an entirely new level.
Many of the books are SIGNED.
also have new Poetry, Graphic Novels, Cookbooks, American
History & Science Fiction. We will not be doing buys until 8/9,
in order to have some time to work on our immense backlog. Stop
in soon - you'll find lots of exciting new books!
We have, once again, buried
ourselves in an avalanche of great new books. Lots of beautiful
new Science Fiction/Fantasy went directly into the section
today. Keep watching New Arrivals, too! From 7/23 - 8/9, we will
not be doing in-shop buys. We're taking that time to work
through the wonders of our backlog. Expect to find some
treasures hitting the shelves!
We have posted two sets of New
Arrivals photos already this week. Books on Buddhism, The
Beatles, great Literature, Theology & Art have come in recently
- and there's much more that we'll be pricing and putting out
Friday, July 11th 5pm -
Saturday, July 12th 2am
Come celebrate with us - the famous blues venue, The Zoo
Bar, throws a great street party every July. Visit:
Zoo Fest 2014
for a complete schedule & ticket information.
If you are
coming downtown to visit the bookshop, just ask the guys at the
gate to let you through. However, if you stay for the music,
please pay the door fee. It is bad form (and horrible karma) to
scam the Zoo Bar!
We'll be closed on the 4th, but
open on the 5th! Stock up on great summer reading and enjoy your
Through June 30th
May is National Photography Month and during that time, we
invited customers to take photos of themselves in our bookstore
month of June, you'll find these photos on 'album pages' all
over the first floor. Come see the folks in your bookish
shelfie boat this year? No worries. We'll do this again next
6/28/14: Whew! Thespian Week this year was
our best ever. We went through Blind Date books like
crazy - and they swarmed our Drama section. These
kids renew our faith in the future generation. They
buy -great books - Philosophy, Psychology, History,
Theology, Literature. They are also extremely polite
and lots of fun. It was a very vibrant week!
6/17/14: Wow. We have had a huge influx
of inventory lately and we're busy opening boxes and pricing
books. (It's like opening birthday presents all day!) You'll
find Cookbooks, Science Fiction, Mystery, Children's/YA Lit &
all kinds of interesting miscellany on the shelves now. We
bypassed New Arrivals with some of the books, just because we
were putting them out so fast. On Friday last week, Kat & I
purchased a large book collection (20 boxes) of scholarly
Theology, Philosophy, Mysticism, Judaica - and lots of fantastic
odds & ends. It'll be an exciting week!
Wednesday, June 11th
finalists have been announced!
*The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman
*The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
*The Presidents' Club by Nancy Gibbs
have to have read the books to enjoy the discussion about the
selection process - and the OBOL program, in general. Join us
for some good, laid-back book chat. We'll be serving
lemon-lavender shortbread cookies, coffee & Italian sodas.
You'll be most welcome!
Our "Shelfie Show" is on
display throughout the month of June. Stop in to see bookish
selfies of folks you know! New books this week include lots of
great Children's & YA Lit, History of all sorts, Cookbooks - and
the usual interesting miscellany. The street improvement project
is nearing completion - our sidewalks are spacious and
beautiful, the brickwork is finished and stately planters have
appeared. We expect to have the new angled parking spots
available very soon!
5/18/14: We have been having lots of
fun during National Photography Month. Our customers are taking
"shelfies" all over the shop. We'll be collaging these images
and hosting a June First Friday show, so mark your calendars!
Recipient: Macie's Place Family Resource Center
is a non-profit organization created to help those in need, and
to provide resources to help families keep from falling between
that even though you make a paycheck, you may not have extra
funding for a new baby, the growth of a child or seasonal
Macie's Place Dollar Thrift Shop
offers an opportunity to shop 4 times a year at NO cost to
families, with NO income guidelines!
Macie's Place receives no
federal/state funding or grants - all of its good work is made
possible through donations and volunteer labor. The thrift shop
is located at 2601 N. 47th Street Suite 6, and is open on
Wednesdays from 10am-5pm and Thursdays-Saturdays from 10am-4pm.
All clothing items are $1 each or 25 for $10. Money made in the
shop goes to fund mini programs like the Our Mitten Project
(which provides Christmas gifts to families who don't qualify
for other similar holiday programs), Summer kids camps,
coat/clothing drives, blankets for the homeless and more. They
also have a volunteer program for those needing volunteer hours
for school projects, Community Corrections, Diversions - and
anyone who wants to make a positive impact. If you have items to
donate or if you would like to volunteer (they always need help
sorting donations), please contact Kristin at 402-440-9929 or
Suzy at (402) 601-1773. For more information, please visit
Thursday, May 22nd - Saturday, May 24th
10am - 6pm
our sections of pulp fiction!
acquired 9 boxes of great paperbacks - sultry dames, wayward
teens, fast cars...
part of this "Throwback Thursday" with these books!
We have been having lots of
fun during National Photography Month. Our customers are taking
"shelfies" all over the shop. We'll be collaging these images
and hosting a June First Friday show, so mark your calendars!
Cat in the (Hard) Hat
Children's & Young Adult Book Sale!
Fri 5/16 & Sat 5/17
10am - 6pm both days
all Children's/YA Books!
*$.50 self-adhesive mustaches
*FREE crayons & coloring sheets
*FREE bubbles - to blow outside
Come in for
fun & get some fantastic books for the kids' summer reading!
The new American History
section looks fantastic. Katherine did great work rearranging
History & Military History - and it's wonderful. New books this
week include 9 boxes of vintage/pulp paperbacks that we are
having lots of fun working through. See us next week for our
Throwback Thursday Pulp Fiction Sale!
week, we're getting ready for our Children/Young Adult book
sale. We'll be using main floor display cases to expand the
section for the sale - and all of that inventory will be 30%
off. We'll also bring back the coin-operated "bookstache"
machine - self-adhesive mustaches matched to some of our
favorite authors. Look like Twain, Poe, Dickens, JM Barrie, etc.
It'll be a fun week!
Wednesday May 7th
10am - 6pm
*10% off all books
Join us for a
mid-week treat. Take your break at our bookshop!
Mysteries, Wicca, History &
Cookbooks came in last week. Katherine is about to move sections
downstairs, expanding American History and rearranging Military
History and History of Warfare. Exciting changes are afoot!
expect to have a whole sidewalk back in a couple of weeks. In
the meantime, our shop is fully accessible from 14th/O or the
alley between O&P. We are doing lots of fun things while the
project is going on: Cookie Day, The Cat in the (Hard) Hat
Children's Book Sale, "Shelfies"...check our Events page to see
Sale - Pick Your Discount!
Friday May 2nd
10am - 7:30pm
handmade paper flower - yours to keep - from our bouquet and see
what discount is written on the attached ribbon!10%
- 50% OFF!
discount on your entire purchase!
One flower per customer, please.
welcome the new season. Remember, since it's First Friday, we'll
be OPEN until 7:30pm!
We're thinking of the
construction project as a combination of snow day & theme party.
Look for the pinwheels we put on the sidewalk railing - and the
butterflies we hung from the awning!
The crew is making great progress - we've had fun watching them
install the bio swales, which will allow the new trees to have
better developed root systems - which will mean that the trees
outside our shop will get big!
Shop the Blocks
Thurs April 24th
4:30pm - 9:00pm
Join us for
Downtown Lincoln's premier shopping event!
All the boutiques will have freshened up for Spring - you'll
enjoy discounts, giveaways, food, drink & more!
The work on our sidewalk has
begun but our shop is fully accessible. You'll see our banner
with "The Cat in the Hard Hat" hanging outside. Thanks to all of
you for your support and patronage during the construction. When
finished, it'll look great!
have some especially fun window displays that went up today -
and lots of new books for you to browse. Eastern Philosophy,
Beat Writers, Graphic Novels and Literature will be on our New
Arrivals section for a time - but we have plenty to replace them
with. More books out every day!
RIGHT: Fundraising Event for Lincoln High School Theatre
Friday March 28th,
10:00am - 7:30pm
We are donating 10% of all day's sales in support of Theatre
Education - and the great students & staff at Lincoln High
Join us after
school when a troupe of actors in costume will be in the shop.
There will surely be song, dance - and a few theatrical antics!
We just purchased a collection
of Western Americana, including some nice books published by
University of Nebraska Press. Our New Arrivals section currently
houses many of them and more will be coming out soon. We also
have a display of Books on Theater, Acting & Plays in
anticipation of this Friday's Stage RIGHT benefit for Lincoln
High Theater. Looking forward to it, LHS!
Signing: Jeff Barnes, author of
The Great Plains Guide to Buffalo Bill
Saturday March 22nd, 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Barnes carefully examines the accounts of William F. 'Buffalo
Bill' Cody's life - some true, some fictional, and others in
between - guiding readers to sites associated with Buffalo Bill
and the momentous times in which he lived. It's an entertaining
and helpful guide to both past and place."
~ Steve Friesen, director of
the Buffalo Bill Museum
to residences, forts, battlefields, and other sites that
interpret Buffalo Bill's life on the Great Plains
*Locations in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska,
Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Wyoming
*Dozens of photographs
*Includes directions, visitor information, related sites, and
by Stackpole Books, $19.95 each.
Call (402) 475-8663 to reserve copies to pick up at the event.
Can't make the event but would like a signed copy? Let us
know - we can get copies signed for you to pick up later (or
have shipped to you).
We have new displays
throughout the bookshop! The windows showcase books on the
Crusades and the History of Christianity; the case by the front
door features books on Irish History, Art & Culture and
Literature; Gardening books and Children's Books about Nature
are on the small table & shelf above; and the glass case
downstairs is full of books on birdwatching, including multiple
copies of Paul Johnsgard's "Song of the North Wind". Come see us
before you head to Kearney to watch the Sandhill Cranes!
We found a cache of Beat
Literature - lots of Jack Kerouac & William S. Burroughs - that
won't stay long in this college-town bookshop. We also purchased
some good Biblical Commentary & Theology, some fine Young Adult
books in series (D'Lacey, Paolini, Magic Treehouse), and some
Cookbooks (lots of Slow Cooker books, along with some advanced
been donating Gift Certificates and books to organizations
hosting fundraisers. In the past two weeks, we've contributed
to: Trinity Infant & Child Care, Pound Hall, Brownville Fine
Arts Association, Kappa Delta, Lincoln High School, Patriot's
Dinner and Lincoln Literacy Council. It feels good to support
this great community!
Recipient: The Arthritis Foundation
Arthritis Foundation has 47 chapters nationwide that serve their
local communities. The Nebraska Chapter, founded in 1952 serves
the state of Nebraska as well as Pottawattamie County, IA with
an office in Omaha and Lincoln. In Nebraska, we support
arthritis research and quality of life programs such as:
*Continuing education courses and publications for health
professionals *Camp Spirit, yearly camp for kids with Arthritis
and two other annual one day educational and activity based
events for the 1800 kids in Nebraska with Arthritis *Arthritis
Self-Help, Pain management, and Walk with Ease Programs *A wide
variety of educational brochures are distributed to patients and
physicians *Water and land-based exercise classes *Distribution
of Arthritis Update, a quarterly chapter wide newsletter mailed
to people affected by arthritis, physicians and legislators
*Information and referral services, which provide timely and
accurate information on arthritis and referrals to community
resources, such as support groups and arthritis specialists
*Grass Roots advocacy efforts at the local to national levels
*Annual Special events designed to raise awareness and funds for
our research and programmatic efforts
For more information on how you can get involved, please contact
Carey Collingham at
We have new Stephen King
hardcovers, lots of new Cookbooks and all kinds of books on
Dinosaurs, Egypt, Mythology, Birds and Animals.
Kat & I made a housecall last
Wednesday evening and purchased 16 boxes of books. New
acquisitions include books on Egypt, Ireland, Dinosaurs and
Archaeology - as well as a good collection of Star Trek
paperbacks. We also discovered an astrolab and an old globe,
both on display on the main floor!
"Annual" 29th Birthday Party
Thursday Feb 13th - Saturday Feb 15th
Every year, we celebrate my continual delusion about my age.
It's a great time to see old & new friends!
will be 29% OFF!
Join us for a
time-honored (if not accurately marked)
A Novel Idea Bookstore
birthday candy and a "gracefully" aging owner...
We have new Children's Books -
lots of picture books and some wonderful chapter books. We also
have books SIGNED by Carl Hiaasen, Amy Tan, Dennis Lehane &
Michael Chabon. There's a nice copy of Karl Bodmer's America,
some beautiful Cookbooks and a faux leather copy of The Yale
Shakespeare on New Arrivals as well.
This week, we have new Graphic
Novels & Manga, leatherbound History & Law books, Hardy Boys
Mysteries and more. We have new window displays and books on
chess, scrabble and card games in the case downstairs. In the
display case by the front door, you'll find a "romantic
1/24/14: Reservations for the
2014 "Books & Bottles" parties have all been sold. However, if
you would like to put your name on the wait list, please call
the bookstore at (402) 475-8663. No fee is required to be on the
have lots of great Children's Books this week. New Arrivals has
a good selection of Nancy Drew mysteries and picture books - and
we have a new display of Little Golden Books under the glass at
the counter. We also acquired a cache of vintage Science Fiction
paperbacks. We'll be pricing them soon. They
have fantastic cover art - take a look next time you stop in!
& Bottles Reservations Go On Sale
Tuesday, January 21
We will be hosting 11 private parties in 2014, selling
reservations on a first-come, first-serve basis.
For each party, we will serve a seasonal, signature drink - and
participants will receive a 10% discount on their purchases. The
party will have the bookstore to themselves and two experienced
booksellers will be on hand to offer personal service, make
recommendations and respond to questions.
needs to have 10 (minimum) - 20 (maximum) people. There is a
non-refundable reservation fee of $30 for the whole group.
For a list
of 2014 Dates & Drinks, please visit our
Books & Bottles Page
1/19/14: 2014 is off to a
fantastic start! Being closed on Sundays & Mondays has given us
time for some larger projects - including an extensive remodel
of our bathroom. We knocked out plaster to expose the brick wall
underneath, painted the shelving and installed new fixtures. We
have LOTS of new books - Graphic Novels, History, Children's
Books, Cookbooks, Science - all sorts of goodies.
Reservations for our "Books & Bottles" private book-buying
go on sale this Tuesday, January 21st. We've been accumulating
glassware - champagne flutes, beer steins, margarita glasses,
etc - and looking forward to a year's worth of festive evenings
with fellow book lovers. Check out our Books & Bottles page for
a list of dates & drinks!
We are beginning a great new year with some changes! We have a
new web site and have added a "Books & Bottles" page, which
details our 2014 season of private book-buying parties. Our
hours have changed to Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-6pm - and we're
excited about a great line-up of in-store projects and events.
We will embark on our 24th year of business in 2014! Thanks to
all of you for your contiued patronage. We are continually
grateful to spend our days in the company of kind, funny, smart,
curious people like you!
12/13/13: Our New Arrivals shelf is
full of leatherbound books we just purchased - perfect gifts!
This season, we also have NEW zippered tote bags - for only $15
each. The new cat calendars are in - $7.99 each. Plantable
notecard sets are perfect for out-of-town friends & family -
self address & stamp at least one of the cards! We also have
GIFT CERTIFICATES, available for any amount.
12/2/13: We have decked the halls!
You'll find new displays throughout the shop, which is full of
gifts for everyone on your list. This season, we have NEW
zippered tote bags - for only $15 each. The new cat calendars
are in - $7.99 each. Plantable notecard sets are perfect for
out-of-town friends & family - self address & stamp at least one
of the cards! We also have GIFT CERTIFICATES, available for any
Recipient: Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra
mission of Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra is to educate, entertain
and enrich current and potential audiences through the
performance and advancement of symphonic music. This is
accomplished through 9 season performances and multiple
education and outreach programs. LSO is committed to providing
affordable and exciting programming to all segments of our
community, especially youth and families. Over the last several
years, LSO has offered subsidized tickets to Title I elementary
schools in Lincoln, along with free tickets to members of the
Lincoln Youth Symphony, the Center for People in Need and El
Centre de las Americas. New to this year, LSO is partnering with
Family Literacy to offer free tickets to the family series
concerts, in addition to Spanish language children's programs.
Additional outreach activities include: visits from LSO Maestro,
Concertmaster and guest artists throughout the year to LPS
school orchestras, instrument petting zoos before family
concerts and at other Lincoln venues, annual Young People's
Concerts for 4th and 5th grade students, an annual Young Artist
Competition for musicians under the age of 20, two educational
dress rehearsals, and pre-concert lectures before every Classics
Saturday, November 30th
10am - 6pm
small, local businesses this holiday season! Our shop will be
freshly decorated. Come find:
Great gifts &
Homemade cookies & hot cider
2014 'Cats, Books, Life is Good' Calendars
FREE coloring sheets & crayons
We love our
community! Thanks for shopping locally & keeping Lincoln strong!
11/15/13: Enjoy a cozy browse in
your local bookstore - we have new displays throughout the shop.
Step into autumn with books on knitting & cooking. Check out our
new Staff Reads & find books to curl up with!
Discussion: Wed Nov 13th, 7pm
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
Join us for coffee, homemade cookies and a discussion of
this year's One Book One Lincoln selection.
Harold Fry &
his wife, Maureen, have lived sedate lives, burying their
troubles under layers of English civility and the distance of
separate bedrooms. When Harold receives a letter from a former
co-worker who is stricken with cancer, he goes to put a reply
into the mailbox - and keeps on walking. He develops the idea
that, if he walks across England to visit his old acquaintance,
she will keep living. And so he keeps walking, meeting a host of
people along the way. Harold and Maureen both reveal a
vulnerability that is both painful and joyful to read. All in
all, an endearing book.
11/5/13: This week, we have new
Graphic Novels! We purchased several boxes from a collector.
Some DC, some marvel, some unusual miscellany - come take a
Signing: Sun Nov 3rd, 1:30pm-3pm
Jeff McArthur, author of The Great Heist
In September 1930, six men entered the Lincoln National Bank
in Nebraska's capital city armed with revolvers and Thompson
submachine guns. In eight minutes, they emerged with more than
2.7 million dollars, the largest take of any bank heist in
A nationwide search for the bandits led Nebraska authorities
through the gangland streets of Chicago and East St. Louis, and
deep into the heart of the Capone organization.
The Great Heist not only chronicles the search for the
bandits and the trials that followed, but the incredible story
of how they got the money back.
paperback, $9.95. Call (402) 475-8663
to reserve. Can't make the event but would like a signed copy?
Let us know. We'll have a copy signed for you to pick up later.
10/28/13: This week, we have new
Cookbooks, Mysteries, Science Fiction, & Children's Books. Our
'Blind Date' books continue to be popular - pick one next time
you're in and cuddle up with it some evening!
Thurs Oct 24th - Sun Oct 27th
Pick a pumpkin from the patch & see what discount you get -
10% - 50%
OFF your entire purchase that day!
We'll have a
basket of little pumpkins. You choose one & see what discount is
written on the underside. You can use your discount that day on
anything in the shop! Come try your luck all four days! One
'discount harvest' per customer, per day, please. It's one of
our favorite fall events!
10/22/13: We are getting ready for
our big fall sale! The Pumpkin Patch Sale is like the 'duck
game' you may have played at your grade school carnival.
Discount numbers are written on the undersides of little
pumpkins. Pick one out of the basket and see what you get - 10%
- 50% off your entire purchase that day!
10/10/13: We have new Graphic
Novels, some History - and LOTS of Fiction & Literature. Also,
our new order of "Husker Read" T-shirts is in - support the
Cornhuskers and your love of reading! $14 each.
9/30/13: We have new Mysteries this
week, as well as new Children's Books & Cookbooks. We have also
added "Bookstaches" - a machine that dispenses an assortment of
10 self-adhesive mustaches that resemble those of your favorite
author. Collect them all! :)
RIGHT - a benefit for Lincoln High School Theatre
Friday, September 27th
10am - 7:30pm
10% of all
day's sales will go to support creativity and drama education at
LHS. These kids work hard, learn much - and produce several
great main stage shows each year.
we'll be visited by a troupe of actors in costume, who will
perform short skits, songs...theatrical antics...there will be
much merriment. Don't miss this fun event!
9/17/13: We have new displays
throughout the shop. Don't miss the home crafts books in the
south window - sewing, needlepoint, Nebraska Wild Game cookbook,
collecting fruit jars, Little House on the Prairie, etc. The
cool weather this week has put us in "nesting mode" - start
gathering your books now for the coming Winter!
9/6/13: This week, we are offering
SIGNED books by Larry McMurtry & Caril Ann
Fugate. We also have a First Edition of Chinua Achebe's classic
novel, Things Fall Apart. On the bottom shelf of our New
Arrivals section, you'll find several clamshell boxes that house
volumes of The Letterpress Shakespeare, published in London by
The Folio Society. Absolutely beautiful books.
Read A Book Day!
Friday, September 6th
honor of this national celebration of reading, we are offering
30% OFF your entire book purchase!
day only - open 10am-7:30pm
If you live out of Lincoln, you can still get the discount -
just call us with your credit card number. No discount on
shipping - but you'll get the whopping book discount!
Recipient: 'wet rats' theater company
rats' is a Lincoln-based theatre company that has been active
since 2009. The company practices scavenger's theatre- centered
around the gathering of ideas from all sources- working with
local artists, musicians & enthusiastic amateurs with varied
levels of theatre experience to conjure something from nothing &
breathe life into it.
'wet rats' was founded in 2009 during a nine-month run of
serialized play 'the living room' at the Tugboat Gallery
in downtown Lincoln. Since then, the company has performed in
basements, drawing rooms, bars, backyards, former churches &
sidewalks in Lincoln & points beyond.
In June of 2013, 'wet rats' is producing a limited run of 'these
saints will burn-', a new play by Robert Stewart & directed
by Ladd Wendelin, based on the life of Joan of Arc.
Performances will be held at the Bike Kitchen's new location
(1635 1st Street) & will commence on June
7 with performances
every Friday & Saturday through June 22. All performances are
at 7.30 p.m. Tickets are $10 or $5 to sit on the floor. Anyone
who rides their bike to the show will also get a $5 ticket.
For more information visit 'wet rats' on Facebook, email email@example.com or
8/27/13: Welcome back, UNL
students/faculty/staff! Our sidewalk sale is in full swing -
don't miss "Dollar Day" this Sunday, when all sale books will be
$1 each. Also, we will be CLOSED this Monday in honor of Labor
Day - be sure to stock up on good reading for the long weekend.
Days Sidewalk Sale
Aug 26th - Sun Sept 1st
Downtown celebrates the beginning of the fall semester
on tables outside will be priced $1.09 - $6.99 - Sunday is "Dollar Day" - all sale books will be
hours: M-Sat 10am-6pm; Thurs 10am-8pm; Sun 1pm-5pm
8/15/13: We are SOLD OUT of Ghosts
of Lincoln bus tour tickets. However, Scott has added 2 tours &
will sell those new tickets directly. Visit ghostsoflincoln.com
for info! Book news: We have new Poetry, Western Americana,
Drawing Books & Cookbooks. There are new displays throughout the
8/6/13: I was on vacation last week
but the shop stayed busy. Katherine re-arranged the History
section (a large portion of our lower floor) and it is
beautiful. Come explore the new world order... Also, New
Arrivals has been steadily filling, emptying & re-filling. Sorry
we didn't post photos last week. There was no internet service
in the Rocky Mountains. I actually forgot that places like that
still exist and didn't anticipate not being able to work on
vacation! Come see what's new in your favorite sections - and on
New Arrivals. I look forward to seeing you all. It was a
refreshing week away! -Cinnamon
7/23/13: Our New Arrivals shelf has
been in constant motion lately. Philosophy, Medieval Literature,
English History, Children's books, Cookbooks - and more. "Blind
Date" books continue to be popular - and we are adding new ones
all the time. Check out the basket full of books wrapped in
brown paper - and see if you can guess what they are based on
the key words we've written on the wrapping!
7/16/13: Katherine & I made three
housecalls last week - and found many good books. Beautiful
Cookbooks, English Literature, Medieval History & Literature,
Greek & Latin Classics, Biography and much more. We'll be
working to get the new books on the shelves this week!
Signing: Genevieve Dewey, author of First, I Love You and
Second of All
1:30pm - 3:00pm
detective Tommy Gates has kept his gangster father at arm's
length his whole life. Mickey Downey has spent the better part
of the last two decades trying to find ways to get back the son
he lost through Witness Protection. Now Tommy is working on the
Federal Human Trafficking Joint Task Force in Chicago, where his
father lives. Tommy's new DEA partner sees this as an
opportunity to gain leverage over Mickey Downey. Add in the
agendas of Tommy's mother & sister, his FBI agent partner - and
a dash of romance - and there is a maelstrom of unexpected
Trade paperbacks @ $15 each - or $25 for both. Free swag from
the author (magnets, bookmarks, postcards) for those who pick up
books at the event! Call (402) 475-8663 to reserve copies to be
held for you at the event - or to be signed/inscribed for you to
pick up later.
7/10/13: Thanks to Brin Hopeman,
owner of Bold Butter Bakery, for providing delicious cookies for
our customers yesterday! Expect more "Bold Butter Bakery &
Books" events in the future. We continue to work through a
collection of NE Press books we purchased a few weeks ago - and
we have added to our backlog by purchasing books from a longtime
Geology professor. Those books will be coming out soon. New
Arrivals this week has more Knitting/Crocheting books - some
beautiful things we usual have a hard time finding!
Butter Bakery - & Books!
Tuesday, July 9th
10am-11am & 2pm-3pm
Tuesday, July 9th is National Sugar Cookie Day - and we are
celebrating by partnering with Bold Butter Bakery to offer
two "cookie breaks" at our bookstore!
*FREE sugar cookies, courtesy of Bold Butter Bakery
*10% off all Books
Take a break with us - and enjoy some sweetness: homemade
cookies & good books!
6/26/13: This week, we added a new
component to our shop: "blind date books". We take books we've
enjoyed, wrap them in brown paper, tie them with string & write
a few key words and phrases on the wrapping. The idea is not to
judge a book by its cover. It has been tremendous fun - check
out the basket full of them when you stop in!
6/18/13: In addition to recent
acquisitions in Native American History & Western American, we
also have new Young Adult Fiction, great new Knitting/Crocheting
books, and beautiful new Cookbooks!
Wednesday June 12th, 7pm - 8:30pm
The Top Three Finalists have been chosen:
The Round House, The Sandcastle Girls, and The
Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. Read my reviews here:
have coffee, cookies and bookish conversation. No need to
have read the top three books before this discussion - it's
laid-back. Join us!
6/11/13: We recently acquired a
collection of books comprised largely of books published by
University of Nebraska Press. We'll be working on them over the
next few weeks. You'll see lots of great Native American
History, Western Americana, Nebraska Authors - and also, great
Literary Criticism & Theory and Philosophy.
5/29/13: Thanks to Arden Ellen
Nixon, who classed up our staircase! Each step is now painted to
look like a leather-bound book. As you go up the stairs, you'll
encounter Pride and Prejudice, On the Origin of Species, The
Hobbit - and more. Come see for yourself!
Recipient: Prescott Park
Elementary, in the Near South neighborhood, is transforming our
playground into a neighborhood park and an outdoor education
area. Prescott Elementary students, families and community
members have helped raise money to install a walking path and
rain garden, build raised bed gardens, build a stage and install
three classroom areas. We are excited to be at the halfway mark!
All of our students are benefitting from time learning and
exploring in nature. Many new activities, such as planting and
harvesting vegetables, creating a sun dial and observing weather
conditions at our weather station, greatly enhance our
curriculum. Prescott Park is open to the Lincoln community and
has hosted several fun and well attended neighborhood events.
Neighbors, friends and students of Prescott Elementary now have
a green space where they can exercise, play games, fly kites and
enjoy our beautiful outdoor area. For more information about how
to contribute to Prescott Park and to see pictures of our
progress, please visit
Signing: Gaynell Gavin, author of the novella,
Attorney at Large
Sunday June 2nd, 1:30pm - 3:00pm
In this novella, the protagonist fails against a
legal system that give short shrift to women, children and
minorities. Emotionally authentic & darkly funny.
Attorney at Large is a trade paperback and sells for $11
each. Call (402) 475-8663 to reserve copies. Can't make the
signing but would like a signed copy? Let us know - we are happy
to have copies signed or personally inscribed. We can hold them
for you to pick up - or ship them!
5/22/13: Last week's Science Fiction
buy was lots of fun & we acquired some great vintage classic SFF.
Come in to see the display by the counter - you'll find lots of
DAW, Ace and Ace Doubles. The cover art alone is worth a look.
(We like to find covers with the trifecta of a ray gun, a
scantily clad power lady and some kind of lizard-like monster.
Bonus if the art also contains a planet or skyscape!)
will be CLOSED for Memorial Day this Monday. However, local
artist Arden Nixon, will be using the time to create a special
art project in the bookstore. Come visit this Tuesday and see!
5/14/13: This week, we acquired a
SIGNED first edition of Barbara Kingsolver's Animal,
Vegetable, Miracle. We also have SIGNED books by Jeff
Corwin, Dorothy Allison & Jim Butcher. Tomorrow, Katherine & I
are going on a book hunt - into a garage - for some vintage
Science Fiction books. Cross your fingers!
pleased to announce that while staffer Rebekka is interning at
the Kennedy Center this summer, Matthew Eggert will be filling
in. Matthew has worked for us for many years - with a hiatus to
Seattle in the middle. He is back for what we're calling his
'third tour of duty'! Expect to see him next week. Isabel, my 10
year-old daughter, will also be helping out as a junior staff
member this summer - you'll see her when school's out!
Thurs May 9th, 4pm-9pm
downtown's premier shopping event! Your all-access pass,
available on the SB website, gets you discounts and deals at
downtown boutiques, limo service and admission to a great after
party at Single Barrel.
Come to our
block for Tsuru, Stella, Post & Nickel, Aorta, Sassafrass,
Bella, Gomez Art Supply, Lincoln Jewelry - and us!
serving wine, cheese/crackers/olives - and we'll offer great
prices on beautiful leatherbound & signed books. We'll have a
drawing for a FREE T-shirt, tote & set of plantable paper
notecards - and we'll have eye-catching displays throughout the
5/3/13: We are in the afterglow of
Judy Slater's book signing last night. Her chapbook, So You
Dream About Your Dog: Letters to the Pet Dream Analyst sold
its entire first print run of 150 copies! The book is a joyful
tribute to Judy's late husband, author Gerry Shapiro, who slyly
never fully admitted to being the Pet Dream Analyst. $7.99 each
- all proceeds go to support the Capital Humane Society.
News Flash! Judy
is having more copies printed. If you would like signed or
inscribed copies, RESERVE NOW by calling (402) 475-8663 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. Judy moves to Oregon in a
couple of weeks - and she will sign copies requested by our
customers before she leaves.
Signing: Judy Slater, editor of
So You Dream About Your Dog: Letters to the Pet Dream Analyst
May 2nd, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Judy Slater's late husband, Gerry Shapiro, was a
fiction writer known for his humor. He also wrote a
column of funny letters from the "Pet Dream Analyst"
for the UNL English Department newsletter. As a
joyful tribute to Gerry, Judy created this book. It
contains full-color illustrations by Sandra Williams
and is delightful.
$7.99 each. All proceeds from this literary project
go to support Lincoln's Capital Humane Society.
Note: We sold the entire first print run of
the book at the signing - 150 copies! There is
another run of copies being printed and Judy will
sign copies requested by our customers. However, she
is moving to Oregon in just a couple of weeks! If
you'd like a signed copy, call us at (402) 475-8663
soon! (We are also happy to ship the book to
customers for an additional $1/copy.)
Thurs April 25h - Sun April 28th
Join us for
our annual spring event. We take this opportunity every year to
refresh our inventory, which means tables full of great books at
bargain prices for you!
Friday, Saturday: Sale books priced as marked.
"Dollar Day" - everything left on the tables outside sells for
Thurs 10-8, Fri 10-6, Sat 10-6, Sunday "Dollar Day" 1-5
4/19/13: More Graphic Novels came in
last week - including some hard-to-find Jack Kirby, Fables,
Usagi (2 volumes in slipcase) and several other oddities. We
also have new Spanish/English board books for kids - great for
learners of either language. We have new Art/Photography &
Science books in backlog - and we hope to have those books in
the New Arrivals section later this week.
Award-winning Science Fiction author, Connie Willis, was here
Thursday night for a book signing! She is a wonderful writer -
and a wonderful person. She graciously took time with each
customer. What a fantastic evening! Our thanks to ConStellation
Nebraska, the local SFF group who brought her to us.
Signing: Connie Willis, author of
To Say Nothing of the Dog; All Clear; Blackout
April 18th, 6:30pm-8:00pm
is one of the most prominent women Science Fiction/Fantasy
writers and has a distinguished career that includes winning
both Hugo & Nebula awards. She appears in our store courtesy of
the SF group ConStellation - and all proceeds of book sales will
go to benefit this wonderful group that encourages reading and
enjoyment of Science Fiction & Fantasy.
We will be
selling the following books at the event:
All Clear: Harcover, $26; Trade paperback, $16
Blackout: Trade paperback, $16
To Say Nothing of the Dog: Mass market pb, $7.99
Please call (402) 475-8663 to reserve copies to pick up at
Can't make the signing but would like signed copies? Call us to
get copies signed for you - you can pick them up later or we can
ship them to you!
4/10/13: We acquired some beautiful
books last week, including a 2-volume, elephant folio set of
David Roberts's The Holy Land, currently held in the
glass case. Limited to 1,000 editions sold exclusively to Folio
Society members, this set is #712. $1,600.
Additionally, we had a leather bound SIGNED copy of Henry
Kissinger's Diplomacy, a SIGNED copy of Madeleine
L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time, & a SIGNED First Edition of
James Welch's Fools Crow. (Those three sold very
quickly.) However, we have added considerably to our section of
Leather Bound & Fine Press Books, and there are plenty of
beautiful books available for browsing.
Several people sold Graphic Novels to us last week, so that
section received a great boost of inventory. Ker-POW!
visit soon! Displays throughout the store are new - including a
Science Fiction/Fantasy display by the counter in honor of
author Connie Willis, who will be in our shop signing
books on Thursday, April 18th!
4/3/13: We acquired more leather
bound books last week, most notably a SIGNED copy of Maya
Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Also,
we bought a nice cache of Chess books and lots of Art books,
including books on Degas, Klee, Dutch Painters, Seurat & Rothko.
3/27/13: New Philosophy, Henry
Rollins, Knitting & Cookbooks came in last week - along with
some beautiful Easton Press Literature titles. Spring looks to
be here for good - time to celebrate & read outdoors!
Signing: Sunday March 24th, 1:30pm-3:00pm
Barbara Schmitz, author of
Path of Lightning: A Seeker's Jagged Journey
poet, Barbara Schmitz, offers a heartfelt, funny and deeply
moving spiritual autobiography that brings the reader along each
stage of her fervent inner quest for mystical experience. Along
her way through the US, India, Turkey, Kashmir, Bali & the Holy
Land, she meets guides like Sufi mystics and Allen Ginsberg.
"I name [Barbara Schmitz] the Queen of Constancy for her
devotion to meditation and never letting up or giving up on her
spiritual journey. Enjoy the rich trip." ~ Natalie Goldberg,
author of Writing Down the Bones.
Path of Lightning is a trade paperback published
by Pinyon and sells for $17.
Call (402) 475-8663 to reserve your copy.
Can't make the signing but would like a signed copy? Let us
know. We'll arrange to get a copy signed/inscribed as you
3/20/13: New Indian & Mediterranean
Cookbooks came in this week - along with a great book on 1920's
Art & Architecture, some books on Illuminated Manuscripts and
other books on Hindu & Middle Eastern Art. Yesterday, we
purchase two boxes of leather bound books - mostly Literature -
which we'll be putting on New Arrivals soon.
3/13/13: This week, we have new
Thomas Pynchon, Don Delillo, TC Boyle, Nora Ephron, Kahlil
Gibran...English/Chinese & English/Japanese dictionaries...books
on Ancient Egypt, Pirates, Catherine the Great and more!
thanks to my staff. I have been enjoying Spring Break with my
elementary-age kids! -C.
3/5/13: Cookbooks came in this week:
Soups, Indian, Vegetarian. We also have some new Foreign
Language books: Japanese, Korean, Greek, Hebrew. Some good YA
Lit: Wilder, Pullman, 'Harry Potter', 'Peter & the Starcatchers'.
All this, along with the usual goodies - Jung, C.S. Lewis,
Buckminster Fuller, Kerouac.
Friday (3/8) is International Women's Day. Tune in to KZUM
Community Radio - 89.3 to listen to Cinnamon & Jen (from Bodhi
Imports) talk about the wonders of being women business owners.
Thanks to Laura at the station for hosting a great conversation!
2/27/13: More field guides hit the
new arrivals section this - many signed by both author &
illustrator. We also have new Civil War, American History and
Native American History this week.
You Tuesday Recipient: Lincoln High School Theatre
Lincoln High School, founded in 1871, is the oldest public high
school in the city. Over the years, the LHS building has seen
many additions and renovations - including an extensive
renovation to the theatre and technical shop in 2010. The new
Ted Sorenson Theatre is a wonderful venue. The LHS theatre
program has a tradition of excellence, providing learning
opportunities for students and a wide range of quality theatre
performances for the public. Donations to LHS Theatre go to
provide costumes, props, scripts and more. Donations of snack
foods are also welcome. This is high school! For more
information about how to contribute directly to LHS - or for a
schedule of performances - please visit:
Date: Stage RIGHT! Friday 1/25, 10am - 7:30pm
Our 4th annual event in support of LHS Theatre - 10% of all
day's sales donated, actors in costume, theatrical antics & lots
of fun. Join us!
2/20/13: Art, Photography, Chess,
Poetry & History came in this week. There are some noteworthy
books on local flora & fauna that have already been shelved in
Field Guides. When you stop in, don't miss the new books in the
glass case - a beautiful folio on Arab Art, among others.
We are SOLD OUT of our 2013 calendars. Watch for them in
November when we'll release our 2014 calendar!
"Annual" 29th Birthday Party!
Thursday 2/14 - Sunday 2/17
In honor of
Cinnamon's continued delusion about her age,
& MERCHANDISE WILL BE
biggest sale of the year - and a really fun time to be in the
bookstore. See if you can congratulate Cinnamon on her "29th"
while keeping a straight face!
Birthday Candy & a "Gracefully" Aging Owner...please join us!
bought books from a private library last week. Philosophy,
Psychology, History, Judaica, Foreign Languages, Cooking,
Gardening. We have filled/refilled the New Arrivals case twice
in four days & we're still unpacking. Stop in soon - it's lots
1/31/13: This week, we have new
Philosophy books - some nice hardcovers with jackets in archival
mylar. We also have new Literature & Fiction: Paul Auster, Chuck
Palahniuk, Charles Bukowski & more - and lots of Young Adult
10am - 7/30pm
our 4th annual event in support of Lincoln High School Theatre!
donating 10% of all day's sales to help these students learn
about the exciting world of the stage - and to encourage them to
continue to provide exceptional performances in the recently
remodeled Ted Sorenson Theatre on the LHS campus.
our store will be graced by thespians in costume. Theatrical
antics, youthful enthusiasm & fun - come out in support of
1/15/13: Hats off to Katherine this
week! She has been buying new inventory, pricing newly purchased
inventory & making sure new inventory gets shelved. Thanks also
to the staff - they've been doing great, too!
I (Cinnamon), on the other hand, have been away from the shop -
not helpful on that front at all. Kat, gracious as ever, grants
me that my office projects - bookwork, tax prep, reviewing
insurance policies - are crucial. Bless her. I walked into the
shop this morning after much absence, and it was WONDERFUL to be
there. And that's why I do the rest of it. I'm looking forward
to clearing the busiwork hurdles and spending more time in my
12/29/12: We have new displays
throughout the store: Writing & Pulp Fiction in the glass case,
Fairytales & Folklore on the shelves by the counter, Trivia &
Humor on the table, Knitting & Crafting downstairs, Spiritual
Journeys & Recommended Reading on the shelves by the door,
Cookbooks in the north window and American History & Civil War
in the south window. We are ready for the New Year!
to all of you for your continued patronage & support. We look
forward to seeing you in 2013!
Saturday, 12/15 & Sunday, 12/16
5pm - 9pm
cookies & good cheer!
Receive these gifts when you spend:
$35 - FREE 2013 calendar featuring our cats
$75 - FREE natural canvas tote bag
We can help
you find great books for everyone on your list - and we also
have "Husker Read" T-shirts ($11 each), "A Novel Idea Bookstore
T-shirts ($14 each), plantable paper notecards ($15 for a set of
4) and Gift Certificates, which never expire. Gift
Certificates for $25 or higher come in a beautiful handmade
paper sleeve embedded with wildflowers!
We have lots of new books on the shelves - and we also have tote
bags, T-shirts, plantable paper notecard sets and our fantastic
new 2013 'Cats, Books, Life is Good' calendars. The calendars
are $7.99 each and full of great photos of our cats & beautiful
quotes. Get one FREE during our Holiday Open House with a $35
purchase. With a $75 purchase, get a FREE tote bag!
11/29/2012: We have new Cookbooks on our
New Arrivals shelf this week - including 'The Unofficial Downton
Abbey Cookbook' and 'The Lebanese Kitchen'. Katherine & I also
bought another eclectic collection yesterday. The hunt for
interesting books takes us into attics, basements, storage units
- and often into private libraries. Never dull! Come for a
browse and peruse our recent finds!
Recipient: The Friends of The Ross
in 1981, The Friends of the Ross work to support the theatre
through fund-raising and educational outreach. Programming at
the Ross is only made possible with private support. When you
join the Friends you will receive discounted admission to Ross
films, complimentary passes, and invitations to member events
that celebrate the place for entertaining and edifying
Independent, foreign, and classic film in Lincoln. Your support
is vital for the continued program quality of the Ross. To
become a Friend of The Ross - or purchase a gift membership -
Friends of The Ross!
11/18/2012: Books on Weaving and other
Textile Arts came in last week, along with Theology, Medieval
History, Music, Literature and Children's Books. Big news:
Silas, our 1st generation shop cat, and our bookstore were an
answer on Jeopardy! Question: "What is a cat?" WOO HOO!
We had lots of positive feedback. Thanks to the unknown writer
who gave us a nod on the national stage. Thanks also to Jeff
Korbelik for doing a great article in the Journal Star. To give
Padric & Eddy their due, our "Cats, Books, Life is Good!"
calendars - featuring fab photos of the resident felines - is
going to print tomorrow. We'll have them ready for Small
Thursday, November 15th
5pm - 9pm
Downtown's signature shopping event! Get your all-access pass
Downtown Lincoln Association!
get Free wine & appetizers, entry into drawings, deals on books,
jewelry, clothing, art...limo service and a fun after party!
Don't miss what is downtown's best Girls' Night Out! Take some
time to have fun & get a start on your holiday shopping. Be
ahead of the game this holiday season!
11/2/2012: Lots of Buddhism, Philosophy,
History, Science & Fiction this week, including a SIGNED edition
of James Loewen's "Lies Across America". We can barely keep up
with New Arrivals these days - we'll be well set for the
Signing: Paul Hedren, editor of
Ho! For the Black Hills: Captain Jack Crawford Reports the
Black Hills Gold Rush and Great Sioux War
Sunday, November 4th 1:30pm -3:00pm
Hedren, an award-winning historian, discovered Captain Jack
Crawford's newspaper articles and letters from the 1870s.
Wallace Crawford, who became better known as Captain Jack, wrote
a vibrant account of this tumultuous era in the American West.
His correspondence featured his adventures as he played the
parts of reporter, plainsman, scout, and raconteur. Captain Jack
informed his readers, in great detail and with an eye for the
unusual and intriguing, of the vagaries and difficulties of
travel in the region, the art of survival in what was
essentially wilderness, the hardships of inclement weather,
trouble with outlaws, and interactions with American Indians.
Ho! For the Black Hills,
published by South Dakota State Historical Society Press,
is a hardcover and sells for $29.95 each. To reserve a copy,
call A Novel Idea Bookstore at (402) 475-8663.
10/21/2012: The Pumpkin Patch Sale was a
great way to kick off the season - and it's nice to have some
room on the shelves. We need it. Katherine & I will be putting
out lots of new books this week: Literature, Theology, Science,
Philosophy & History.
Thursday 10/18 - Sunday 10/21
pumpkin from the patch and see what you get - 10% - 50% OFF
YOUR BOOKS THAT DAY!
Join us for
some Fall Fun!
10/10/2012: We bought so many books in the
past two weeks, we forgot to update our news! In an almost
unprecedented binge, we purchased 100 boxes of books - Science,
Theology, History, Literature...all kinds of great stuff. We
filled both windows with trade paperback Lit just to make room
for the rest of the books, which we'll be working on throughout
the month(s). The bookstore looks like Fall - new displays on
both levels. Come explore!
9/24/2012: We acquired 27 boxes
of great books last Friday. Lots of American History &
Biography, great Literature, Poetry - and an assortment of the
quirky odds and ends that we're famous for carrying. Keep your
eyes on our New Arrivals section - and stop in for a closer look
Novel Idea Bookstore's
21st Birthday Party at The Ross!
Thursday, September 20th
Party @ 5:30, Film @ 7:00
*Appetizers from Grateful Greens
*Free Screening of the film 'Fahrenheit 451'
Plus - purchase (or renew) a membership in the Friends of
The Ross organization Sept 1-20 & we'll give you a FREE tote bag
with the event logo!
celebrate our 21st year in business & support a community gem.
Ross memberships are affordable - $50 individual/$75 family -
and high value - 2 free movie tickets, reduced priced admission
to movies for a year & more! Sign up now:
Friends of The Ross!
9/11/2012: We have new Gaming, Fiction,
Literature and Cookbooks this week - and we're getting ready to
celebrate our 21st Birthday! The Party is Thursday, September
20th at The Ross Film Theater - don't miss it!
Signing: Jeff McArthur, author of Pro Bono: The 18-Year
Defense of Caril Ann Fugate
Sunday, September 2nd
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Charles Starkweather is famous for
saying, "When I go to the electric chair, I want Caril Ann
Fugate sitting on my lap." Starkweather went on a murder spree
that left 11 dead and struck fear across the Midwest. He was
accompanied by his 14 year old ex-girlfriend, Caril Ann Fugate.
The public was left to wonder - was Caril Ann kidnapped or was
she Starkweather's willing accomplice? This book, written by the
grandson of Caril Ann Fugate's lawyer, sheds new light on this
Trade paperback. $14.99 each.
Recipient: The Lincoln Underground
The Lincoln Underground is a new quarterly literary magazine in
Lincoln, Nebraska, started by local husband and wife team Amy
Keller and Jeff Martinson. Amy is a singer-songwriter and poet,
and Jeff is a poet and former co-owner of Crescent Moon Coffee.
The magazine's goal is to make known just how much talent there
is here in Lincoln, and they encourage you to submit your work
for publication. They accept poetry, short or serialized
fiction, creative non-fiction, song lyrics, photography,
artwork, and other creative work. The Lincoln Underground
focuses on local talent, but also accepts submissions from
outside the city and state. They have released two issues so far
(Winter 2012 and Spring 2012), and the third issue, Summer 2012,
will come out in mid to late July. For more information - or to
submit work - please visit:
8/30/2012: We have new Cookbooks, Poetry,
Children's Books and Theology this week. Also, some books
published in the 1800's about Victorian exploration in Africa -
look for these in the glass case.
8/24/2012: Welcome back, UNL! Our 'Husker
Read' T-shirts are $11 each. Look sharp & smart. Wear it to our
shop on a home game day and get 10% off your purchase of books!
These T's also make great gifts for fans!
Read Sidewalk Sale
Monday, August 20th - Sunday, August 26th
Celebrate the first week of UNL's fall semester with us!
Monday 8/20 - Saturday, 8/25:
Books priced as marked. $1.99 -
Sunday 8/26 is 'Dollar Day' - all sale books left will sell for
8/8/2012: Katherine & I went on a housecall
this week and purchased 8 boxes of Cookbooks! (We couldn't
resist...) Some of them are already on New Arrivals - expect to
see more soon. We also bought new Theology, some of which is on
display near the counter. We will not be doing in-store buys for
a few weeks - we need some time to catch up on our backlog of
inventory and prepare for our upcoming 'Husker Read Sidewalk
8/1/2012: This week, we have lots of new
Mysteries, along with Quilting Books, Children's Books and trade
paperback Fiction. We will spend most of the next few weeks
putting out new inventory and getting ready for our 'Husker
Read' sidewalk sale. We will not be doing in-shop buys at this
time - we're catching up!
7/26/2012: Leatherbound classics and Folio
Society books came in this week - beautiful. The Easton Press
volumes feature 22-carat gilt, silk endpapers and satin ribbon
markers. We also have lots of new Philosophy from Cambridge and
Oxford University presses - Hume, Rawls, Nietzsche, Kant,
Descartes, Spinoza, Hegel. We are also re-stocking Mystery & SFF
mass market paperbacks this week. Stop in soon!
7/19/2012: SIGNED books by Alex Kava, Dave
Peltzer, James McPherson & Quincy Jones are on the shelves. We
also bought lots of trade paperback Fiction and Civil War books
this week - along with Gaming books & Graphic Novels.
7/13/2012: Last week, we purchased two
small collections of Graphic Novels and they're going fast. We
also have new biographies of Abraham Lincoln and books on the
Photography of the Civil War.
7/5/2012: New Arrivals last week saw the
Shelby Foote 'Civil War' set and a 3-volume, slipcased 'The
Wealth of Nations' by Adam Smith, published by The Folio Society
- along with the usual interesting miscellany. We have new
displays throughout the store - American History, Homesteading
(raising crops, animals, bees, etc), Gardening (including some
great books for kids), and Astronomy. We are looking at a small
collection of Graphic Novels tomorrow - hoping it's appealing. Come
see us for a browse soon!
6/24/2012: New books include Graphic
Novels, Children's Books, back issues of McSweeney's, lots of
Dr. Seuss hardcovers - and the usual unusual books. We're
changing displays today in honor of this week's International
Thespian Festival. We're rolling out the red carpet - literally.
(We found some at O Street Carpet downtown!) This promises to be
an entertaining week in the bookstore!
Tuesday, June 19th at 7pm
Join us to discuss this year's three Finalists:
*The Tower, the Zoo and the Tortoise
*Destiny of the Republic:
A Tale of
Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
One Book, One Lincoln
about these books - and the selection process. We'll have
cookies, Italian sodas - and good conversation. This evening is
always a good time!
6/10/2012: New displays feature Baseball
Books, Beach Reading and Grilling Cookbooks - it's officially
summer! We're OPEN LATE every Thursday night until 8pm - spend
an evening with us sometime soon!
Signing: Dick Cavenaugh, author of Just About - But Not Quite
Sunday, June 10th 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Dick Cavenaugh has had a full life. At various times in his
life he's been a pilot, an airman, and a Major League umpire.
He has flown dignitaries like John F. Kennedy and beloved
entertainers like Bob Hope. He has consulted for movies like
A League of Their Own and The Babe. Dick has traveled
extensively across the world in pursuit of his dreams and, as a
result, found himself in many humorous and exciting situations.
The stories in his book Just About - But Not Quite are
always straight from the heart and offer insights into some
creative people. When you read this book, you'll come away
laughing, entertained and appreciative of one man's efforts to
put himself in the right position at the right time - and ending
up so close to big success. Dick's journey is one that all of us
can relate to.
This book makes a great gift for Father's Day! Reserve a signed
copy by calling (402) 475-8663. Published by AuthorHouse.
Hardcover $28.99. Trade Paperback $17.99.
Hours - June through August
Open EVERY THURSDAY until 8pm
We're open late on First Fridays throughout the year - until
7:30pm - but in the summertime, you can shop for books EVERY
THURSDAY until 8pm.
Come to our downtown neighborhood on a summer evening! Enjoy
Greek food at Ali Baba's next door, have a drink at Barrymore's
right down the alley, grab a slice of pizza at Yia Yia's around
the corner or hear some Blues at The Zoo Bar just up the street.
Spend some time with our cats and wander our labyrinth of books.
Relax - and find some good summer reading!
5/28/2012: New Manga and Graphic Novels
this week, along with great hardcover literature: Milan Kundera,
Yann Martell, Orhan Pamuk, Margaret Atwood - and much more.
Cat in the (Hard) Hat
Children's Book Sale!
Thurs 5/24 -
Join us for a celebration of Children's Books - and find
One lane of 14th will be closed for street improvement, but the
other lane & our sidewalks will be OPEN!
*Tables of Children's Books outside, priced to sell. On
Sunday, all sale books will be $1 or less!
Children's Books throughout the store!
*FREE 'The Cat
in the (Hard) Hat' coloring sheets & crayon packs for the kids!
Recipient: Friends of Pioneers Park Nature Center
Pioneers Park Nature Center is a Lincoln treasure that
supports enjoyment and appreciation of the natural world,
enhances environmental awareness & fosters a conservation ethic.
PPNC offers 668 acres of prairie, wetlands & woodlands, over 8
miles of hiking trails, two educational buildings, excellent
bird watching - and the opportunity to see live bison, deer,
elk, non-releasable birds of prey, turtles & other small
animals. Don't miss the annual Nature's Market fundraiser
on Saturday, April 21 from 9am-2pm. Unique,
nature-related food, music, gifts, coffee and entertainment! A
perfect way to celebrate Earth Day. Find
out more & get involved by visiting
Pioneers Park Nature Center
5/16/2012: American History & Presidential
Biographies are hitting the shelves this week, along with Poetry
& Drama. Also, don't miss our 'The Cat in the (Hard) Hat'
Children's Book Sale during Memorial Day Weekend! One lane of
14th street is closed for the street improvement project - but
the other lane, and our sidewalks, are OPEN! Thanks for
continuing to patronize our bookshop during this time - this
kind of infrastructure investment is important.
Signing: Paul Baker, author of Spirit Wind
Sunday, May 20th 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Spirit Wind is a tightly woven novel of self-exploration,
Native American history and mythology - and great, unforgettable
romance. Filled with richly drawn characters in a beautiful
landscape that stretches from the Navajo Nation to the San
Francisco Bay Area, Spirit Wind is a powerful and moving
In the Chuska Mountains of the Navajo Nation, a solitary man
from a nightmare. Atlee Young, a Navajo orphaned at the age of
four and raised by Mormon foster parents, relives his life, from
meeting his wife, Linda, through his struggles to find the
Indian in himself, to the ultimate separation from his family.
On a bus traveling through the night, Linda's daughter, Melissa,
flees her home to join him. Having dropped out of UC-Berkeley,
she attempts to reunite her family and to discover the reasons
it fell apart. When they come together, their lives will change
Trade paperback, $19.95. Reserve copies by calling us at
5/3/2012: We have new displays throughout
the store - Gardening, Cooking, Vintage Children's, Mother's
Day...and, in honor of the upcoming Avengers movie, Graphic
Novels. We just purchased a HUGE collections of Children's
Picture Books and we'll be working on them this week!
4/27/2012: We have a new display of vintage
Children's Books in the glass case - lots of Billy Whiskers &
Uncle Wiggily. This week, we also have new Graphic Novels, Carl
Jung & Wizard of Oz books. Our Spring Sale is in full swing -
don't miss out on the bargains!
Thurs 4/26 - Sun 4/29
Our biggest sale of the season. No repeats - all new sale
inventory culled from our stock!
Thursday - Saturday, books priced as marked.
Sunday is "dollar day" - everything left is $1 each!
This year's special: we're clearing out our audio books section!
Audio books (CD & cassette) will be $3 each Thurs - Sat...and $1
each on Sunday.
No holds for
Sidewalk Sale books - it's 'grab & go'. Bring your money!
4/18/2012: Pulp Fiction takes center stage
this week - check out the new display next to the counter! We
have new Cookbooks - and lots of new Trade Paperback Fiction,
too. Graduation and Mother's Day are coming up - remember we
have Gift Certificates available for any amount!
Thursday, April 19th 5pm-9pm
Downtown's boutiques, jewelers, book stores, Husker apparel
shops and specialty stores are staying open late just for you!
Enjoy special discounts, giveaways, appetizers from your
favorite restaurants, and other fantastic shopportunities as you
shop the blocks of Downtown Lincoln with friends and family.
serving wine & cheese - and offering a 20% discount on Cooking,
Food & Wine books. Register for drawings for tote bags and
plantable paper notecards!
All-Access Pass to this spectacular event ($7 in advance or $10
at the door) includes Exclusive Access to:
• In-store discounts
Luxury Limo chauffeur service
• Appetizers from local restaurants & caterers
• Raffle Prizes
• Entry into the Hour Lounge after party!
Register now at
Two Poets' Book
Denise Banker, author of Swimming the Colorado
and Todd Robinson, author of Note at Heart Rock
Tuesday, April 17th 4:30pm-6pm
Banker is the recipient of the Executive Director's Guest
Fellowship from Civitella Ranieri Foundation Umbertide, Italy
and was awarded the Gaffney/Academy of American Poets Award. Her
poems are at turns provocative, sensuous, healing and real.
"Denise Banker's poems have the uncanny ability to be at once
soothing and rattling." - Meghan Daum.
published by Empty Bowl Press. $16
Robinson has rapped in China, posed for a life-sized
portrait wearing naught but a loin cloth, introduced the rock
band Cake to red beer, and enjoyed many short, awkward
encounters with other celebrities. He has taught writing and
literature at Creighton and, for the last five years, in the
Writer's Workshop at UNO. "Todd Robinson's audacity and
linguistic verve help distill our contemporary mania." -
Note at Heart Rock, published by Main Street Rag
475-8663 to reserve copies. Can't make the signing but would
like signed copies? We are happy to have copies signed for you -
you can pick them up at a later date!
4/11/2012: We're offering new First
Editions (TC Boyle, Erik Larson, Margaret Atwood & more) and
Signed Books (Jimmy Carter, Mitch Albom, PD James & more) this
week. We also have new displays throughout the store - and a new
section devoted entirely to Staff Recommendations. In addition,
we are pleased to welcome Rebekka Nickman to our staff! She is a
vocal music performance major at UNL - be sure to meet her when
you stop in!
4/1/2012: This week, we have lots of new
Children's Books and Mysteries. We also just acquired some
beautiful leatherbound classics published by Easton Press -
genuine leather, gilt, silk endpapers, satin ribbon markers -
which would make memorable graduation gifts.
Saturday, March 31st 9am - 9pm
Nebraska History Museum, 15 & P and
NuVibe Juice & Java, 126 N 14th
Come celebrate reading & writing with authors Joe Starita, Ron
Hansen, Alison Hedge Coke, Brent Spencer, Twyla Hansen - and
more! It's a day filled with workshops, readings & book
signings. For more information & a complete schedule:
Nebraska Book Festival
3/26/2012: New displays went up last week:
Gardening, Birding, Cooking, Stargazing & more - all kinds of
things to help you step into Spring! We also have several copies
of the 50th Anniversary edition of William Burroughs' Naked
Lunch, a classic of Beat Literature. It's an attractive
hardcover in a slipcase for $13.50. (At the moment, you'll find
them in the south window as part of a Cooking display...because
we have a slightly bent sense of humor.) Other news: we are NOT
doing buys for two weeks so we can catch up. We'll be putting
out lots of new inventory!
3/16/2012: We have lots of classic & modern
classic Literature this week - including just about everything
Herman Hesse ever wrote. You'll find nice-looking, affordable
paperbacks stacked in the section. (There's quite a bit of
shelving work left to do!) We also have new Theology & History -
and even more SFF paperbacks in like-new condition. Check our
Facebook link at the bottom of the nav bar to the left for a
look at the books on Ireland & Irish History that Liz has been
posting in honor of St. Patrick's Day!
Signing: Jeff Barnes, author of
The Great Plains Guide to Custer: 85 Forts, Fights and Other
Sunday, March 18th 1:30pm - 3:00pm
The Great Plains Guide to Custer
is an outstanding introduction to one of the best-known and most
controversial characters of the American west. For the Custer
enthusiast, it's guaranteed to provide new information that you
didn't know. Even if you're not a fan of Custer, you'll come
away with a greater understanding of the land and history that
helped build his legend.
The book features 150 images and four maps, many of the
historical images appearing in print for the first time. For
those unable to travel to the sites, contemporary photographs
show the sites as they exist today.
Reserve your copy today by calling (402) 475-8663. If you can't
make the signing, we'll have it signed and hold it for you to
3/8/2012: Boxes of like-new Graphic Novels
came in yesterday - lots of hardcovers. We have also been buying
History and LOTS of mass market fiction - just the kind of stuff
you like to read on your lunch hour. Stop in soon!
Signing: Dan Clanton, Jr., author of
Daring, Disreputable, and Devout:
Interpreting the Hebrew
Bible's Women in the Arts and Music
Sunday, March 4th 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Many readers of the Bible assume that Eve is to
blame for the disobedient act in the Garden of Eden
- or that Delilah seduced Samson and then cut his
hair. A closer look at these assumptions reveals
that they are not based on the Bible, but influenced
by later interpreters. In this book, the author
examines eight women's stories and shows how later
readers constructed sometimes fanciful, sometimes
faulty views of these women. Clanton broadens our
awareness of the influence of these later readings -
and leads us to better understand biblical women and
become more familiar with what the Bible actually
says about them.
Reserve your copy today by calling (402) 475-8663.
If you can't make the signing, we'll have it signed
and hold it for you to pick up.
Trade paperback, $19.95
3/1/2012: Last week saw a good inlux of
Science Fiction - paperback & hardcover. We also bought several
Kurt Vonnegut titles in hardcover & some nice Michael Chabon
hardcovers. At the moment, the floor in front of New Arrivals is
stacked with great trade paperback fiction with some
miscellaneous non-fiction mixed in - and Kat has two large buys
scheduled for Saturday. Be sure to stop in next week!
You Tuesday Winter
Recipient: TeamMates Mentoring Program
Tom and Nancy Osborne founded the TeamMates Mentoring Program in
1991 in an effort to provide support and encouragement to school
aged youth. The goal of the program is to see youth graduate
from high school and pursue post-secondary education. To reach
this goal, youth meet one hour per week with a caring
adult who serves as a mentor. Mentors are volunteers from the
community who have dedicated themselves to making a difference
in the life of a young person. Mentors give youth a sense of
hope, purpose and vision. The TeamMates Mentoring Program
currently provides a mentor for over 5,000 youth across
Nebraska, Iowa, and California including more than 850
students in Lincoln. For more information, please visit:
2/17/2012: Pulp fiction is being displayed
in the glass case and the windows - come in for a look at the
torrid and tawdry of the 40's, 50's & 60's. Dell, Signet, Gold
Medal, Popular Library...some Map Backs, some Ace Doubles - lots
of fun! We also just received 9 boxes of books from Maryland.
Beautiful books on Collectibles, Knitting/Quilting, Cooking and
History - and some lovely pop-ups by Robert Sabuda.
2/13/2012: New Military History - and LOTS
of new Children's & Young Adult Literature this week. We bought
16 boxes of Children's and YA that we've priced already. Kat
rearranged the section...and still, some of it lounges on New
Arrivals. So many good books, so little room...a good problem to
"Annual" 29th Birthday Sale!
Thurs 2/9 - Sun 2/12
Join us for a
time-honored, if not accurately marked, occasion. Miraculously,
I turn 29 every year and celebrate by offering everybody 29%
off ALL BOOKS for four days!
*Thurs 2/9: Opening Day!
*Fri 2/10: Get a FREE set of plantable notecards with a $50
*Sat 2/11 & Sun 2/12: Enjoy homemade sugar cookies! (I have a
heart-shaped cookie cutter and am unstoppable.)
Shop for yourself, shop for your valentine...either way, stop in
for the party. And it never hurts to tell me how young I
(Yes - that's actually me in the photo...28 years ago...)
RIGHT! Benefit for Lincoln High Theatre
Friday, January 27th 10am - 7:30pm
10% of all
day's sales will go to support Lincoln High Theatre's Drama
Club. Join us after school & mingle with costumed actors
representing characters from classic literature! Meet Peter Pan
- or the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland! Introduce
yourself to a Greek God!
books & support these kids. Celebrate Theatre!
1/26/2012: New Terry Pratchett hardcovers
came in last week - as well as lots of old pulp fiction with
great covers. (It'll take us a little while to get all of it
priced - continue to watch our New Arrivals shelf!)
1/20/2012: New Young Adult Fiction,
Children's Literature & Cookbooks this week - also, LOTS of mass
market Mystery & Horror!
Book, One Lincoln Discussion
Thursday, January 12th @ 7pm
Join us for a
discussion of this year's OBOL selection, Cutting for Stone
by Abraham Verghese.
coffee & cookies while we chat about this wonderful book. The
conversation is sure to span topics like family, health-care &
not you have read the book, you're welcome to participate in
this evening. You're certain to have something to contribute -
and something to learn!
information about One Book, One Lincoln and a review of this
book, please visit:
our One Book, One Lincoln page!
1/11/2012: New History, Graphic Novels, Cookbooks &
Children's Books have come in this week - and we're
still working on the Military History collection we
purchased a couple weeks ago!
12/27/2011: More Military History continues
to hit the shelves. We're going to have to figure out what to do
with our World War II section - it's reaching critical mass! (A
good problem to have...)
We'll be OPEN through the season, except for Christmas day & New
Novel Idea' T-shirts (2 kinds!)
*Plantable Paper Notecards
*'A Novel Idea' Tote Bags
*BOOKS for everyone on your list!
Certificates ($25+ come in plantable paper sleeves)
*Coloring sheets & crayons for the kids
We love being
a part of your holiday traditions - best wishes from our family
12/20/2011: Lots of Military History and
Film books have been hitting the shelves this week. We've also
handled some quirky books like a First Edition of Shel
Silverstein's "Different Dances", a folio sized book he wrote
for an adult audience; and "Tijuana Bibles", a history of racy
comics from the 1920's-1950's. Stop in - you never know what
treasure you'll find!
12/13/2011: We're getting great feedback on
the new 'A Novel Idea' T-shirts! We have a uni-sex T and a
women's T - both are $14 each. (They make great gifts, too!) On
the shelves this week, you'll see more Military History, Film
books and Pop-Culture books. The "70's MAD", "60's MAD" (MAD
magazine) and "Rocky & Bullwinkle" books are currently on
display. Everyone smiles when they see them.
Saturday, Dec 10th & Sunday, Dec 11th
(Sat: 10am-6pm, Sun: 1pm-5pm)
Shop this weekend for Gift Certificates, Plantable Notecards,
Tote Bags, T-shirts & BOOKS for everyone on your list!
*Hot apple cider
*Coloring sheets & crayons for the kids
*Free holiday magnets
*BRAND NEW 'A Novel Idea' T-shirts - get a FREE T-shirt with a
$50 purchase this weekend!
We love being
a part of your holidays!
12/6/2011: This week, we found more books
on Mushrooms as well as more Children's books, History & a
SIGNED Ansel Adams book. Our new 'A Novel Idea' T-shirts are in
and look fantastic. Get a FREE T-shirt this weekend with a $50
purchase during our Holiday Open House - or buy one for $14.
You'll look good - and smart!
Signing: Jeff Kurrus, author of
Have You Seen Mary?
Sunday, December 4th 1:30pm-3:00pm
Come meet Jeff Kurrus, who will be in our shop personally
signing copies of his new book, Have You See Mary? This
Children's book about Sandhill cranes is illustrated with
photographs by Michael Forsberg, whose signature will also be
inside copies purchased at the signing.
$16.95 each. Purchase at the event - or call (402) 475-8663 to
Just in time for the holidays - this is a great gift for kids or
11/28/2011: Interesting stuff this week - a
cache of books on Mushrooms (hunting, cultivating, cooking,
etc.), Aviation (military & non-military), lots of Children's
Books (picture & chapter), Art (Frida Kahlo/Diego Rivera,
Escher, Klee)...and the usual assortment of cool miscellany.
Stop in soon!
Thank You Tuesday Recipient:
The Lincoln Artists' Guild
The Lincoln Artists' Guild (LAG) was established in 1920 by
artists. Their mission is to educate, promote and encourage
artists' development at all levels and ages. LAG works to
provide educational opportunities through scholarships,
workshops, lectures, exhibits and more. LAG provides a forum
for visual arts at a grassroots level for the community and
surrounding areas. Due to a growing membership and a
long-standing history in Lincoln, LAG is currently looking for a
permanent location to better serve the community. The
organization is member supported and currently has 85 members.
LAG warmly welcomes anyone who has a passion for art - including
the art enthusiast, beginning artist, seasoned art professional
and beyond. For more information about the organization and
upcoming programs or events, please visit: Lincoln
Saturday, November 26th 10am - 6pm
Join the nation in support of local businesses this holiday
season by spending today shopping at shops in our community.
We have GIFT
CERTIFICATES, Plantable Paper Notecards, Tote Bags - and BOOKS
for everyone on your list!
Let us be
your "go to" shop for Gift Certificates for teachers,
babysitters, coaches & instructors! Our certificates are
affordable, sincere gifts that everyone appreciates.
Can't make it
downtown that day? Give us a call & place your order over the
11/23/2011: This week in books, we have
wonderful Science Fiction/Fantasy titles - 6 boxes of your
favorites in like-new condition! We also have new books on
cigars, wine...and all kinds of cooking. Come in this weekend
for SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY - we're serving homemade gingerbread
& sugar cookies as a thank you for your patronage. Happy
11/18/2011: Our Children's section is
getting a huge boost. We're adding 6 boxes of your favorites
this week! Shop for the kids this season - they'll love curling
up with their books this winter!
the BLOCKS - Downtown Holiday Retail Event!
Thursday, November 17th 5pm - 9pm
your $5 ticket to great discounts at
Downtown Lincoln Association!
wine & cheese - and offer participants with the DLA wrist band a
20% discount on all SIGNED & Leatherbound books. Get a FREE tote
with a $50 purchase & register for drawings!
Gomez Art Supply, Stella, Post & Nickel, Footloose & Fancy...and
MORE! The halls are decked - join us for some good holiday cheer!
11/13/2011: Expect great new arrivals this
week - Cookbooks, Literature, Children's Books, History. We're
getting ready for the holidays - bringing out new inventory &
decking the halls!
Signing: Robin Buckallew & Mat Jones
Author & Illustrator of The Diary of Mrs. Noah
Sunday, November 13th 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Robin Buckallew is a scientist and college instructor recently
inducted as secretary of the Nebraska Writer's Guild. She is a
lifelong feminist who could never resist asking questions. As a
child, her questions about Noah and his ark were never answered,
so she sought answers. Mat Jones, a native Nebraskan, comes from
a long line of artists and has devoted his life to pursuing the
art of persuasion through visual media.
The Diary of
is a feminist
re-imagining of the Biblical story from the standpoint of Noah's
wife as she journeys from obedience to independence on a
perilous voyage she undertook against her better judgment.
The Diary of Mrs. Noah will be sold for $10.00 the day of
the signing. To reserve a copy, please call (402) 475-8663.
11/7/2011: We've been pricing lots of new
inventory this week - History, Children's Books & Literature!
11/1/2011: We have changed the Halloween
display into a Veteran's Day display. Take a look at our
selection of leatherbound Vietnam War History books, Vietnam
Diaries, World War Two Memoirs & Gulf War History. Thanks to all
who serve our country & community.
Signing: David Kubicek
Author of The Moaning Rocks and Other Stories
Sunday, October 30th 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Just in time for Halloween - thrills and chills!
Rocks and Other Stories
classic horror story "The Moaning Rocks" and the Pushcart
Prize-nominated "Ball of Fire." The other twelve tales range
from the tender to the bizarre.
Come meet author David Kubicek, who will be in our store
personally signing copies. Books will be offered at the special
price of $9.95 each. To reserve, please call us at (402)
10/24/2011: This week, we have new History
books coming out. You'll find books on the Tudor, Medieval &
Renaissance periods. You'll also find a good cache of Science
books - and a smattering of Poetry.
Thursday 10/20 - Sunday 10/23
Pick Your Discount!
Pick a pumpkin from the patch and see what you get...
10% - 50% OFF your book purchase that day!
for some Fall Fun -
shop early for holiday gifts or for yourself!
10/19/2011: What a great week! We have lots
of new displays: Natural History (featuring leatherbound field
guides), Halloween (some classic horror & old editions of Poe,
Jekyll & Hyde, etc), Quilting (lots of new arrivals from
Brownville), Cooking & Music. The new books keep coming out -
lots of great History, Philosophy, Theology & Children's Books.
10/12/2011: This week, we'll be bringing
back inventory from our Brownville shop! Expect to see new
SIGNED and Leatherbound books, Literature, Children's Books,
Field Guides, Nebraska Literature & History - and much more...
with us in Brownville!
Saturday 10/8, 11am - 5pm
We will be closing our shop A Novel Idea Bookstore,
Chapter Two for good this weekend. Join us to celebrate our
5 years in the village!
*Drawings for SIGNED 1st Editions, tote bags & notecards every
*A bit of "bookstore swag" for everyone
in Brownville has been wonderful. Join us for a satisfying
closure of this chapter - and a look forward to the rest of our
9/30/2011: We'll have some exciting new
books coming out this week - lots of History, Fiction, Science &
More. Welcome, UNL parents! We hope your kids are doing great at
the university - and we hope you all enjoy Lincoln!
Fall Flea Market!
Saturday 9/24 & Sunday 9/25
We will be closing our shop A Novel Idea Bookstore,
Chapter Two, on October 9th. (See my note in the calendar
section of this page.) Take advantage of this great event & come
see us before we close!
Will over 200
dealers and food vendors, this is one of the largest Flea
Markets in the region. Books, quilts, jewelry, antique playing
cards, accordians, furniture, linens...and root beer, spiced
nuts, homemade ice cream, roasted turkey legs...you can find it
all in Brownville.
in front of our shop will have lots of sale books, priced $.50 -
$5.00, and will have a great assortment of wonderful books
inside the shop, too!
9/22/2011: Our 20th Anniversary Celebration
was a fantastic time! Thanks to Nickie for Face Painting, Nick &
Drew for "Bluegrass with a side of Folk" Music and Tracy & Mary
for the Belly Dancing performance. It was a festival!
New books this week include many SIGNED Leatherbound books by
Science Fiction Authors & great Children's Books - stop in soon!
Friday 9/16 & Saturday 9/17
10am - 6pm both days
Join us to celebrate our 20 years of bookselling!
Drawings: Every hour for gifts, SIGNED First Editions &
Giveaways: A free bit of bookstore swag for all!
Deals: FREE tote bag with a $50 purchase
Treats: Fresh squeezed lemonade & (unsqueezed) cookies
Saturday Entertainment: Face Painting by Nickie Calhoun
(1pm); Music by Mike Semrad (2pm); Belly Dancing by Ouvert Dance
Company (4:15pm & 4:45pm)
Wear your "A Novel Idea" T-shirt to enter a special drawing
for a $50 gift certificate!
It has been a
great first two decades. We look forward to celebrating with
9/15/2011: Thanks go to Nora Tallmon, for
designing our new web site & to Arden Nixon, for designing our
new logo and signage! We're celebrating 20 years of bookselling
this Friday & Saturday - and looking forward to seeing lots of
old and new friends!
9/9/2011: New Art Books this week - drawing,
watercolor, pottery, manga... Kandinsky, Bosch,
Klimt, Escher. Browse the new displays. Also, check
out our Husker displays - old photos with voice
balloons. We're taking them down next week!
8/30/2011: New Gardening, Cooking & lots of
fun miscellany this week! We're also working on lots
of projects in conjunction with our 20th Anniversary
Celebration (9/16 & 9/17). Stop in, see what's new,
prepare for the *really* new to come!
Thank You Tuesday Recipient: William G. Lauer
The William G. Lauer Foundation funds research to
find the cause and a cure for ALS, and to resolve
unmet needs of ALS patients so they can live at
home. The Foundation also aims to increase community
awareness about this debilitating disease. ALS,
better know as Lou Gehrig's Disease, is a
progressive neurodegenerative disorder that affects
nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. The
progressive degeneration is inevitably fatal.
William Lauer, a longtime photojournalist with the
Lincoln Journal Star, was diagnosed with ALS in
2009. He and his friends organized the Foundation to
assist other Nebraskans facing this disease and to
raise money toward finding a cure. For more about
the Foundation's efforts and activities, visit:
William G. Lauer Foundation.
8/23/2011: New Literature, Children's Books
and Theology this week. Check out new displays of
Philosophy, Theology & Native American Studies - and
our "Welcome Back, Huskers" displays, featuring old
photos from the 1941 Cornhusker Yearbook!
Read Sidewalk Sale!
Monday - 8/27 Saturday (Lincoln)
Don't miss our annual Fall Clearance Sale!
We'll have tables of books outside. Stock up on
bargains - great books at great prices!
Also, make sure you grab a coupon in the Lincoln
store in the weeks leading up to the sale - you'll
get an extra 10% off your entire purchase (sale
books & regularly-priced stock).
Go Big Read!
8/16/2011: We have new Gaming books, new
Western Americana & new Civil War books this week.
We also have some beautiful new signs, thanks to
artist Arden Nixon. Come check them out next week
during our annual "Husker Read Sidewalk Sale" - and
get some books, too!
8/4/2011: Katie & Allan are great additions
to our staff - be sure to meet them when you stop
in! This week, we have LOTS of New Arrivals: Art
Technique, Theology, Children's Books & Literature.
We also purchased a book from 1566, authored by
Friday 9am-10am (Lincoln store)
Bring the book you're currently reading and meet
us at our Lincoln store at 9am, an hour before we
officially open for the day.
We'll offer free coffee - but feel free to bring
juice or tea, if you prefer. With your morning
beverage and your book, you're invited to settle in
among the bookshelves to read in opposition to the
proposed trans-Canada pipeline. The cats will most
likely make the rounds, visiting all the readers!
We'll have information about the proposed pipeline
and info on more "No Pipeline" weekend events!
7/26/2011: We have hired two new staffers,
Katie & Allan. They are earnest & smart - and fit
into the bookstore mix. They'll be training over the
next few weeks. Be sure to say "hello" when you stop
Friday 6-9pm (Brownville shop)
Summer Street Party!
Join us in Brownville for some summer fun. Our
Street Party features live music from Sum Guise, fun
guys who serve the community by day as professors,
engineers, bankers & farmers - but love to get
together to play some good old fashioned bluegrass
The shops on Outfitters Row will offer free snacks
and beverages. We're serving up our usual array of
white wines, fruit & eclairs at Chapter Two. The Ice
Cream Shoppe will have cones, shakes & malts for
sale. Shop for books, art, antiques...eat, drink &
be merry with us!
7/19/2011: Lots of Children's Books in this
week - Magic Treehouse, Junie B. Jones, etc. Bring
them shopping and keep them reading this summer!
Thursday 7pm (Lincoln Store)
The selection committee has come up with a great
list this year: Zeitoun by Dave Eggers,
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese and The
History of Love by Nicole Krauss.
Join us on a summer evening (7/7 @ 7!) for Italian
sodas, cookies and chat about these books. All are
welcome - even if you haven't read the books. It's
always fun to talk with this group. We're good,
unpretentious, book-lovin' people! Read our reviews
of this year's Top Three and past year's winners
our OBOL page!
7/6/2011: Great books in this week - 29 boxes
in yesterday - keep watching New Arrivals and your
favorite sections. Note: Zoo Bar Fest
is Fri 7/8 & Sat 7/9. Just tell the guys at the gate
you're coming to our store & they'll let you in to
6/29/2011: Wow...what a week. We purchased 3
large collections: Cookbooks, Leatherbound Books,
Graphic Novels. Great books in all - along with a
wonderful assortment of miscellany. New Arrivals
turned over 4 times last week - it's a good time to
browse the shop!
6/20/2011: Welcome, Thespians! We're happy to
brag about our Drama section as one of the best in
the region and we have displays of Acting,
Stagecraft, Musical Theater, Mimes, Juggling, Vocal
Training, Circuses, Balloon Art...all kinds of
quirky stuff for your enjoyment!
Sunday 1:30pm - 3:00pm (Lincoln Store)
BOOK SIGNING by Cassie Sneider, author of
Fine, Fine Music - a
collection of stories about the other side
of rock and roll and coming of age in the land that
time forgot. Lake Ronkonkoma is stuck in 1981, an
alcoholic blackout of unnatually tan people waxing
their Camaros to Foreigner on cassette and knowing
the words to every
Joel song whether you want to or not. From an
internship making Seamonkey costumes, a childhood
fear of My Buddy dolls, and a heartbreaking crush on
lady Cassie J. Sneider delivers her tales of
growing up in a land of fist-pumping Snookies with
the antagonistic wit of a record store clerk.
Books available at the signing - or call to reserve
a signed copy. $15 each.
(We had a great time with Cassie and look
forward to seeing her again!)
6/16/2011: We have a James Joyce display in
honor of Bloomsday. Pick up a copy of your favorite
book and head to your favorite local pub! In other
news, the Children's Book section has expanded &
we're working downstairs on a Travel &
Transportation section. Explore!
6/6/2011: This week, we are pricing lots of
great new Poetry: Roethke, Kinnell, Levine, Caruth,
Kizer, Snyder - lots of SIGNED books in this batch.
We are also expanding our Children's Literature
section, moving the Kids' Non-Fiction & adding more
space for chapter books!
5/27/2011: WOW! There's a steady stream of
new arrivals in both stores this season. Visit our
Lincoln store when you're in town for graduation -
we have Gift Certificates - and be sure to visit
Brownville during the Spring Flea Market!
3/2011 - 5/2011
Montessori School for Young Children (MSYC)
MSYC is a non-profit Montessori preschool. The
mission of the school is to promote and encourage
the intellectual, social and physical development of
children through education according to the
Montessori method. MSYC began in 1978. We now have a
staff of three Directresses, three Assistants, a
Spanish Teacher, Educational Administrator and a
Business Manager. MSYC enrolls about 70 students,
ranging in age from 18 months to 6 years, in 5
classes. We serve families who receive state
assistance, receive scholarships directly from the
school or pay tuition independently. We are funded
through tuition, donations and fundraising. For more
information about MSYC, Montessori Education, or how
you can get involved, please contact Emily or Carrie
at 402-489-4366, Kris at 402-483-1068 or visit
Montessori School for
Spring Flea Market - Memorial Day Weekend
Saturday, May 28 - Monday, May 30 2011
Come to Brownville and spend the day (or the
whole weekend) treasure hunting! This Flea Market is
one of the largest in the are - over 260 dealers set
up along Main Street, all the way from the winery
down to the river. (It's a "must see" - it's hard to
picture the vastness!)
Last year, I found an antique butterfly net for $5.
My friend found an antique typewriter and some great
chairs. They have everything from jewelry to quilts
to plants to musical instruments...and root beer,
spiced nuts, bbq, homemade ice cream...it's lots of
fun! For more information, please visit:
Village Web Site
5/18/2011: Lots of Children's & Young Adult
Literature in this week. Also, quite a bit of
Philosophy & some interesting odds & ends. We're
looking forward to NEBRASKA BOOK FESTIVAL this
Saturday at the NE History Museum & will have lots
of great books on display that day!
5/13/2011: Still working through lots of New
Arrivals - Science/Math, Philosophy, History,
Poetry, etc. We have a new display of Graphic Novels
& vintage Sci-Fi, as well as a display of "Ideas for
your Book Club" & some books full of ideas for
starting a book club!
5/5/2011: Wow. What a buying trip. Never
before have we so seriously wondered how we were
going to get all the books home - or which one of us
would have to take the bus! *grin* The book bonanza
will run for several weeks. Our work is cut out for
4/25/2011: Matt & Hillary are shelving tons
of great books while Kat & Cinnamon are on a buying
trip this week. (Matt has talked about having a
sale...) Definitely stop in on Monday, May 2nd for
first pick of the vast array of New Arrivals. Last
year, we brought back 55 boxes!
4/18/2011: Chapter Two is OPEN in Brownville
& we're looking forward to this weekend's festival!
In Lincoln, we have new Children's books,
Philosophy, Literature & Mystery. Check out the new
Wine, Writers & Song Festival
Friday, April 15 - Sunday, April 17 2011
Join us for a weekend of readings, music,
comedy, wine, good food & camaraderie in the lovely
rural setting of Brownville, NE. There are 4
bookstores in this village of 148 souls - it's a
This festival is the perfect way to welcome Spring!
Come relax, take a ride on the Riverboat, enjoy some
wine & renew your spirit. Festivities kick off on
Friday with the band Midwest Dilemma and comedian T.
Marni Vos. For a complete schedule, please visit:
Village Web Site
4/14/2011: Chapter Two is OPEN in Brownville
& we're looking forward to this weekend's festival!
In Lincoln, we have new Children's books,
Philosophy, Literature & Mystery. Check out the new
4/5/2011: We have lots of new
Fiction/Literature, Mystery & SFF this week. Chapter
Two in Brownville is getting ready to re-open for
the '11 season. Tune in to KUCV Radio (91.1) Friday
morning to hear Cinnamon talk about the Wine,
Writers & Song Fest with Bill Stibor!
3/28/2011: Come see us this First Friday
(4/1) for some good natured April Fools' mischief &
fun. We'll be open until 7:30pm. This week, we have
new Knitting Books, Children's Books & Mystery -
plus, a new display of delectable-looking Cookbooks!
3/24/2011: Our video on
Local! has been getting lots of great feedback -
check it out! This week, we have Vegetarian
Cookbooks, fantastic YA Literature, some new Graphic
Novels & More. Our SALE runs 3/25-3/27. Take a look
at New Arrivals when you're in!
3/18/2011: We have just re-arranged our
Western Americana section, expanding it to include a
subsection of Lewis & Clark books - and, we've been
working in U.S. History, adding new inventory. Come
check it out. Also, on Monday 3/21, we'll have a
video feature on
3/10/2011: Come see our Birdhouse! 30 artists
have designed birdhouses that will be auctioned in
April to benefit Pioneers Park Nature Center - and
we have one on display, along with books on birds,
"Make Way for Ducklings" & the cat bed. Padric &
Eddy can dream...
3/1/2011: We have new Children's Books,
Manga, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Cookbooks &
History. Art books are on display this week - and
check out our FB page regularly for drawings, etc.
The "Caption the Photo of Eddy" drawing provided
lots of comic relief!
Thank You Tuesday Recipient: Nebraska Writers
Founded in 2008, The Nebraska Writers Collective is
a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to
promoting and supporting creativity, literary
awareness, poetry, and performance poetry throughout
the Midwest. Our main missions currently center on
our Poets On Loan program, offering schools teams of
poets to come in and aid teachers and students to
make poetry come alive. We also put on community
events with lively poetry to help folks appreciate
this art too seldomly recognized as lively. To get
more involved, please contact Matt Mason at
email@example.com and/or Nebraska Writers
Collective, 9712 N 34th
Street, Omaha NE 68112.
2/18/2011: New books this week include
Knitting, Cookbooks and Theology. We also have new
vintage Science Fiction paperbacks with fantastic
covers (technicolor robots & spaceships). The
counter features a new display of Photography - come
check it out!
Cinnamon's "annual" 29th Birthday Sale!
Thursday, February 10th - Sunday, February 13th
In honor of Cinnamon's continued delusion about
her age, all books
will be 29%
This event is a long-standing tradition at A Novel
Idea Bookstore. However, Cinnamon would appreciate
it if you don't make reference to just how
long-standing a tradition it is! :)
Join us for great books, birthday candy and a
celebratory good time!
2/11/2011: Cinnamon's "annual" 29th Birthday
Sale is in full swing. We've been selling Dickens,
Mishima, The World of London Maps, Georgia O'Keeffe,
Hawthorne, Salinger, Harry Potter, Egyptian History,
Medieval Life...all kinds of interesting things!
2/3/2011: Just in - some early paperback Jack
Kerouac, Gold Rush History, Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo,
poetry by Teasdale, St. Vincent Millay & EA
Robinson. We also have lots of great novels to curl
up with. Check out New Arrivals - and the front
1/28/2011: We bulked up our Mystery & Science
Fiction sections with a new selection of hand-picked
titles. Paperbacks fit nicely into your purse or
coat pocket and cost $3-$4 each - perfect lunch hour
reading for the office crowd & Winter sustenance for
all of us!
RIGHT!" Event to Benefit Lincoln High Theatre
Friday, January 28th - until 7:30pm
10% of all day's sales will go to support the
creative endeavors of LHS's Drama Club. We'll have
displays of LHS memorabilia, photos, and (after
school) a troupe of actors in costume!
We had a fantastic time! Thanks to all the costumed
actors - Tinkerbell, Gipsy, Sherlock Holmes, The Mad
Hatter, Old MacDonald - and the "Waiting for Godot"
girls - you were wonderful!
1/20/2011: This week, we have more new Poetry
as well as some Western Americana. We also have new
First Editions & SIGNED books by authors like Robert
B. Parker, Susan Vreeland, Colin Dexter, Paolo
Coehlo, William Least Heat Moon and more!
We have new Poetry, History & Children's Books this
week. Stock up for your New Year's worth of reading
- our staff is ready to help supply you with stacks
of recommended books!
1/4/2011: Happy New Year! So far, so good in
our world of books. New Arrivals include lots of
Children's Books, Audio Books & some choice
collector's items - including a 1st American Edition
of John Fowles's 1st book, The Collector.
"Husker Read" SALE!
Wednesday 12/29 & Thursday 12/30
Buy a "Husker Read" T-shirt ($9 each) & get 25%
off books you buy that day!
NE will play Washington at 9pm (central time) on
Thursday, 12/30. This SALE runs from now until we
close tomorrow evening!
Celebrate NE's last game in the Big 12 in "Husker
Read" style - say Goodbye to 2010 & Hello to the Big
12/29/2010: "Husker Read" SALE is 12/29 &
12/30! Wrap up 2010 with a browse in our shop - and
get yourself set with a good start on 2011's
reading! Pick up a "Husker Read" T-shirt ($9) and
get a 25% discount on your books! Goodbye,
2010...Goodbye, Big 12!
12/21/2010: It has been a busy season in the
bookstore & we've been pleased to see lots of old
friends! Remember, if you live out of town & would
like to purchase Gift Certificates for your friends
& family, just call the store - we will happily
process your order over the phone & send the Gift
Certificates wherever they need to go!
Holiday Open House (Lincoln Store)
Saturday, December 11th & Sunday, December 12th
Join us for our favorite holiday weekend! We'll have
refreshments & merriment, Leather-bound books,
SIGNED First Editions, Paperback Stocking Stuffers,
"Husker Read" T-shirts, Children's Books...a host of
Open House Perk: Get a FREE $5 GIFT CARD
with every $50 you spend!
It's a perfect time to buy Gift Certificates. Tuck
them into your favorite paperbacks & wrap them up -
they make warm, thoughtful gifts for your friends
and family. (Think of how fun it'll be to come
shopping as a group after Christmas, gift
certificates in hand!)
12/6/2010: Brownville's Old Fashioned
Christmas was great - cider, lights, boughs of holly
& a horse-drawn trolley! In Lincoln, we've filled up
"New Arrivals" - be sure to see the First Edition
Of Mice & Men. We also have SIGNED First
Editions of Ron Hansen, Octavia Butler, Wm Kent
Krueger, Margaret Atwood & more headed to the
11/28/2010: Books for the Holidays - Gifts
they'll open Again & Again! Pick out one of your
favorite books & tuck one of our Gift Certificates
inside - or ask our staff to recommend some good
reading. We have great Biographies, History,
Leather-bound Classics, Children's Books & more!
Thank You Tuesday Recipient:
Park & Outdoor Classroom
Prescott Park & Outdoor Classroom is a renovation of
the grounds of Prescott Elementary School, located
on 20th & Harwood Streets in Lincoln. The new space
will provide greater learning opportunities for the
school children as well as a venue for community
outdoor movies, festivals & concerts. The children,
parents, local businesses, neighbors and friends
have launched a fundraising campaign to make this a
reality. Donations (large or small) to "Foundation
for Lincoln Public Schools: Prescott Park" are
greatly appreciated! For more information on
Prescott Park, please visit
prescottpark.info or call Prescott Elementary
Principal Ruth Ann Wylie @ (402)436-1161. Join
"The Prescott Community" group on Facebook!
11/21/2010: We are decorating for the
Holidays! (Padric & Eddy assume this effort is for
their entertainment, of course...) This year, buy
some of our Gift Certificates, tuck them into your
favorite paperbacks & wrap them - they make warm,
thoughtful gifts. Books for the Holidays - gifts
they'll open again & again!
Prescott Elementary Benefit: Noodles & Novel Idea
Friday, November 19th until 7:30pm
Shop at our Lincoln store on Friday, 11/19. 10%
of the day's sales will be donated to the
Prescott PTO group. Noodles (14th & P) will be
donating a portion of their dinner receipts to the
cause as well - join us & make an evening of it!
Money raised will go to support the teachers & kids
by providing funds for field trips & supplies. Check
out the exciting Prescott Park & Outdoor Classroom
Click to Find out More!
11/12/2010: Many thanks to our veterans for
their service and sacrifices for our country. We
appreciate everyone who does their part to
strengthen our nation & community - either through
military service or volunteering with community
CELEBRATION OF NEBRASKA BOOKS
Saturday, November 6th 2:30pm-6:30pm
@ The Museum of NE History, 15th & P Streets
Celebrate books with some of Nebraska's finest
writers. Join in the discussion of The Home Place
by Wright Morris. Mingle at the wine & cheese
reception - and get your books signed. This
gathering of writers & readers is always vibrant!
For a complete schedule of events, click:
Celebration of Nebraska Books
Stop by our store on your way to the museum. We're
just around the corner!
11/3/2010: Matthew has been working on our
Science Fiction/Fantasy section. It's full of new
books - and expanded. He's also been a whirlwind in
the Mystery, Horror and Adventure/Spy/Thriller
sections. (Go, Matt, Go!)
10/24/2010: We're going through our backlog
of inventory & putting some great books on the
shelves, including a 1st ed of Vonnegut's
Breakfast of Champions, some nice American
History & Poetry. We won't be doing in-store buys
until 11/2 & love the time to catch up!
SIGNING (Lincoln Store): Wednesday, October 27th
Katherine Leiner, author of Growing Roots: The
New Generation of Sustainable Farmers, Cooks, and
The book introduces us to farmers and beekeepers,
fishermen and chefs, food activists and
cheesemongers. We meet these fascinating young
people from all across the nation through
first-person profiles, along with brilliant
photographs and delicious, simple recipes. They talk
about their restaurants and their markets. Included
are filmmakers, writers, and artists who change the
way we look at what we eat and where our food comes
(We are donating the bookstore's cut of
sales to the Prescott Park & Outdoor Classroom
project, here in Lincoln.)
10/14/2010: Lots of Graphic Novels in last
week, along with History & Literature. Mark your
calendars for the Pumpkin Patch Sale 10/21 - 10/23
(see Events)! Also, we will NOT be doing in-store
buys from 10/21-10/31...we'll be putting new
inventory on the shelves!
Brownville: Old Time Autumn Festival & Civil War
Re-enactment Fri 10/8 - Sun 10/10
spend a fall weekend in Brownville for the Old Time
Autumn Festival! We'll have Civil War battles,
Living History displays, a Quilt Show - and, since
it's also the weekend of "Paint Brownville Autumn",
you're sure to see plenty of artists with easels.
The Wheel House Museum will host their art show &
sale on Sunday!
Civil War battles are scheduled for 10am Saturday &
2pm on both Saturday & Sunday. For more information,
The Brownville Village Web Site!
10/3/2010: Our New Arrivals section turned
over twice last week! Kat & Matthew have been
pricing all kinds of books. You'll find new
Children's Books, Literature, Genre Fiction and
History. Also, come to Brownville THIS WEEKEND for
the Old Time Autumn Festival!
9/28/2010: This is "catch-up" week for us -
some down time in between events to price & shelve
new inventory. Check out our "Banned Books" display
at the Lincoln store - and put your name in to win
the SIGNED 1st ed of "I Am A Man" each time you
Brownville: Fall Flea Market! Saturday, Sept 25 &
Sunday, Sept 26
us for Brownville's legendary Fall Flea Market,
which seems to be getting bigger and better. Vendors
come from all over and set up along Main Street from
the winery to the river. You'll find antique
furniture, quilts, homemade jellies & rootbeer,
books, art, jewelry, maps, postcards, watches...etc.
etc. & lots of etc.!
This year, the area surrounding the new Railroading
Museum (just across the road from our bookstore)
will be devoted to dealers selling Railroading
collectibles & ephemera. At Chapter Two, we'll have
a huge assortment of antique books - lots of
beautiful things with pictorial & gilt covers. We'll
also offer lots of cookbooks that have not been on
our tables in the past. It'll be one of our best
flea market offerings to date!
9/21/2010: Take part in our drawing for the
SIGNED First Edition of Starita's "I Am A Man" - the
2010 OBOL selection. (See "archives" for details!)
Lincoln news: great new Poetry & First Editions hit
the shelves this week. Brownville: Come to Fall Flea
Market this weekend!
9/13/2010: Each time you spend $10 (pre-tax)
in our Lincoln store, you'll be entered into our
drawing for a SIGNED FIRST EDITION of this year's
One Book One Lincoln selection, I Am A Man by
Joseph Starita! We'll draw for the winner at the
book discussion at our store on 10/12!
9/7/2010: Thanks to Peter in Iowa for the
compliments about our customer service - our staff
is glowing! This week: In Lincoln, our New Arrivals
shelf is filling up again....In Brownville, Cinnamon
will bring new inventory & create a new shelf of
"Golden Oldies". Come see!
8/29/2010: We have some beautiful books on
New Arrivals now, including an 8-volume set of
Abraham Lincoln's Writings bound in 3/4 leather.
More to come this week. Remember, we're doing buys
by appointment only now: Tuesdays - Saturdays. Call
Thank You Tuesday Recipient: Clawfoot House
Clawfoot House is a house concert venue and arts
community located in an apartment in the Everett
neighborhood in Lincoln, Nebraska. The space was
started in January of 2009, and hosted 45 events
that year. The venue has a reputation for high
artistic quality, an excellent avant garde music
series and a comfortable atmosphere. The venue has
brought in artists such as Jad Fair,
Amy Denio, Stephen
Elliott, Tatsuya Nakatani and Shelly Short. Illinois
chamber folk duo You & Yourn recently called
Clawfoot House one of their favorite venues in the
U.S. Clawfoot seeks to break down barriers between
audience and performer. Clawfoot House also hosts
art shows, workshops, readings, puppet shows,
potlucks and plays. Info & calendar at
www.clawfoothouse.com or - join the Clawfoot
House group on Facebook. For more information on
Clawfoot House, contact
firstname.lastname@example.org or call (402)217-4309.
Lincoln: Husker Read Sidewalk Sale!
We made some back-to-school deals this week - tables
of bargain priced books outside, displays & great
finds inside. Our "Husker Read" T's came in this
Books on tables: $2 hardcovers, $1 trade paperbacks,
$.50 mass market paperbacks. We had tons of books
come in over the summer and this year's Sidewalk
Sale was great - thanks for shopping!
8/21/2010: We will not be doing in-store buys
8/22-8/29. We're having a big sale & it's the first
week of UNL classes. Please do not bring books
during that time. However, if you have books to
sell, please give us a call & we'll set up an
appointment for the following week! Thanks!
8/19/2010: We have Philosophy books on our
New Arrivals. Bigger news, though, is that we have
greatly expanded our Children's Literature section
to include two additional cases! Come browse - we've
organized picture books & have new space for
8/10/2010: Our pricing backlog is full of
wonders! Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King
Arthur's Court (1889), a first edition of Cormac
McCarthy's The Road, beautiful Children's
books, SIGNED first edition mysteries... come
harvest & put up some books for winter!
8/7/2010: (Lincoln) Art of Rock Festival
Saturday, August 7th saw downtown Lincoln
transformed with family festivities in support of
Lincoln's "Academy of Rock"! Our block became a
giant canvas that showcased the work of numerous
Sidewalk Chalk Artists. The festival also feautured
toddler fashion shows, air guitar contests and
All entertainment was absolutely FREE! We look
forward to next year!
For more information, click:
Lincoln's Academy of Rock!
8/4/2010: We just purchased two collections
and hope to have these books onto the shelves soon.
Look forward to some nice First Editions and Small
Press books. I'll send an email to the
"Collectibles" list when they're ready - sign up on
our "Receive Bulletins" page to receive it.
7/29/2010: (Lincoln) Barbara Cramer BOOK SIGNING
Barbara Cramer is the author of A Pinch of Dry
Mustard. This intriguing mystery takes place
over a 3-day period in a quaint fishing village off
the coast of Maine.
Ms. Cramer is a featured speaker at the Toast to Ms.
Wheelchair Nebraska event held that evening at the
Downtown Holiday Inn. For more information about
that event, click:
Ms. Wheelchair Nebraska/Lincoln Journal Star
7/27/2010: This week, we have new Chess
books, Manga, Poetry (yes, more!), Fiction, lots of
new Science Fiction & Fantasy and a whole bunch of
Agatha Christie. Books have been coming in like
crazy - looks like a couple of late nights at work
7/23/2010: (Brownville) Friday, Brownville Merchants
Summer Street Party
Summer evening of laid-back fun! The shops and
galleries of Outfitters' Row on Main Street offered
treats and drinks...and books, jewelry, art,
letterpress cards, antiques & more.
We had strawberries, chocolate eclairs and white
wine at A Novel Idea Bookstore, Chapter Two!
Porridge Papers, newly located just up the street
celebrated their Grand Opening.
Sum Guise, a band that gets bigger and better every
year, entertained us with a combination of
bluegrass, honky tonk and folk music. There's no
better fun then summertime dancing in the streets!
7/20/2010: Although we posted New Arrivals
photos on the 16th, we just put up all new New
Arrivals yesterday. Check out the current photos!
Lots of Poetry, Fiction, History (British, Crusades,
Custer's Last Stand, etc...) & much more!
7/14/2010: So many books, so much
happiness... We purchased some great Children's
Books - Curious George, Little Critter, Richard
Scarry, Madeleine, Winnie the Pooh. The staff is now
nostalgic about our childhoods and having to tear
ourselves away to do real work...
7/6/2010: We'll be working on a collection of
Signed First Edition Mysteries today. Janet
Evanovich, Sue Grafton, John Sandford, Jeffery
Deaver, Robert B. Parker... They will most likely
live on the display shelf by the counter while we
find room in the case!
6/30/2010: (Lincoln Store) One Book, One Lincoln Top
The top 5 books for the One Book, One Lincoln
community reading program have been announced. Read
This year, the community is voting for the book to
read as a community. We had three of the selection
committee members on hand to talk about the
selection process they went through and the merits
of this year's top five books!
Thanks to everyone who joined us for Italian sodas,
cookies & book talk. There are some great books on
the list this year - it's really fun to discover new
6/28/2010: We have lots of new Science
Fiction & Fantasy, Literature and Poetry this week -
as well as lots of interesting odds & ends. Be sure
to check our Events page for info on Wednesday's
discussion in Lincoln & Saturday's festivities in
Brownville. Summer fun for all!
6/22/2010: Welcome, Thespians! We're happy to
see you mixing in nicely with all our regular
book-lovers. In celebration of The Theater, we've
loaded our displays with scripts, books on
filmmaking, monologues, stage & film biographies.
Come join the fun!
6/15/2010: New Arrivals have been pouring in
- you'll find new Poetry, Psychology, Philosophy,
Gaming, Fiction/Literature & Children's books. Also,
some beautifully bound Dickens books & the Silver &
Gold "Arabian Nights" (16 volumes).
6/8/2010: We're pricing our way through some
neat books this week. On our New Arrivals shelf,
you'll find many issues of McSweeney's. You'll also
find some good Eastern Philosophy. Lots of American
History books just made their way downstairs & will
be shelved soon!
6/3/2010: We'll be pricing through Nebraska
History, Children's Books, & Miscellaneous other
goodies this week. Stop in and visit us in Lincoln
this Friday - we'll be open late for the Gallery
Walk until 7:30pm!
Lincoln: Musical Kickoff for Clawfoot House
Das Hoboerotica, a cello/accordian duo heading
off on tour this week kicked off our Thank You
Tuesday Summer sponsorship season for Clawfoot
House! (See our Philanthropy Page for more
information about this wonderful community arts
Thank You Tuesday March-May
Recipient: Lincoln Community Concert Band
The Lincoln Community Concert Band provides
opportunities for audiences to experience free, live
performances by volunteer musicians who love making
music with friends of all ages. In its
twenty-seventh season, it was organized in the fall
of 1981 by Jack R. Snider, Director of Bands and
Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln. Members of the band are adult
volunteers from many walks of life who enjoy playing
their instruments and wish to continue making music.
The LCCB rehearses on a "school-year" schedule and
presents four concerts each year, all of which are
free and open to the public. LCCB meets in Westbrook
Music Building on the UNL City Campus from 7-9 PM on
Monday evenings. The band is open to adults of all
experience levels as long as sections are not full.
For information on becoming a member of LCCB,
contact us at
May 29 - Monday, May 31: Spring Flea Market in
Over 300 dealers offered kettle corn, quilts, root
beer, antiques, oddities, plants, garden furniture,
jewelry...and BOOKS. Continuing for over 50 years,
this is one of Brownville's signature events. It was
great to see so
many familiar faces this year - thanks for stopping
in! Check out our
Brownville Blog to see Flea Market photos!
5/27/2010: Our Lincoln store is full of great
New Arrivals - Children's Books, History,
Philosophy, etc. Our Brownville shop is getting
ready for this weekend's Flea Market - lots of
collectable Children's Books, sale Cookbooks,
History & Fiction. Enjoy Memorial Day Weekend!
5/18/2010: New Poetry, Fiction, Mystery &
Ancient History this week! We continue to work
through the treasures we found while Katherine & I
were on our trip. The kids will be out of school
soon - come browse for books to keep them occupied
5/11/2010: New Graphic Novels, Children's
books & lots of new Literature & Fiction this week.
May is the last month of sponsorship for Lincoln
Community Concert Band for our Thank You Tuesdays.
Shop for books and make some music today!
5/6/2010: We're home from the trip with
oodles of great books! The New Arrivals shelf
doesn't begin to hold all the loot. Be sure to check
the display shelves in the windows, by the front
door, by the counter...welcome to our Treasure Hunt!
4/30/2010: Katherine & I are on a buying
trip. You should SEE our hotel room. There are 60
boxes of books in here! We hope to condense them
into a number of boxes that might actually fit in
April 23 - Sunday, April 25 in Brownville
celebrate literature, food, music, & wine in
We are offering a Children's program, Pairing Food &
Wine program, Poetry, Fiction, Nature Writing,
History, Songwriting...something for everyone!
Join Paul Johnsgard, Twyla Hansen, Greg Kosmicki,
Matt Mason & the Omaha Healing Arts Slam Poetry
Team, Jeff Barnes, The Dueling Chefs, Mike Mennard,
Beef Torrey & Kevin Simonson, Amy Knox Brown, Roy
Scheele, Kelly Madigan Erlandson, Ember Schrag,
Linda Garcia, NL Sharp & all of us!
Visit this link to the complete schedule:
Brownville's Wine, Writers & Song Festival.
Visit Brownville, relax and enjoy!
4/15/2010: We have been working like crazy
lately. So many books... We have just uploaded a new
set of New Arrivals photos! Find History, Fiction,
Poetry, Archaeology...an eclectic mix!
4/5/2010: We just priced new Theology,
Judaica & Philosophy books - with a few Art odds &
ends in the mix. We also have new displays
throughout the store - Gardening, Grilling,
Decks/Patios, Poetry (April is National Poetry
Month), Children's Books. Stop in for a browse!
3/29/2010: This week, you'll find lots of new
Science Fiction & Fantasy Books, new Graphic Novels
- and all sorts of new Non-Fiction. While I was away
last week, Katherine made two housecalls and bought
LOTS of interesting books. She has such a good eye!
3/23/2010: Spring has sprung & we have been
purchasing all kinds of great books. Gardening,
Cooking, Quilting & Crafts, Children's, Gaming,
Biography...check out our recently updated "New
3/15/2010: This week, we have new Graphic
Novels, Children's Books, History, and Literature.
Keep your eyes on our New Arrivals shelf for more -
we'll be uploading a new photo soon!
Joel Williamsen Book Signing (Lincoln Store)
to host Joel Williamsen for a book signing - and
look forward to his next visit to our store in
In his book, Barrelhouse Boys, it is 1894,
and Nebraska's glittering state capital draws Bud
Gardner away from drought and poverty towards his
uncle's saloon, extended family and eccentric circle
of bootleggers. But amidst the whores, oddballs, and
shady characters of Lincoln's Haymarket district,
Bud discovers a fiery Czech girl - and the deadly
forces that connect Chicago's railroad strikes,
Omaha's slaughterhouse riots, a grisly Lincoln train
wreck, and a local black man that has "conveniently"
been accused of causing it. Weaving together an
intriguing storyline with the real historical events
and luminaries of turn-of-the-century Lincoln,
including John J. Pershing, Willa Cather, and
Charles Dawes, Barrelhouse Boys is a fictional romp
through the gaslight era that shouldn't be missed!
$17.95 each. Call us for a copy!
3/8/2010: This week, we have new Philosophy,
Photography, Field Guides & Foreign Language
books...and a new staff member! Liz Sexton will take
the Sunday shift later this Spring. She will also be
working in our online book business. Stop in & meet
3/2/2010: This week, we have new Music,
Military History, Photography & Literature. We have
also been shelving lots of Foreign Language,
Needlework and Cookbooks. Spring is coming - be sure
to check out our Gardening & Home Improvement
2/22/2010: Come in for a look at the new
Science Fiction & Fantasy books. Katherine just
rearranged the section...and then we bought another
few boxes full of SFF. (Currently stacked in the
section.) We also just finished filling the New
Arrivals shelf - check out the photos!
Winter Thank You Tuesday Recipient: Husker Cats.
Husker Cats is a volunteer group of students,
faculty, staff and friends of the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln working to ensure a high quality
life for cats living in feral colonies on campus.
Since its founding in November 2008, the group has
humanely trapped, neutered or spayed and vaccinated
60 of the 75-100 feral cats at UNL before returning
the cats to campus. The group also has a feeding
program and works to educate people about the
importance of spaying/neutering cats and to dissuade
people from abandoning or dumping cats. The group is
funded entirely by donations. It costs approximately
$75 to $100 to provide care for each trapped cat and
there are ongoing costs of feeding and trapping.
Husker Cats is loosely allied with The Cat House,
Lincoln's no-kill cat shelter. For more information,
www.huskercats.org or contact Kim Hachiya, 472-8844
2/19/2010: C's "annual" 29th Birthday Sale is
on! 29% off everything through the weekend! Also,
we've been working through recent acquisitions -
some nice History, Poetry and some beautiful Folio
Society books in slipcases. They're on New Arrivals
in the shop.
2/15/2010: Happy Presidents' Day! Check out
our Presidents' section for books on all your
favorite Founders. This week, we also have new
Science Fiction/Fantasy - 5 boxes came in late last
week & Matthew also brought a couple hundred new
titles out of storage.
2/9/2010: Avoid the boring old "flowers &
candy" routine! Think about what your sweetheart is
truly interested in...or, buy one of your favorite
books & tuck one of our gift certificates inside.
You can come shopping together. Think outside the
1/31/2010: We'll be working through more mass
market paperbacks early this week - lots of new
Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery, Classic
Literature and General Fiction. We have new
displays of Children's Books & Theater Books, too!
Friday January 29th,
10am-7:30pm: Lincoln Store
is NOT Dead"
Fundraiser for Lincoln High School Drama Club!
10% of all sales today went to help fund Lincoln
High School Drama Club projects. We had a display of
LHS Drama memorabilia, LHS Drama T-shirts - and, in
the afternoon, characters from some of your favorite
books & plays. Julius Caesar, The Mad Hatter, a
Pirate and a Gipsy made an appearance & took photos
with our customers for donations of $1 each. Many
thanks to the LHS students & faculty - and all the
"Drama Mamas & Papas" for a theatrical evening!
1/29/2010: Today, we are all THESPIANS! See
our Events page... New books this week include lots
of vintage Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's
Books, American History & lots of great Classic
Literature and general Fiction. Check out New
1/21/2010: This week, we're offering new
Chess Books, American History & hardcover editions
of volumes of the Journals of the Lewis & Clark
Expedition. Also, through Sunday 1/24, our
Role-playing Game Books are on Sale - buy one, get
one (equal/lesser value) for 50% off!
1/11/2010: Our New Arrivals shelf is full of
great books - Literature, Graphic Novels, Mystery
First Editions, History, Biography, Children's Books
and much more! Stock up for Winter - and prepare for
the next snow days. Buy a stack of books for the
kids...and some for yourself!
1/8/2010 - 1/10/2010:
CABIN FEVER BOOK SALE!
Since the space south of our shop was going to be
empty for a couple of months until the new tenant
moved in, we took it over for a weekend to host a
HUGE SALE! Tables of Paperbacks,
Hardcovers...Fiction, Non-fiction...it was a mix. On
Fri & Sat, books were priced as marked. On Sun,
everything left was $1 each. We've never done
anything like this...and it was really fun! Thanks
to Matthew & Chris for playing guitars in the sale
room. Someday, you'll be stars...
1/4/2010: Happy New Year! We are getting a
good start to 2010 by refreshing our stock with new
inventory - and having a HUGE sale! (See Events.)
Once again, we are glad to see another year
beginning & look forward to spending it with
interesting, sincere people like you.
12/28/2009: We're getting ready to ring in
the New Year with some good reads...yes, we truly
are party animals around here... Come visit us for a
12/19/2009: If the weather outside is
frightful this season, remember that we can process
GIFT CERTIFICATE orders over the phone or by email.
We'll send the gift certificates wherever you need
them to go and we'll send you a receipt! (We can do
this in fine weather, too!)
12/15/2009: Okay, so the "lovely snow" on the
7th turned into "Snow-maggedon" the next day. Whew!
Nothing like weather to bring out camaraderie. We
will be pricing books later this week. There's lots
of History, Theology & Literature in the backlog.
12/7/2009: What a lovely snow! Come see us
in our cozy bookshop - and bring your holiday
shopping list. We'll help you find great gifts for
everyone...and you'll be happy with the money you
save. Browse our "Staff Reads" page for ideas!
Cookbooks, History, Fiction, Kids' Books...
Saturday, 12/5 &
Sunday, 12/6: Holiday Open Houses at Both Stores!
Our Lincoln & Brownville stores spent the first
weekend in December with refreshments & merriment!
We offered 10% off all Books during the Open Houses
and saw lots of friends - old & new.
Shoppers picked up Signed First Editions,
Leather-bound Collectables, Paperback Stocking
Stuffers, Children's Books, "Husker Read" T's, Gift
Certificates & more during the celebration. In
Lincoln, we had crowds before and after the
Star City Parade. Thanks for making a visit to
us a part of your holiday tradition. We feel the
love - and look forward to the rest of the holiday
12/4/2009: Our Holiday Open House is THIS
WEEKEND! You'll find great New Arrivals...we've been
unpacking History & Biography. We have new
Children's Books, Poetry & Literature this week. We
also came across a good assortment of books on Poker
11/30/2009: We are thankful for our customers
& community! We learn & laugh daily. 'Tis the season
for those things...and celebrating wonder. Come see
us this weekend for our Holiday Open House. Shop for
gifts for all on your list - remember, they love our
11/22/2009: This is our cats' first holiday
season with us and the ribbons and tinsel are SO
exciting! They've been very...helpful...while we've
been decking the halls. Books this week include lots
of new Gaming, Holiday Children's Books &
Literature. Comfort & Joy!
Fall Thank You Tuesday Recipient was the Ms.
Wheelchair Nebraska Program.
The Ms. Wheelchair Nebraska Program offers women who
use wheelchairs an opportunity to receive
recognition for personal and professional
accomplishments and to serve as a spokesperson for
people with disabilities. The program's
emphasis is on the capability, productivity and
individuals with disabilities. It serves as a
means by which to educate the public regarding the
basic value and abilities of people with
disabilities, as well as the importance and need for
eliminating architectural barriers.
For more information, please visit:
Ms. Wheelchair Nebraska
11/16/2009: We have new Civil War books,
classic Literature, Philosophy...and some peculiar
odds & ends this week. My favorite title on the New
Arrivals shelf is Catapult Design, Construction
and Competition. (Now that's a great gift for
the right person!)
November: "Book Arts" by Harry W. Andersen
"Book Arts" is a series of book-inspired
pendants on display at our Lincoln store.
Each is a unique mini-sculpture, signed by the
artist. Andersen started his art career in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1974 after receiving
his MS in Design from Drexel University and MFA from
Philadelphia College of Art. His work has been shown
in Philadelphia, Palm Beach, Boston, Atlanta and
Washington, D.C. He is the owner of Gallery 119 in
All pieces are available for purchase. Beautiful
gifts for your bookish friends! Prices range from
$15 - $35 each.
Nebraska Book Festival! Held at the Nebraska
History Museum right around the corner from our
store. Great authors, readings & events and book
fair! Hats off to Mary Jo Ryan for putting on such a
great event. The book fair was buzzing with authors,
readers & publishers. We met some wonderful people.
(I bought a copy of Greg Kosmicki's new book of
poetry, Marigolds, published by Black Star
Press. I'm really enjoying it.)
11/7/2009: "Book Arts" by Harry W. Andersen
is on display through November...see our Events page
for more! For books, we have lots of Haruki
Murakami, Cookbooks, remarkable Ansel Adams
Photography, Andrew Wyeth, Picasso's Women...&
new displays of Children's Books!
105 boxes of books came in on Thursday! (Wow!) Happy
to say, today it looks less like a warehouse & more
like the well organized bookshop you know & love.
New Spanish Books, Art, Children's Books & Theology
are on New Arrivals...LOTS of vintage SFF in the
10/26/2009: Seems like the holidays are far
off...but now's when I start thinking about which
books my family members might enjoy. (It's just more
fun to relax and shop without pressure.) Start
browsing for stocking stuffers...we have lots of new
10/18/2009: We had a great time at the Black
Star Press & Friends Reading! The shop looked
great...thanks to the staff for shelving all the new
Children's books, Literature and the hundreds of
mass market Science Fiction & Mystery titles that
came in just before the reading!
Star Press & Friends Poetry Reading featuring:
Amil Quayle, who hails from Idaho, near the
Snake River. He ranched in Nebraska for seven years
and then received an MA and a PhD in English from
UNL. Grand Canyon and Other Selected Poems
is his latest work.
Greg Kosmicki, who is the founder and
publisher of The Backwaters Press. He is the author
of three books of poems and 6 chapbooks of poems.
Garrison Keillor has read his poems on Writers'
Greg Kuzma, who is a professor of English at
UNL. He is the founder & publisher of Best Cellar
Press. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker
and The Paris Review. He has authored several
books of poetry.
10/5/2009: Lots of new SFF came in yesterday
& we're working on some Art, etc that Katherine
purchased at a house call last week. The backlog
right now is full of interesting
miscellany...Literary Theory, Military History,
Medieval History, Theology...stop in soon!
& Novel Idea Night" Benefit for Prescott Elementary
We donated 10% of our sales all day to Prescott
Elementary School. The money will go to help pay
field trip costs. In this economy, we feel it's even
more important to band together as a community to
support the things we value. Thanks to our customers
for supporting us so that we can extend this kind of
support for Lincoln's kids & other charities!
Book, One Lincoln Discussion of People of the
Book by Geraldine Brooks
The One Book, One Lincoln selection has been
made! We gathered in our Lincoln store to talk about
People of the Book. It's a fantastic
read...and I find that I like a book even more after
discussing it with other interesting people. Talking
about this novel...and how people can survive &
triumph over the darker parts of humanity...and the
power in human relationships...and the causes of
xenophobia & war...was great. The discussion was
free-flowing & interesting. Everyone had something
to contribute. What I especially liked was that the
talk was thought-provoking but not at all
pretentious. We had a group of really nice,
intelligent people. I'm already looking forward to
doing this again!
9/29/2009: We have new Medieval & Ancient
History, Philosophy, Theology and Literature this
week. Check the Events page...we're hosting
discussions, readings & benefits in the next few
This week, look for new Poetry & Drama. We're also
putting lots of new Bargain Books on the cart
outside. Saturday is UNL's Homecoming: Welcome Back,
Alumni! Meet the new cats on the way to the stadium
& put some books on hold. Pick them up Sunday!
9/2/2009: Fall is here! We LOVE this season
in the bookstore. It's time to put on a sweater in
the mornings, and enjoy coffee & books. Come in,
gather stacks of books and squirrel them away for
Winter. We have great Fiction, History, Children's
Books & Graphic Novels this week!
Summer Recipient was the Community Open
Studio/Writers' Wordshop. The project began ten
years ago and continues to honor and support the
artists and writers served by The Community Mental
Health Center, CenterPointe and Cornhusker Place.
Over 200 artists, writers, photographers and film
makers participate. "F" Street Community Center
hosts sessions Wednesday evenings from 5-7pm.
Lincoln Parks and Rec is a partner and their
foundation is the fiscal agent. The 5th Annual
Artists on the Edge Show was held August 4-8.
Open Studio has five local exhibits each year,
plus two national touring exhibits. For more
information, please visit:
Artists on the Edge or call 441-6603. Poetry
Reading: Friday, Aug 14th @ 6pm at Grand Manse,
129 N. 10th Street, Lincoln. Browse & buy outsider
art throughout August at the following galleries:
Gallery at Grand Manse, Gallery 9, Noyes Gallery,
Tugboat Gallery (above A Novel Idea Bookstore),
Modern Arts Midwest, Burkholder Project.
8/27/2009: Students, we have books for you.
Stop in and flash your list to a staff member. Also
this week, we're seeing lots of Military History.
Katherine has re-arranged downstairs again! The
Presidents section and the History of Warfare
section are in new, better locations
Monday, August 24th
- Saturday, August 29th (Lincoln store)
"Husker Read" Sidewalk Sale!
Yes, it has been a busy summer and we've
stockpiled boxes of books destined for our annual
Fall Sidewalk Sale. You'll find lots of bargains -
books outside will be priced at $2...$1...$.50 each.
Inside the shop, you'll find our Back-to-School
displays & lots of New Arrivals we'll have priced
for the season. You'll also find our new "Husker
Read" (past-tense...get it?!) T-shirts on sale for
$9 each. Wear yours to the Lincoln store or the
Brownville store on Husker Game Days and receive 10%
off your book purchases! (We think they're really
fun shirts. The discount is just an added bonus!)
8/20/2009: Harry Potter, Military History,
Drama, Home Repair, Graphic Novels & more this week.
Check out New Arrivals! Also, many thanks to Jason
Gilmore, who designed our new database system. We
LOVE it. (And thanks for your patience while we
learn how to use it!)
8/14/2009: Great Fiction & Literature came in
last week, along with some fun Children's Books. We
also bought a cache of Robert Heinlein paperbacks
and some signed books by Tanith Lee. We have a
pricing backlog of around 30 boxes! We'll make some
8/7/2009: We're staying open until 7:30
tonight for the Gallery Walk. Check out the New
Arrivals & displays. The store is an exciting place
these days. Thanks to all who attended last night's
One Book, One Lincoln discussion...we had a great
8/2/2009: We are pricing our way through a
collection purchased last week. Look for good
Economics, History & Political Science this week. We
also have a good assortment of new Fiction &
Children's Books. And "Husker Read" shirts are
in...come check them out!
6th 7:00pm (Lincoln Store)
One Book, One Lincoln Discussion of Top Five
Recently, this year's committee announced the
2009 Top Five finalists for our community reading
program. (Check out the 5 here, on our
One Book, One Lincoln page.)
We had cookies & coffee and talked about these
books...and the process of narrowing down the big
list of nominations to these few. Thanks to all who
attended. It was great to sit amid our bookshelves
and chat. We're already looking forward to our
September discussion about the chosen book!
7/24/2009: Our color is "Husker Read"! We
just got our new "Husker Read" T-shirts, now on sale
in the Lincoln shop for $9 each. Wear yours to
either store on Husker Game Days & get 10% off all
books. Want us to save one for you or send you one?
Call (402) 475-8663 or email!
7/20/2009: Our New Arrivals shelf continues
to turn over rapidly. Padric & Eddy have been
prowling around the stacks of books to be shelved.
(In their hearts, they are fierce jungle cats.) Cats
& books...life is good!
Friday, July 17th
6:30 - 8:30 (Brownville)
Outfitters' Row Summer Street Party
Join us in Brownville for Sales, Treats and the
music of Sum Guise on Main Street, Brownville. This
free event is great for families...perhaps combine
it with a camping trip to Indian Cave State Park or
book a room at the new River Inn Floating Hotel
(call 402-825-6441 for reservations!)
Sunday, July 19
1:00pm-4:00pm (Lincoln), Book Signing
Come meet Anthea Carson, author of
several books, including How to Play Chess Like
an Animal, a children's chess book. She will be
signing copies of her new novel, Ainsworth,
a summertime mystery set in 1970's Nebraska.
7/13/2009: We'll be pricing lots of new
inventory this week. Look for great new trade
paperback fiction, along with mass market paperback
classics & genre fiction...as well as some gems with
archival dust jacket covers that Matthew just
finished working on!
7/8/2009: Come down for
The Zoo Bar Street Festival Fri 7/10, 7pm - Sat
7/11, latelatelate! We'll be open our regular hours
and enjoying the music from our doorstep. Swing in
and see us. (Tell the folks at the gate that you'd
like to shop for books and they'll let you through!)
6/30/2009: This week, we have new Art, Field
Guides and American History & Cookbooks...just in
time for your 4th of July festivities! We also have
LOTS of new Children's Books, both fiction and
non-fiction. Time for a little R&R (Reading &
Relaxation) this weekend!
6/24/2009: New this week is a collection of
Nick Bantock books. In addition to the popular
Griffin & Sabine books, we also have several
pop-ups, The Egyptian Jukebox, and a signed
copy of The Artful Dodger. Check out the
display by the front counter. Wondrous!
6/15/2009: We just bought a great collection
of Vintage Black Lizard pulp fiction books...Jim
Thompson, Ross Macdonald, Michael Dibdin, Andrew
Vachss, plus some great looking Philip K. Dick trade
paperbacks. Swing in, browse, escape...
6/5/2009: Welcome UNL Summer Conferences!
Every year, we welcome crowds of people we refer
to as our "irregulars"...those friendly faces we see
once a year when they come to town as AP Graders,
participants & faculty of the Nebraska Summer
Writers' Conference or participants & faculty of
the Thespian Festival.
Check our Lincoln Calendar for our extended
hours...we welcome you regulars, too!
6/3/2009: New Art, Military History,
Children's Books, Literary Criticism, Philosophy,
Science Fiction & Fantasy...so much we've decided to
have an impromptu Sidewalk Sale this
Thursday - Saturday! See the Events page for
5/28/2009: We just purchased 4 boxes of
Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror paperbacks. The
shelves are bursting with Terry Pratchet, Robert
Heinlein, Spider Robinson, Laurel K. Hamilton and
the like. We've also been buying lots of Military
5/28/2009: Our Spring Thank You Tuesday Recipient
was Community CROPS. Combining Resources,
Opportunities and People for Sustainability helps
families grow food for themselves and their
community. Community gardens across Lincoln provide
garden plots to families who need them, where they
grow and harvest a variety of fresh vegetables. The
farm training program works with those who want to
grow and sell larger amounts of produce or small
livestock products. A Thursday evening Farmers'
Market at Pentzer Park ties it all together. Find
out how you can get involved with CROPS at
Spring Flea Market in Brownville!
Memorial Day Weekend: 5/23 Saturday - 5/25 Monday
It's that time of year again! Come down to
Brownville and spend the day (or the weekend)
hunting for treasures. We'll have the streets lined
with vendors...over 260...who will be selling all
kinds of things: books, ironwork, needlework,
antiques, pottery, glassware, Children's toys,
homemade root beer and much, much more!
If you haven't experienced Brownville's Flea Market
yet, you really should. It's a lark! Quirky and fun.
My advice: start on the East end of Main Street and
walk up, looking at one side. Take a break for a
glass of wine on the deck of Whiskey Run Creek
Winery and then head back down Main, looking at the
booths on the other side. (Be sure to stop in and
see us at Chapter Two, on Main Street!)
5/18/2009: We made a great house call last
week. We also bought some wonderful books in the
shop. We have new Fiction, Gardening, Cooking,
History, Science Fiction, Mystery & Children's
Eddy & Padric have a new scratching post.
We're welcoming Eddy (spotted) & Padric
(white/tabby) to the shop! Yesterday, Eddy explored
the place thoroughly while Padric hid out in the
bathroom. Now, as you can see, they're both quite
comfortable on the floor in front of the counter.
5/1/2009: We're back from Missouri with 53
boxes of books...great Fiction, Science & History -
particularly British History and Ancient History. We
found a cache of Philosophy books, which I'll be
working on early next week. (We're also going to The
Cat House on Thursday...)
4/27/2009: Wine, Writers & Song went really
well this year. Thanks to all the presenters,
performers, participants and sponsors. We have some
great ideas that will make it an even better
festival next year!
As a special treat this year, we had poets Jinmei
Yuan & Mani Rao, who appeared courtesy of Creighton
University's Asian Writers Conference. They preceded
the No Coast National Slam Poetry Team, which
presented the Friday evening program. As a follow-up
to the festival, the slam poetry is being translated
into Chinese and sent across the world! We're
planning to do more with the AWC in 2010!
Wine, Writers &
Song Festival in Brownville!
4/24 Friday- 4/26 Sunday
This year's festival has a GREAT lineup of
authors, musicians, Children's performers, poets,
chefs, vintners, & artists. All events are FREE
except for "Pairing Food & Wine" ($5), Riverboat
Rides ($9.95, 5 & under free) and the Weekend
Writers Workshop with award-winning poet, Barbara
For more information about this great festival,
please click here:
Wine, Writers & Song Festival
4/17/2009: Cat Fundraising Winner! Thanks to
all of the donors who contributing an amazing
$4,628.90 to The Cat House & Capital Humane Society.
We'll be getting our new cat from The Cat House in
early May after we get back from our Missouri buying
4/14/2009: We have turned over the New
Arrivals shelf a couple of times. You'll find the
Lincoln store chockfull of new Theology, Graphic
Novels, Gaming, Children's Books & Fiction.
Brownville is getting ready for the Wine, Writers &
Song Festival...fun, busy times!
4/6/2009: This is the final week of the
friendly fundraising competition between The Cat
House & Capital Humane Society. Make your donation
count! We'll announce a winner on the 17th. For
books, we have new displays of Quilting...and Poetry
for Nat'l Poetry Month!
Springback to Outfitters' Row
We are re-opening our Brownville shop for the
season! Join us & the other shops on Main Street
for sales & treats. Julie Felzien, of Skylark, will
provide us with piano music outside from 1pm-3pm.
We'll be offering 10% off all books that day
and we'll have cookies and Italian sodas for your
refreshment. Come for a relaxing stroll and shop for
books, antiques, art, jewelry, pottery, home decor &
more! Be sure to stop for lunch at The Lyceum
Bookstore & Cafe and make sure to visit Whiskey Run
Creek Winery for some wine tasting.
You deserve a (Spring) break. Come visit Historic
3/30/2009: Our Brownville shop re-opens this
Thurs & we're having a party on Sunday! Also,
Matthew put archival dj covers on lots of books that
are now ready for me to price...watch for some gems
this week. Come shopping for the quirky & unusual.
Go on a book hunt!
3/22/2009: We have lots of brand new Quilting
Books & some great Cookbooks this week. Also, watch
for a Journal Star article about our plan to adopt a
new shop cat. The Cat House & Capital Humane Society
are neck-and-neck in the friendly competition we're
Sidewalk Sale this Thurs - Sun...check out our
events block on this page! This week, we purchased
Graphic Novels, Gaming, Literature, Children's Books
& History...come see. Also, the jars for The Cat
House & Capital Humane Society are now on the
Friendly Fund Raising Competition to Choose Our New
We are ready for new feline companionship. It's time
to start thinking about adopting a rescue cat - or
cats, as the case may turn out to be. There are so
many in this world that need homes. (Thanks to all
of you who spay/neuter!)
From March 15th - April 15th, you'll find 2
jars on our shop counter: one for The Cat House
and one for Capital Humane Society. Make your
generous donation into the jar for the organization
from which you think we should adopt our new shop
cat! (You may also contribute directly to that
organization with "A Novel Idea Bookstore" as a memo
and it will count in the competition.) The money
goes to the organizations and we'll get our new shop
cat from the one with the most donations. Everyone
3/10/2009: This week, watch for new Quilting
Books and Wicca Books. Katherine bought a good cache
of each over the weekend & they'll hit the shelves
soon. Also, we welcome Chris Rowe to our staff!
He'll be training this week. Stop in and meet our
3/5/2009: History, Children's Books & Cool
Miscellany are coming out this week. We just turned
over the New Arrivals shelf this afternoon. Expect
more new inventory tomorrow...and don't forget your
"Buy a book, get another of equal/lesser value for
50% off" coupon, good 3/6!
2/27/2009: This week, we've priced Manga,
Graphic Novels, Signed First Editions, Philosophy
and Children's Books. And, just in time for St.
Patrick's Day, we have a display of Irish authors.
Grab a James Joyce book and head to O'Rourke's for a
Winter 2008/2009 Thank You Tuesday Recipient
was the Lincoln Arts Council. Building the
community through the arts...it's how the Lincoln
Arts Council is making Lincoln a better place to
live. The Arts Council supports the arts
organizations and working artists in Lincoln through
a variety of programs and services. It also serves
as Lincoln's central arts information and service
agency, not only for artists and arts organizations,
but also for government, business, educational
institutions, neighborhood and community
organizations, visitors and residents.
Learn more about the
2/21/2009: Thanks to all of you for your kind
condolences for the recent loss of our shop cat.
We've received mail & email from Texas, North
Carolina, Minneapolis, California, Missouri, Korea,
Florida & Japan...and the local support has been
incredible. We are fortunate to be surrounded by
sincere people and are glad to know that you enjoyed
Silas as much as we did.
(April 1995 - February 16, 2009)
graced our presence for 14 years...bringing us joy,
hilarity & comfort. He will be dearly missed. He
belonged not only to us but to you as well. We will
celebrate his memory over the next several weeks
with a photo-memorial on our bulletin board. Please
feel free to share photos and swap stories.
Sometime, after winter has receded, it's likely that
we'll look into
finding another cat (or two). Cats & Books are part
of our natural habitat. However, we're not rushing
anything. It's our experience that feline companions
find their way to us. One of our customers says that
the story of Silas's arrival could be a Lifetime
Movie of the Week. (It involves medical drama, a
hysterical woman and the Lincoln Police Department.
2/16/2009: Silas, our 14 year-old cat, has
departed. We will have a photo-memorial up in a
couple of days. If you have photos of our feline
friend that you would like to share, feel free to
bring them. We'll be happy to see you, either way.
2/14/2009: Happy Valentine's Day! Books about
flowers last longer...and we also have books of
poetry, cookbooks, massage books, books on wine,
books on jewlery...time to think outside the
2/12-2/15 2009: Cinnamon's "Annual" 29th
All Books will be 29%
Off! (Leather-bound & Collectibles included!)
Yes, once again, we're celebrating my 29th birthday.
It's fun for everybody! Shop for books, enjoy
birthday candy, see if you can keep a straight face
while telling me that I don't look a day over
29...Come to the party!
2/9/2009: This week, we're getting ready for
Cinnamon's Birthday Sale which is Thurs-Sun. More
new inventory is being priced & shelved. We're also
a destination on the Sheldon Gallery's Photo
Scavenger Hunt...check out the display in the front
1/28/2009: We are still working on the
Science & History books we bought last week.
Katherine is re-arranging downstairs and making
great changes to Political Science, Military
History, Reference, The History & Philosophy of
Science, Economics, Field Guides and more!
1/21/2009: Okay...60 boxes of new inventory
in 5 days puts us in a swing between euphoria and
near-panic. Mostly, we're euphoric. I worked late
last night on a great batch of Science & History
books. The New Arrivals shelf is turning over almost
daily this week!
Inauguration Day. We are excited about a new era of
thoughtful government in which intellect is valued
and communities are engaged and ready to work
together toward the challenges that face us.
In the spirit of rising to challenge and finding
satisfaction in good honest work, we are spending
the next week or so pricing through the enormous
number of boxes of books surrounding us. We just
purchased a fascinating collection of Science &
History that contains lots of books on Evolution as
well as some great books of Ancient History and
Military History. As usual, we are also offering a
good assortment of fiction this week. Matthew worked
late shelving Mystery and Literature and there's
lots more to come!
1/16/2009: We are continuing our work on the
New York books...check the glass case for new
collectables, including Martin Luther King Jr.'s
Nobel Address. Also, we just got 30 boxes of new
inventory this week. You'll find lots of great
fiction, mysteries, etc!
1/8/2009: We are unpacking and pricing first
editions & signed books we bought from New York,
which we'll put in the glass case. Included are some
fun odds & ends like The Poetry of Richard
Milhous Nixon, taken straight from the Watergate
Happy New Year!
Here's wishing everyone a New Year full of lively
discussion, insight, beauty and love...all of which
cost nothing and yield much. 2009 looks full of
promise and challenge and we are grateful for the
good company we have in our customers. We couldn't
ask for better people with whom to spend our days.
We'll open 2009 with some great new books. We just
purchased several boxes of collectables from New
York and we're looking forward to putting them on
the shelves. We'll also be doing some housecleaning
around here...pricing the inventory in backlog and
sending some stock to the bargain shelf to make way
for it. Watch for our coupons in your email
12/31/2008: Happy New Year! Thank you for
your patronage in 2008. We greatly appreciate all of
you who make a special point to support your local
businesses. We look forward to serving your literary
needs...and your sense of humor... in 2009!
12/22/2008: Happy Holidays! We recently
acquired a First American Edition of James Joyce's
Finnegan's Wake and a First Edition of Toni
Morrison's Song of Solomon. Opening boxes of
books is like opening presents...come see what we're
Shopping for Books!
Books are presents they'll open again & again.
Leather-bound Classics make distinguished gifts &
Paperbacks are perfect for stocking stuffers.
Remember to pick up a Gift Certificate (or
two, or three). They're great for friends
(especially Book Club friends!), co-workers &
family. Buy one of your favorite books and tuck one
of our gift certificates inside...a novel idea!
Thanks for including our store on your list of
holiday stops. We enjoy seeing you and wish you all
a warm & happy holiday season!
We have new Art, Signed books, Cookbooks & lots of
Buy one of your favorite books and tuck one of our
Gift Certificates inside. They can be made for any
amount & they never expire. This year, give them a
relaxing browse in a cozy bookshop!
Our Lincoln Store's Holiday Open House is This
Saturday 12/6, 10am-6pm & Sunday 12/7, 1pm-5pm
Come downtown this Saturday for the Star City
Holiday Parade and shop for books afterward! We'll
have a new selection of Signed Books and Art Books
on display as well as Leather-bound Classics &
Paperbacks perfect for stocking stuffers. ALL BOOKS
WILL BE 10% OFF during the weekend celebration!
Be sure to join us in Lincoln THIS WEEKEND for our
Holiday Open House! We have new Graphic Novels,
Signed Books, Children's Books, History & More. Buy
one of our books and tuck one of our gift
certificates inside. They'll love it!
Fall 2008 Thank You Tuesday Recipient
fall recipient was Lincoln's
Flatwater Shakespeare Company.
Established in 2004, Flatwater Shakespeare presents
high-caliber productions of classic theater and
offers innovative educational programs. Artistic
Director Bob Hall's production of Richard III,
featuring Brad Boesen in the title role, ran
September 11-14, 18-21 and 25-28 at the Swan Theatre
at Wyuka. Learn more about the
Flatwater Shakespeare Company online.
Saturday11/22 & Sunday 11/23 in Brownville
Outfitters' Row Holiday Open House
Enjoy sales and treats at Main Street Shops like
Mary's Emporium, Chaney Gallery, Country Handmades,
Gallery 119, A Novel Idea Bookstore - Chapter Two &
Brownville Mills. Plan to have lunch or dinner at
The Lyceum and be sure to visit Whiskey Run Creek
Winery. On Main Street, across from The Lyceum,
you'll find the Historic 1860 Carson House, which
will be decorated for Christmas. Tours are $5,
children 9 & under enter free.
We'll be serving hot cider and snickerdoodles at the
book shop. Join us for some old-fashioned holiday
cheer! Come spend a day (or two) in Brownville this
11/21/2008: Our Brownville shop's Holiday Open
House is this weekend. Join us for the celebration!
Next week, our cache of Signed Books will come back
to Lincoln. Browse for unique holiday gifts. Pick up
one of your favorite books & tuck one of our gift
11/13/2008: Katherine, Matthew & Julie have
been a triumvirate to reckon with in the shop--
come see what they've been working on! New displays,
new beautiful books, reorganized shelves...good
Last week saw an influx of Science Fiction,
Literature, Children's Books & all kinds of
History. Stock up for Winter and get some holiday
10/22/2008: Thanks to all of our devoted
patrons for shopping with us. This economy has been
hard for many businesses, but due to your support,
we are doing fine. We'll continue to provide you
with friendly service & great books at affordable
prices. We just re-stocked!
Stewart, author of Odd Comics, Book Signing
at our Lincoln store
Lincoln native Scott Stewart has been a little-known
cartoonist for 40 years. His work has appeared in
local magazines and newspapers and in several small
press comic books. He's drawn dozens of posters and
t-shirts, and for several years co-created the
summer reading programs for children at the public
library. He taught a class on comics as part of the
Bright Lights Summer Enrichment Program, and has
spoken on comic art at the Nebraska Book Festival
and many other venues. His work has appeared in
anthologies produced by Kansas City's Comic Creators
Network and the Comicbook Artists Guild.
10/17/2008: Nebraska Book Festival is this
weekend! Tonight, Kent Haruf will speak at the
Capitol. Tomorrow's events will center in the Ne
History Museum, just 1 block from our store. Also,
join us Saturday for Scott Stewart's book signing.
More info on our Events Page!
One Book, One Lincoln Discussion
In The Thirteenth Tale, Margaret (our
narrator) is the daughter of a bookshop owner, so it
was especially fun to discuss the book at our shop.
Thanks to Mandy, a member of this year's selection
committee who was on hand to help get us started.
We got cups of coffee and settled in among the
bookshelves for a great talk about the characters,
themes and mysteries of the book.
10/12/2008: Brownville's Fall Festival!
On Friday, painters gathered on the banks of
the Missouri to create autumn scenes. Friday
evening, Whiskey Run Creek Winery offered bluegrass
music by Sum Guise. On Saturday, there was a Quilt
Show, Civil War Re-enactment, River Boat Rides, Joe
Smith's Book Signing (our shop!) and a Street
Dance. Sunday saw the continuation of the Quilt
Show, Civil War Re-enactment, River Boat Rides and
the "Paint Brownville Autumn" Art Show & Sale. It
was pretty neat. Check out my
Halloween is just around the corner. It's a
perfect time to pick up some Edgar Allan Poe. Also,
keep close watch on our Events page. October is
full of literary happenings in Lincoln and
Brownville. Festivals, Book Signings,
9/25/2008: We bought a good assortment this
week, everything from Modern Library hardcover
literature to Soup Cookbooks to Bob Dylan's Lyrics.
I'm reading The Thirteenth Tale and looking
forward to our Oct. 15th One Book, One Lincoln
discussion at the Lincoln store!
9/19/2008: This week, we donated books to
Lincoln High School for their fundraising Book Walk
(like a Cake Walk, but with books) and to the
Family Service elementary after school program. We
also bought lots of Philosophy, Religion & Poetry
books. Come check our shelves!
9/14/08: Our books from Maryland and Texas
are in! Come browse the new selection of art,
cooking, quilting/crafts, science, philosophy,
history and more. The display shelf by the front
door is full of books we just priced!
8/29/08: This week, we have hundreds of new
Science Fiction & Fantasy titles. (These books came
in after I sent the email about the recently
acquired collection. It's unbelievable.) SFF
fans, you're going to have a good time!
Summer 2008 Thank You Tuesday Recipient
Our summer recipient was Lincoln's own No Coast
Writers Collective, formerly known as Star
City Slam. The No Coast Writers Collective
provides an innovative outlet for Lincoln's rabid
slam poets, keeping them off the streets,
entertaining crowds across town, and competing on a
national level. They also maintain an educational
outreach program which brings the excitement of
poetry & performance into Lincoln Public Schools.
Youngsters+art+expression=awesome! Check out The
No Coast Writers Collective online at
NoCoastWriters.org or at their
7/11/08: Party downtown this weekend! Our
dear friends at the Zoo Bar are celebrating their
35th anniversary with a Street Festival. Our block
of 14th Street is now party central. But don't worry
- we're still here! Admission to the festival is not
required to come on in to the bookstore - though we
do suggest you check it out!
As the street is closed to traffic directly in front
of us, don't forget that we validate parking in the
garage across the street (or any city-owned garage)
with a purchase of $10 or more. Just use the P
Street entrance to the garage, and you'll be right
across the street from our front door! And we're
offering free validation for our email list
subscribers this Friday & Saturday, just because
they're so very special.
7/7/08: We bought 10 boxes of books before
noon today! It was great.
More beautiful trade paperback general fiction,
political science, economics, kids' cookbooks, and
an assortment of oddballs best described in few
words. Like these: Bat Boy. Plus great condition
Fantastic 4 & Shazam(!) paperbacks, clothbound
hardcover Letters of Thomas Huxley, and lots of
other fun stuff! New photos of the New Stuff Shelf
just went up!
7/3/08: WE'RE BURIED IN BOOKS!!! It's just
crazy in here,with new inventory walking through the
door about every five minutes. Looks like we'll be
turning over the New Stuff Shelf over the weekend -
keep an eye out for more graphic novels, another big
round of literature titles, nonfiction and humor. ∆
6/30/08: We're gearing up for another
exciting week of books galore in here! We have tons
of great new trade paperback and hardcover
literature titles just hitting the section this
afternoon, plus more coming out all week long. New
hardcover and paperback mysteries, new military
history and philosophy of science, and yet more
graphic novels. It's a great time to browse for
Celebrate this Friday down in Brownville with the
annual 4th of July extravaganza! Though our Lincoln
store will be closed for the holiday, Chapter Two
will be open in Brownville from 11-4. So come on
down, grab some books, enjoy some barbecue, and stay
for the fireworks! A good time shall be had by all.
6/25/08: EVEN MORE NEW GRAPHIC NOVELS!!!
Didn't get the memo? Well then, you need to
subscribe to our email list! You can sign up to get
updates whenever we get a large collection of any
your favorite subjects. Really - it'll be fun...
6/24/08: The books just keep on comin'! We
have a fantastic new collection of graphic novels,
tons of scifi & fantasy titles just waiting to find
a good home, and even more drama rolling through.
Masses of nonfiction, as well: theology, philosophy,
6/20/08: A big thanks to all UNL visitors who
stopped by to see us during this year's Nebraska
Summer Writers' Conference and AP grading sessions!
We always look forward to seeing you folks this time
of year, and can't wait to catch up with you next
summer. And now...
Yet another thing we look forward to every summer!
We've restocked our drama section and put in all
new displays in anticipation of your arrival. So
come on in, grab something funky, and say hello to
Silas the cat, kids!
10/22/07: Our Lincoln store is having a
SIDEWALK SALE this week: Wed 10/24 - Sun 10/28!
We're cleaning house in preparation for winter which
means that all kinds of books are slated for the
sale - including lots of regional cookbooks,
fiction, history, gardening, children's books, etc.
Books will be priced individually, most ranging from
$.69 - $4.99. On Sunday, all sale books will go at
Remember that the Nebraska Book Festival is this
Friday and Saturday in downtown Lincoln. It should
be a vibrant literary environment!
Check out the web site for a schedule of
readings and events. Hope to see you this week!∆
09/17/07: Every UNL HOME GAME SATURDAY, you
can get 10% OFF STORE WIDE - books, T-shirts, book
bags... the works!
Here are the sale dates, if they aren't already on
Sat, Sept 22 (Ball State)
Sat, Sept 29 (Iowa State)
Sat, Oct 13 (Oklahoma State - homecoming!)
Sat, Oct 20 (Texas A&M)
Sat, Nov 10 (Kansas State)
We've decided to go ahead and join the weekly theme
party. So, dig through your closets for those old
"Bugeater" sweatshirts and corn cob hats. We'll be
ready to applaud you in your most ridiculous Husker
Balance the Big Red and Buy some Books! (How's that
for alliteration? Do you think it *works*?)∆
08/24/07: We bid farewell to James, who has
graduated and is leaving the nest. We welcome Julie,
who will be starting this Tuesday. We also welcome
Corey Anne, a summer intern we decided to keep, who
will help us out on Saturdays. Regulars: go easy on
the new kids. No requests for the Gutenberg Bible.
(Everyone likes smart, no one likes smarty-pants.)
Last week we bought great poetry, philosophy,
leather-bound art books, books on Japanese cooking,
lots of fiction, science fiction and Children's
books. We also added some history titles. We made
several house calls and handled many in-store buys.
We have about 20 boxes of books we can't wait to
Given the influx, we've decided it's time to have a
SPONTANEOUS SIDEWALK SALE. It'll be this Tuesday
through Sunday. Books on tables will be individually
priced. Great bargains abound.
And...WELCOME BACK, STUDENTS! We're happy to see
you. Our window displays next week will feature some
vintage photos from the 50's at UNL. They're keen.
Come visit us!∆
07/25/07: Kudos to Kirsten and Katherine for
some great buying this week. Today's work was
pricing and shelving an almost overwhelming backlog.
Still, we live for days like today. There's a
constant background of exclamations from the staff
and customers. "Cool!" "Wow!" Even the occasional
low whistle can be heard periodically.
The good stuff is flying across the counter, making
a brief stop at the new arrivals shelf and heading
for the sections. Children's Books, Photography,
William Morris, Art Deco, Japanese Cooking,
Vegetarian Cooking (lots), C.S. Lewis (hardcovers,
the occasional first edition), Graphic Novels,
Poetry, History. The books in this week's pic have
already been moved off to make room for the "just
priced" books. Stop in soon!
In Brownville - we're getting ready to host the STAR
CITY SLAM TEAM on Thursday, August 2nd @ 6pm. The
performance and wine/cheese reception afterward is
free and open to the public. We are donating 20% of
A Novel Idea Bookstore: Chapter Two's sales that day
to the slam team, who will be traveling to Austin
for national competition this month. (Also, the
Street Party last week was a blast! We'll let you
know when we have another one.)∆
07/16/07: The shop has been bustling! We
brought in 12 boxes from an out-of-town buy over the
weekend. You'll find an interesting mix on the new
arrivals shelf. We also continue to buy great
fiction - lots of science fiction, mystery and
literature this week. We have quite a backlog again,
so you can expect great books to roll out steadily
over the next week or so.
In Brownville this week: STREET PARTY! If you
haven't been to B-town yet, now's the time. On
Friday, July 20th, the main street shops are hosting
a shindig from 7pm-9pm. We'll have a
bluegrass/honky-tonk band playin' on the street and
there will be a great selection of food, wine and
beer available. It's a free event, open to the
public. Come shop, eat, drink and dance! If you're
interested in a weekend getaway, you'll find
great info on this site. (However, you won't
find party info on the site. It's a spontaneous
event but we're expecting a couple hundred people!)∆
06/27/07: The New Arrivals shelf has been
getting a lot of play this week. We've been turning
it over rapidly. Today, I see hardcover volumes of
The Journals of the Lewis & Clark Expedition, a
scarce slip-cased edition of The History of Violin
Playing: From its Origins to 1761, books on Dog
Training, Gardening, and Humor a la Calvin & Hobbes.
We also have an 8 volume, slip-cased, Folio Society
edition of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
Fiction has been going straight into the appropriate
sections. I mentioned last week that we added
hundreds of Science Fiction and Mystery titles and,
although it's hard to believe, they just keep
Thanks to all the Thespians for keeping us
positively entertained this week! It's a kind,
energetic, extremely polite group this year. We've
been having lots of fun!∆
06/21/07: Great books this week!
Leather-bound Darwin, Folio Society
Shakespeare...new Manga, Graphic Novels...hundreds
of new Science Fiction and Mystery titles. The genre
fiction sections have just exploded with books we
don't see nearly often enough. Come for a browse and
find classic favorites!
Thanks to all of you who attended Tim Skeen's
reading at our Lincoln store last week. He was
FANTASTIC. His poetry can satisfy both the academics
and the slam poets - a remarkable feat. We have
copies of his book, Kentucky Swami. If you haven't
read it already, you should check it out.
And, it's that time of year again:
WELCOME, NEBRASKA WRITERS' CONFERENCE FACULTY AND
PARTICIPANTS! & WELCOME, THESPIANS! It's great to
have you with us. We are well-stocked with poetry,
literature and drama!∆
06/05/07: WE'RE STAYING OPEN LATE IN LINCOLN!
Tuesday, June 5th, 10am - 8:30pm
Wednesday, June 6th, 10am - 8:30pm
Thursday June 7th, 10am - 8:30pm
Wednesday, June 13th, 10am - 8:30pm
Thursday, June 14th, 10am - 8:30pm
The rest of the time, we'll run with our regular
schedule of Mon - Sat, 10am - 6pm & Sun, 1pm - 5pm.
We have lots of new philosophy, occult, martial
arts, history and children's books. We also have a
zillion new fiction titles.
Our Brownville shop is open Thurs - Sun, 11am-4pm -
although I may stay open a little later sometimes.
The Brownville Village Theater kicks off its 41st
season on Friday, June 8th. For a theater schedule
and other cool Brownville info, follow this
link. Our shop has a new display of Early
American history and biography on the library table.
Come see us!
05/09/2007: Last night's reading, given by
Twyla Hansen and Paul Johnsgard, was one of the most
enjoyable evenings in recent memory. Their book,
Prairie Suite: A Celebration, is a wonderful
collection of poems and drawings. We have several on
hand for $13.95 each. All proceeds from sales go
directly to benefit Spring Creek Prairie. Give us a
call if you'd like us to reserve one for you - they
make great Mother's Day gifts.
Like many Lincoln residents, we had a little water
in our lower level after Saturday's rain. (There
were several areas of town that experienced flooding
over the weekend.) Luckily for us, it wasn't so bad
in the store. We re-caulked the outside of the
building, which should do the trick. We also removed
the books from the lower shelves on the south side
as a precaution - but don't worry, they'll be back
We have lots of new inventory, so check out the new
arrivals page. We'll also load photos of the brand
new arrivals within a few days. Stay tuned!∆
04/27/2007: Holy Moly! We're back from St.
Louis with 58 boxes of books, and the shelves are
fillin' up fast. Tons of literature, great mystery,
poetry, drama, history...stop on in and check it
03/21/2007: We have new books of all kinds.
We just bought lots of history books - Civil War,
WWII and more Stephen Ambrose titles than you can
shake a stick at. Most of those are available for
browsing now. We also bought a good little
collection of gardening books, which will be coming
out soon. We have new philosophy, poetry,
literature, and science fiction. Kerouac, William S.
Burroughs and Nabokov's Lolita all hit the shelves
today - and Katherine has created a display of
current bestsellers. Take advantage of the spring
weather and come downtown to our shop. We've added
LOTS of new books since your last visit!∆
03/05/07: We have more occult! More Aleister
Crowley, Israel Regardie's The Golden Dawn, Richard
Cavendish's The Black Arts, Tamsyn Barton's Ancient
Astrology and Osho Zen Tarot. Plus, lots more. Magic
and mystery - come and get it!∆
02/20/07: Thanks to all of you for joining us
during the birthday party. We had a GREAT time
seeing you and we enjoyed a flurry of activity at
This week, we are catching up and pricing a backlog
of miscellany. You can find Richard P. Feynman and
Hunter S. Thompson on our new stuff shelf - along
with books on the Civil War, first editions of
Maurice Sendak's children's books, and The Art of
Flamenco (worth purchasing for the cover alone).
The wild assortment of cookbooks is starting to take
on some order. We have sorted most of them into
categories, which includes four shelves of
spiral-bound cookbooks from Nebraska groups and
churches. If you didn't have the chance to look them
over during the sale, come on in. It's a little
easier to browse now!∆
02/02/2007: Cookbook Craziness! We purchased
over 1,000 cookbooks last week. It's hard to imagine
what that's really like. In addition to the regular
new stuff photos, we've included photos of the shelf
we've designated to hold some of the new cookbooks.
(Bear in mind that this shelf represents less than a
third of the new cookbooks. It's a huge influx!)
Be sure to come shopping Thursday, Feb. 8th -
Sunday, Feb. 11th when all books will be ON SALE at
29% OFF in celebration of my "annual" 29th birthday.
Yep. Once again, I'm turning 29. Those of you in
search of flattery points should not pass up the
opportunity. ("Wow...how can this be your ANNUAL
29th birthday?! You don't look a DAY over 25...") I
grow more susceptible to these compliments with each
01/11/07: Happy New Year! 2007 has already
shown itself to be a bustling year. Last week, we
bought books on Quilting, Beading, Sewing, and Arts
and Crafts Style. A few days ago we purchased a
collection from a retired English professor and his
wife, truly a couple of the most delightful people
we've met. We're working with those books now. Come
browse the works of Faulkner, Emerson, Hemingway,
Eliot, Frost - and many, many others. There's a lot
of literary criticism in this batch as well.
We also came across a cache of manga - D N Angel,
Rozen Maiden, The Dreaming, etc. Lots of manga in
Japanese, too. Show your faces, true fans! ;)
The new stuff shelf is too full to hold the
"hyper-new" stuff. We have high stacks on the
counter. Check the New Arrivals photo for a look at
the plain, ol' "new" stuff. Stop in soon if you
really want to be up to date!∆
12/29/06: The week after Christmas is my
favorite time to be in the bookstore. We see lots
friends who are home in Lincoln for the holidays.
Yesterday, a family from Florida came in and said
they started coming to our store over Christmas
break three years ago - and visiting us was
something they look forward to all year. Hearing
that sort of thing just makes us feel great. (We
thrill to the compliments, ya know!)
Our world of books this week offers several
photography books centering around Nebraska, Lincoln
and The American West. We also recently added a
small collection of fishing books and golf books.
Children's books continue to come in - there are
lots of books by Eric Carle (my daughter's hero) and
new board books.
And, it's a great time to watch our store for brand
new bestsellers. Some of you bibliophiles just
couldn't wait and bought the books on your own
Christmas lists, which means that you ended up with
an extra copy (or two) as gifts from your
well-meaning friends and family members. Luckily,
you can benefit from the alchemy performed by our
book buyers. You bring in your unneeded gift. We'll
send you out with something new to read. Shoppers
will delight to find new books on our shelves. Ah,
cycling and recycling...new life, renewed
life...just makes you feel good, doesn't it?!
Thanks to all of you for your support. Best wishes
for a happy and bright New Year!∆
12/20/06: Happy holidays! The shop has been
bustling. Lots of new books coming in and lots
heading off to find homes under Christmas trees. The
gift certificates are particularly snazzy this year
- they're printed on a silvery paper. (You can blind
an attacker or signal aircraft with these. We're
always trying to exceed your expectations...)
We'll be closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Otherwise, it'll be the usual literary extravaganza.
Come see us!∆
11/27/06: In Lincoln this weekend, it's our
Holiday open house! We'll be serving coffee,
cookies, chocolate and big helpings of good cheer to
go with your selections for winter reading. C'mon
down to the Star City Parade on Saturday morning and
spend your afternoon browsing. We'll help you find
gifts for all the folks on your list.
In Brownville this weekend, it's the Holiday Home
Tour. Our little shop will be open for business as
GIFT CERTIFICATES are available for purchase at both
locations - and can be used at both locations.
Woo-hoo! More shopping choices for your friends and
11/08/06: We've been busy getting Chapter Two
ready to go. Thanks to all of you who mentioned
liking the ad in the Sunday Journal-Star. We are
planning the Grand Opening for Sunday, November
19th, 11am-4pm. 117 Main Street in historic
Brownville. Check out our new Brownville page for
In Lincoln, we've been buying lots of new books. We
have new Art, Cooking, Children's Books, and
Science.Arthur Rackham's Book of Pictures, Mark
Bowden's Guests of the Ayatollah, Seymour M. Hersh's
Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib,
Rachael Ray's 30-Minute Meals 2...come in and browse
the new arrivals!
Also, thanks to all of you who voted in yesterday's
election. It's an important privilege.
10/24/06: This week, we are offering lots of
titles from the University of Nebraska Press -
history, nature writing, and your favorite Nebraska
authors. We also have a couple hundred new science
fiction and mystery titles. I've been spending lots
of time on the Brownville project while Katherine
and Kirsten have been pricing their way through
boxes and boxes of new inventory. Stop in and offer
kudos to those ladies - they've worked through at
least 65 boxes in the past month. (Sometimes, when I
stop to think about it, the sheer volume of books we
handle amazes me.)
10/11/06: Wow. We've taken in 40 boxes in the
last week or so. We're scrambling to create open
floor space for tomorrow night's reading. Staff
meeting tonight will be devoted to shelving--and
celebrating our dear Molly's birthday.
Congratulations, Mols! Cupcakes all around!
Stop in for an autumnal browse. It's "curl up on the
couch with a great book" weather. We can set you up
with a fine selection!
09/25/06: We just purchased a large
collection of academic books - lots of literary
criticism, anthropology, western americana and
history. 25 boxes in all. Also, we've been taking in
miscellaneous books like crazy. We're offering a
surprising amount of magic and occult books in
Check the Brownville Blog for our progress on
"Chapter Two". It's shaping up!
09/05/2006: Lots of great books came in this
week. Graphic novels, film, science, poetry - and
stacks and stacks of your favorite mass market
paperback fiction books. Like new but half the cost
of new books. Amazing.
The big news around here this week is that we've
decided to open a small bookshop in Brownville,
Nebraska. We're calling it "A Novel Idea Bookstore,
Chapter Two". Check the "Our Store" folder on this
site for photos and Cinnamon's "Brownville Blog"!
08/29/2006: WOW! Thanks to all of you who
attended our 15th Anniversary Celebration last
weekend. We estimate that we had about 500 people in
the shop on Saturday and Sunday--and despite the
crowd, everything went smoothly. There were lots of
happy people eating cookies, shopping for books and
laughing with us.
Also, congratulations to the winners of our
drawings! We gave away a 2-volume leather-bound Hans
Christian Andersen set, a signed Thomas Friedman
book and a bunch of T-shirts and canvas bags. We'll
soon have a page devoted to the 15th, with lots of
pics taken over the weekend. We'll also keep the
photo displays up in the shop for another week or
two. If you missed us last weekend, stop in soon!
08/22/2006: Welcome back, college kids!
Downtown Lincoln is surging with scholars. Check
with us for books for your classes--you can go see
"Snakes on a Plane" over and over with the money you
save by shopping at our store!
This weekend, we're celebrating 15 years in
business. Saturday and Sunday, ALL BOOKS will be 15%
OFF! We'll also be selling the Silas Fan Club
T-shirts and baby onesies. (They're so cute!) And
we'll have coffee, cookies & old photo albums. Come
to our party!
Thanks to all of our loyal customers for helping us
along the way. Your friendship and support means the
world to us.∆
08/15/2006: THANKS to all of you for your
great feedback about our new web site. We appreciate
the encouragement. The site will get better and
This week, we have new art, science and history
books. Kirsten continues to list physics books
online. Katherine will work through the general
pricing backlog, which is immense as usual. The shop
looks great. Come see us!∆
08/08/2006: Welcome to our NEW WEB SITE! Many
thanks to web genius Matthew Eggert, who coded his
little heart out to create these gorgeous pages. You
can now browse our new stuff shelf from your living
room -- just click on the photo and then click the
icon in its lower right corner to make it large
enough to read titles.
We have new physics books, history, graphic novels
and fiction. Be sure to check the page next week.
We'll provide a new virtual browse!
07/18/2006: Last week, we made 4 off-site
book buys! We acquired a good collection of physics
books, a smaller collection of literary criticism
and loads of great miscellaneous books. Our main
display shelf has been changed and we're planning
new window displays this week.
BIG NEWS: We are putting our improved web site into
production in August. The new site will feature
refreshed content, photo tours and an emailing list
that will notify you when we buy a collection that
fits your area of interest. Ain't technology
07/11/2006: Last week, we had 6 boxes of
books in our pricing stack. This week, the backlog
is suddenly up to 35 boxes! Stacks of new fiction
are already in the sections.
Other current offerings include a mix of science,
politics and history such as: Sam Treiman's The Odd
Quantum, Claude Manceron's Blood of the Bastille,
William Hurrell Mallock's A Critical Examination of
Socialism, and William Reid's Arms Through the
Also, 4 boxes from Maryland just arrived. We're
surrounded. Come help!∆
07/02/2006: WOW - the sidewalk sale was
great. 12 1/2 cent paperbacks go fast. Thanks to
our staff for doing a super job!
Our CENTRAL AIR has been installed! O Frabjous
Day! Callooh! Callay! We are beside ourselves with
joy. It's lovely in here. Come see us. We're
cool. We're happy!
About books - we're expecting an influx this week,
which means we'll be pricing our backlog to make
room. Three boxes of choice miscellany with newly
applied archival covers await, along with scads of
fiction, art and political science.
We will be CLOSED on the 4th for Independence Day.
We honor the patriots who fought and died to gain
our freedom and we celebrate the patriots who
continue to struggle so that we remain free.∆
KA-POW! Silas has authorized a SIDEWALK SALE!
Thursday, June 28th - Sunday, July 2nd
Hardcover, Trade Paperback, Paperback books - all
priced to sell faster than a speeding bullet!
It's time for us to clean house and rid ourselves
of double copies and odds n' ends. We're refreshing
our stock this weekend - giving YOU the chance to
pick up some great reading at LOW PRICES!
WELCOME, NEBRASKA WRITERS' CONFERENCE
We're opening early all week:
Monday - Saturday, 9am - 6pm
Sunday, 1pm - 5pm
We just purchased a big collection of plays and
graphic novels. Stop in, browse and discover new
Also, we offer sincere thanks to the second round
of AP Graders. You folks kept us thinking,
entertained and busy at the register. It was great
to hear so many compliments about the bookstore. We
really appreciate knowing that our efforts are
We're now in the countdown to the installation of
CENTRAL AIR. Catch our SIDEWALK SALE at the end of
this month and bask in the brand new COOL!
06/09/2006: A huge THANK YOU to our beloved
AP Graders. It was great to see the return of so
many friends. We will certainly miss the European &
World History folks next year. (We all got a little
misty, actually.) We hope that Colorado appreciates
We're getting set to welcome the 2nd session AP
Graders. C'mon in, Biology/Physics/Statistics fans!
We'll be open late:
Wednesday, June 14: 10am - 8:30pm
Thursday, June 15: 10am - 8:30pm
Friday, June 16: 10am - 8:30pm
This week, we're offering books in Russian - we
recently purchased a small collection. We've also
hit upon a couple caches of philosophy and history -
as well as a juicy bit of cultural criticism.
Come see us during extended hours and browse to your
05/25/06: We have been changing displays this
week. Look for Silas's "Superman" window - he has
little Clark Kent and Superman outfits, as well as a
framed picture of Margo Kidder. :)
The rest of the shop is taking on a patriotic
theme. We feel that - no matter what the Extreme
Right tries to tell us - intelligence, curiosity,
and the spirit of inquiry are patriotic qualities.
We embrace these qualities and continue to do our
part to urge them back to the forefront of American
New books include a selection of Biblical
Commentary, featuring books on the Gospels and their
authorship. We also have a new selection of World
War II and European History books. Our current prize
is a 17-volume set of Richard F. Burton's The Book
of the Thousand Nights and a Night (popularly known
as "The Arabian Nights"). It is bound in genuine
leather with 22-carat gilt and silk endpapers. It
is priced at $600.
Come in for a look. We offer a wide spectrum -
from Margo Kidder to Richard F. Burton! ∆
05/16/06: Thanks much to Erik Campbell, who
gave a splendid reading from his new book of poetry,
Arguments for Stillness, last Thursday night. We
had a house full of Lincoln's literati. Thanks to
all of you who attended and became part of the "big
This week, we have purchased lots of field guides
and miscellaneous weird-but-cool books. So, when
you're in to pick up that mushroom hunting guide,
don't forget to buy Genera of Hyphomycetes by
Carmichael, Kendrick, Conners and Sigler. C'mon -
FOUR people contributed their efforts to this
volume. You know you want it.∆
05/03/06: Well, stranger things have happened
- maybe. We Ladies of A Novel Idea Bookstore were
happily working on new inventory when our reverie
was disrupted by our frantic cat - chasing a
squirrel who mistakenly came inside the shop.
Wild-eyed cat, squirrel scampering inward through
the lit section, and four booksellers flapping about
trying to get it to run back outside. What a
commotion! Katherine was the hero and managed to
shoo the critter out the doorway.
Never a dull moment.
05/02/06: 50 BOXES OF BOOKS FROM ST. LOUIS! The
buying trip was great. We came back with 29 boxes
of priced inventory, which can be viewed on the "new
stuff" shelf, the display case by the counter and
the bookcase right inside the front door. Overflow
is being piled in sections and will be shelved this
week. Books that require research and archival mylar
dust covers will be coming out as soon as we can get
that work done.
Don't miss out!∆
04/24/06: Thanks to all of you who visited
us during our SIDEWALK SALE! We had a banner
weekend, which puts us in good stead for our buying
trip this week. We are headed to Missouri on a
book-gathering venture and plan to return home
Sunday night with a full truck.
If past years are any indication, we plan to have a
good portion of the new stock priced and ready to go
onto the "New Stuff" shelf immediately. You can
also expect to see new arrivals from the trip
throughout the first week of May. Swing in on May
1, for sure!
04/18/2006: Silas has authorized a SIDEWALK
Hardcover, Trade Paperback, Paperback Books put out
Thursday, April 20th through Sunday April 23rd.
Plus all sale books 1/2 price Sunday April 23rd!
2/21/06: We are clicking along in the shop
this week. Kirsten has been pricing physics and lit
crit as well as listing books online. We recently
purchased a huge number of mass market paperbacks-
all in like new condition. James is pricing those
and they'll hit the shelves tomorrow.
I've been working in my office, making plans for
world domination. Or at least a spring sidewalk
sale. Keep watching, book fans!∆
01/31/06: Our Texas books have arrived and
they're beautiful. Gift editions of Kama Sutra,
Kesey's Jail Journal, science, cookbooks, history -
10 boxes of delight!
We've also been doing some exciting in-house buying
lately. Several boxes of occult philosophy,
astrology, kabbalah and books on ancient Egypt came
in. After a brief stay on the "new stuff" shelf,
most of it is already in appropriate sections. We
had to make way for the BRAND new stuff!
01/19/06: We are riding the wave of
renovations! We now have brand new, beautiful
carpet on our main level. We like it so much, it's
all we can do not to spend all day lying on the
floor. Fortunately, we have lots of books to shelve,
which keeps us up and moving.
New arrivals include a signed copy of Out of My
Life and Thoughts by Nobel Peace Prize winner Albert
Schweitzer as well as signed books by Kent Haruf,
Norman Mailer, Mari Sandoz, Paul Auster, Laura
Esquivel and Jody Shields. We've had a huge influx
of general stock - a good mix of fiction and
non-fiction. We're also expecting a shipment of
books from Texas this week.
12/13/05: HOLIDAY SHOPPING! Ask our staff
for book recommendations - or pick up your favorite
book and put one of our GIFT CERTIFICATES inside.
Friends and family members can enjoy a treasure hunt
through your beloved used book store!
Last week's Open House was a great party! Thanks
to all of you for coming. We saw lots of old
friends - and lots of new friends, too. (Special
thanks to Lettie for the cake, Rex for the fruit
bread and Carole for the homemade candy. Mmmmm!)
This week, we're offering many new art books -
Chagall, Picasso, etc. We also have new literature
- Palahniuk, Vonnegut, Burroughs, Cormac McCarthy
etc. etc. etc. New Gardening books and Cookbooks
are being shelved downstairs. Books on the French
Revolution are on the "new stuff" shelf. Silas is
sleeping in the window bedroom of his kitty suite.
All is well. See you soon!
COME TO OUR OPEN HOUSE
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4TH
Stop in for coffee, cookies, a cat, holiday cheer -
and 10% OFF ALL BOOKS! (That's 60% off the list
price! Woo hoo!)
Tuck A Novel Idea Bookstore gift certificate into
one of your favorite books for a present they'll
11/15/05: OUR LOWER FLOOR IS NOW OPEN! Come
see our beautiful remodeling! New paint, new rugs,
a new chair and shelves of books await you. Our
thanks to everyone who came to help us over the
weekend. We had a great team of volunteers. Also,
thanks to those of you who brought gifts. We
enjoyed the cookies, breads and candies. (That
stuff is always welcome - don't feel you have to
wait for our next disaster to bring us food!)
Now that things are getting back to normal, we're
starting to work through the backlog of new
arrivals. We BOUGHT new books last week, we just
didn't have time to PRICE them!
We're also getting ready for our OPEN HOUSE. Be
sure to come see us on SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4TH. We're
having a party! This year, we're especially ready
11/09/05: Okay, things are rolling now! The
nasty carpet is gone. Shelving has been
disassembled and disinfected. Katherine was our
resident "Bleach Bunny"! She and Kirsten did a
great job. I'm considering buying stock in
Friends and I will re-set the shelving tonight.
The painters plan to start tomorrow at 7:30am for
the first coat, returning at 7:30am Friday to
finish. Thanks to Rod Magnuson for taking the job
and working with our schedule.
Silas remains with Justin. Can you imagine a cat
around while we're trying to paint?! Good lord.
He's adjusting to apartment living and seems to like
the top of the refrigerator when he's not on
And on another note: Veterans' Day is this Friday.
Our thoughts are with the brave men and women who
have served or are currently serving our country.
We appreciate your sacrifices.
11/06/05: Well, into every bookstore's life
a little rain must fall - or water from a broken
pipe, as the case may be. Yesterday, we had a
disaster. Our lower level flooded. Water was ankle
deep in some places. Needless to say, many books
However, we discovered a silver lining. The
response from our friends and neighbors was
heart-warming. Our deepest thanks go to all those
who waded in to save many books and dispose of
water-logged tomes. We had a cracker-jack response
team and the damage was minimized.
Today is looking a little brighter. The clean-up
effort is picking up speed - again, thanks to the
help of many generous people.
WE ARE OPEN!
Our main floor is open for business as usual. Silas
is well and living with our friend, Justin, while
downstairs repair is underway. This morning, Silas
spilled a bottle of shampoo into the bathtub and
jumped in after it, making a big mess. It's good to
know that some things remain constant. (Sorry,
Stop in and see us. It's especially good to see
friends at this time!
10/28/05: Kudos to Katherine for completing
the upstairs project! We now have a full shelf of
displays, both fiction and non-fiction titles, just
inside the front door. Be sure to take a look when
you stop in.
Today, we're pricing cookbooks. (We can't resist
them.) You'll find: Deborah Madison's The Savory
Way, Didi Emmons's Vegetarian Planet, Moosewood
Restaurant Cooks at Home and many others.
We also have a new collection of Manga (Japanese
Graphic Novels - in English), a current craze. And
our staff recommendations shelf has turned over.
Look for The Other Boleyn Girl, Balzac and the
Little Chinese Seamstress and The Fortress of
10/18/05: LOTS of new books have come in
lately. The shop is crowded with great stock - so
much so that we've bargained many cookbooks. Be
sure to check the cart outside for great deals!
Inside, we're continuing to feature graphic novels.
Thanks to all our customers who mentioned hearing
our ads on NPR - we're glad you're listening.
We also have new children's books, history and
fiction. Katherine is getting set to begin
rearranging sections upstairs. Get ready for your
new, improved bookstore!
10/06/05: This week, we are offering a new
collection from the late 1800's and early 1900's.
The case is now full of books with pictorial covers,
gilt titles and beautiful frontispieces. Come in
and step back in time!
09/21/05: Welcome, Autumn! We are ready for
crisp weather, coffee, flannel shirts, the romance
of academia - and piles of great books to read while
curled up on the couch.∆
We are changing window displays today - going with
a fall theme, props and everything. Come on in, see
the new books and appreciate the mallard. That's
right, "mallard". We've gone all out!
09/02/05: If you haven't been in the shop for
a few weeks,now is the time! We have books that look
brand new - in all areas. History, philosophy,
fiction, science,cooking, gardening... Be sure to
check out the window displays and new arrivals
08/31/05:Our thoughts are with the residents
of the gulfcoast. We will be contributing proceeds
from our fall Thank You Tuesday program (3% of all
Tuesdays' sales)to the Katrina Disaster Relief Fund.∆
08/23/05: WELCOME BACK, COLLEGE CROWD! It
was a busy summer. Our recent Chicago trip netted
32 boxes of books that we are still unpacking, so
the shop is a bit of an obstacle course. But we're
looking forward to seeing you, so stop in and shimmy
around the piles of books. Tell us the stories of
what you did last summer!∆
PINEAPPLE DAYS SIDEWALK SALE!
Thursday, 7/21 - Saturday, 7/23
We'll have tables of books outside for three days.
Great mass market fiction - cheap, cheap, cheap.
(When we buy like crazy, we sell like crazy. We've
gone WILD, WILD, WILD...yeah, okay.)
Basically, we've been stockpiling books for months
for this thing. Good ones. If this sale was being
run by someone else, we'd most likely buy these
books for our shop. Make sense? Not really.
We're feverish. Come down and take advantage of it!
07/14/05: I'm surrounded by boxes of new
inventory, one of which I'm sure, contains my wit.
All I can tell you people is that it is summer and
we are buying books at full force.
We've recently purchased MORE physics books,
literature (Nabokov, Bukowski, Faulkner, Hemingway),
children's books (Harry Potter, Isobel Bird, Tamora
Pierce, Bill Wallace), history (Ambrose, Thomas
Jefferson, Halberstam), Taylor's Gardening Guides
and much, MUCH more.
Mach 4 book buying. (Yeah, go easy on me. I'll start
looking for that wit...)∆
06/29/05: Jeez-o-Pete. We've been too busy in
here to update. Thanks again to the AP Graders - and
now to the Thespians!
We have all kinds of new books. Lots of science
fiction, eastern philosophy, literature - and we're
still pricing physics books. Will the insanity ever
stop? I hope not.
Thanks to KZUM for inspiring the purchase of our new
Pat Benatar Greatest Hits CD. Stop in for a listen.
Stop in for some books. Stop in for some laughs. Go
on - hit us with your best shot!∆
06/10/05: WELCOME AP GRADERS! (AGAIN!) Thanks
to our first round AP Graders for brisk business AND
entertainment. We love you guys!
Our 2nd session late nights are:
Wednesday, June 15th: 10am - 8:30pm
Friday, June 17th: 10am - 8:30pm
Saturday, June 18th: 10am - 8:30pm
New arrivals include a recently purchased collection
of science fiction books (18 boxes) as well as new
science and history books. And we're once again
turning our attention to the boxes of math & physics
books. Look for new titles in both sections!∆
06/01/05: WELCOME AP GRADERS!
In addition to our regular hours (10am-6pm M-Sat,
Sun.1pm-5pm), our first session late nights are:
Sunday, June 5th: 1pm-8:30pm
Tuesday, June 7th: 10am-8:30pm
Wednesday, June 8th: 10am-8:30pm
Our stock is better than ever. We have new
everything. (If you think I'm kidding, you haven't
been in lately. Boxes and boxes of new books arrive
Stop in for a treasure hunt. Find those books you
wanted to buy years ago and mistakenly passed up.
Hardhats and flashlights are available at the
05/19/05: Well, we were just starting to dig
our way out. And then...we bought 40 boxes of math
and physics books. We're well aware of the irony of
trying to find space for physics books! Don't make
So, I've been working late into every night.
Coffee, my computer, public radio & piles of books -
all my favorite things! O happy lunacy!
05/09/05: We're faster than a rolling "O",
able to leap capital "T" in a single
bound...actually, we're just looped. The St. Louis
books are rolling out and new books are coming in
every day. I'm barricaded behind the counter as I
write this, surrounded on all sides by high stacks
On my right is Cattus Petasatus, or The Cat in the
Hat in Latin. On my left, are a few books by
Richard Dawkins, including The Selfish Gene. Next
to my bulletin board are piles of mass market
fiction - Irving, McCaffrey, King, Asimov. Hundreds
of great trade paperback titles are to be found in
both windows and stacked in literature.
If there is no web update next week, send in a
05/03/05: We have returned from our Missouri
buying trip - with 50 BOXES of books. Some of them
are already priced. You'll find new arrivals
crowding both sets
of shelves in the windows, the display shelf by the
counter and the new stuff shelf. Still, most of
them remain in the backlog - which we'll be working
on steadily. You'll want to stop in regularly this
My reading recommendation this week: Life of Pi by
Yann Martel. It's a novel that handles big themes -
religion, social order, truth/fiction - wrapped in a
fantastic story of high adventure and survival. We
now have several copies. Give us a call if you'd
like us to hold one for you!
04/25/05: New stuff this week: Cars,
Dinosaurs, The Cooking of the Eastern Mediterranean,
The Occult Philosophy in the Elizabethan Age, and
Philosophy published by Shambhala. Lots of new
We are trying to work through our pricing backlog
this week to make room for new inventory. Katherine
and I are going on a book hunt in St. Louis this
Check in with us next week for first look at the St.
L. new arrivals - much of it will be priced and
ready to hit the shelves on Sunday night!
And if you haven't already - check out our staff
retreat photos (last update). As the saying goes, a
picture is worth a thousand words! ;)
04/14/05: We bought several boxes of graphic
novels last week and they are now on the shelves.
We also have new sets - Churchill, Durant and "A
History of Private Life".
Last weekend, we had staff retreat at a Mahoney Park
cabin. We had training sessions all day on
Saturday, then relaxed over dinner and played some
killer games of Scrabble. (Keep practicing, James.
You have potential!)
Take a look at the retreat photos!
04/04/05: We have many new Children's books
this week - board books, chapter books and picture
books. We had to re-arrange the section to fit them
all in! We've also re-organized a little on our main
floor due to influxes of science fiction, mystery
and general fiction/literature.
So, swing in, call, email, send a carrier pigeon...
Get in touch with your favorite used book store for
the latest buzz. There's a lot going on around here!∆
03/30/05: This week, we have new books in all
sections. Upstairs you'll find new fiction, gaming &
manga. Downstairs you'll find LOTS of new cookbooks
and, as Katherine says, gardening galore! We're also
offering some new historical biography and theology.
It's a shop full of magic and miracles. We look
forward to seeing you!∆
03/24/05: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JAMES! We surprised
our 20-year-old with a cake and a song at staff
meeting on Tuesday. Well, the cake was good... :)
This week, we've been groovin' to Cinnamon's "Power
Woman" CD, courtesy of our friend, Becki. And we've
been shelving some books. Hundreds of new titles
upstairs, lots of new Quilting and Gardening books
downstairs. Who has more fun than we do?!
03/15/05: O.K., our gray tabby, has gone to
his greater reward. When we were in the process of
moving the shop to this location, we found O.K. as a
tiny kitten with burned paws. We were fortunate to
have him for so many years.
Katherine has put together a memorial bulletin board
with some of our favorite "O.K." pictures. We invite
our customers to add to it by jotting down a memory
or two of our sweet prince. Special thanks to Gary
Kearney for putting together a brochure celebrating
O.K.'s life - we particularly like the "very rare
cat head shark" photo!∆
03/01/05: We have just added hundreds of new
science fiction and mystery titles. (Special thanks
to all the staff - and non-staff volunteers - who
helped with shelving!)
Also, Katherine has created a beautiful display of
gardening books - and there's a lovely bouquet of
flowers on the counter to provide further
inspiration. Come in and help us welcome the Spring!∆
02/07/05: The big news (here we go again!):
CINNAMON'S BIRTHDAY SALE!
THURSDAY, FEB. 10TH - SUNDAY, FEB. 13TH29% OFF ALL
In honor of my annual 29th birthday!
(Leather-bound and glass case items not included.)
Yes, "annual" 29th birthday. Yes, I've done this for
a few years now. We don't have to count. Just come
in, eat some chocolate, shop for books & tell me
what a spring chicken I am! And... We bought 13
boxes of like-new science fiction and mystery titles
over the weekend. A great batch spiked with some
Arts and Crafts Architecture, some graphic novels
and some equestrian books. There's lots of new stuff
all the way around. We're putting out new books
every day - getting ready for this sale!∆
01/31/05: We are nearly finished with an
overhaul of one of our storage rooms. Thanks to
Katherine and James for working late many nights
last week. Thanks also to Paul & Jon for lending
their time and expertise!
What this means to you, O gentle reader, is a wider
selection. We now have access to inventory that had
been unavailable. (Read: all of us were scared to
enter the room piled high with books...)∆
01/24/05: Books Galore! That's right, folks.
We've been working late, pricing new inventory. As
usual, fiction is hitting the shelves first - at
least 300 new titles in our literature section.
Science fiction remains a daunting task to shelve -
almost 300 new books for that section, too. And
please stop in tomorrow afternoon to wish our own
KIRSTEN CONIGLIO a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Tell her she
gets smarter and more beautiful with each passing
year. (Don't snicker!)∆
12/09/04: Thanks to everyone who helped make
our Open House a success - especially Gwen Cook, who
made incredible desserts for us!This week, we have
lots of new cookbooks. We also have great new titles
in our science sections and some new offerings in
the martial arts section.If you're looking for
recommendations, please ask our staff people - they
are some of the most well-read people on the planet.
And they're nice. And patient. You'll be in good
OUR HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE IS THIS SUNDAY!
10% OFF ALL REGULAR STOCK!
We have lots of things to fill out your Holiday Gift
Lists. Gift certificates are always popular - people
like the opportunity to browse. We also have
T-shirts and Canvas Book Bags.
We'll be welcoming the holiday season this weekend
with the Star City Parade on Saturday and the
Downtown Home Tours/Business Open Houses on Sunday.
Park in the garage across the street and stop in for
a cup of coffee and some good cheer. We look forward
to seeing you!∆
11/18/04: We've decorated for the holiday
season and the shop has a festive feel to it these
days. Katherine has re-arranged downstairs,
expanding our Civil War and Western Americana
sections. We have new offerings in foreign
languages: Greek,Latin, Javanese (yep!) and French.
We have also re-organized our Children's Literature
The Nebraska author/history display is in the case.
Stop in for a look at signed books from Mari Sandoz,
John D. Neihardt, Roger Welsch and Everett Dick. And
don't miss the 1888 history of Lancaster County!∆
11/09/04: Lots of new Western Americana
titles are hitting the shelves this week. Stop in
later in the week for a look at the display of
Nebraska authors and local history. You'll find
signed first editions and some rare county histories
in the mix. We also have boxes of regional and
locally-made cookbooks - a bounty for collectors.
Come in, browse around, make your holiday shopping
lists. You'll find something for everyone - and we
have GIFT CERTIFICATES available for any amount!∆
10/26/04: This store is just crazy. When I
first opened, we struggled to find inventory. Today,
we have a backlog of 50 boxes or so. Watch for new
cookbooks next week. And stock up on horror and
ghost stories this week!
(And VOTE on Tuesday, November 2nd.)∆
10/07/04: Many thanks to the crew for running
a well-organized shop while I was away. Our
inventory has grown in all areas! Katherine and I
are working through 45 boxes of hand-picked books.
Look for new leather-bound books, history, native
americana & western americana.
Kirsten will be doing research on some scholarly
titles this weekend. James will be applying archival
dust jacket covers. Gunter will list more of our
inventory online. Molly will be shelving and
shelving and...shelving. Stop in soon for first pick
of the treasures!∆
09/02/04: In effort to make some headway
before I head to Colorado, I've been working
steadily through our backlog of books. You'll see a
lot of Civil War History hitting the shelves this
week - much of it from university presses.
Also, we have recently acquired around 750 mass
market paperbacks for our science fiction section.
They're all in new condition. It's a fabulous
addition to that section - stop in for a look!∆
08/19/04: A Note from Matthew: Well, after 3
years, 4 months, and 1 week of employment at A Novel
Idea Bookstore it is time for me to take my leave.
I'm headed west to Seattle, WA because Nebraska is
just too sunny *grin*.
(for those of you allergic to cheesy sentiment, skip
I have to say that over the last three years A Novel
Idea has not only provided a wonderful work
environment, money for rent, and a good meal every
now and again - but customers that became friends, a
store that became a home, and coworkers that became
family. Like any good family, we've had our ups and
our down; most of us seeing each other at our worst
and at our best. I thank all of them for always
I will miss A Novel Idea terribly, but I will be
checking in every now and again to make sure that
our NEW employees James, Molly, and G�nter are
holding down the fort in a way that I'd approve of.
Stop in this last week to meet our new crew and to
see what kind of antics I pull off before I leave!
Thanks again to all of our customers who I have come
to know and love over the years, to Kirsten for
inspiration, to Kat for laughing, crying, and
complaining either because of me or with me, and to
Cinnamon for giving me a place to call home in
08/12/04: CONGRATULATIONS TO TED KOOSER! Ted
is the new U.S. Poet Laureate. Richly deserved
recognition for his work - bestowed upon one of the
nicest people we know.
In the bookshop...we have just hired 3 new staff
members. Gunter, James and Molly. They're friendly
and smart. And they're looking forward to getting to
know all you regulars - so take it easy on 'em,
The books keep rolling in. Katherine and I are
zooming this morning, highly caffeinated, pricing &
pricing & pricing. Stop in with kind words of
appreciation and we'll give you a hard hat and set
you looking through the stacks!∆
08/03/04: We've hit the dog days of summer
this week with temperatures in the 90's. A perfect
time to laze on the couch with a good book, enjoying
Late last week, I priced a wide range of books.
Everything from Gnosticism, Church History,
Springer-Verlag math texts and books on the Talmud
to a collection of Graphic Novels. (I've been
getting into Gaiman's Sandman, myself.) Stop in,
pick out your own range and head for your couch!∆
07/28/04: A week and a half ago, we bought 20
bags of books on a house call - mostly history and
baseball with a few interesting odds and ends thrown
in. Since then, we also bought a small collection of
Basically, we're looking at a backlog of over 50
boxes in here! (EGAD!) I'll be workin' late this
week. Stay tuned, sports fans!∆
07/12/04: HOLY CANNOLI! While Katherine and I
were on a book hunt out of town, Kirsten was a
buying dervish. She actually bought more in the shop
than we did on our trip. But really, we don't keep
score or anything.
Matthew is working on book TLC, applying archival
dust covers to out-of-print gems. If you stop in
today, you'll get to see him wearing his homemade
nurse's cap. Don't be alarmed. He passed his last
psychological exam with flying colors.
06/29/04: Books abound! We recently acquired
many good titles from The Classics of Liberty
Library - nicely bound books featuring marbeled
endpapers and gilt edges.
We are also well-stocked on airplane and "by the
lake" reading - lots of new mass market paperbacks
to vacation with. Swing by our shop before you head
out of town!∆
06/21/04: WELCOME Thespians and Nebraska
Summer Writers' Conference participants! Our drama
and poetry sections have just been re-stocked.
We'll be putting out a good selection of classics
today as well as some out-of-print gems. This week
promises to be lively in the bookstore - lots of
people, lots of new books, plenty of witty
06/15/04: Again, we have extended hours this
week. Look below! WELCOME, 2ND ROUND AP GRADERS!
We're back from a Missouri buying trip with several
boxes of good books. Lots of new age and wicca in
this batch. We've also been buying quite a bit in
the store. I'll be pricing the new inventory this
week. Upcoming attractions include Will James, Willa
Cather and Bess Streeter Aldrich hardcovers - some
06/02/04: WELCOME AP GRADERS! It's good to
have you back. We'll be extending our hours during
the next two weeks. Come see us:
Thurs. June 3rd: 10am - 8pm
Fri. June 4th: 10am - 8pm
Mon. June 7th: 10am - 8pm
Tues. June 8th: 10am - 8pm
Mon. June 14th: 10am - 8pm
Wed. June 16th: 10am - 8pm
Thurs. June 17th: 10am - 8pm
Fri. June 18th: 10am - 8pm
We've added more to the case this week, including a
signed Tracy Chevalier and Stevenson's David Balfour
with full-color illustrations by N. C. Wyeth. Books
du Jour also feature some tasty Moosewood Cookbooks
and Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton (still
on the bestseller list).
Also check out our new Thank You Tuesday recipient.∆
05/24/04: Crazy, crazy book world. It's
buying season, indeed. Matthew will be working late,
shelving the new science fiction.
I'll be adding some new things to the case this
morning including a charming copy of Kate
Greenaway's Birthday Book for Children (1883) and a
leather-bound copy of The Night Before Christmas,
also published in 1883.
05/18/04: We are hitting buying season with a good
stride. The shop is piled high - and yet remains a
friendly, browsable place...how DO we do it?! ;)
Katherine is working on a science fiction buy this
morning. Some fantastic vintage books. 20 bags in
all. I hear her chortling - it must be good!
05/13/04: We bought a small collection of fly
fishing books. Expect to see them on the new stuff
shelf today. I have also priced a few boxes of
miscellaneous scholarly books - everything from
theology to math.
We're playing Judy Collins on the stereo, the candle
is lit, the dish of candy is on the counter...stop
in for a break in your busy day!
05/04/04: Katherine and I have returned from
our buying trip with over 40 boxes of new inventory.
HOLY COW! Fiction (and some non-fiction) is hitting
the shelves today. Non-fiction and collectibles will
be out later in the week or early next week.
Watch for signed Allende and Russo, good Civil War
history, C. S. Lewis - and lots of oddball
miscellany. Matthew will be applying archival
Brodart covers to many unique titles.∆
04/27/04: Katherine and I are heading on a
book hunt this week, leaving the store in the
capable hands of Kirsten and Matthew. Stop in and
see them this week - and stop in and see us (and
oodles of new inventory) next week!
Also, the Brownville Book Festival was fantastic.
Great readings and programs. We had a little rain on
Saturday but Sunday was gorgeous. Plan to join us
04/20/04: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MATTHEW! Our
"alpha-male" turns 22 today. Stop in, congratulate
him, bask in his beauty. If you'd like to further
bask in his beauty, you can catch him modeling hip
spring fashions at the Ozone-Rialto show at the
Culture Center on Friday. Ooh la la! ;)
The Brownville Book Festival is this weekend. I'll
be giving a program on Book Collecting - all that
you've ever wanted to know about our book world and
more. There will be lots of readings, author
signings and various programs going on. Be sure to
visit the winery and don't miss the dinner cruise on
the river! For more information, email Jane Smith:
04/08/04: Holy Buying Batman! Katherine just
bought a bunch of graphic novels and can't find
space for them - come in before some one else finds
a place on their bookshelf!
04/06/04: NEW STUFF! Katherine and Matthew
have returned from the Kansas trip and we are now
surrounded with new inventory. Watch for new history
titles in particular.
Cinnamon flew to Raleigh for the North Carolina Book
Fair and came back with a few special items. Stop in
and see us. The weather's beautiful - the bells are
jingling on the screen door!
And don't forget to take a look at our pictures from
the Weldon Kees reading.∆
03/23/04: Kirsten is on vacation in the Big
Apple and Matthew tells me that we'll have a great
week in the store because he will be "in charge."
Hmmm. Despite the proven fact that this young man
can't make a fire to save his life (see retreat
photos further down), I'm sure he'll do a good job
steering the shop. (At A Novel Idea Bookstore, we
focus on the STRENGTHS of our staff members.)
We just got some hardcover C.S. Lewis titles,
including a great copy of The Screwtape Letters
illustrated by Bill Papas. Also in the case is a
first edition of Jim Harrison's Dalva. And there is
a Bibliography of the works of Charles Russell in
the case downstairs.∆
03/15/04: A rainy day here in Lincoln - not a
bad time to be in the book shop. Boxes and boxes of
new books arrived late last week and throughout the
weekend so today will be spent working with the new
Matthew has just done new window displays. Be sure
to spend a moment browsing under the awning before
you come in!∆
03/02/04: Katherine has been a pricing
MACHINE this morning. She also brought up lots of
books from overstock. Matthew shifted the entire
literature section last week to make way for new
inventory. So, between the two of them, the shop is
02/23/04: Katherine just turned over our
bargain racks. Both carts are full of new offerings
at fantastic prices.
Inside the shop, we have just added a new lighted
glass case on our lower level. You'll find it in the
room with the flagstone floor. Take a look next time
02/10/04: Now that the Birthday Sale is over,
things are getting back to normal in the shop. I'm
moving the leather-bound Eastons around, making room
in the glass case for other goodies.
We currently have a first edition of Alice Walker's
first novel, a first edition of Pulitzer Prize
winning poet Lisel Mueller's first book, a copy of
"Hurricane" signed by Ruben Hurricane Carter and a
first American edition of "The Wings of the Dove" in
two volumes by Henry James. Stop in for a browse!∆
02/02/04: The bookstore crew all went to
Mahoney Park last weekend for staff retreat. We made
our plan for world domination, ate good food and
enjoyed the winter in front of a nice fire. See the
pictures for a look at our fine, holiday fun.
Special thanks to my sister, Lacey, for holding down
the fort while we were gone!
The shop is an absolute zoo. 50 boxes of books
waiting to be priced. Our work is cut out for us.
What this means to YOU, dear customer, is a
fantastic selection during the BIRTHDAY SALE!
01/27/04: Science Fiction/Fantasy is packed
with great books. We recently acquired several
batches - both hardcover and paperback. Many first
Also, Katherine has been working on the mystery
section. We've had an influx there as well and she
is taking the opportunity to bring up some overstock
while she's shelving. By my conservative estimate,
we're adding around 200 titles tomorrow.∆
01/12/04: HAPPY NEW YEAR! Many thanks to my
staff for a great wrap-up to 2003 - next time, I'll
try not to set the lamb on fire. (Good thing we had
2004 is off to a busy start. I'm heading to Norfolk
tomorrow to give a program on book collecting at the
public library. In the meantime, we're re-stocking
the store. In the words of customer Gordon Zimmerle,
"Geemeneez! Had a few things come in lately?!"
Uh-huh. Just a few∆
12/29/03: Again, it's a book-o-rama in the
shop this week. "The Mongol Warlords", 50's
decorating and design, "Diplomacy in Ancient
Greece", "Sacred and Secular: Ancient Egyptian Ships
and Boats", graphic novels by Frank Miller,
cookbooks and MUCH MORE!
We have boxes yet to unpack - things that we let
pile up while we were zooming with holiday business.
Stop in for a look at "new stuff" - and if you want
a more athletic book shopping experience, you can
check the stacks on the floor!∆
12/22/03: Welcome back, old friends! It's
good to see so many folks home for the holidays. One
of the best things about being in the bookstore is
meeting great people.
We'll be closed on CHRISTMAS DAY and NEW YEAR'S DAY
but open regular hours the rest of the time. It
tends to be a bustling couple of weeks - people have
time to catch up on their reading! So, we'll see you
soon for your dose of downtown culture, eh?∆
12/17/03: Swing in for GIFT CERTIFICATES to
round out your holiday shopping list and while
you're here, check out the new children's books in
Spanish. We also have lots of new art books: Van
Gogh, Klimt, Dali. And new cookbooks: Indian, Cuban,
Come downtown this holiday season and shop for
books, records, vintage clothing - and then head to
The Coffee House for a latte before taking in a
movie at the new Ross Film Theater. Sounds great,
12/08/03: We had a great time at the Open
House yesterday. Coffee, cookies, holiday cheer -
the store was a warm and vibrant place. Thanks to
Mark at the Coffee House, Monica at ABloom, Cris at
Infusionmedia - and my wonderful staff. We'll have
more of these celebratory gatherings!
Expect a good flow of books this week. We're working
with a large backlog, attempting to put plenty into
stock for the holidays.
DON'T FORGET - We sell GIFT CERTIFICATES for any
amount. An easy way to finish up your holiday
12/01/03: Hope everyone had a great
Thanksgiving! The shop is buzzing along as usual -
we've done some holiday decorating and we're feeling
festive. (Crystalline fruit - who knew such wondrous
New books are hitting the shelves EVERY DAY. See you
11/24/03: We just put some new items in our
glass case. Signed Anne Rice and Ellis Peters, a
First American Edition of Lord Dunsany's "The King
of Elfland's Daughter", a scarce copy of Kevin
Martin's "The Complete Booke of White Magic" and a
few other things.
Kirsten is unpacking boxes as I write. She says,
"Wow - there's all kinds of cool stuff in here!"
Stop in and see for yourself... ;)∆
11/18/03: It's CRAZY BOOK WORLD in here this
week. We have priced all the leather-bound Eastons
and have started on books from Chicago. Great
photography, history, philosophy - and more on the
way. Our For Sale page has been updated. Check out
the new t-shirts!
Stop in and see us. Our stock has never been better!∆
11/11/03: We just bought around 300 Easton
Press titles. Many signed, all leather bound. Our
Chicago books are continuing to pour in. In short,
we are as well stocked as we ever have been. Stop in
for a long browse.∆
10/21/03: We are heading to Chicago this
weekend in pursuit of scholarly titles and other
goodies that we may happen to find. In the meantime,
I'm pricing through the 20 boxes of backlog we've
managed to accumulate this fall.
Watch for the odd and unusual this week. Kirsten and
Sam have done some good research work and those
books will be hitting the shelves over the next few
10/14/03: Our new counter is in place and we
think it's beautiful. Many thanks to Ty and everyone
at Contemporary Woods (for building and installing a
spectacular piece of furniture), Paul Fox (for being
our generous and lovable stereo guy), Katherine
Bergstrom/Kirsten Coniglio/Matthew Eggert/Sam
Anderson (for "swiffer madness" and being the
coolest kids downtown).
This week, I'll be working on the
Kansas-Missouri-Iowa books in backlog. Stop in to
see what's new!∆
10/07/03: We brought in 20 boxes of new
inventory last week - lots of science fiction, some
good medieval history and some quality gardening
books. We also acquired some nice out-of-print
scholarly titles. It's a good time to browse. You're
likely to come across something unexpected.
WE'RE GETTING A NEW COUNTER! We'll be CLOSED on
SUNDAY (Oct. 12th) and MONDAY (Oct. 13th) to install
the new counter and do a good job of cleaning and
organizing throughout the shop. We'll RE-OPEN on
TUESDAY (Oct. 14th) with a new look.
NEW T-SHIRTS ARE IN! They're beautiful. All feature
the shop logo (cats on bookshelves) on the back and
a small cat/book design on the front left. Ivory ink
on black, ivory ink on deep purple, black ink on
ivory. $15.00 each. (Small price to pay to look
09/29/03: Fall is my favorite time of year in
the bookstore. A chill in the air, the creak of the
screen door and jingle of the bells, a lit candle on
the counter - and lots of books.
I'll be book-hunting in the Lawrence/Kansas City
area this weekend. In the meantime, I'm pricing
books we brought back from Iowa. Matthew has been
applying archival dust jacket protectors to many of
the hardcovers. Stop in for a look - Matt responds
well to praise and flattery!∆
09/22/03: We're back from our buying trip to
Iowa. Stop by for new poetry, religion and history
books. We'll be working steadily over the next few
We are always buying good, quality books from our
customers. We are particularly looking for History
and Western Americana titles. If you are clearing
some shelf space, give us a call!∆
09/16/03: It's a BOOK BONANZA 'round here
these days. We are pricing our way through the
summer backlog in preparation for some out-of-state
buying trips we have on our calendar. So many books,
so little time...
Stop in for a look at the new cookbooks. We just
acquired several stacks. Katherine will have to
re-arrange downstairs again!∆
08/25/03: WELCOME BACK, STUDENTS! A happy
return to college motion. Stop in for books for your
classes. Just ask a staff member to help you find
titles on your list.
Katherine and I are back from 4 days on the road. We
unloaded the van last night. Some of the new
inventory is priced and will be up on the "new
stuff" shelf today. We'll be working through the
rest this week. You'll find good spanish books as
well as judaica, history and classics in this batch
along with the usual miscellany!∆
08/18/03: We just got our Texas books - more
scholarly tidbits for you history buffs. We also
just bought a good amount of Nebraska poetry and
Katherine and I will be traveling this weekend on an
out of state buying trip. We're doing our best to
work through our backlog over the next few days in
preparation for the new inventory we plan to haul
By the middle of next week, we should be surrounded
by piles of new books. Stop in and give us a shout.
Rescue us if we don't answer you - we may be buried.∆
08/11/03: Our books from Chicago are in. Look
for University Press titles in the history and
philosophy sections. Check in regularly this week -
we are pricing daily in preparation for our buying
trip at the end of this month.
08/03/03: This week, we have lots of new
photography books. We've also purchased a good deal
of military history, mainly World War II. Our books
from Maryland have arrived as well - so check out
our window displays and the "new stuff" shelf for
07/28/03: We've had a great month for books!
Lots of new history and military history - and a
huge influx of fiction. We've re-done our "We Buy
Books" page and now have brochures about our buying
process. These efforts are resulting in better
We are currently looking to acquire Children's
Books: board books, chapter books and some picture
books. If you're looking for some extra summer cash
and have good books in great shape, give us a call!
07/21/03: Katherine and Matthew just returned from a
book buying excursion to Kansas City. Stop in for a
look at the new arrivals.
And before you head off on your vacation - come in
for some books to take with you. The shop is full of
good summer selections from mystery to science
fiction to audio books. Plus, lots of good books
from the literature section. "White Oleander" and
"The Hours" are my current favorites!∆
07/14/03: Welcome to faculty and participants
of the Nebraska Writers' Conference! We were pleased
to see Robert Olen Butler in the shop on Monday
morning - O.K. took quite a liking to him. If you've
been out of the NWC loop, call the shop for a
schedule of readings. Rita Mae Brown, Mark Doty,
Debra Magpie Earling, Mary Pipher, Ted Kooser, Hilda
Raz�Lincoln's a literary hotspot this week!
We have just returned from a quick book-buying
venture and have LOTS of new stuff including many
books on Indian beadwork. Also, check our genre
fiction sections for a multitude of new arrivals!∆
07/09/03: Take a look at our new "We Buy
Books" page. It now answers several of your
frequently asked questions about the book buying
07/07/03: Look for the new batch of science
fiction titles coming out this week - we just bought
several boxes. All of it is in excellent shape. I'm
hoping to have it priced and on the shelves in a
couple of days.
Many thanks to Wayne Duncan of Carpetech, who did a
great job cleaning our carpets last week. We
shuffled things around, clearing floor space. You'll
notice when you stop in!∆
06/16/03: The downtown "Pineapple Days"
sidewalk sale went really well, even though it
rained on Thursday. We put lots of good stuff on
sale - everything from mass market paperbacks to
children's books to art books. If you missed the
sale, don't fret. We're doing another downtown
"Pineapple Days" July 24-26 in conjunction with July
As usual, the book backlog is huge. 'Tis summer! We
just bought a lot of new mysteries and science
fiction. We also just acquired a collection of
equestrian books along with some good books on
06/07/03: Our beloved AP Graders are back in
town! It's great to be swarmed with book people from
all over the country. Thanks to the lady from
Portland, who gave us a particularly nice compliment
about the shop. And many thanks to my staff -
everybody has put in extra hours this week to keep
the store looking nice amid such happy chaos.
We have hit our summer stride. New books are coming
in daily. We have new offerings in the art section -
Cassat, Degas, Monet, Van Gogh, The Impressionists.
We have nice hardcover Camus and Colette, and have
just acquired some good books in Spanish - Borges,
Garcia Lorca, Garcia Marquez.∆
05/19/02: We have SO MUCH new stuff! The St.
Louis books are still coming out of boxes and more
new stuff is arriving daily. Some highlights: Shelby
Foote's Civil War set, "Repent, Harlequin" Said the
Ticketockman by Harlan Ellison in hardcover
(illustrated by Rick Berry), The Journal of Eugene
Delacroix, Angier's Field Guide to Medicinal Wild
Plants...etc., etc., etc.
Plus, more fiction than you can imagine. Kurt
Vonnegut, Zadie Smith, Larry Watson, Jonathan
Franzen, Terry Pratchet, Alice Munro...
Come in, get lost, forget your troubles and find
05/06/03: We are back from St. Louis with 45
boxes of books. (Holy cow!) All in all, a very
successful buying trip. Literature, science,
history, art, religion, philosophy, poetry, graphic
novels - we have new stuff in all areas.
We still have many boxes to go through and several
boxfuls of hardcovers are being dust-jacketed with
archival protective covers. Stop in regularly and
check our new stuff shelf.
This marks a strong start to our buying season. If
the book gods smile upon us, it'll be like this all
04/28/03: Thanks to everyone who attended my
book collecting program at the Brownville Book
Festival. It was a beautiful day spent on the deck
of the winery, talking about books. And the supper
cruise on the river was the perfect way to wrap up a
weekend of events. If you didn't get a chance to
attend, watch for next year's book weekend - and
book your overnight in one of the area bed and
This week, we are gearing up for a buying trip -
which means that we're pushing through our backlog
of inventory to make room for the new haul. Stop in
over the next couple of days for first crack at the
04/22/03: It has been a busy couple of weeks.
We arrived home from Lawrence with a van load of
good books - many of them are on the shelves but
some of the more interesting items are just coming
out now. Stop in, browse, ask questions, be happy!
Katherine tackled our cooking section! She has given
it more space and divided it into sub-sections like
Baking & Desserts, Vegetarian, International,
Grilling...and many more. It's really fun to browse
And we have hired a new staff member. (Joan will be
graduating with her Master's Degree and taking a job
with a Children's Theater.) Sam Anderson will come
on board in early May. Our thanks go to everyone who
applied for the job. We were overwhelmed by the
interest generated by our fliers and truly enjoyed
interviewing some amazing people.
04/02/03: Katherine and I are book hunting in
the Lawrence area tomorrow. Check in with us next
week to see the new inventory.
We have a great selection on the new stuff shelf
this week. Lots of new books for our Native American
section as well as new Philosophy and History.
We also just purchased a sizable amount of audio
books. Stop in for one or two before your next road
03/24/03: Join us this Thursday for Lisa
Verigan's reading. We'll have coffee, cookies and
some darned good poetry. I had the opportunity to
hear Lisa at the Prairie Schooner's 75th anniversary
events and could have listened to her all day. Her
poems are strong and her sense of humor is
03/18/03: The staff and I went out for our
celebratory dinner at DISH last week. This week,
we're all getting massages at Bella - so we're bound
to be relaxed and happy next time you see us!
The backlog of inventory is huge. I'm hoping to wade
through much of it tomorrow. Stop in and peruse the
03/10/03: We are still unpacking from our
recent buying trip. Many of the more unusual titles
are just coming out now. Check the new stuff shelf
for out of print non-fiction!
02/25/03: We are back from our buying trip to
Oklahoma with 33 boxes of goodies. Stop in and
browse. We have new stuff in almost all sections!∆
02/10/03: The birthday sale was a huge
success. We had fun in the shop, ate lots of
chocolate and sold lots of books. Thanks to all of
you who stopped in - and special thanks to the
bookstore staff. We'll have a celebratory dinner at
We have just added a bargain cart downstairs. Check
it regularly for great deals on non fiction titles
that will rotate frequently. Discounts up to 30%
02/03/03: The bookstore staff went on retreat
last weekend! We had a cabin at Mahoney State Park
where we learned and lounged and ate (and ate and
ate...). Thanks and accolades go to my sister,
Lacey, who held down the fort while we were away.
The BIRTHDAY SALE starts on Thursday so c'mon in and
help me celebrate my "annual" 29th with some books
and birthday candy. If you can say "Wrinkles? What
wrinkles?" with a straight face, you may be
01/28/03: We have TONS of new inventory -
things like "Montana's Righteous Hangmen: The
Vigilantes in Action", "The Technique of Gregorian
Chironomy" (2 points if you know what THAT is),
"Indelible Miro" (hard to find - three lithographs)
and "A Delusion of Satan: The Full Story of the
Salem Witch Trials". Take a look at our new stuff
shelf - and don't miss the stacks downstairs!∆
01/13/02: Books from Texas are in. Lots of
military history, cookbooks, & science
fiction/fantasy reference volumes. Browse our new
stuff shelf to get a look at some beautiful new
01/06/03: Some good natural history/science
came in last week: Gould, Sagan, Cousteau. Also lots
of great children's books: Leo Lionni, Eric
Carle...Clifford the Dog, Curious George, The Magic
Schoolbus. Stop in with the kids after going to the
12/30/02: HAPPY NEW YEAR! I've been doing my
share of reflecting this week and have come to the
conclusion that life is pretty good. 2002 has been a
solid year in the shop. Thanks to all of you for
your continued support.
This week, we have new chess books on the shelves
and some good new arrivals in the art section:
Klimt, Dali, Picasso. Check out our display table of
literary fiction for some good reading over the
holidays. Time to curl up with a cup of cocoa and a
12/11/02: We just bought a collection of
Literary Criticism. Great stuff from University
presses, lots of it is out of print. You academics
will be in heaven.
We have also just purchased a few boxes of Science
Fiction hardcovers. They are all in excellent shape
and many are first editions. You SFF nuts will be
appreciative. (You know who you are!)∆
11/25/02: Ten boxes from Chicago just
arrived! Woo-hoo! Also, don't forget that we offer
gift certificates - an easy way to complete your
11/18/02: We are getting into the holiday
spirit! Joan has decorated our windows, the vanilla
candle has been lit and the store is full of great
We recently acquired a small collection of quilting
books from the local area and expect more boxes of
books from Chicago soon. Take a break from your
workday and come see us for a pleasant browse around
11/11/02: The books from Chicago keep rolling
in. UPS just brought us another 8 boxes! Expect to
see them on the shelves later in the week.
Also, our building is getting a face-lift. New
paint, new awning, and new lights are dressing the
place up. Be sure to check out our new look when you
And today we extend our gratitude to those men and
women who have served our country in our armed
forces. Many thanks.∆
11/04/02: Katherine and Kirsten have just
come back from a trade show in Chicago. Expect to
see some fantastic books in great condition. Art,
photography, philosophy, etc... The books are being
shipped and have begun to arrive already!
I'm back in the shop after a few weeks of maternity
leave. Thanks to everybody for your good wishes. The
little doobler (Isabel) is doing well - she's
starting to smile and laugh a lot. :)∆
9/16/2002: Our pricing duo, Katherine and
Kirsten have been pricing inventory like mad things,
so new titles are appearing on our shelves everyday.
Such titles include books on doll collecting,
architecture and furniture design, wicca, and
cooking. Joan has created a beautiful window display
and Matthew continues to work his magic on making
books vanish from piles to reappear in the shelves.
On the homefront, Cinnamon and Isabel are doing
well, gradually settling into their new lives
together. Isabel is growing like a weed and Cinnamon
tries her best to rest in two-hour increments.
This just in: Kirsten has purchased a large amount
of sci-fi and fantasy hard back book club
editions... so expect to see those great books on
the shelf at even better prices!
Also, in recent weeks the mystery section has
exploded... so don't be afraid to ask around if you
can't find something, we've been trying to
accommodate for this new inventory!∆
8/27/02: We have been buying a lot of books
recently and this week Katherine priced out 12 boxes
of them! Swing by to see a nice bunch of literature
in trade paperback and hardcover, biblical studies,
and books about police cars!
We've also have a new "Thank You Tuesday" recipient
for this coming fall. You can read all about them
8/20/02: Our new 'A Novel Idea Bookstore'
baby has arrived. Cinnamon gave birth to 8lb 1oz
Isabel Rey at 1:05 this morning and they are both
Cinnamon will be taking 10 weeks off maternity leave
as she welcomes Isabel into the world. Katherine,
Kirsten, Matthew, and Joan continue to hold down the
8/05/02: I am just about ready to have this
baby and take off on maternity leave - woo hoo!
Katherine will be leading the crew at the shop and
updating the web site while I'm gone.
Last week we bought a zillion graphic novels. And
gaming books! They are overflowing the section at
the moment. We are ever-grateful for our patient
7/28/02: Books having been pouring in these
days. Lots of art and photography and zillions of
mass market paperback: science fiction, mystery, and
literature. When you stop in, beware - we have stuff
ALL OVER THE FLOOR!
7/22/02: Books have been coming in like
crazy. You'll see lots of new stuff hitting the
shelves in the next couple of weeks - literature,
science, & history.
Also, my husband and I are expecting a baby! Isabel
is due August 12th and Katherine & Kirsten have set
up a "baby contest". Stop in the shop and enter your
guesses about the time and date of her arrival and
her weight and length. We are giving away many store
T-shirts to those who exhibit the most clairvoyance.∆
7/16/02: We've been in a book-buying frenzy
over the past few days. Great trade paperback
fiction and cool eastern philosophy. I'm
sequestering myself in the back of the shop to
price, price, price.
We're going to try to put as much of the new stuff
on the shelves before our carpet gets cleaned later
in the week. A good goal!
7/05/02: I'm back from a week away and
things were hoppin' in the shop while I was gone.
Many thanks to the crew for a great end to June -
we'll enjoy ourselves at The Grotto for a
celebratory dinner! :)
Books came in steadily while I was gone. Kat made a
house call or two. Check out our drama section for a
new collection of plays and take a peek at the
eclectic mix on "new stuff"!∆
6/24/02: If you haven't been in the shop
during the past two weeks, stop in. We have the most
interesting collection of books at the moment. Our
books from Texas, Chicago and Maryland have arrived!
Everything from film studies to history to
philosophy to art.
There's a book on the phonetics of African
languages, one on Victorian shoplifting, another on
public office in Early Rome... Weird, wacky, COOL
books. The browser's dream!∆
6/17/02: The shop has been busy and we've
hired a new staff member. Stop in and introduce
yourselves to Joan! We really like her and think you
Again, thanks to the AP Graders. We've had a second
wave of those groovy intellectuals and it's been a
fun time in the bookstore. It's been good to see you
regulars during our extended hours, too! :-)∆
6/10/02: We are continuing to enjoy the
summer and will be open late several nights this
week. (See last update.) Many thanks to the AP
Graders who swarmed the shop last week. It's really
nice to hear compliments from folks who live all
over the U.S. - great ego boosts!
Check our shelves for lots of new gaming books.
Everything from Dungeons & Dragons to Hunter to
Clanbooks to White Wolf. We've recently acquired a
bunch. Also, we've put out some interesting titles
that have been in backlog awaiting archival dust
jacket covers. Matthew has worked through boxes of
those books and they look spectacular. ∆
06/04/02: We have extended our hours during
the next couple of weeks. June 5,7,12,14, & 17 we'll
be open until 8pm. Stop in and see the new arrivals
- we'll have books in from Kansas City. Spend $75
and we'll give you a free canvas book bag or
T-shirt! (As if you needed incentive to stock up on
summer reading... :-)
05/31/02: Some sections of the website have
just been updated. Check the "Thank You Tuesday"
page for our summer recipient and "Collecting Tips"
for Cinnamon's books collecting program.∆