A Novel Idea Bookstore
Building & Buying Book Collections since 1991
118 North 14th Street, Lincoln, NE 68508  (402) 475-8663

For now:
CLOSED to walk-in traffic.
Shop is staffed WED-SAT 12-6,
responding to calls, emails & processing orders.
Call or email for
Books, Gift Certificates, Book Bag Care Packages,
AND for Book Recommendations ~ we're offering concierge service.

Curbside pickup  ~  Delivery by the Book Fairy  ~  Shipping
In-person shopping appointments available on Saturdays.
Please call to make a reservation.

Thank you for your support during this weird time!


What's New
New Arrivals
Events & Festivals

Buying & Selling

Gifts for Book Lovers
Selling Books to Us

Staff Recommendations
One Book, One Lincoln
That's What She Wrote

Some Basic Info
Book Condition

Customer Spotlights
Books & Bottles
Schools & Libraries
Our Cats' Page

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How We Started
News Archives
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...& More: News Archives

Take a look back in time and browse through our news archives...
6/7/20: Things are happening! This Tuesday, Contemporary Woods is installing our Rare Book Cabinet. CW built our counter, display cases and our display table many years ago - and we're thrilled to work with them again on this project.

We're also working with Mike Semrad, of Red Rebel Media, on a complete overhaul of our web site. It's a complicated project - but the new site will offer e-commerce options and a sleeker design that'll be much easier to navigate. Watch this space...

We purchased 48 boxes of new inventory last week! Watch New Arrivals - we'll be posting new photos often as we work through the new books.

Hope you all are well. We look forward to getting to the other side of this pandemic, when we can gather in the shop once more! ~Cinnamon

5/18/20: Book Bag Care Packages are now available for KIDS as well as adults! $22 for a reusable tote filled with Books, goodies and a personal note from Eddy & Charlie. Pickup, ship - or arrange delivery by our Book Fairy!

If you would like to help us get Book Bag Care Packages to kids in need, please consider giving to our new KIDS' ACCOUNT. No amount is too small - we appreciate all contributions. We work with teachers, Head Start, Friendship Home and others to identify recipients. (If you know a family in need, please get in touch.) If you'd like to help, please call: (402) 475-8663.

Where's Charlie: A Look-and-Find Book from A Novel Idea
is a small photo album we created as a fundraiser for Community Action Head Start. Covers are made of handmade paper from Porridge Papers and feature art by Izzy Sheesley. Copies are limited and sell for $20 each. ALL profits go directly to support Head Start.
Copies are available now!

Where's Charlie?
Books to Benefit Head Start

Thursday, May 14th
Pre-order now: (402) 475-8663

We started posting Where's Charlie? photos to our Facebook page in late 2019. Our customers enjoyed the game of finding Charlie in the pictures - and we decided to make a book as a way to support Community Action Head Start!

Where's Charlie?: A Look-and-Find Book is a short photo album with a handmade paper cover featuring artwork by Izzy Sheesley and letter pressed by Christopher James at Porridge Papers. Limited to 200 copies. 100% of proceeds will go to benefit Head Start.

$20 each!
One of our customers said, "Oh! It's like a donation to Head Start ~ with the cutest receipt EVER!"

5/3/20: Also, Where's Charlie: A Look-and-Find Book from A Novel Idea is a small photo album we created as a fundraiser for Community Action Head Start. Covers are made of handmade paper from Porridge Papers and feature art by Izzy Sheesley. Copies are limited and sell for $20 each. ALL profits go directly to support Head Start.
Copies are ON SALE NOW ~ available on May 14th.


The New Normal:
During this health crisis, our bookstore will be "closed to walk-in traffic but open for business" ~ responding to calls/email/messages Wednesdays - Saturdays 12pm-6pm.

We're happy to make recommendations for you and assemble an assortment of books we think you'll like! Just email us about your interests and we'll send you a photograph of a selection of books!

Call (402) 475-8663
to purchase books and Gift Certificates with your credit/debit card.

*Curbside Pickup
is available WEDNESDAYS - SATURDAYS, 12pm-6pm.

*City-wide Delivery is FREE on orders over $50 and to Near South and Everett neighborhoods. Elsewhere in Lincoln, delivery fee is a flat $5 with no minimum order.
Delivery routes run Wednesday & Friday evenings. We're happy to bring books right to your door, taking every precaution to keep us all healthy and safe!

within the continental US is now FREE on orders over $50.
Regular shipping & handling rates are $3.99 for the first book and $1 for each additional book. However, we will ship your books for less if we can.

*Reservation-only Shopping
is available on Saturdays. Hour-long appointments are scheduled beginning at 12pm. You must have an appointment to enter. We will use a forehead-swipe thermometer to take your temperature. Only Book Fever is allowed! :) While shopping, you must wear a mask or bandana that you bring. You must also use hand sanitizer and wear gloves that we provide. It's a lot, we know. Our community is important to us. Thanks for playing along.


These are strange days. Our financial goals now are to make payroll, keep the lights on and feed the cats. We see this as a time to be of service to our community and to make our shop an even better bookstore. We are working hard.

If you'd like to support our shop, please consider purchasing a Gift Certificate to use later. Gift Certificates are available for any amount and never expire. GC's $25+ come in a sleeve of handmade paper, embedded with wildflower seeds, that you can plant. Porridge Papers, another local business, makes them for us. They're lovely.

Thank you for your patience as we adjust to the new rhythms of doing business. Know that we are deeply grateful for your patronage during this time. We look forward to getting to the other side of this health crisis and celebrating with you all, gathering together in the bookstore once more.

With heartfelt appreciation,
Cinnamon, Katherine, Maggie
(and Eddy & Charlie)

Spring Flower Sale ~ Pick Your Discount!
Thursday March 19th
10am - 6pm
Celebrate Spring with Us!
Pick one of Katherine's handmade tissue paper flowers from our bouquet ~ and see what discount you get:

10% - 50% Off Your ENTIRE Purchase!

Your discount is written on the ribbon tied to the stem and is good on EVERYTHING you buy that day.

Keep the flower!
Enjoy a fantastic store-wide discount and help us welcome Spring.

If you are not able to come into the shop but would like to participate in the sale, CALL US at (402) 475-8663!
You can tell us what color flower to pick for you - and you can use your discount toward orders over the phone.

Right now, we're offering FREE shipping & in-Lincoln delivery for orders over $50.
We also offer FREE delivery for the Near South & Everett neighborhoods.
There is a $5 delivery fee for the rest of the city.
We do not deliver in the downtown area.

Delivery routes for pre-paid orders run on Wednesday & Friday afternoons at 4:30.
We will leave your parcel of books at your front door & call/text you to let you know they have arrived!

3/7/20: Right now, we have lots of new Young Adult books, Cookbooks, Gardening, Writing - and plenty of quirky Non-Fiction. Kat (barely) managed to fit all the new Graphic Novels into the section. Keep your eyes on New Arrivals but come into the shop for the best picks!

Arden's Miscellany ~ Art by Arden Ellen Nixon
First Friday Show & Sale!
Friday, March 6th
5:30pm - 7:30pm
For many years, Arden has done original art for our staircase, advertisements and in-store signage.

We're thrilled to host her for a show & sale of her work.

Sale Prices:

Postcards ~ $1 each
Stickers ~ $3 each
Mugs ~ $15 each

Matted Prints ~ $10-$25 each
Framed Prints ~ $35 each

Visit Arden's Miscellany to see other examples of her art!

 2/29/20: We just acquired two good caches of Graphic Novels. Some are currently on New Arrivals - but watch for more to appear on New Arrivals soon!

We also have a new selection of Gardening Books. Check New Arrivals - but also take a look at the section when you're in the shop.


Winter Thank You Tuesday Recipient: Blixt Blanket Drive - Wuzzlewubbies!
Blixt Locally Grown is a nonprofit organization that focuses on community-building through the arts. While working in schools as teaching artists in 2017, they started hearing many of their students say they were cold at night. Blixt often partners with schools that have a high percentage of students navigating poverty. They wanted to be thoughtful about how to address the issue. Luckily, friends at Lincoln Public Schools Foundation (along with several Principals) shared time with them in meaningful conversation, and from that, The Wuzzlewubbies Blanket Drive was born!

Wuzzlewubbies (named after Wuzzlebutt, the purple llama, who is the mascot of the blanket drive) are new or homemade blankets, twin sized or larger, and each blanket comes wrapped in a ribbon with a message of warmth. This blanket drive is completely volunteer-run, and every dollar donated goes straight to blankets for students! Blixt is currently working with five Lincoln Elementary Schools: Arnold, Campbell, Clinton, Elliott, and West Lincoln. They deliver Wuzzlewubbies to partner schools in December and February each year. Last year, they were able to collect 800 blankets for students and they are hoping to provide for even more children this year!

A Novel Idea Bookstore is a blanket collection site and, through February, you are welcome to bring in new or homemade blankets, twin-sized or larger. (Blixt asks for new or homemade blankets only, because they want each child to have something special instead of something cast-off.) If you don't have time to shop for a blanket to donate, you may also donate cash. $10 can buy a good blanket. If you would like to volunteer to wrap and/or deliver the blankets, please contact Petra Wahlqvist at the bookstore or at petra@blixt.space.

Mardi Gras Treats!
Tuesday, February 25th
10am - 6pm
Join us for mini chocolate eclairs and cream puffs in celebration of Fat Tuesday!

We filled up our New Arrivals case over the weekend with all kinds of interesting things. Enjoy a sweet treat while you browse.

We're counting down to Spring, folks.
In the meantime, we'll enjoy cozying up
with stacks of great books!


2/23/20: We had a fantastic time at the Birthday Sale this year! It was great to see so many people excitedly moving amid the bookshelves and finding treasures. Our new LED fixtures are in - and HALLELUJAH, we can see so many more books

Cinnamon's "Annual" 29th Birthday Sale!
Thursday Feb 20th - Saturday Feb 22nd
10am - 6pm each day
Once again, Cinnamon is turning 29!
(How does she do it?!)

Celebrate with us ~

This is a time-honored,
if not accurately marked,
tradition at the bookstore.
Join us for chocolates, lots of fun,
and great deals on wonderful books!


2/7/20: The bookstore had humble beginnings. Shelves were made from scrap lumber we found on the UNL campus. The discarded wood had been used for homecoming displays on the lawns of Greek Row. We took whatever misshapen pieces weren't wanted. With our Skill saw, hammer, and some 16-penny nails, we cobbled together bookshelves. They served their purpose. On Sunday, while we're closed to the public, we're going to replace the last section of that original, crudely-made shelving!

On Monday, we're going to replace all the light fixtures in our lower level with energy-efficient LED fixtures. We'll be adding a couple of outlets and putting up new lights in a couple of storage areas.

We've had a great mix of interesting books lately. Beautiful Cookbooks, Math, Science, Art, Literature, Children's/YA...keep your eye on New Arrivals. We've been pricing new inventory every day.

Bookish Magnet & Jewelry Sale
Friday, Feb 7th
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Amanda Sweet will be back in the shop for February's First Friday!

Magnets ~ $2.50 each
Earrings ~ $8 - $10 a pair
Pendants ~ $10 - $12 each

Just in time for Valentine's Day - Find gifts for you favorite Book Lovers!

Books and Bottle Private Book-Buying Party
Reservations Go on Sale!
Tuesday, Jan 28th
10am (doors open at 9am)
For a one-time reservation fee of $50,
you can host a private book-buying party with
10 (minimum) - 20 (maximum) guests.

Participants will be treated to the month's Seasonal Cocktail, Light Snacks and a 10% Discount on all purchases. Enjoy delicious drinks, share your love of reading with friends - and support your local bookstore!

Cinnamon, Katherine & Petra will have all kinds of wonderful recommendations for you and any other book lovers you'd like to shop for.

For information on party dates and cocktails, visit: Books & Bottles
Although we only have one party each month on the schedule, we will do our best to provide a party for anyone in line at the time reservations go on sale.

1/26/20: We continue to work through new inventory and our New Arrivals shelf has been turning over rapidly. Kat did a round of shelving downstairs, so you'll find lots of new Science, History & Western Americana. Upstairs, you'll find lots of new Mysteries, Horror, Literature & Children's Books.

Our Books & Bottles Private Book Buying Party reservations go on sale this Tuesday 1/28. Visit Books & Bottles for a look at the 2020 dates & featured cocktails. Doors open at 9am, reservations sell at 10am.

1/18/20: We purchased some wonderful Science & History books last week. You'll find many titles by Richard Feynman, Jared Diamond, Stephen Hawking ~ and new books in American History, U.S. Presidents, WWII.

We are continuing to ride the wave of momentum from 2019. In addition to new carpet and some new shelving, we are also getting energy-efficient lighting throughout our lower level. In 2020, we'll be able to see especially well! :)

Cookie Day is Friday, January 24th. Join us for Hot Cider and Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Raisin, Snickerdoodles and M&M Cookies. In the depth of Winter, we all need some TLC. Enjoy a sweet treat & a leisurely browse in a cozy bookstore!

Book Launch Party!
First Friday, Jan 3rd
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Hillary Umland, author of
Louder Than Alone

Umland writes flash fiction, ultra-short stories. Her story, Here and Then, was short-listed for the Best Microfiction of 2019.
Louder Than Alone
is her first collection.

This limited edition is hand-printed on Japanese paper and hand-bound by artist and book-binder, Courtney Nore.

Copies may be purchased at the event - or reserved by calling the shop at (402) 475-8663.

Join us for wine & cheese ~ and a chance to talk with the author & artist!

1/2/20: 2019 was our best year ever & we're taking this momentum into the New Year. In the coming months, you'll see some new shelving, new carpet, a new bookmark design & better signage. Thank you. Because of your support, we are able to do these projects.

We absolutely love being your local booksellers ~ and we look forward to 2020 as the year of vision!

In the world of books, we recently priced a bunch of 1960's/70's/80's era First Edition Mystery books, lots of Magic Treehouse, some beautiful Children's Picture Books, Foreign Language and Literature. Today, we're working on purchasing a large academic collection that contains Science & History. The shop has books all over it and we're transitioning out of the Holiday Season...so there's a bit of loose glitter, too.

Holiday Hours ~ Open Extra!
Sunday, 12/22 10am-5pm
Monday, 12/23 10am-5pm
Tuesday, 12/24 10am-5pm

We'll be closed Christmas Day & New Year's Day.
Open Tues-Sat, 10am-6pm, the week in between.

We are decked out for the season and have LOADS of gift ideas for everyone on your list.
Let our staff help you ~ we're happy to recommend books they'll love.

We also have GIFT CERTIFICATES, T-shirts, buttons, Blind Date Books, tissue packs & ornaments for the Stockings!

This has been a fun week for books and our New Arrivals shelf is full of goodies - everything from Nigella Lawson cookbooks to Nebraska Flora. Alan Watts, Japanese Verbs, Darwin, Shakespeare Lexicon, Leather Bound Science Fiction & Fantasy novels - New Arrivals is a wonderland!

Remember that we have unique GIFT CERTIFICATES - and that we're happy to process your Gift Certificate order over the phone. Give us a call at (402) 475-8663.

Bookish Pop-Up Sale - ONE DAY ONLY
Wednesday, December 18th
10am - 6pm
*Magnets ~ $2.50 each
*Earrings ~ $8 - $10 a pair
*Pendant Necklaces ~ $10 - $12 each

Amanda Sweet is the local artist who does our Bookish Holiday Ornaments, which sell for $3.99 each - or in special assortments of 7 for $25 (Banned Books, Harry Potter, & Children's Books). We'll continue to offer the ornaments throughout the season - but the rest of her line will be sold in our bookstore for ONE DAY ONLY!

If you can't come to the shop but still want some of this stuff for the Book Lovers in your life, give us a call during the pop-up sale on Wed 12/18 at (402) 475-8663.

We'll let you know what we have to offer, process your order over the phone, and hold it for you to pick up - or, for a smidge more, ship it to you.

Out-of-towners, you're included in this deal. Call us up on Wednesday & you can also have some of these wonderful things!

Holiday Open House
Fri, December 13th & Sat, December 14th
10am - 6pm
We have Books and Gift Certificates for everyone ~
and Blind Date Books, Buttons, Tissue Packs, Postcards, T-shirts & Ornaments for you to tuck
into their Stockings!

Thank you for supporting local shops this season!

~During our Open House, Receive these Gifts~
*Spend $35 - get a FREE 2020 Charlie/Eddy Calendar
*Spend $60 - get a FREE 3-pack of special Ornaments

We are proud to put that money back into Lincoln through our support of community radio, local art, local charities & community projects like the Blixt Blanket Drive. When you buy books from us, the positive effect radiates out in a number of ways. That's the way we like to do business ~ as a part of the greater good.

Join us for Cookies & Cider ~ and let our staffers help you find great BOOKS and STOCKING STUFFERS for everyone on your list!

12/14/19: We have lots of new SIGNED books right now, along with new Role-Playing Games, Graphic Novels (quirky & cool miscellany), and other odds & ends we managed to price during our Open House weekend. More books will be coming out this Tuesday. Stop in for the best picks!

12/11/19: We have lots of new Dr. Seuss, Cookbooks, Science and vintage Sci-Fi/Fantasy - along with a large cache of James Patterson mysteries this week. Keep your eyes on New Arrivals. We'll be putting out more & more inventory during the holiday season!

Bookish Ornaments/Jewelry/Magnets:
Show & Sale
First Friday, December 6th
5:30pm - 7:30pm

Local artist, Amanda Sweet, will be our guest for December's First Friday!

Pendants, Earrings, Magnets & Ornaments
make unique stocking stuffers.

Support local art, local business ~ and share
your love of books with your family & friends!


12/1/19: We have new books from Easton Press - bound in genuine leather with gilt edges and pictorial covers. They make beautiful gifts. Our Graphic Novel section continues to grow. You'll find DC, Marvel, Image, many omnibus editions, and a variety of interesting offbeat things. They are all in great condition - some still in shrink wrap - and priced at half the current list price.

We broke a sales record on Small Business Saturday yesterday, which amazed us! However, the best part of our day was helping our customers find great books for the people they love. We don't ever want to just sell books. Our goal is to match books with people who will enjoy them. Our staff can help you match books with everyone on your list. 

Fall Thank You Tuesday Recipient: Heartland Books for Prisoners
Heartland Books for Prisoners is a volunteer-run collective. They work to get books to Nebraska prisoners in order to foster a love of reading and encourage the pursuit of knowledge & self-empowerment for those living behind bars. Incarcerated people face significant barriers to accessing books & information that can help them break the cycle of recidivism.

Prison libraries often lack funding and are under stocked. Heartland Books for Prisoners seeks to remedy this situation - offering books that can provide comfort, serve as tools for learning, and open minds to new ideas & possibilities. Heartland Books for Prisoners will gratefully accept donations of books and shipping materials as well as cash to purchase both. If you would like to donate and/or volunteer, please contact Jo Mezger at (402) 709-5553 or heartlandbooksforprisoners@protonmail.com

Small Business Saturday
Saturday, November 30th
10am - 6pm

We'll be serving Cinnamon's homemade gingerbread & sugar cookies, along with hot cider - and we'll help you find gifts for everyone on your list!

Shop for Children's Books, Cookbooks, Gardening, History, Sports, Science, Art, Gift Books ~ and more!

Tuck a Gift Certificate inside one of your favorite books ~ certificates are available for any amount and those over $25 come in a sleeve of handmade plantable paper embedded with wildflower seeds!

Shop for Stocking Stuffers ~ "Go Big Read" T-shirts, "Cats, Books, Life is Good" 2020 Calendars, Blind Date Books, Pins, Postcards, Tissue Packs, Book Ornaments & BOOKS!

Small Business Saturday is our chance to offer some extra TLC to our customers.
Every customer will get a FREE magnet featuring a photo of our new stained glass window & a quote.

This Holiday Season, give unique gifts from our small local bookstore!
Thank you for your patronage, friends!

11/22/19: We had a great time at Shop the Blocks last night - it was great to see so many new faces. We look forward to seeing you all again soon!

In the world of books, we have LOTS of new Graphic Novels and Cookbooks. We have also been shelving new History & Science books. For the holiday season, we also have a shelf of "Book Bundles" - pairs of heavily discounted books tied with ribbon. Look for those downstairs in the room with the flagstone floor.

Also, thanks to photographer Kim Fogle, we'll be freshening up our look on this site. Kim came to take new staff photos, along with some shots of last year's remodeled area - and the cats, of course. You'll see them soon!

Shop the Blocks
Thursday, November 21st
4:30pm - 9:00pm

Downtown's boutiques will be lit up for the season as we kick off the Holidays with food, drink & deals on Books, Home Decor, Jewelry, Husker Stuff, Clothing, Art Supplies, Athletic Wear & more!

Get your pass to the Festivities at the Shops and entrance into the After Party!
Downtown Lincoln Association: Shop the Blocks Tickets

11/9/19: The new Children's Picture Books are now on New Arrivals and there's a cache of Music books in the queue. We are getting ready for the Holiday Season: cleaning for company & updating our web site.

Remember that we have GIFT CERTIFICATES for everyone on your list - and that we're happy to process your Gift Certificate order over the phone. Give us a call at (402) 475-8663.

A Celebration of Nebraska Books
@ the Nebraska History Museum
Saturday, November 9th
2:30pm - 6:30pm

Receptions, Book Signings, Awards - and
the 2020 One Book One Nebraska Reveal!

The Nebraska History Museum is located at
131 Centennial Mall N
(just up the alley from our shop)

More Celebration of NE Book Info:

Museum Admission is FREE!
Regular Hours: M-F 10am - 5:30pm and Sat 1pm-5:30pm

Currently, there is a Votes for Women exhibit, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. It offers a look back at our state's role in the women's suffrage movement and the women who broke barriers here in Nebraska.

More Info about the Nebraska History Museum & Exhibits:

11/3/19: Great things are happening in the bookshop. Our new staffers, Petra Walqvist and Maggie Harder are up to speed. Take a look at their recommendation shelves & get to know them. They'll be able to lead you to some wonderful books!

Photographer, Kim Fogle, will be taking new shots of the store and we'll be updating our website. We've remodeled, repainted and added another stained glass window since we last tweaked this site and we're excited to show it all off.

New inventory includes a great number of Graphic Novels - lots of Marvel & DC titles, but also many non-superhero titles. March by John Lewis, El Deafo by CeCe Bell, Queer: A Graphic History by Meg-John Barker are all on our current New Arrivals shelf, along with many others. We also purchased some beautiful Children's Picture Books last week. Look for them soon!

Stage RIGHT: Benefit for Lincoln High Theatre
First Friday, November 1st

All day:
10% of the day's sales will be donated to Lincoln High School Theatre.

5:30pm-8:00pm: We'll have a troupe of costumed actors in the bookstore. Come meet these great kids ~ and help us raise money for costumes & production costs!

LHS values giving all students opportunities to experience the excitement of working in a theatre and creating stage performances.

Kids get to learn about acting, costuming & makeup, lighting & sound, and set design.
Instructors make a special effort to include anyone willing to work hard, which is one of the things that makes Lincoln High Theatre dear to our hearts.  

10/12/19: Last week, we purchased books on Wicca, Pagan Rituals & Magick. We gave our Native American Studies & Western Americana sections some TLC, making them more appealing to browse. We also acquired some Nancy Drew & Hardy Boys books that will be on our New Arrivals shelves soon.

Pumpkin Patch Sale!
Thursday October 10th - Saturday October 12th
10am - 6pm

Get 10% - 50% Off Your ENTIRE PURCHASE!

Pick a pumpkin from the patch & see what you get!
Your discount on everything you buy that day is written on the underside.

One "harvest" per day, per customer, please!

10/7/19: In the world of Books, we've added significantly to our Graphic Novel collection. Check New Arrivals - but also check out the section when you're in.

In the world of other exciting things, we now have an online shop where you can go to purchase all kinds of merchandise - T-shirts, Hoodies, Coffee Mugs, Travel Cups, Phone Cases, Pillows & more - with our original A Novel Idea Bookstore artwork!

To leave our site and order nifty A Novel Idea Bookstore stuff, just follow this link: Bookstore Merch!


Cookie Day!
Friday, October 4th
10am - 7:30pm

It finally feels like Fall!

Enjoy October's First Friday and have a sweet treat while you browse for books.

We'll be serving Cider, and Chocolate Chip, Snickerdoodle, Oatmeal/Raisin, Chocolate Chocolate, and Monster Cookies.

Spend some time in our cozy bookshop where you can lose your stress & find treasures.

10/2/19: We have LOTS of vintage mysteries right now. Perry Mason, Agatha Christie, Donald Lam/Bertha Cool, & more. We also picked up a bunch of Alfred Hitchcock, Robert McCammon, early Clive Cussler, and Stephen King. Keep your eye on New Arrivals!

Banned Books Week
Tuesday, September 24th - Saturday, September 28th

We'll be celebrating our fREADom with displays of Banned & Challenged Books ~ and every customer will get a FREE button!

Tune in to KZUM 89.3FM radio on Sunday, Sept. 22nd at 12:30pm to listen to That's What She Wrote. Cinnamon will be talking with Librarian Vicki Wood about Banned & Challenged Books, Intellectual Freedom, and Special Happenings at Lincoln City Libraries.

National Comic Book Day!
Wednesday, September 25th

All Day:
We'll have a SALE table of Graphic Novels and a Drawing.

5:30pm - 7pm: Book(let) Signing: Izzy Sheesley, author & artist of the short comic, Boundless Land, will be in the shop. Izzy is a senior at Lincoln High School. She created Boundless Land  last summer while at The Art Institute of Chicago. The booklet sells for $5 each and profits will most likely be spent on art supplies!

Izzy's Book(let) Signing went great! Copies of the First & Second printings have either been sold or are reserved. Signed copies of the Third edition are available for $5 each at the shop or $6 by mail.

If you'd like a copy mailed to you, please send $6 to Izzy Sheesley, c/o A Novel Idea Bookstore, 118 N. 14th Street, Lincoln NE, 68508. Include your return address and if you would like your book signed to a particular person or personalized in any way.

9/23/19: We did a big Graphic Novel buy on Tuesday last week...and then another on Thursday, so Kat redid the section. It's a thing of beauty now. Feel free to come in and express your awe - especially on National Comic Book Day, Wednesday 9/25.

Fans, there will be a sale table of Graphic Novels ~ and a FREE Drawing for a Prize ~ AND Izzy Sheesley will be here from 5:30pm-7:00pm signing & selling copies of her new comic book(let), Boundless Land. The short comic sells for $5. It was published by Union shop Goldenrod Printing...and a large part of the profits will undoubtedly be spent next door at Gomez Art Supply. This is a by local, for local venture - all the way!

9/18/19: This is an exciting couple of weeks in Downtown Lincoln ~ and for our shop! Lincoln Calling (Music Festival) and Lincoln Arts Festival are both this weekend. Lincoln Calling's market will start on Friday evening - and the Arts Festival will be Saturday, 10am-6pm, and Sunday, 1pm-5pm. Downtown Parking Garages will all be open. Art, Music, Books...all the good things are downtown this weekend.

New books include Wicca, History, Cooking, Mysteries, Graphic Novels, Children's Books & the usual interesting miscellany. We will be working hard on new inventory this week in anticipation of Banned Books Week, Tues 9/4 - Sat 9/28. We'll have displays of Banned Books ~ and every customer will get a FREE button!

Book Signing: Debra Kleve White
Saturday, September 14th

Author and former Yell Squad member, Debra Kleve White, provides a firsthand account of game day in Lincoln. The Spirit of Nebraska offers an in-depth look at where the Cornhusker fans' spirit began and how it evolved to today's game day experience.

Learn the history behind what makes Memorial Stadium magical: Husker Nation, mascots, football team, sea of red, yell squad, band, tunnel walk & more.
The book is filled with photographs.

Foreword by former Husker Football Head Coach Tom Osborne. 8"x10" Hardcover, $29.95.

9/11/19: New books this week include a cache of Wicca, Superman/Batman/Green Lantern/Wonderwoman Omnibus editions, Writing & Publishing, Gardening & Children's Picture books.

Also our order of GO BIG READ T-shirts is in! Soft cotton & comfortable enough to sleep in, these T's have a full back illustration as well as a front pocket graphic. Husker it up - and celebrate reading at the same time. $18 each. Currently available in sizes: M, L, XL, XXL. (Size S on order!)

Benefit for Lincoln's Little Free Libraries!
First Friday, September 6th

Discount on books to donate:
all day
Food & Festivites:

Get 30% OFF all books you buy to donate to our Little Free Library Bin!
Every year, we help stock Lincoln's LFL's & Celebrate this grassroots effort to support reading. 

From 5pm-8pm, join us for Food & Festivites! 
The LFL stewards will have tables outside with stickers, bookmarks with LFL addresses, and all kinds of good stuff. 

Cash Donations are also Welcome!
At the end of the evening, the stewards will use the money to buy books, at the discount, that they know are in demand in their libraries.  

Join us for a fun, community evening & buy a book or two to support reading!

Summer Thank You Tuesday Recipient: SCC Pride
SCC Pride is an organization for LGBTQ students and allies attending Southeast Community College. Everyone is welcome to attend meetings, which occur every Thursday at 3:30pm. SCC Pride is committed to diversity, education, and outreach. Students appreciate having a safe place to gather for planning activities. Stop by their table at this year's Star City Pride.

8/31/19: Notable books this week include titles SIGNED by Jane Goodall, Tana French, Holly Black, Leslie Feinberg, Cassandra Clare, among others. We continue to unpack interesting things as we work on our large pricing backlog. Keep watching our New Arrivals photos - and stop in for the best picks!

For EVERY $20, get a FREE $5 Gift Card!

Tuesday, 8/27 - Saturday, 8/31
10am - 6pm

During this Back-to-School Week, you'll get a
with EVERY $20 (pre-tax) you spend!

You can use your gift cards on anything in the store, with the exception of things in our Local Literati section - because all that money goes straight to the authors.

Spend $100...you'll get $25 in Gift Cards - and you can even use them that same day.
Welcome back, UNL & other area schools! We're all happy to celebrate with you!


8/25/19: Last week, we put out a selection of First Edition Mysteries from the 1980's, Science Fiction/Fantasy by Brandon Sanderson, Biographies of folks like Bob Dylan & Howard Hughes, and the works of Karl Marx...along with the usual unusuals.

We wrapped up our Cookbook Sale & now have room to add more Cookbooks, which have been waiting in the wings, and are looking forward to our Go Big Read Week during which customers will get a FREE $5 Gift Card for every $20 they spend. Welcome back, UNL & area schools!

Cookbook Sale!
BOGO 50% Off ~ No Limit
Fri, Aug 23rd & Sat, Aug 24th
10am - 6pm, both days

For EVERY Cookbook you buy, we'll give you another - equal or lesser value - at 50% OFF!

Usually, we limit this "coupon" to one-time use - but we need to make some room in the Cooking sections. You can use this deal as many times as you want during this Cookbook-O-Rama! :)

SO - for each cookbook you buy, we'll give you another at HALF PRICE!
**Baking, Desserts, Holiday Cooking, International Cooking of All Kinds, Vegetarian & Vegan, Slow-Cooker/Pressure/Sous Vide, Famous Chefs & Restaurants, Appetizers/Party Food/Entertaining, Meats/Fish/Poultry, Grilling & BBQ, Sauces/Dressings, Canning/Preserving, Quick & Easy, Light & Healthy, Special Diets ~ Gluten-Free/Paleo/Keto, Beverages ~ Bartending to Coffee/Tea, On Food & Dining, Tips & Technique...and any other subsections we forgot to mention!

We won't be holding Cookbooks 'til after the sale - but there are LOTS of great books to choose from. Come in & see!

8/18/19: Over the past couple of weeks, we've been putting out Manga, History, Philosophy & Literary Theory ~ along with lots of Young Adult/Children's Books and a fun smattering of Foreign Language. We have been making some progress on our pricing backlog, although we still have many, many boxes of interesting books that will require more attention than our regular stock. Digging into those boxes will be exciting!

In other news, we continue to make improvements to the bookshop's interior, adding fixtures and fresh paint. So many project, so much joy...

National Book Lovers Day
Friday, August 9th
10am - 6pm

We'll be serving lemonade and cookies: snickerdoodle, chocolate chip, monster & oatmeal raisin.

Enter a drawing for a magnificent prize!

Join the fun & celebrate our LOVE of books!

8/4/19: We had a HUGE influx of Manga last week, which prompted some re-organization on our main floor. You'll find the new section across from the counter, sub-sectioned into All Ages, Youth 10+, Teen 13+, Older Teen 16+ and Mature, which will make browsing easier for patrons and parents. Not all books are right for all readers and we leave the decisions to our customers. We think you'll find this section much more user-friendly now, though!

We are excited about a little wave of improvements scheduled to happen this week. With the help of Ma's Handyman and ABC Electric, we're getting rid of the unused radiators inside our front door and the old clamp-lamps near the staircase. We're adding a nice light fixture - and I'll be doing some painting to spruce up the old radiator space.

Book Origami ~ Art by Joe Spicha
First Friday, August 2nd
5:30pm - 7:30pm

This origami is far beyond the common crane!
Joe creates complex pieces - some are even 3-D puzzles. He'll have work for sale and will accept special orders.

Visit the bookshop as part of your First Friday Gallery Walk. We'll be open 'til 7:30pm!



7/28/19: We have new displays of Folio Society books and Limited Editions Club books. These books are bound in the finest materials. Simon Schama's 2-volumes on the French Revolution are bound in red silk and housed in a slip case. Game of Thrones is bound in original blue cloth, with a silver pictorial cover and titles, and housed in a blue slip case. There are many books to choose from. Come visit soon!

We are also still in the "new love" phase with the stained glass window Harry (Palace Glass) installed last Monday. We're like proud grandparents with a brag book. We're showing everyone - and gushing about the flash glass from Germany, the iridium gem-cut stone embedded in one of the bindings and the technique developed by Rennie Mackintosh of Scotland that is rarely used in the United States. We will never fall out of love with this window. These days, we're basking!

Shell Game ~ Draw for Your Discount!
Friday, July 26th
10am - 6pm

Pick a shell from our sand pail ~ your discount is written on the underside!

Get 10% - 50% Off
Your ENTIRE Purchase!

Join us in celebration of summer reading & find books that'll transport you to new places!

7/22/19: Last week we had an influx of Art Books - so many they don't fit into our section. (A good problem to have!) We also purchased new Children's Books, Poetry, History and the usual Miscellany. We now have a sizeable pricing backlog and will be not doing buys (with very rare exception) until we can make some headway. You'll be seeing LOTS of New Arrivals!

The big news is that we have a new stained glass window! Harry, from Palace Glass, designed a beautiful custom piece for the space above our back door. It's a companion to the stained glass window he did for the front of the shop and features a gem-cut piece of iridium glass set into the spine of one of the books. I LOVE it. ~Cinnamon

20% Off ALL Music Books

during Zoo Fest 2019
Fri, July 19th & Sat, July 20th
10am - 6pm

Get 20% Off ALL Music Books ~

How-To Play, Sheet Music, Scores, Songwriting, Biography, Musical Theater, Jazz, Rock, Country, Blues, Folk, Bluegrass, Classical,
Music Theory & Music History!

14th Street will be closed to traffic during Zoo Fest 2019, Nebraska's premier music festival put on by the legendary Zoo Bar on our block.

If you are just coming to shop at our store, ask the folks at the gate to let you in.

If you stay for the music, be sure to pay the gate fee. It's important to support music and local business - and it's just bad karma to scam either one.

7/6/19: We folded in the new Science Fiction/Fantasy books, shifting most of the main floor to do it. It looked great for Thespian Week, which was lots of fun. We have a bit of a "Thespian Week Hangover" but we're busying ourselves putting the shop in better order - creating new displays in Children's & Young Adult Lit, making new space for our collection of SIGNED Mysteries, and finding space for all the Folio Society books we recently acquired.

The Folio Society creates marvelous volumes, using the best materials. Most of the books are fully cloth bound, with gilt titles and pictorial covers, and housed in slipcases. Many have full-color art or photography. We have books on Ancient Cities, British History, Fairy Tales & more - all by well-respected authors. The Folio Society sells only to its members, so these books will not be found in new bookstores, only in shops like ours. They have been selling rapidly. Come see them while we have them!

20% Off ALL American History!
First Friday, July 5th
10am - 7:30pm

Come to our shop the First Friday in July for
20% Off ALL American History Books
including Native American, Western Americana, African-American, U.S. Military & U.S. Presidents

We are well-stocked with great books you'll love!


6/16/19: This week, we purchased over 1,000 Science Fiction & Fantasy paperbacks, along with some nice miscellany. We are in the process of rearranging the shop in order to accommodate the inlux. Shifting sections is tons of work but it always looks great when we're finished. Stop in next week to see our progress!

Pineapple Days Sidewalk Sales
on 14th Street!
Friday, June 14th & Saturday, June 15th

Join the Summer Fun on 14th Street downtown
and shop for Books, Clothing, Home Decor, Accessories, Furnishings, Jewelry & Art Supplies. Businesses will have tables of great merchandise at bargain prices!

It's festive & lively ~ and after you find your new dress and/or earrings and/or books and/or paints...you can enjoy a tasty beverage at Jake's, and revel in Summer.


6/10/19: Recently, we bought a collection of SIGNED books. They are on display on the shelves next to the counter - and we are adding more as we work through the collection. We have also converted a display case by the front door to temporary "New Arrivals" space, so the regular NA shelf can hold the "Newest Arrivals!" It has been a great start to the book-buying season.

"Shelfie" Contest!

Enter May 1st - May 31st

May is National Photography Month!

Follow the steps on this flowchart for a
chance to WIN either a
$100 Gift Certificate or a $25 Gift Certificate!

(We are happy to take your photo in the shop - just ask us! You can do the rest.)

"Shelfie" Show: First Friday, June 7th, 5pm - 8pm
We'll print all photos submitted onto "album" pages that we'll hang on the endcaps of our bookshelves - and we'll host a First Friday Photography Show, with refreshments.
We'll celebrate our community of readers!

5/6/19: We purchased a good collection of leather bound books published by Easton Press, along with a nice assortment of titles published by The Folio Society. They are gorgeous. Come in soon for the best selection.

We also added many new titles to our Children's & Young Adult section, in anticipation of all the reading your kids will be doing this Summer. Check out the new Chapter Books, Picture Books & Board Books. We displayed them for Children's Book Week & they'll be up a little while longer.

Children's Book Week!
Tuesday, April 30th - Saturday, May 4th

*Each child gets a FREE button

*Displays of adventurous & imaginative Children's Books

*Bubbles & Sidewalk Chalk to play with ~ outside!

First Friday is Cupcake Day ~ 10am - 7:30pm!
Come get a FREE little cupcake made by Deep Magic Bakery. We'll be serving them while supplies last, of course, but we ordered 20 dozen...so we think we're covered... :)

4/28/19: We purchased another cache of Graphic Novels, along with Folio Society books, Theology and Cookbooks in the past week. I've also been working steadily on the collection of African & African-American History/Lit/Studies. Last week, I priced many books on the history of the slave trade. We also have new collectible books in the glass case, including a leather bound copy of Death of a Salesman that's SIGNED by both Arthur Miller and the illustrator, Leonard Baskin.

This week, we are looking forward to celebrating Children's Book Week. Each child will get a FREE button; there will be wonderful displays of Children's Books; and this First Friday, we'll be serving cupcakes from Deep Magic Bakery.

Spring Sidewalk Sale!
Wed April 24th - Sat April 27th
10am - 6pm, all days

*Wednesday thru Friday ~ Sale books on tables outside are priced as marked. ($1.09 - $4.99)

*Saturday is "Dollar Day" ~ Everything left on the tables is a mere $1 each

Don't miss your chance to pick up some great books at clearance sale prices!

4/13/19: We made some changes downstairs to accommodate the influx of African and African American Literature & History - and we anticipate that we may need to make further shifts as more of that collection comes out. Exciting!

Also - the construction project finished on time and the room with the stone floor now has lovely new shelves. The room looks brighter, more spacious - and it's much easier to browse. We're very happy with these changes - and we're using the momentum to facilitate a couple of additional projects. Paul Arthur came by yesterday to measure for a new back door. Once the door is installed, Harry Tompkin of Palace Glass will begin work on a stained glass window for the transom space above it. We are looking forward to a great summer!

VOTE for 20% Off your Books!
Tuesday, April 9th AND Wednesday, April 10th
10am - 6pm

Election Day is Tuesday, April 9th!
VOTE in person or by mail. Then, come in on Election Day or the day after & tell us you voted. We'll give you

20% Off Your Entire Purchase!

We won't ask how you voted. That's none of our beeswax. We are happy that you participated in this important part of our democracy!





Pick Your Discount Sale!
First Friday, April 5th

10am - 7:30pm

Pick a handmade flower (to keep) from our bouquet ~ the discount on your entire purchase
is written on the ribbon tied to the stem.

Get 10% - 50% Off
on all Books & Bookstore Swag!

Kat makes all the flowers and this is one of our favorite events. Celebrate Spring with us and start the season with some wonderful new books!


3/31/19: We purchased a sizeable collection of African & African American Literature and Studies last week. We continue to work with those books - but we are already enjoying the new influx of History, Biography & Literature. We also have LOTS of new Children's Picture Books & Graphic Novels...along with the usual interesting tidbits and oddities.

As I write this, the remodeling project downstairs in underway. A small but dedicated crew worked with us last night until nearly midnight, which cleared the way for Jon & Dave to bring in the new shelving. They've been hard at work doing the installation all day. Come see us on Tuesday, when things are bright and spiffy!

3/13/19: This week, we have several Folio Society Joseph Conrad novels - all bound in original blue cloth, all in slip cases. We also have a very nice slipcased edition of Game of Thrones by George R R Martin and slipcased sets of Who's Who in Medieval Times & Who's Who in Ancient Times. Our cookbook section has filled out with new additions like Vegan, Indian and Moosewood Cookbooks. There's also a nice set of books by Bertrand Russell - and we have some recently published editions of work by Jonathon Kozol. Keep your eyes on our New Arrivals photos!

We are also getting ready to take on a remodeling project downstairs. We will be replacing the current shelving (that we made 28 years ago out of scrap lumber) with shelving that better matches the rest of the shop. We're normally closed on Sundays & Mondays, so we're going to do this thing on Sunday, March 31st & Monday, April 1st. Come see us in early April - hopefully, we'll be all spiffed up by then!

Charlie's Calendar Deal ~
Spend $15 & get a FREE 2019 Calendar

Friday, March 8th
10am - 6pm

Our 2019 'Cats, Books, Life is Good' calendar
features all five of the feline employees we've had over the years, along with quotes that comfort & inspire.

Young Charlie makes his calendar debut in August - and he wants you to know it.

One FREE calendar per customer, while supplies last!


3/3/19: Kaboom! Our Graphic Novel section got a huge boost last week. We purchased several boxes of Marvel, DC & miscellaneous comics - and Kat had to rearrange sections to fit them all in. We also have new Science Fiction/Fantasy - and lots of new Children's Books.

We'll be working on new window displays & interior displays this week. Right now, you'll find a selection of Irish authors on our display table - a variety that includes classics like James Joyce and recent authors like Tana French.

Stage RIGHT: Benefit for LHS Theatre
First Friday, March 1st
10am - 8pm

10% of all day's sales will be donated to Lincoln High School's theater program.

5:30pm - 8pm: A troupe of costumed actors will be in our shop!

LHS Theatre puts on a variety of great shows that are open to the public. Join us in support of these great kids & their teachers!

Noteworthy books this week include a First Edition of Shirley Jackson's We Have Always Lived in the Castle, a First Edition of The Jumblies by Edward Lear SIGNED by illustrator Edward Gorey, a SIGNED First Edition of City Without Walls and Other Poems by W. H. Auden, and an early edition of The Emerald City of Oz by L. Frank Baum.

We're also offering a SIGNED First Edition of Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women by Geraldine Brooks. Brooks won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel, March. Nine Parts of Desire is her first book.

We're excited to host Stage RIGHT: A Benefit for LHS Theatre this First Friday. 10% of all sales will go to support Lincoln High School's excellent theater program.

Cinnamon's "Annual" 29th Birthday:
29% OFF Your Entire Purchase!

Thursday Feb 14th - Saturday Feb 16th
10am - 6pm, all days

This is one of the most festive times in the bookshop.
We'll have chocolate, party decorations (that we'll try in vain to keep away from the cats) and a huge SALE!

29% Off Everything in the Shop!
(One exception: Local Literati books. All that $$ goes to the authors!)

Feel free to come in and say things like,
"My Stars! Cinnamon, you don't look a DAY over 28!"



2/4/19: We had an influx of Math books recently, and although some of those books remain in our pricing backlog, many of them have settled into the new, expanded section. Take a look at the Math/Science area next time you're in. We've made some positive changes!

We also bought Cookbooks, Children's & YA Lit and the usual unusuals last week. We have an INSCRIBED copy of Cather's April Twilight and a few gems SIGNED by Ted Kooser that we anticipate will be ready for sale this week.

Cookie Day!
Thursday, January 24th 10am - 6pm

Enjoy hot cider & Cinnamon's homemade cookies:
*Chocolate Chip
*Oatmeal Raisin/Craisin

Winter is officially here - perfect for a visit to our cozy bookshop & some TLC!

1/16/19: This week, we are doing some re-arranging in our lower level to make room for more books. You'll now find Nebraska History at the beginning of the American History section. You're likely to find Katherine downstairs - pencil tucked behind her ear & toolbox on the floor beside her - expanding the Science, Math & Environmental Studies sections. Re-arranging like this is very exciting stuff around here. We find all kinds of neat books in the process!


Books & Bottles Private Book Buying Party
Reservations Go on Sale!

Tuesday, January 15th
Doors open @ 9am, Reservations sold @ 10am
First come, First served

Once a month, we offer a private book buying party that features a seasonal cocktail.

$50 reservation fee
= a private party in the shop!

*10 (minimum) - 20 (maximum) guests
*Free cocktails for all guests over 21
*10% off ALL purchases during the party

For a list of 2019's drinks & dates, please click HERE!

1/7/19: Happy New Year! We are looking forward to a great year in the bookstore. We have a full slate of exciting events & many, many wonderful books that we'll be working on. Recently, we've had books from the mid 1800's that belong to a member of the British Parliament, a book of Poetry SIGNED by Sigfried Sassoon, and a copy of Ulysses with illustrations by Matisse & SIGNED by Henri Matisse. This will be a year of wonder for the curious!

Bookish Jewelry Show & Sale
First Friday, January 4th 5:30pm-7:30pm

Local artist, Amanda Sweet, will be in our shop with her line of bookish pendants, necklaces & earrings!

Most pieces $15 - $18 & special orders will be taken.
Join us for a lovely evening - and get some ideas/gifts for Valentine's Day!


12/28/18: Thanks to all of you for shopping at our store this holiday season! It was a delight to help you find books for the folks on your lists - and we are pleased to be part of your holiday traditions.

We are enjoying this final week of 2018, unpacking boxes of great inventory & seeing old friends in town for the holiday. We'll be open this week, Tues-Sat, from 10am - 6pm. Come explore!

Holiday Hours 2018:

Tuesday 12/18 - Saturday 12/22: 10am-6pm
Sunday 12/23: 10am-5pm
Monday 12/24: 10am-5pm

We have Gifts & Stocking Stuffers for everyone on your list:

*2019 Calendars, T-Shirts, Tissue Packs, Buttons, Tote Bags & Blind Date Books

*BOOKS for all ages and all tastes

*Gift Certificates for Any Amount ~ $25 & up come in a Sleeve of Handmade Plantable Paper


12/18/18: We added significantly to our selection of Children's & Young Adult books, rearranging the section to accommodate all the new inventory. Katherine also rearranged the Mystery section to fit in scads of new titles...and we continue to price quality books in all other sections. It has been a great season for books!

We are more than happy to help you find books that your family members & friends will love. Our favorite thing is when customers come in and say something like, "I need gifts for my grandpa, my aunt, my 8 year-old nephew, my 16 year-old cousin...and 2 babies under the age of 1." We love to walk in and out of the sections, finding books that would be great! Please ask us for suggestions when you come in.

Our Gift Certificates are available for any amount and never expire. A Gift Certificate tucked into one of your favorite books makes a special gift.


Holiday Happenings 2018:
First Friday BOGO
Friday, December 7th
10am - 8pm

Get 50% Off your second-most expensive book!
It's a great time to shop for those leather-bound books you've had your eye on.

Holiday Open House
Friday, Dec 14th & Saturday, Dec 15th
10am - 6pm

Enjoy cookies & cider while you shop and
receive these gifts:
*Spend $35 ~ get a FREE calendar
*Spend $75 ~ get a FREE zippered tote bag

Everyone can enter drawings for prizes and get a FREE "Season's Readings" postcard!

We have Gifts & Stocking Stuffers for everyone on your list:
*2019 Calendars, T-Shirts, Tissue Packs, Buttons, Tote Bags & Blind Date Books

*BOOKS for all ages and all tastes

*Gift Certificates for Any Amount ~ $25 & up come in a Sleeve of Handmade Plantable Paper

Thank You Tuesday Recipient: Nebraska Transition College
Nebraska Transition College provides a tailored learning atmosphere, supports integrated working environments, and builds stronger communities to enhance interdependent living for individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder or other learning difference, empowering those individuals with the freedom to experience their full potential through the power of choice, effectively changing their lives and our communities.

For more information about Nebraska Transition College, visit:
If you are interested in donating of volunteering in some capacity, please contact:
or Stuart Stofferahn stustof@nebraskatransitioncollege.org 402-560-4627
NTC is a Public Charity Non-Profit organization under IRC Section 501 (c)(3). Donors can deduct contributions made to NTC under IRC section 170.


11/25/18: We dug into our pricing backlog last week and found Signed First Editions of Mari Sandoz titles, Signed First Editions of Mysteries by John Grisham, Nevada Barr, CJ Box & Michael McGarrity. Other items of note were hardcover editions of uncommon titles by Mark Twain, Folio Society Barbara Tuchman, Audubon Society Field Guides, a 3-volume set of Memoirs by the French ambassador to Russia that was written in the years immediately leading up to the Russian Revolution - and lots more.

Right before Thanksgiving, we purchased a good collection of Poetry and some interesting Civil War books. We also bought a cache of Young Adult novels, including many Rick Riordan titles in hardcover and lots of Diary of a Wimpy Kid books.

Porridge Papers, another local business, made a series of Gift Certificate sleeves for us. They are handmade paper, embedded with wildflower seeds, die-cut to hold an insert. The recipient is able to spend the insert at our shop - and then plant the sleeve according to instructions to grow flowers!

Small Business Saturday!
Saturday, November 24th
10am - 6pm

Our shop will be decorated, the cats will be sleeping in the windows or meowing to be held, the cider pot will be filling the air with that comforting smell - and we'll be serving my traditional homemade gingerbread & sugar cookies!

We have Gifts & Stocking Stuffers for everyone on your list:
*2019 Calendars, T-Shirts, Tissue Packs, Buttons, Tote Bags & Blind Date Books

*BOOKS for all ages and all tastes

*Gift Certificates for Any Amount ~ $25 & up come in a Sleeve of Handmade Plantable Paper

Come see us for some old-fashioned hospitality and let our experienced staff help you find great gifts for the people you love. This is our 28th year of Small Business & we're thrilled to celebrate with you!

11/16/18: Our new 'Cats, Books, Life is Good' Calendars have arrived! This year's calendar features photos of all 5 of the feline staff members we've had over the years, along with quotes that will make you laugh, give you comfort & remind you of the truly important things.

They are the perfect size for a purse or cubicle wall; they have holidays & major literary events marked; each page shows previous & next months; there is plenty of space to write in your own notes; and there's a page for January 2020!

The calendars are $7.99 each ~ and we are happy to ship calendars to you and your friends & relatives for an addition $1. Call (402) 475-8663 to place your order!

Shop the Blocks!
Thursday, November 15th
4:30pm - 9:00pm

More than 15 boutiques are staying open late for a night of food, drink, & deals.

Enjoy shopping for jewelry, books, athletic apparel, shoes, art supplies, home decor, clothes, cards, Husker gear & more!

We have some complimentary all-access passes at our shop - just ask for them when you stop in. The passes will get you the swag bag, all the deals, the after-party at Single Barrel - and entry for bigger prizes!


11/8/18: We recently purchased a collection of Chess books last week and are making a housecall to purchase Aviation books this week. We have also been working on the 2019 "Cats, Books, Life is Good" calendar, which will feature all 5 of the feline employees we've had over the years. Calendars will be $7.99 and available during Shop the Blocks!

Sock Drive
October 8th - November 8th

Along with Goldenrod Printing, we are collecting socks to donate to The People's City Mission.
Please help us by bringing new socks you wish to donate into our shop this month.

Your generosity is much appreciated. Together, we can offer some warmth and comfort to those in need.



VOTE for 20% Off!
Tuesday, 11/6 & Wednesday, 11/7

VOTE in the midterm election & get
20% Off Your Entire Purchase!

Good on TUES 11/6 and WED 11/7!

You don't need to show a sticker.
It counts if you voted by mail.

We won't ask HOW you voted - that's none of our business.
We are just happy that you participated in our democracy.



Stage RIGHT ~ Benefit for LHS Theatre
First Friday, 11/2

10% of all day's sales will be donated to the fantastic Theater program at Lincoln High School.

5:30pm-8:00pm: We'll be entertained by a troupe of costumed actors who will be up to all sorts of theatrical shenanigans in the bookshop.

This is an opportunity to support these smart, informed, engaged kids. Join us in celebrating & nurturing creativity!

Pumpkin Patch Sale ~ Pick Your Discount!
Thursday 10/25 - Saturday 10/27
10am - 6pm, all days.

Pick a Pumpkin from the basket ~
your discount
10% - 50% Off Your Entire Purchase
is written on the underside!

Don't miss our biggest sale of the season & a really fun Fall tradition!
One "Harvest" per day, per customer, please.

Cookie Day! We served cider and Cinnamon's homemade Chocolate Chip, Snickerdoodle & Oatmeal Raisin/Craisin cookies. A good day to celebrate the season in a small business!

10/16/18: Wow, have we been bringing in new books lately! We have turned over the New Arrivals shelf once a day for the past four days. Stop in soon for the best picks!

You'll find exciting new arrivals in nearly all sections. We continue to price our way through a large backlog of inventory - which is tons of fun. It's like opening presents every day.

10/5/18: Book Signing~ Joel Green, author of Robber's Cave: Truths, Legends, Recollections
5:30pm - 7:30pm
From the legends of use by Central Plains Indians, Jesse James, and the Underground Railroad, to factual uses by Lincoln's first brewery, Coxey's Army, and the Klu Klux Klan, Green not only examines the geological & man-made origins of the cave, but he includes entertaining anecdotes he has collected from visitors. Jim McKee calls this "a fascinating history of Lincoln, Nebraska's landmark cave." Just in time for Halloween...

Banned Books Week!
Tuesday 9/25 - Saturday
10am-6pm, all days

Celebrate our fREADom!

*Displays of banned or challenged books

*get a FREE "Read Banned Books" button

We had a variety of New Arrivals lately - lots of new Nebraska History & Literature, 1st edition Jack Kerouac, a good collection of Dungeons & Dragons and other RPG's, lots of Children's Books - and much more!

Our Go Big Read T-shirts, regularly $18, are on sale for $15. Our Husker Read T-shirts, regularly $14, are on sale for $10. There are new displays throughout the shop - and Eddy & little Charlie are enjoying naps in the peach & cola crates in the window displays!

First Friday Benefit for
Lincoln's Little Free Libraries

Friday, September 7th
Discount on books to donate:
all day
Food & Festivites:

Get 30% OFF all books you buy to donate to our Little Free Library Bin!
Every year, we help stock Lincoln's LFL's & Celebrate this grassroots effort to support reading.
From 5pm-8pm, join us for Food & Festivites!
The LFL stewards will have tables outside with stickers, bookmarks with LFL addresses, and all kinds of good stuff.

Cash Donations are also Welcome!
At the end of the evening, the stewards will use the money to buy books, at the discount, that they know are in demand in their libraries. 

Join us for a fun, community evening & buy a book or two to support reading!

8/27/18: Charlie is settling in. He likes to be cuddled and our customers are enjoying his purrs as they carry him around the shop, browsing books.

The book world continues to be bountiful, to say the least. We'll be working on the large pricing backlog this week. Expect to see lots of New Arrivals!

Go Big Read -
Get a $5 Gift Card
for Every $20 You Spend!

Tues, Aug 21st thru Sat, Aug 25th
10am - 6pm

With EVERY $20 you spend, we'll give you a
FREE $5 Gift Card that you can use just like cash in our shop 'til the end of September!

Spend $20, get 1 gift card!
Spend $40, get 2 gift cards!
Spend $100, get 5 gift cards!

Join us in celebration of of the new school year. All are welcome!

8/18/18: We have adopted Charlie, a 4 month-old kitten. Charlie is grey with a white bib & white socks. We were very careful about introducing him to the shop and giving Eddy time to get used to him. Now, not quite a week later, they are curling up together in the basket in the window. There is love.

There are also BOOKS - lots of books. You will find lots of new Poetry, Fiction/Literature, Children's/YA, Science, Role-Playing Games - and a good amount of interesting odds & ends. Come visit, meet the new li'l guy, give Eddy some love - and enjoy a relaxing browse.

Shell Game - Pick Your Discount!
Fri, Aug 10th AND Sat, Aug 11th
10am - 6pm

Pick a shell from our sand pail.
Your discount is written on the underside.

Get 10% - 50% Off
your ENTIRE purchase

Draw once each day!
This is tons of fun - come explore & find treasures!

Padric has been gone for a few weeks. Although there is no replacing that sweet prince, it seems that Eddy would be happier if he had a kitty friend to hang out with. Katherine & I are visiting The Cat House tomorrow. We think that a young male shorthair - 6 months to a year old - would be the best fit. Finding the right kitty may take some time and we'll keep you all posted. When we bring in the new little guy, we'll be asking all of our customers to help us with the "Cat Transition!"

In the world of books...oh my gosh, we have lots of new stuff. Our New Arrivals shelf is new from Friday-Saturday and the display case by the window is full of the new books that we put out on Tuesday. It's an especially fun time to browse!

First Friday Book Jewelry Show & Sale!
Friday, August 3rd
5:30pm - 7:30pm

Join us during your First Friday Gallery Walk.
We'll be showcasing the work of local artist, Amanda Sweet.

She'll have bookish earrings and pendants for sale - most pieces priced around $15.

She'll also be taking special orders that evening - so think of the book you love most:

The Hobbit, To Kill A Mockingbird, Gone with the Wind, Harry Potter... the possibilities are endless!


7/13/18: Tonight, we are mourning the loss of our dear Padric.

We took him to the vet weeks ago. They fixed him up - and we hoped that he had an intestinal blockage only. We were encouraged when he gained a little weight.

Today, his health took a turn for the worse and we took him to the emergency vet. They assured us he was not in pain, but it was time. Kat & I held him and cried. We told him what a good boy he was and how we all loved him. And we let him go.

Now, Kat's job is to bury him alongside OK & Silas. My job is to share this news with you.

The bookstore is a special place, in part, because we all share an authentic experience there. It is real life and true love. I know that Padric was *ours* and that some of you will take this hard. Come in for a hug.

We are not ready to entertain thoughts of another cat. For now, we are going to focus on Eddy. It's hard to say how he'll respond to Padric's absence. Come in, play with him & give him some love.

Kat, the rest of the staff, and I feel privileged to spend our days in your company, surrounded by books. We have chosen to rescue cats & make them part of our lives, knowing that at some point, we'd feel like this. Goodbyes are tough.

However - despite this sadness, overall, we are glad. We do what we love, for those whom we love. Thank you for sharing in this wonderful life. ~Cinnamon

Read Band Books - 20% Off ALL Music:
Songbooks, Theory & Music Biography
Friday, July 6th
10am - 7:30pm

We rearranged our Music section last week - come see!

Also, it is Zoo Fest this Friday & Saturday!
14th Street will be closed to traffic for the festivities.
If you'd like to come to our shop, just tell the folks at the gate & they'll let you in.

However, if you stay for the music, PAY THE DOOR FEE.
It's not cool to scam the Zoo Bar.
For the lineup of music: Great Music this Weekend!

7/5/18: We rearranged A LOT of the store last week - expanding our Children's & Literature sections. We moved Native American Studies, Women's Studies & GLBTQA downstairs - and we rearranged everything else downstairs in a way that makes better sense. It's much more fun to browse - come see!

6/10/18: We made a house call last week and brought back lots of great Literature, Philosophy, Judaica, & Sociology. We also found a great little cache of Young Adult books. Keep watching our New Arrivals shelves!

Pineapple Days - Sidewalk Sales on 14th Street!
Friday, June 8th & Saturday, June 9th
10am - 6pm

Shop for Art Supplies, Jewelry, Clothing, Books, Home Decor...and then enjoy a tropical drink at Jake's or The Zoo Bar!

We LOVE a theme party - and we'll be playing Harry Belafonte & dancing as we help you find great books!



6/5/18: We have all kinds of New Arrivals in the shop - Chess Books, Art Books, New Age, Occult, Poetry & more!

Spring Recipient: Rotaract's "Wheelchairs for Polio" Project
Rotaract is a community service-based UNL student organization that is sponsored by the local Lincoln Rotary Club #14 and seeks to address the needs of the local and international community through various volunteer projects. This year, their mission is to provide wheelchairs for polio survivors in the Ivory Coast. Through this project, they seek to provide assistance to those in immediate need - and raise awareness about the necessity of vaccination.

Koko Blaise is a member of the organization. Born and raised in the Ivory Coast, Koko was stricken with polio at a young age. His mother carried him everyday. When he was too heavy for her, he learned to balance with a stick. When he received his wheelchair, he was able to go to school and work toward his life goals. Today, he is a Fulbright scholar at the University of Nebraska.

Koko Blaise's life experiences inspired Rotaract to start their "Wheelchairs for Polio" project. Although polio has been eradicated in most of the world, the survivors are still impacted. Rotoract is working with a Rotary group in the Ivory Coast, as well as the Disabilities Association there. Their goal is to raise $1500 and deliver 10 wheelchairs in the fall of 2018. 100% of funds raised goes toward this goal.

If you would like to know more about Rotaract - or the "Wheelchairs for Polio" project, please contact Mia Azizah at mia.azizah11@gmail.com or visit: Rotary 14.

5/9/18: Last week, we bought more fantastic Children's Books - and New Arrivals have been hitting the shelves so often that we've converted the case by the door and the case by our counter into "New Arrivals Overflow!"

We have Gift Certificates - available for any amount - that are perfect for Graduates, Teachers, Tutors, Babysitters, etc. Right now, you'll find displays for Mother's Day & Graduation in the shop. Lots of options - ask our booksellers to help you find something!

VOTE for 20% Off Your Books!
Tues, May 15th & Wed, May 16th
10am-6pm, both days

Vote in the Primary on May 15th!

If you VOTE, we'll give you 20% Off your Entire Purchase on Election Day &/or the Next Day.

You don't need to have a sticker. We trust you!
Just tell us that you voted, & get 20% off.

We won't ask HOW you voted, that's not our business. We're happy that you participated in this important part of our democracy!



Children's Book Week!
Tues, May 1st through Sat, May 5th
10am-6pm, 10am-7:30pm on First Friday

Celebrate with us:

*Every kid gets a FREE button or temp. tattoo
*Great displays of Children's Books
*Get 20% off all books you buy to donate to our "Head Start" bin

Also - we'll be serving Lemonade & Homemade Cookies on Friday, from 10am-7:30pm, while supplies last.
(I'll be making many batches of Chocolate Chip, Snickerdoodle, and Oatmeal Raisin/Craisin!)


4/28/18: Last week, we bought books that belonged to Bruce Nicol, the first director of University of Nebraska Press. There are a few inscribed Mari Sandoz first editions in the glass counter - and many other interesting books that will be coming out soon.

Spring Sidewalk Sale!
Wed, April 25th through Sat, April 28th

Great deals on Books during our Spring Clearance Sale!
Browse tables of books outside our shop:
Wednesday-Friday ~ Books priced as marked
Saturday is "Dollar Day" ~ Books $1 each

Saturday, April 28th is also Independent Bookstore Day and we'll be celebrating with Drawings & Giveaways inside our shop!

4/15/18: This week, we bought over a hundred Easton Press books. They are bound in genuine leather with 22-carat gilt, silk endpapers and satin ribbon markers. Beautiful - and perfect as graduation gifts. Stop in to view the collection.

Pick Your Discount Sale!
First Friday, April 6th 10am - 7:30pm

Pick a flower to keep from our bouquet - your discount is written on a ribbon tied to the stem.

Get 10% - 50% Off Your Entire Purchase!

Celebrate Spring with us - and get some great new books!



3/27/18: Last week, we bought books at the homes of a former English Professor, a Children's Book Aficionado and a former Ceramics Professor. Kayt has also been applying archival mylar dust jacket covers to books in our pricing backlog - so those books are now appearing on New Arrivals. Our windows are filled with award-winning Children's Picture Books and our Display Case downstairs is full of beautiful Gardening Books. Stop in soon!

The (Occasional) Sunday Show & Share Book Club
Sunday, March 25th ~ 1pm-2:30/3pm

**Bring a BOOK & a TRAVEL CUP!

Everyone - from tiny tots to venerable elders - is invited to bring a book to show during the "circle" time. Each of us will have a bit to *briefly* tell the group about the book. After circle, we'll be free to enter into more substantial conversations with people about books brought.

This event is meant to provide everyone in our community the chance to celebrate books, learn from one another and make new friends.

We'll provide coffee and juice - so bring a travel cup! The shop will remain open until about 2:30/3 that day. Shop for more books if you like - or just hang around for good conversation!

3/11/18: We have new Civil War History, Western Americana, Philosophy, Theology, Mysteries & Children's Books - and more to come. We made a couple of fun house calls recently and are still unpacking.

Stage RIGHT: Benefit for LHS Theatre
Friday, March 2nd ~ 5:30pm-8:00pm

Join us for First Friday in March, when we'll be donating 10% of all day's sales
in support of Lincoln High School Theatre!

From 5:30pm-8:00pm, you'll be entertained by a troupe of actors in costume!


Winter Recipient: PFLAG
PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.

PFLAG Lincoln is providing the initial funding to establish a much needed emergency fund for UNL students who, in a crisis situation, will benefit from a grant to help prevent homelessness, cover their rent, or pay their health insurance. A financial crisis is sometimes the result of being cut off financially (and emotionally) for coming out or starting to transition. This fund will be housed at the University of Nebraska Foundation (UNF) and contributions are now being accepted to put money into this fund. PFLAG Lincoln wants to help with a .5/1 match.

To find out how to get involved or donate, please visit: PFLAG Lincoln.

2/25/18: We have new Philosophy & Foreign Language books this week - as well as a great selection of Young Adult Literature!

We have a whole bunch of great new Children's Picture Books, Western Americana, Mysteries, Science Fiction & Graphic Novels this week!

Cinnamon's "Annual" 29th Birthday Sale!
Thursday, Feb 8th - Saturday, Feb 10th
10am - 6pm, all 3 days

29% Off ALL Books & Merchandise
for 3 days only!

Join us for chocolate, great books & a celebration of Cinnamon's 29th Birthday ~
A time-honored, if not accurately marked, occasion!



We continue to unpack boxes of new inventory and now is a great time to shop. You'll find interesting new books in almost every section!

First Friday BOGO!
Friday, February 2nd 10am-7:30pm

Get 50 % Off Your Second Most Expensive Book

Good on all books in stock -
Now is a great time to shop for those Leather Bound Books & Folio Society volumes you've had your eye on!

Come see us as part of your First Friday Gallery Walk and find something for your sweetheart!


The (Occasional) Sunday Show & Share Book Club!
Sunday, January 28th @ 1pm

This was the inaugural meeting of what will be an occasional event. Watch for it on our Events page and on Facebook. We'll also post this sign on our door the week of the event.

Everyone - from tiny tots to venerable elders - is invited to bring a book to show during the "circle" time. Each of us will have a minute to briefly tell the group about the book. After circle, we'll be free to enter into more substantial conversations with people about books brought.

This event is meant to provide everyone in our community the chance to celebrate books, learn from one another and make new friends.

We'll provide coffee and juice - so bring a travel cup! The shop will remain open until about 2:30/3 that day. Shop for more books if you like - or just hang around for good conversation!

Cookie Day! (All Day Sweet Soiree!)
Friday, January 26th 10am-6pm

We'll be serving Hot Cider & Homemade Cookies

Cinnamon will be baking this time!
*Chocolate Chip
*Oatmeal Craisin

Enjoy a sweet treat while you browse in our cozy bookstore & find some good reads to curl up with!

Last week, we bought books from a collector in Grand Island. We are continuing to unpack those boxes and price inventory from that trip. You'll see lots of Western Americana - Mountain Men, Saloons & Prostitution, Lewis & Clark, etc. You'll also see History - American Presidents, Civil Rights & Lynchings - along with Classic and Contemporary Literature.

Our Children's & YA Literature section got a boost recently - and so did our Science Fiction/Fantasy and Mystery sections. Lots of good reading!

1/9/18: Today, we bought 11 boxes of books at a housecall. Keep your eyes on our New Arrivals shelf. Many of those books are being unpacked and priced.

We also have LOTS of new projects in the works for 2018, including The (Occasional) Sunday Show & Share Book Club. Realizing that we need more opportunities to interact with each other face-to-face, we're going to start hosting an event every now & then. We'll provide coffee and orange juice. Folks are asked to bring a book they love (or are currently reading) and a travel cup (for the coffee/juice).

We'll take a little time to go around in a circle. Everyone will have a few SECONDS to show their book and say a little something about it. BREVITY here is key. After we all have a turn, we'll break the circle and then folks can enter into longer conversations about the books they brought. They can also mill around the shop looking at books - and they can buy books if they like.

Our inaugural meeting will be SUNDAY, January 28th at 1pm for circle. I'll close up shop at 2:30. ALL are welcome - from tiny tots to venerable elders. One of the goals is to create an activity in which everyone can participate. (Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.)


Reservations for Books & Bottles Private Book Buying Parties Go ON SALE!
Thursday, January 4th @ 10am

Schedule a party for you and 10-20 friends!

*$50 one-time reservation fee
*seasonal, signature cocktails at no charge
*10% off all books purchased during the party

Enjoy a lovely evening of shopping and sipping - in a bookshop that you'll have all to yourselves.
Our staff will help you find books you'll love!

For a list of party dates and drinks, click here for our Books & Bottles page!




1/1/18: Thanks to all of you for another wonderful year in our bookstore. We purchased several large collections and added some interesting and unusual books to our inventory. We helped revive Pineapple Days - a weekend of sidewalk sales - on 14th Street. Together, we raised money for Lincoln's Little Free Libraries, Lincoln High School Theatre, Voices of Hope and many other community organizations. We are eagerly looking forward to 2018, which promises to be a great year of books, events, community, warmth & laughter!


Hot Cider & Calendar Deal!
Saturday, December 30th
10am - 6pm

We'll be serving hot cider all day!

Also, spend $10 on books & get a FREE copy of our 2018 'Books, Cats, Life is Good' calendar!

End 2017 by enjoying some warmth in our cozy bookshop - and begin 2018 with a great calendar!


12/27/17: We have World War II History, Cookbooks, Textile Arts, Graphic Novels - and lots of paperback fiction in perfect condition - this week. On Saturday, we'll be serving hot cider - and you'll get a FREE 2018 'Books, Cats, Life is Good' calendar with a $10 purchase. Come in for some warmth!

12/13/17: We have LOTS of new inventory right now - trying to get books out of our backlog and onto the shelves for the holidays. Don't miss our Holiday Open House on Friday 12/8 & Sat 12/9!

First Friday BOGO
Friday, December 1st
10am - 7:30pm

Get 50% Off
your second most expensive Book!
 Stocking Stuffers & Gifts:

*Buttons *Postcards *Tissue Packs *T-shirts *Blind Date Books *Tote Bags
*All Kind of BOOKS
*Gift Certificates for Any Amount

Also, our  2018 "Cats, Books, Life is Good" Calendars will be for sale!  $7.99 each!


Fall Thank You Tuesday Recipient: Voices of Hope
Voices of Hope's vision is that all victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as their families and communities, receive responsive, empowering services and support that meet their needs, both individual and cultural, through advocacy and education aimed at eliminating recurrence, challenging oppressive social institutions, and reducing violence and oppression.

Their mission reflects this vision. Voices of Hope's mission is to provide crisis intervention, 24-hour-a-day advocacy and case management services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, incest, stalking and related forms of abuse. They also provide presentations for the purposes of citizen awareness and prevention and they offer training opportunities for professionals who work with individuals who have experienced the trauma of relationship violence or sexual abuse.

There are many ways to get involved. You can volunteer, donate, attend events, get on their email list, and speak out for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in our community. You can also become involved by donating items, talents, skills or time to Voices of Hope. To learn how you can help, please visit: Voices of Hope

Small Business Saturday
Saturday, November 25th
10am - 6pm

I'm making gingerbread & sugar cookies!
(It's how I show my love.)
Come enjoy some homemade treats and some hot apple cider.

We'll have decked the halls and we'll have all sorts of Stocking Stuffers & Gifts:

*Buttons *Postcards *Tissue Packs *T-shirts *Blind Date Books *Tote Bags
*All Kind of BOOKS
*Gift Certificates for Any Amount

Also, our  2018 "Cats, Books, Life is Good" Calendars will be for sale!  $7.99 each!


11/18/17: We recently purchased some great Cookbooks and Philosophy Books. They'll be on the shelves soon - but watch New Arrivals for Children's Books, Fiction & History. Also, check our Facebook Page Tuesdays - Fridays for "The Daily Specials," individual books with descriptions.

Shop the Blocks
Thursday, November 16th
5pm - 9pm

Downtown's Premier Shopping Event -
each unique shop will have food, drink and deals!

Come explore bookstores, clothing shops, art stores and boutiques: A Novel Idea Bookstore, Tsuru, Gomez Art Supply, Stella, Hunter/Gatherer, Lincoln Jewelry Co, Footloose & Fancy, Threads, The Black Market, Husker Headquarters, Francie & Finch, Ruby Begonias, Lincoln Running Company & more!

Advance tickets: $7. At the door: $10. Buy your tickets here!

Sign in at 4:30 (or after) at Single Barrel. The after party will start at 9pm back at Single Barrel!

We are bursting at the seams with New Arrivals! So many books, in fact, that we have filled both windows and the "display" case by the front door. Lots of Harry Potter, Literature, Science, History - & all kinds of interesting miscellany!

Stage RIGHT: Benefit for LHS Theatre
First Friday, November 3rd
5pm - 8pm

We're donating 10% of all day's sales to the outstanding Theatre Program at Lincoln High.

Join us from 5pm - 8pm and be entertained by a troupe of costumed actors!

Come out for the Gallery Walk and stop in to support these great kids. We'll also have a donation jar if you'd like to contribute to their "Snack Fund!"



10/21/17: We have a bunch of Vintage Mysteries - favorites like Dorothy Sayers, Agatha Christie & Dashiell Hammett. We also have some collections of comics like Terry & the Pirates and Little Orphan Annie. Check New Arrivals for the latest - but come in to shop for the very best selection!

Book Signing: Karen Heckman Stork,
author of Screw the Eggshells: Finding My Self After Verbal and Emotional Abuse
Tuesday, October 24th
4:30pm - 6:00pm

Stork's memoir is about her 23 years in a verbally & emotionally abusive marriage - fearing the violence might turn physical and wondering about how to be the best mother to her young daughter. She tells of how she extricated herself from that unhealthy situation and found her self.

Trade paperback published by Diamond Beach Press, LLC.
$15.95 + tax.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and a portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to Voices of Hope.



Pumpkin Patch Sale!
Thurs 10/19 - Sat 10/21
10am - 6pm all days

10% - 50% Off Your ENTIRE Purchase!

Pick a pumpkin from the basket - your discount is written on the underside.

Get a discount on everything you buy:
*Tote Bags

Don't miss our biggest sale of the season. Find lots of books to curl up with this Fall!


10/7/17: We have been re-arranging sections again to accommodate more and more Science Fiction/Fantasy and Graphic Novels. We've also had big influxes of Literature, Westerns and the usual miscellany.

We have two new postcard designs: "Go Big Read" & "Read Banned Books." Both feature original artwork by Arden Ellen Nixon. You'll find them, along with our other postcards, in the new display rack near New Arrivals. Postcards are 75 cents each!

Cookie Day!
First Friday, October 6th
10am - 7:30pm

Join us for homemade sweets & apple cider!
*pumpkin chocolate chip
*peanut butter
*chocolate mint
Enjoy these flavors while you browse for books!


10/2/17: We had a huge influx of Science Fiction & Fantasy, as well as Graphic Novels, last week. Stop in to see the new inventory. We also have new displays of Western Americana, Home Comforts, and Mysteries.


Banned Books Week
Tuesday - Saturday, September 25th - 30th
10am - 6pm, all days

Celebrate our fREADom this week!

We'll have displays of commonly banned/challenged books and FREE buttons & temporary tattoos.

Register to WIN:
*a "Reading Rebel" T-shirt
*a $25 Gift Certificate
*a $50 Gift Certificate

No purchase necessary to register. Drawings will be held Saturday, September 30th at 6pm!


9/17/17: Our new "Husker Read" & "Go Big Read!" T-shirts are in!
"Husker Read" is one-sided, white lettering on red crew neck shirt: $14 each.
"Go Big Read" is double-sided, 4-color processing, brick red lettering on cream shirt, super-soft cotton, crew neck: $18 each.
Sizes (both): S, M, L, XL

This week is a "work week." We are diving into our pricing backlog - and you'll see all kinds of new books. Keep your eye on New Arrivals!

First Friday Benefit for
Lincoln's Little Free Libraries
Friday, September 1st
5pm - 7:30pm

Outside our shop, Lincoln's Little Free Library stewards will have FREE stickers, bookmarks, food & drink.

Inside our shop, YOU will get 30% off any books you buy to donate to our  LFL Bin, which the stewards will take to various little free libraries around our community!

Summer Recipient: Center for Legal Immigration Assistance
The Center for Legal Immigration Assistance (CLIA) exists to open doors of equal opportunity to immigrants and refugees by providing quality, affordable immigration related legal services which immigrants have expressed is their number one need. Since opening in 2001, CLIA has helped over 5,000 immigrants and refugees comply with federal immigration laws at little or no cost depending on their income level. Victims of domestic violence are a high priority at CLIA because they are one of the most vulnerable groups in Nebraska. Since 2004, CLIA has helped hundreds of domestic violence victims self-petition for legal protected status and embark on a life of self-sufficiency.

CLIA prioritizes immigrant women who are domestic violence victims. CLIA believes that these women are the most vulnerable immigrant group currently in Lincoln, NE, and in greatest need of a program that does not require them to pay legal fees. The abuse that these victims suffer affects not only their own lives, but also the lives of their children, who frequently witness the abuse. Most of these victims are not eligible for public assistance, experience a major language barrier, and feel trapped and hopeless. Filling out the requisite legal documents for an immigrant victim of crime is labor intensive and most attorneys could not afford to take the required time (at least 20 hours) to serve them pro bono. CLIA, however, serves all of these victims without charge and they enjoy their own prioritized waiting list to ensure that they are all seen for a first consultation with trained staff as quickly as possible.

CLIA is funded through grants, donations, and some client fees - and they charge significantly less than if a person were to go through a private attorney. For more information or to donate directly, please contact Jonathan Rubio, Administrative Assistant, at (402) 471-1777.


8/28/17: We've had some great books on our New Arrivals shelves lately. Many of them have already sold, including a leather bound copy of Les Miserable, a copy of Jane Austen's Letters bound in floral print silk, an oversize clothbound book of art prints published in Japan in 1971, a biography of Bismarck published in 1897 and an impressively huge Atlas of the Civil War. Be sure to follow us on Facebook to receive notifications when we post new photos of New Arrivals!

Go Big Read - Welcome Back to School!
Tuesday - Saturday, August 22nd - 26th

Get a FREE $5 Gift Card
for every $20 you spend on books/merchandise!

Gift cards are good through the end of September and can be used on books or bookstore swag!

Spend $40 - get 2 $5 gift cards!
Spend $80 - get 4 $5 gift cards!
Spend $140 - get 7 $5 gift cards!
You get the idea...

Now is a great time to buy Easton Press & Folio Society books!



8/18/17: Welcome back to school! We are excited to have the area college students back in town. We have LOTS of new inventory & we're running a special all next week.

Ghosts of Lincoln Bus Tours
Ticket Launch
Monday, August 14th

8:30am - FREE coffee & donut holes for the line
10:00am - doors open

Visit Ghosts of Lincoln for tour dates and ticket prices.
Have a representative for your group purchase tickets on 8/14.

Although we will sell tickets over the telephone (purchase with credit card), we only have a single phone line. The line stays busy most of the day. It's better to send someone to the shop.

We continue to work through our pricing backlog, which means lots of new inventory to browse. In addition to our normal New Arrivals section, we have temporarily converted the display space by the front door into storage for more new inventory!

Shell Game - Pick Your Discount!
First Friday, August 4th
10:00am - 7:30pm

Pick a shell from our sand pail -
your discount is written on the underside:
10% - 50% off your ENTIRE PURCHASE!

Join us for some Summer fun & get Great Books!



7/30/17: We have been turning over our New Arrivals shelf a bunch this summer - so you'll find new books in all sections. We have also purchased a couple collections of Graphic Novels, so Kat re-arranged the Sci-Fi/Fantasy section and GN section to better accommodate them.

20% Off ALL American History!
First Friday, July 7th
10:00am - 7:30pm

Western Americana, General Am Hist, American Military History & US Presidents!

Stop in for a big discount & learn about the U.S.A.!




6/10/17: Thespian Week is coming up soon - and we are working our way through our pricing backlog, doing new window displays, and sprucing up, in general!

Pineapple Days on 14th Street!
Friday, June 9th & Saturday, June 10th
10:00am - 6:00pm both days

Come to our neighborhood on Friday & Saturday - we're reviving an old downtown small business tradition:

Check out sidewalk sales and in shop deals/drawings at all the cool shops on our block!

At the bookstore, we'll have tables of books outside - and we'll have a FREE drawing each day.
*FRIDAY DRAWING: A leather bound copy of The Sea Wolf
*SATURDAY DRAWING: A leather bound copy of Treasure Island


6/6/17: Last week, we bought a collection. 50 boxes of books. Many Easton Press and Folio Society. We have been filling and re-filling our New Arrivals section constantly, it seems. Stop in for a look soon.

Spring Recipient: Lost Pets of Lancaster County & ShelterMe Nebraska
We help owners reunite with their lost animals!!

What we do:

  • We offer a free service to help owners reunite with  their lost animals

  • Our website is www.LostPetsofLancasterCounty.org

  • Our website offers tips/pointers to help

  • We've helped over 2500 animals be reunited!!!

How you can help:

  • Like our facebook page Lost Pets of Lancaster County

  • Share the posts of lost animals

  • Offer to help hand out flyers for the owners

  • Offer to help search for lost animals (we will train you)

ShelterMe Nebraska is a foster network that houses the animals of victims of domestic violence in order for them to escape the violence.

Why it matters:

  • 71% of pet-owning women entering women's shelters reported that their abuser had injured, maimed, killed or threatened family pets for revenge or to psychologically control victims.

  • Up to 65 percent of domestic violence victims are unable to escape their abusers because they are concerned about what will happen to their pets when they leave.

What you can do:

  • Like and share our facebook page: ShelterMe Nebraska

  • Have the difficult discussion about what domestic violence is and how it affects each of us, our families, our friends, and our pets.



Pick Your Discount!
Friday, May 12th
10:00am - 6:00pm

Pick a handmade tissue paper flower from our bouquet - the discount on your entire purchase is written on the ribbon tied to the stem!

Get 10% - 50% Off Everything You Buy!
Shop for Mother's Day!

This is one of those fun things we do because we can. Katherine has made a variety of flowers - and you can keep the one you pick!

5/9/17: Lots of New Arrivals lately including Children's Books, Cookbooks, Graphic Novels, Manga, Science Fiction/Fantasy & History. Be sure to check your favorite sections when you're in. Sometimes, we bypass the New Arrivals shelf in a hurry to get books put away!

All Day Sweet Soiree!
First Friday, May 5th
10:00am - 7:30pm

Join us for free lemonade and homemade cookies. We'll be serving four kinds of cookies:

*peanut butter, chocolate mint, lemon & snickerdoodles

Enjoy a sweet treat while you browse for books & celebrate Spring!

4/24/17: We are working on a new collection of Film & Photography books. Most of the Film books are priced and are on New Arrivals. Photography - Sally Mann, Jock Sturges, etc - will be out soon.

Spring Sidewalk Sale!
Wednesday, April 19th -
Saturday, April 22nd
10am - 6pm, all days

Books on tables outside at bargain prices.
Saturday is "Dollar Day" - everything left sells for $1 each.

Sale books cannot be placed on hold.

This Spring, we are sweeping through our shelves, clearing the way for new inventory - which means great book deals for you!

First Friday: 30% off All Cooking & Gardening!
Friday, April 7th
10am - 7:30pm

We *just* got a bunch of great Cookbooks - and a few weeks ago, a lot of wonderful Gardening Books came in!

We are celebrating Spring - the planting of seeds, pots of blooming beauty, the backyard BBQ - all things possible with the return of warmer weather. Come find some books to inspire you in this new season!

4/5/17: We just bought a great batch of Cookbooks - Indian, Italian, Baking, Jewish, BBQ, Vegetarian and more!


VOTE for 20% off all Books!
Tuesday, April 4th & Wednesday, April 5th
10am - 6pm both days

We won't ask HOW you voted - that's none of our beeswax - but if you voted in the City Primary, tell us. You'll get a
20% Discount on your ENTIRE purchase!

Help make the decisions that are important to your community!





3/29/17: This week, we have a great selection of Children's & Young Adult books, as well as Manga and Science Fiction & Fantasy books!


3/5/17: We have been busy unpacking a collection of Gardening Books - and you'll find some of them on display by the counter. You'll also find displays of WWI era History & Culture, Nebraska Authors (in honor of the state's 150th anniversary), Children's Books, and Irish History & Culture.


Stage RIGHT - Benefit for LHS Theatre
Friday, March 3rd, 5:30pm - 8:00pm

10% of sales will go to support theater education!

Join us for theatrical hijinx - and to encourage these creative students!





2/16/17: When you stop in, you'll see displays featuring Gardening Books, Children's Books and Early 20th History & Culture. You'll also see a display of books from many different cultures - and our "Hate Has No Home Here" sign.


Book 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.

Published by the University of Missouri Press, this book is a hardcover with dust jacket for $24.95. Copies available for purchase at the event.

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 up later.


1/25/17: 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!

1/16/17: 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!


1/3/17: 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 yourself!

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.


Thank You Tuesday Fall/Winter 2016 Recipient: Produce from the Heart
Produce from the Heart collects donated edible produce from farmers and gardeners across Nebraska and redistribute it to pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and distribution sites. Their goal is to stop the waste of fresh produce and end hunger in Nebraska.


Fast Facts

  • One in five kids in Nebraska may go to bed hungry.

  • 13 million children in America experience hunger (meaning that they frequently skip meals, eat too little, and sometimes go without food for a whole day).

  • Americans throw away 100 billion pounds of food each year. Less than 3% of this waste is recovered.

  • 40% of food in the United States goes uneaten.

  • Food waste accounts for more than one quarter of the total freshwater consumption in the United States. The nation is facing tremendous drought, yet throwing out one pound of chicken wastes more than 450 gallons of water.

  • It's estimated that 10% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the United States comes from producing, transporting, storing, and preparing food that is never eaten.

Volunteers are needed to help harvest apples, squash & potatoes this fall. If you can help - or if you have other questions - please call (402) 304-5710 or email: producefromtheheart@gmail.com. The office is located at 3901 N 27th, Unit #1, Lincoln, NE 68521.


Holiday Open House!

Friday & Saturday
December 9th & 10th
10am - 6pm both days

Join us for cider, cookies, good cheer - and great books!

You'll find stocking stuffers - blind date books, buttons, calendars & postcards. We have LOTS of books for your loved ones to curl up with this Winter.

Receive these gifts:
*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!

12/6/16: 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 any amount!

Small Business Saturday!
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 cookies!


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 best selection.

VOTE 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 vote!



11/6/16: Our shop has a great selection of new inventory - and we have a full slate of great events through the rest of 2016.

Also, our 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 email.


Stage 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 Program.

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 merriment!




10/31/16: 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!)

Don't miss 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!


First 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 & poetry!


9/25/16: We 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!

Banned Books Week!
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!





9/25/16: 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!

25th 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 shop):

*FREE music 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 away.

This event marks the beginning of SowerFest - a weekend of spectacular live music at Duffy's Tavern. Come out and be with old & new friends!


9/6/16: 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 soon!


Benefit & Party for
Lincoln's Little Free Libraries!
Friday, Sept 2nd

Little Free Libraries are tiny houses of free books that are popping up all over Lincoln.

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

Get 30% 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 Libraries.

Strengthen literacy & support your community!

Summer Recipient: Flatwater Shakespeare Company
Flatwater 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!

8/30/16: 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 Gift Card
for every $20 you spend at our bookstore this week!

Spend $40, get 2 FREE $5 Gift Cards! $60? 3 $5 Cards! $300?! 15 $5 Cards!
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 him.

As for 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!


8/11/16: Lots of Young Adult Lit came in this week and we are gearing up for a great Fall of reading, in general!

First Friday Gallery Walk:
Mini Art Show by Isabel Sheesley
Friday, August 5th 6pm - 8pm

Isabel is Cinnamon's 13 year old daughter.
She'll have postcards for sale that evening
and prints available to order.

Nothing over $10!
All proceeds go toward more art supplies - or the college fund.

Join us for lemonade, cookies - and art!





Shell Game - Pick Your Discount!
Friday, July 29th 10am-6pm

Don't miss our big summer sale -
10% - 50% OFF
your entire purchase!

Pick a shell from the pail and see what discount you get!




7/23/16: 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 will follow.
Also, expect to see some wonderful Science Fiction & Fantasy on our shelves soon. Katherine & I are buying a collection this week.

Book 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 Three, visit: our One Book One Lincoln page!


7/18/16: Art, History & Native American Studies books have come in recently - along with lots of Science Fiction favorites like Heinlein & Asimov.

Zoo Fest - Outdoor Music Festival!
Friday, July 8th 5pm-2am
Saturday, July 9th 3pm-2pm

14th Street 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: Zoo Bar Festival Lineup!


7/6/16: 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!

Cookie Day!

Wednesday, July 6th
10:00am - 6:00pm

Join us for FREE homemade cookies and lemonade - a perfect way to ease back into your week after the 4th of July holiday!



6/18/16: 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.

We 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!


6/8/16: 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!

Harry 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!


Spring Thank You Tuesday Recipient: Silicon Prairie Theatre Company
Silicon 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: Silicon Prairie Theatre Company

Meet 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.

Join us 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!



6/2/16: 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.

We are 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 get!


VOTE for 20% OFF your Books!

Tuesday 5/10 (Primary Election Day)
& Wednesday 5/11


We want 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!



5/3/16: 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.


4/27/16: 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!


4/21/16: We bought books from a retired English professor yesterday. Chess, Literature, Science/Culture/History. Expect to see some lovely volumes on our shelves soon!


Spring Pick Your Discount!

Friday 4/15

Pick a flower to keep from our bouquet - your discount is written on a ribbon attached to the stem.

Get 10% - 50% off your ENTIRE purchase!



4/5/16: 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

Friday 4/1

We are donating 10% of all day's sales to benefit the theatre department at LHS, which provides education and quality productions for our community.

Visit us after school to be entertained by a troupe of actors in costume - Stage RIGHT is always a lively evening at the bookstore!


3/22/16: 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 spaces!


3/12/16: 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.


3/3/16: 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!

Thank You Tuesday Winter Recipient: SP CE Commons
SP 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 encouraged."

They can be reached via email at spzzce@gmail.com, on facebook at 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 https://docs.google.com/forms/d/11FaId1BS6BPkWHodJkAYtCxLJXJjrKUio7VkaXK23r0/viewform

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!

Friday 3/5

We have 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 find!


Cinnamon's "Annual" 29th Birthday Sale!
Thursday Feb 11th - Saturday Feb 13th
10am - 6pm, all days

Join us for one of our time-honored (if not accurately marked) occasions! In celebration of Cinnamon's non-birthday birthday, we're offering:

29% OFF the entire store!

We'll have festive birthday decor, chocolates, good music and lots of fun as we celebrate Cinnamon's 29th birthday...again!




2/5/16: 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!


1/20/16: 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!


1/12/16: 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 Sale!
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 service.

"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

On the 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.

*$50 non-refundable reservation fee for the whole group
*All participants MUST be at least 21 years old
*Non-alcoholic options will also be provided

2016 "Books and Bottles" Dates & Drinks
(all parties 6:30pm - 8:00pm)

February 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!


1/2/16: 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 century!


12/16/15: 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 this season!

Holiday Open House
Sat 12/12 10am-6pm
Sun 12/13 1pm-5pm

During our Open House, receive these
FREE gifts:
  *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!



12/7/15: 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!


Fall Recipient: Equality Press
Equality 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:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1165868856/the-silent-sentinels

You can visit Equality Press at www.eqpress.org, or like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/equalitypress .

Shop the Blocks: Downtown's Premier Pre-Holiday Shopping Event

Thursday November 19th

($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 Books!


11/23/15: 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!


11/8/15: 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!

November First Friday
Friday, November 6th
10:00am - 7:30pm

One use per customer, but we'll take the discount off your second most expensive book so you get the best deal!








Pumpkin Patch Sale!
Thursday October 22nd -
Saturday October 24th
10am - 6pm, all days

Pick up a pumpkin from our basket - your discount is written on the underside.

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 expanded!

First Friday Sweet Soiree!
Friday October 2nd
10am - 7:30pm

Homemade Cookies (chocolate-mint, pumpkin chocolate chip, apple spice) and Fresh Apple Cider

Browse 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!

Banned Books Week Celebration!
Tuesday Sept 22nd - Saturday Sept 26th
10am - 6pm all days

*Sidewalk Sale - Books priced as marked
Tuesday - Friday; Saturday $1 each

*FREE "Read Banned Books" button with every purchase (1 per customer, per day)

*Banned Books displays that celebrate our "fREADom!"



9/15/15: 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 new displays!

9/8/15: 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 community!

Little Free Library Benefit
Friday, September 4th
5pm - 8pm

Join us 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!


9/1/15: 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!


Summer Recipient: Flatwater Shakespeare Company
As 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 as Waiting for Godot and 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 be 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 www.flatwatershakespearecompany.org or find them on Facebook.


8/25/15: 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!

Scarlet Days!
Tues August 25th - Sat August 29th

For every $20 you spend on books/book swag, get a:


Good through the month of September!






Ghosts of Lincoln Bus Tours Ticket Launch!
Monday August 17th, 10am - sellout

Get your tickets for the October Ghost Tours! Scott Colborn, tour director, will be here at 8am with donut holes and coffee for the early birds.

For a schedule of tour dates, visit: ghostsoflincoln.com







8/15/15: 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!

7/26/15: 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!

Shell Game - Pick Your Discount
Friday, July 10th 10am-6pm

Pick a shell out of our pail of sand & get

10% - 50% OFF

Celebrate summer with some great reading!



7/3/15: 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.

One Book One Lincoln Discussion
Wednesday, June 17th 7:00pm

This year's One Book One Lincoln selection is Americanah. Join us for coffee, cookies and a great conversation about this book - and the OBOL selection process.

The 2015 runners up are Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel and Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson.

Don't worry 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: Our OBOL page!


6/6/15:  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!

First 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!

Join us during the Gallery Walk and browse for books! It's a great time to shop for Father's Day!




Spring Recipient: The Black Cat House
The 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, and environmentalism.

Their resources include:

  • 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 Contact@theblackcathouse.org.

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.


5/23/15: 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.

5/13/15: 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!

We 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!


"I Voted" for 20% OFF my BOOKS!

Tuesday May 5th & Wednesday May 6th
(General Election)

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 discount!





4/27/15: 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!


Book Signings!

David Frye, author of Contact Sheet: Poems
Friday, May 1st
6:00pm - 7:30pm





Jeff McArthur, author of Two Gun Hart
Saturday, May 2nd
1:30pm - 3:00pm








"I Voted" for 20% OFF my BOOKS!

Tuesday April 7th & Wednesday April 8th
(Primary Election)

Tuesday May 5th & Wednesday May 6th
(General Election)

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 discount!




4/6/15: 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!

First Friday Pick Your Discount!
Friday, April 3rd 10am-7:30pm

Pick a 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!)

Stage RIGHT - A Benefit for Lincoln High School Theatre!
Friday, March 27th 10am-8pm

We 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!

After 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!

March Projects

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.






2/27/15: 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!

Thank You Tuesday Winter Recipient: Common Root Mutual Aid Center
Common 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.

They host weekly events and provide resources available for the community which can be used during any of their events. Resources include:

  • A radical lending library - containing books, documentaries, and movies you would be unlikely to find at most libraries.

  • A public use computer

  • Free meeting space for local radical and progressive groups in line with their mission.

Common 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 out.

The 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 donate@commonroot.net .

2/15/15: 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!

Cinnamon's Annual 29th Birthday!
Thurs, Feb 12th - Sat, Feb 14th
10am-6pm all days

In celebration of my continued delusion about my age,

ALL BOOKS will be 29% OFF!

Join us for birthday candy & great books - and to tell me I don't look a day over 29! :)






2/7/15: 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!

First Friday BOGO!
Friday, February 6th 10am-7:30pm

Buy 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.

A fine time to shop for Valentine's Day!
Leather bound books, Signed books, your favorite romantic novels, History, Mystery - all the treasures of the bookshop!



2/1/15: 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.

1/21/15: 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.

Books & Bottles Reservations Go On Sale!
Wednesday, January 21st @ 10

Each 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 fastest service!

*$50 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

ALL guests must be 21 or over. Parties are held on the First Thursday of each month. For a complete list of dates and featured drinks, please visit: our Books & Bottles page!


1/6/15: 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. Go to: our Books & Bottles page for a listing of drinks and dates!



12/27/14: 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. Go to: our Books & Bottles page for a listing of drinks and dates!

Holiday Open House!
Saturday 12/13, 10am-6pm
& Sunday 12/14, 1pm-5pm

Cider, cookies & good cheer!

Receive these FREE GIFTS when you:

*Spend $35 - 'Cats, Books, Life is Good'
            calendar (regularly $7.99)

*Spend $75 - 'A Novel Idea' zippered
            tote (regularly $15)

Join 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!

12/3/14: 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!

Autumn Recipient: Tabitha Meals on Wheels
Tabitha 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 per-meal cost.

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.nosal@tabitha.org.

Small Business Saturday
Saturday November 29th, 10am-6pm

*Homemade Cookies & Hot Cider
*2015 'Books, Cats, Life is Good' Calendars
*Gift Certificates for any amount

*Notecards, T-shirts, Totes
*Great Books!
*FREE magnets & coloring sheets

Join us for some relaxing holiday shopping. No trampling - just a lovely time in your local bookshop, celebrating hometown business. We appreciate your patronage!

Shop the Blocks: Downtown's Premier Pre-Holhiday Shopping Event

Thursday November 20th

($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:
*In-store discounts at 20 downtown shops
*Leisure Limousine chauffeur service
*Drinks & appetizers
*Shopping Prizes
*Entry into the Single Barrel after party!
Schedule of Events:
4:30-8:00 p.m.
Check-in at the Single Barrel on 10th & P Street.
5:00-9:00 p.m. Stores open late, offering special discounts, samples from local vendors, fun activities and raffle prizes!
9:00 p.m. Single Barrel After Party, prize winners will be announced around 9:15.

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: ANovelIdea118

Veteran's Day & National Vanilla Cupcake Day

Tuesday November 11th

In celebration of both, we'll be serving mini vanilla cupcakes with patriotic icing!

Allan & Bryse will be baking up a storm for us - join us for a sweet treat!



Book Signing: Penn Stewart, author of
Fertile Ground

Friday November 7th
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.

Called 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 anovelideabookstore@yahoo.com

11/3/14: We are working with Facebook to restore our page - it shouldn't take long. Thanks to all of you for your patience!

Good 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 being!)

10/25/14: 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!

Pumpkin Patch Sale
Thurs 10/16 - Sat 10/18
10am - 6pm all 3 Days

Pick a pumpkin from the patch & see what discount you get -

10% - 50% OFF
your entire purchase!

Don't miss our biggest sale of the season!



Book 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.

After 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. Wonderful people.)

10/14/14: 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!

10/7/14: 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!

9/29/14: 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 installed.

Husker 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! ;)

9/6/14: 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!

Look 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.

Stock 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!

Little 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!

Little 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!

9/1/14: 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.

Our 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" T-shirts!

We 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!

Summer Thank You Tuesdays Recipient: The Lincoln Bike Kitchen
The 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 jmock1969@yahoo.com.

Scarlet Days!
Tues, Aug 26th - Sat Aug 30th

This week, we welcome back the Big Red students, faculty, staff & fans!

*Spend $20 in our bookshop & get a FREE $5 gift card that's good through 9/30/14!






Ghosts of Lincoln Bus Tours Ticket Launch!
Monday, August 25th 10am-4pm

Tour dates:
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).

Tickets are $15/each. 50 seats on each tour. Blocks of tickets may be purchased. All tickets need to be pre-paid in order to reserve!

For more information about the 2014 tours, contact Scott Colborn at Ghosts of Lincoln Website

8/24/14: 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!

8/5/14: 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.

Shell 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 purchase!

10% - 50% OFF!

A great time to stock up on beach books or "staycation" reading!



7/30/14: 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.

We 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!

7/23/14: 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 soon!

Zoo Fest!
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!

7/3/14: We'll be closed on the 4th, but open on the 5th! Stock up on great summer reading and enjoy your holiday weekend!

Shelfie Show!
Through June 30th

May is National Photography Month and during that time, we invited customers to take photos of themselves in our bookstore - "shelfies!"

During the month of June, you'll find these photos on 'album pages' all over the first floor. Come see the folks in your bookish community!

Missed the shelfie boat this year? No worries. We'll do this again next year!


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!

Book Discussion
Wednesday, June 11th

The three 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

You DON'T 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!

 6/8/14: 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!

Spring Recipient: Macie's Place Family Resource Center
Macie's Place is a non-profit organization created to help those in need, and to provide resources to help families keep from falling between the cracks. They know that even though you make a paycheck, you may not have extra funding for a new baby, the growth of a child or seasonal clothing. 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 maciesplace.org

Vintage/Pulp Fiction Sale!
Thursday, May 22nd - Saturday, May 24th
10am - 6pm

20% OFF our sections of pulp fiction!

We just acquired 9 boxes of great paperbacks - sultry dames, wayward teens, fast cars...

Come spend 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!

The Cat in the (Hard) Hat
Children's & Young Adult Book Sale!

Fri 5/16 & Sat 5/17
10am - 6pm both days

30% OFF 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!

5/14/14: 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!

This 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!

Cookie Break!
Wednesday May 7th
10am - 6pm

*FREE homemade cookies
*FREE lemonade
*10% off all books

Join us for a mid-week treat. Take your break at our bookshop!

5/4/14: 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!

We 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 what's up!

Spring Sale - Pick Your Discount!
Friday May 2nd
10am - 7:30pm

Pick a handmade paper flower - yours to keep - from our bouquet and see what discount is written on the attached ribbon!10% - 50% OFF!

Use the discount on your entire purchase!
One flower per customer, please.

Help us welcome the new season. Remember, since it's First Friday, we'll be OPEN until 7:30pm!

4/23/14: 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!

We 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!

Stage 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 School.

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!

3/25/14: 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!


Book Signing: Jeff Barnes, author of
The Great Plains Guide to Buffalo Bill
Saturday March 22nd, 1:30pm - 3:00pm

"Jeff 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

*Guide 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 recommended reading

Trade paperback, published 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).

3/18/14: 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!

3/1/14: 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 technique titles).

We've 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!

Winter Recipient: The Arthritis Foundation
The 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 ccollingham@arthritis.org

2/24/14: 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!

Cinnamon's "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!

All BOOKS will be 29% OFF!

Join us for a time-honored (if not accurately marked)
A Novel Idea Bookstore tradition!

Books, birthday candy and a "gracefully" aging owner...


2/12/14: 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.

2/4/14: 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 journeys" display.

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 wait list.

We 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!

Books & 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.

Each party 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 parties 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!

1/1/14: 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 amount.

Fall Thank You Tuesday Recipient: Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra
The 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 concert.

Small Business Saturday!
Saturday, November 30th
10am - 6pm

Support small, local businesses this holiday season! Our shop will be freshly decorated. Come find:

Great gifts & stocking stuffers
Gift certificates
Homemade cookies & hot cider
2014 'Cats, Books, Life is Good' Calendars
FREE magnets
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!

Book 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 look!

Book 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 history.

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.

Trade 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!
Pumpkin Patch Sale
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! :)

Stage 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.

After school, 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.

National Read A Book Day!
Friday, September 6th

In honor of this national celebration of reading, we are offering our customers
30% OFF your entire book purchase!

One 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!

Summer Recipient: 'wet rats' theater company
'wet 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 wetwetrats@gmail.com or call402.646.5268.

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.

Scarlet Days Sidewalk Sale

Mon Aug 26th - Sun Sept 1st

Downtown celebrates the beginning of the fall semester with sales!

Books on tables outside will be priced $1.09 - $6.99 - Sunday is "Dollar Day" - all sale books will be $1 each!

Sale 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 store.

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!

Book Signing: Genevieve Dewey, author of First, I Love You and Second of All

Sunday, July 14th
1:30pm - 3:00pm

Omaha 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 consequences.

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!

Bold 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
*FREE lemonade
*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!

Discussion: 2013 Finalists
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: OBOL Reviews


We'll 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!

Current Recipient: Prescott Park
Prescott 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 www.prescottpark.info

Book 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.

Gavin's fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry appear or are forthcoming in Suicidally Beautiful, Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley, The Bellevue Literary Review, Prairie Schooner, and Solstice. Her poetry chapbook, Intersections, was also published by Main Street Rag. Originally from Illinois, she practiced law in the Denver area and is now a faculty member at Claflin University, where she teaches in the English & Politics and Justice Studies programs. She and her husband live in Columbia, South Carolina with a menagerie of rescued animals.

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!)

We 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!

We are 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!

Shop the Blocks
Thurs May 9th, 4pm-9pm

This is 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!

We'll be 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 shop!

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 emailing anovelideabookstore@yahoo.com. Judy moves to Oregon in a couple of weeks - and she will sign copies requested by our customers before she leaves.

Book Signing: Judy Slater, editor of
So You Dream About Your Dog: Letters to the Pet Dream Analyst

Thursday 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.)

Spring Sidewalk Sale
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!

Thursday, Friday, Saturday: Sale books priced as marked.

Sunday is "Dollar Day" - everything left on the tables outside sells for $1 each!

Sale Hours: 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.

Book Signing: Connie Willis, author of
To Say Nothing of the Dog; All Clear; Blackout

Thursday April 18th, 6:30pm-8:00pm

Connie Willis 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 the event.
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!

Come 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!

Book Signing: Sunday March 24th, 1:30pm-3:00pm
Barbara Schmitz, author of
Path of Lightning: A Seeker's Jagged Journey

Author & 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 prefer.

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!

Many 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.

This 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.

Winter Thank 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: LHS Theatre!

Save the 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.

2/18/2013: We are SOLD OUT of our 2013 calendars. Watch for them in November when we'll release our 2014 calendar!




Cinnamon's "Annual" 29th Birthday Party!
Thursday 2/14 - Sunday 2/17

In honor of Cinnamon's continued delusion about her age,

           29% OFF!

It's our 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!

Books, Birthday Candy & a "Gracefully" Aging Owner...please join us!

Sale hours: Thurs 10am-8pm
          Friday 10am-6pm
        Saturday 10am-6pm
         Sunday  1pm-5pm


2/7/13: We 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 of fun!

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 Literature.

Stage RIGHT!
Friday, 1/25
10am - 7/30pm

Don't miss our 4th annual event in support of Lincoln High School Theatre!

We are 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.

After school, our store will be graced by thespians in costume. Theatrical antics, youthful enthusiasm & fun - come out in support of theater education!

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 favorite place!


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!

Thanks to all of you for your continued patronage & support. We look forward to seeing you in 2013!

Holiday Open House
Saturday, 12/15 & Sunday, 12/16
5pm - 9pm

Cider, 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!

12/9/12: 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!

Fall Thank You Tuesday Recipient: The Friends of The Ross
Organized 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 - please visit: 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 Business Saturday!

Shop the Blocks!
Thursday, November 15th
5pm - 9pm

Downtown's signature shopping event! Get your all-access pass from Downtown Lincoln Association!

You'll 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 holidays!

Book 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.

John 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.

Pumpkin Patch Sale!
Thursday 10/18 - Sunday 10/21

Pick your discount!

Pick a 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 soon!

A Novel Idea Bookstore's
21st Birthday Party at The Ross!

Thursday, September 20th
Party @ 5:30, Film @ 7:00


*Appetizers from Grateful Greens

*Cash Bar

*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!

Help us 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!

Book 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 fascinating story.

Trade paperback. $14.99 each.

Thank You Tuesday
Summer 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: The Lincoln Underground

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!

Husker 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 - $4.99

Sunday 8/26 is 'Dollar Day' - all sale books left will sell for $1 each!



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 Sale'!

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!

Book Discussion
Tuesday, June 19th at 7pm

Join us to discuss this year's three Finalists:

*The Tower, the Zoo and the Tortoise
*The Submission
*Destiny of the Republic:
A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

Read my reviews here: One Book, One Lincoln

Come learn 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!

Book 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.

Summer 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.
The Cat in the (Hard) Hat
Children's Book Sale!

Thurs 5/24 - Sun 5/27

Join us for a celebration of Children's Books - and find some bargains!
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!

*Displays of Children's Books throughout the store!

*FREE 'The Cat in the (Hard) Hat' coloring sheets & crayon packs for the kids!

Spring 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.

Book 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 story.
                          In the Chuska Mountains of the Navajo Nation, a solitary man   awakes 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 forever.

Trade paperback, $19.95. Reserve copies by calling us at (402) 475-8663.

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!

Spring Sidewalk Sale!
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!

Shop the Blocks
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.

We'll be serving wine & cheese - and offering a 20% discount on Cooking, Food & Wine books. Register for drawings for tote bags and plantable paper notecards!

Your 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 Shop the Blocks!

Two Poets' Book Signing:
Denise Banker, author of Swimming the Colorado
and Todd Robinson, author of Note at Heart Rock

Tuesday, April 17th 4:30pm-6pm

Denise 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.
Swimming the Colorado, published by Empty Bowl Press. $16

Todd 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." - Steve Langan
Note at Heart Rock, published by Main Street Rag Press. $11

Call (402) 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.

Nebraska Book Festival
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!

Book Signing: Jeff Barnes, author of
The Great Plains Guide to Custer: 85 Forts, Fights and Other Sites

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 pick up.

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!

Book 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!

Thank 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: TeamMates

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 have!

Cinnamon's "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   purchase!
*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 look...ha ha!
(Yes - that's actually me in the photo...28 years ago...)

Stage 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!

Shop for 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!

One 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.

We'll enjoy coffee & cookies while we chat about this wonderful book. The conversation is sure to span topics like family, health-care & Ethiopian history.

Whether or 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!

For more 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...)

Happy Holidays!
We'll be OPEN through the season, except for Christmas day & New Year's Day.

Shop for:
*'A Novel Idea' T-shirts (2 kinds!)
*Plantable Paper Notecards
*'A Novel Idea' Tote Bags
*BOOKS for everyone on your list!
Gift Certificates ($25+ come in plantable paper sleeves)

and...get FREE
*Coloring sheets & crayons for the kids
*Holiday magnets

We love being a part of your holiday traditions - best wishes from our family to yours!

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.

Holiday Open House
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!
We'll have:

*Homemade cookies
*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!

Book 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.

Copies are $16.95 each. Purchase at the event - or call (402) 475-8663 to reserve copies.

Just in time for the holidays - this is a great gift for kids or adults!

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!

Fall 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 Artists' Guild.

Small Business Saturday!
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 phone!

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 Thanksgiving!

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!

SHOP the BLOCKS - Downtown Holiday Retail Event!
Thursday, November 17th 5pm - 9pm

Get your $5 ticket to great discounts at Downtown Lincoln Association!

We'll serve 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!

Shop Tsuru, 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!

Book 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 Mrs. Noah 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.

Copies of 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.

Book 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!

The Moaning Rocks and Other Stories includes the 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) 475-8663.

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.

Pumpkin Patch Sale!
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!

Join us 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. Exciting!

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...

Celebrate 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!

*20% off ALL BOOKS!
*Drawings for SIGNED 1st Editions, tote bags & notecards every hour
*A bit of "bookstore swag" for everyone

Our time in Brownville has been wonderful. Join us for a satisfying closure of this chapter - and a look forward to the rest of our bookselling story!

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!

Brownville's 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.

The tent 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!

20th Anniversary Celebration!
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 & Leatherbound books
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 you!

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!

Summer Thank You Tuesday Recipient: William G. Lauer Foundation
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!
 Husker 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 Johann Marbach.

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 in!

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 and honky-tonk.

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 here: 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 shop!

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 Billy 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 Aerosmith, funny 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
Spring Recipient: 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 Young Children.

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: Brownville 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 us!

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 window displays!

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 magical place.

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: Brownville 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 window displays!

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 Lincoln 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 Lincoln Local!

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!

Winter Thank You Tuesday Recipient: Nebraska Writers Collective
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 director@newriters.org 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
(Lincoln store)
In honor of Cinnamon's continued delusion about her age, all books will be 29% off!

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 window displays!

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!

"Stage 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!

1/11/2011: 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 10!

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 gift ideas!

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 shelves!

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!

Fall Thank You Tuesday Recipient: Prescott 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 Night
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 project, too! 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 organizations.



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!

BOOK SIGNING (Lincoln Store): Wednesday, October 27th 4:30pm-6:00pm
Katherine Leiner, author of Growing Roots: The New Generation of Sustainable Farmers, Cooks, and Food Activists

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 from.

 (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
Come 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, please visit 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 spend $10.

Brownville: Fall Flea Market!  Saturday, Sept 25 & Sunday, Sept 26
Join 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 to schedule!

Summer 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 ember.schrag@gmail.com or call (402)217-4309.

8/23/2010 week: 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 week, too!

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 non-fiction!

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 music!

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 this week...

7/23/2010: (Brownville) Friday, Brownville Merchants Summer Street Party
A 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 Five Discussion

The top 5 books for the One Book, One Lincoln community reading program have been announced. Read our reviews here!

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 titles/authors!

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!

6/1/10: 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 venue!)

Thank You Tuesday March-May
Spring 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 contact@lincolncommunityconcertband.org

Saturday, May 29 - Monday, May 31: Spring Flea Market in Brownville

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!

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 this Summer!

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 the truck...

Friday, April 23 - Sunday, April 25 in Brownville
Come celebrate literature, food, music, & wine in historic Brownville!
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 Arrivals" photos!

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!

3/13/2010: Joel Williamsen Book Signing (Lincoln Store)
We were pleased to host Joel Williamsen for a book signing - and look forward to his next visit to our store in August!
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 her!

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 selections!

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!

Our 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 or kim.hachiya@gmail.com

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 heart-shaped box!

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
"Theater 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 Arrivals!

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 comfortable browse!

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. Stay tuned!

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 season!

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 Playing...ante up!

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 gift certificates!

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!

Our 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 all people with disabilities. The program's emphasis is on the capability, productivity and creativity of 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!)

Throughout 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 Brownville, NE.
All pieces are available for purchase. Beautiful gifts for your bookish friends! Prices range from $15 - $35 each.

11/14/2009 Sat: 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!

11/2/2009: 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 section!

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 paperbacks!

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!

10/15/2009: Black 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' Almanac.
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!

10/2/2009 "Noodles & 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!

9/30/2009: One 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 weeks!

9/22/2009: 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!

Our 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 headwaythis week!

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 time!

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!

Thursday, August 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 more information!

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 History...stop in!

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 www.communitycrops.org 

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 Books!
Eddy & Padric have a new scratching post. Everybody's happy.

5/13/2009: 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. Come visit!

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 Schmitz.

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 trip!

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!

4/5/2009: 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 Brownville!

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 hosting!

3/18/2009: 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 counter! 

Friendly Fund Raising Competition to Choose Our New Shop Cat!

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 wins!

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 new bookseller!

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 Guinness!

Winter 2008/2009 Thank You Tuesday Recipient

Our winter 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 Lincoln Arts Council online.

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)
Silas graced our presence for 14 years...bringing us joy, warmth,
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. Ask us.)

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 heart-shaped box!

2/12-2/15 2009: Cinnamon's "Annual" 29th Birthday Sale!
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 window!

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!

1/20/2009: 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 Tapes!

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 bulletins, too!



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 opening now!

Holiday 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!

12/8/2008: We have new Art, Signed books, Cookbooks & lots of new fiction. 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 Weekend!
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!

12/1/2008: 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
Our 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 holiday season!

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 certificates inside!

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 stuff!

11/05/2008: Last week saw an influx of Science Fiction, Literature, Children's Books & all kinds of History. Stock up for Winter and get some holiday gift ideas!

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!

10/18/2008: Scott 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.

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!

10/15/2008: One Book, One Lincoln Discussion Lincoln Store
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 Brownville Blog!

10/9/2008: 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, Discussions...Join us!

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  MySpace site.

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 books!

 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, photography, fantastic! 

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 1/2 price!

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 your calendar:
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 gear!

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 unpack.

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 coming.

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!

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 next week.

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 out!

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 the counter!

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 passing year.

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 usual.

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 family.

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 more info!

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 fantastic condition.

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 better!

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 great?!

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 Ages. 

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!

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 writers.

 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 valued!

 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 you!

 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 heart's content!

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 ideals.

 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 literary bus"! 

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 SALE!
Hardcover, Trade Paperback, Paperback Books put out daily!
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!


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 love!

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 to celebrate!

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 Clorox...

 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 Justin's lap.

 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 were destroyed.

 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.


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, Justin!)

 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 Solitude.

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 shelf.

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!

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!


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 daily.)

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 counter...

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 jokes.

 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 of books.

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 search party!

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 month!  

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 new Eastern

Philosophy published by Shambhala.  Lots of new fiction, too!  

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 week.

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!):
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 hands!


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 section.

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 the rest)

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 being there.

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 Lincoln, Nebraska.

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, guys!

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 the AC.

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 cookbooks.

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 repartee... :)

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 first editions!

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 next year!

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: spiritofbrownville@alltel.net

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 inventory.

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 looking good!

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 you're in!

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 editions.

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 wine...)

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, Thai, Vegetarian.

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, doesn't it?!

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 shopping!

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 stuff existed?!)

New books are hitting the shelves EVERY DAY. See you soon!

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 days.

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 cool...) M,L,XL,XXL,XXXL

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 days.

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 eastern philosophy.

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 back.

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 highlights.

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 inventory.

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 process!

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 Jamm.

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 interior design.

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 treasures!

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 summer!

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 breakfasts early!

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 new stuff!

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 now!

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 trip!

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 irrepressible.

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 new arrivals!

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 DISH! :)

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% off!

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 rewarded! :)

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 arrivals!

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 Children's Museum!



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 good book!

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 Holiday Shopping!

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 new books.

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 the shop!

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 come downtown.

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 here.

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 doing fine.

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 fort.

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 customers... :)

 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 will, too.

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.

Our Gift Certificates are available for any amount, never expire and are good on all books & merchandise in our store. All Gift Certificates are written by hand. Gift Certificates of $25 or higher value come in a beautiful sleeve of handmade paper embedded with wildflower seeds, which can be planted in a sunny spot.

"If you have a library and a garden,
you have everything you need.
" ~ Cicero

We are happy to send Gift Certificates directly to all the people on your list. To order, please call (402) 475-8663, email us or visit our Gifts for Book Lovers page.