Bookish Happenings in November 2018

Here are bookish happenings for November! And with enough time that you can plan for them! 😛 I’ll share with you exciting bookish events such as new releases, movie releases related to books, holidays, conferences, and others. I can’t get everything, but hopefully you enjoy the information I have provided. 🙂

Release dates are for the book/movie in the United States, so it may not be accurate if you’re living in another country.

Links to Amazon are affiliate links, other links are just for your convenience. 🙂

Movie Releases

(images from imdb.com)

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November 2- Boy Erased
November 2 – The Nutcracker
November 9 – The Girl in the Spider’s Web
November 9 – The Grinch
November 16 – Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
November 16 – Widows
November 21 – The Front Runner
November 23 – Becoming Astrid
November 30 – If Beale Street Could Talk

Book Releases

(The Novel Knight keeps track of pre-order swag here.)

November 6

Archenemies by Marissa Meyer (Book 2 of Renegades)
Empress of All Seasons 
by Emiko Jean
Frozen Reign by Kathryn Purdie (Book 3 of Burning Glass)
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie Dao
Umbertouched by Livia Blackburne (Book 2 of Rosemarked)

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November 13

The Storyteller by Traci Chee (Book 3 of The Reader)

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November 16

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald by J.K. Rowling (Book 2 in Fantastic Beasts the Original Screenplay)
Merciless by Tamara Leigh (Book 1 in The Age of Conquest)

fantastic merciless

November 20

Art Matters by Neil Gaiman

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Events

All Month – National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)
All Month – National Family Literacy Month
All Month – Picture Book Month
November 1 – National Family Literacy Day
November 1 – Author’s Day
November 3 – Buckeye Book Fair
November 3 – Rochester Children’s Book Festival
November 3 – York Book Festival
November 6 – National Non-Fiction Day
November 10 – Portland Book Festival
November 10 – Louisiana Book Festival
November 12-17 – Kentucky Book Festival
November 15 – I Love to Write Day
November 17 – Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading
November 18 – High Five a Librarian Day

Let me know if you go to any of these events, I’d love to hear about them! What bookish happenings are you most looking forward to?

❤ Annette

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Bookstores and Libraries I’ve Always Wanted to Visit

This post is part of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

The top ten bookstores or libraries that I want to visit are:

  1. Library of Congress – To be honest, this is probably the only one that was already on my someday list. The one day I had in Washington DC was a Sunday, so the Library of Congress was closed, which was a huge disappointment. I’ll make it there one day though!
  2. Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregon – The country’s biggest independent bookstore. I’d be a sad bookworm if I didn’t get to visit this one some day.
  3. New York Public Library on 5th Ave, New York, New York – You know, the one with the lion statues outside. (After some Googling, I now know these lions are named Patience and Fortitude, which is pretty cool.) Anyways, the New York Public library has always held a sort of gleam for me. And I was quite jealous of my friend who got to use the library regularly while she lived in New York.
  4. The Seattle Public Library – This library looks architecturally really cool. Plus, I sort of just want to go to Seattle. 😛 Arizona is finally at a managable temperature, but I know it won’t last long! Seattle would be a nice break.
  5. Central Library at Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico – This library looks SO COOL! I can’t imagine how much information and culture is there to soak up! (Fun fact – I almost studied abroad in Mexico until my university changed its programs.)
  6. Vatican Library – I’ve been to St.  Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museum, but not the Vatican Library. To be honest, I’m not even sure that’s a place the public can go? Regardless, it would be an amazing place to visit!
  7. Singing Wind Bookshop, in Benson, Arizona – This bookstore sounds… interesting. But as an Arizonan book lover, I would be remiss if I never made it here.
  8. Strand Book Store in New York, New York – Apparently this place has 18 miles of books! I’d love to get lost in this place.
  9. The Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale, Arizona – It’s totally possible that I’ve been here before – but I don’t remember so I guess I’ll just have to go again! They’re relatively local to me and have a lot of great events.
  10. The Well Read Moose in Couer d’Alene, Idaho – My friend visited this place and can’t stop gushing about it. It’s now her top favorite spot, probably ever, which means it would definitely be something up my alley!

As I did research for this post, I realized that I have been to some pretty cool libraries and bookstores already. If you want to see pictures of one of my favorites, you can check out that post here. Hopefully I’ll share some of my other literary journeys soon!

What libraries and bookstores are on your list? Any that I need to add to mine?

❤ Annette

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Bookish Happenings in October 2018

So sorry for the unexpected month-long hiatus on blog posts! I’m working to make sure I have enough posts queued that that doesn’t happen again! 🙂 For now, here is an almost finished post on the bookish happenings in October. Not all links/pictures/etc. are present, but I wanted to get you the information while at least half of it was still relevant!

Here are bookish happenings for October! I’ll share with you exciting bookish events such as new releases, movie releases related to books, holidays, conferences, and others. I can’t get everything, but hopefully you enjoy the information I have provided. 🙂

Release dates are for the book/movie in the United States, so it may not be accurate if you’re living in another country.

Links to Amazon are affiliate links, other links are just for your convenience. 🙂

Movie Releases

(images from imdb.com)

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October 12 – First Man
October 12 – Goosebumps 2
October 19 – Galveston
October 19 – The Hate U Give
October 26 – London Fields

Book Releases

(NovelKnight has a fantastic list of pre-order incentives here.)

October 2

9 from the Nine Worlds by Rick Riordan
Boneless Mercies by April Tucholke
Clash of Beasts by Lisa McMann (Book 3 of Going Wild)
The Darkdeep by Allie Condie and Brendan Reichs
Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd
The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee
The Last Wish of Sasha Cade by Cheyanne Young
The Lost Sisters
 by Holly Black (Book 1.5 of the Folk of the Air series)
Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo
A Map of Days by 
Muse of Nightmares
by Laini Taylor (Book 2 of Strange the Dreamer)
Shadow of the Fox 
by Julie Kagawa
The Spy with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke (Book 2 of Balloonmakers)

October 9

Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore
Bridge of Clay by Markus Zuzak
The Devil’s Thief by Lisa Maxwell (Book 2 of The Last Magician)
Save the Cat! Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody

October 16

Ogre Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine (Book .5 of Ella Enchanted)
Wind Rider by P. C. Cast

October 23

A Brand New Ending by Jennifer Probst (Book 2 of Stay)
Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas (Book 7 of Throne of Glass)
One Giant Leap by Heather Kaczynski
Not Quite Over You
by Susan Mallery (Book 4 of Happily Inc.)

October 30

Crush by Svetlana Chmakova (Book 3 of Awkward)
The Darkest Star by Jennifer Armentrout

 

September 25

The Caged Queen by Kristen Ciccarelli (preorder swag details here)
For a Muse of Fire
 by Heidi Heilig (preorder swag details here)
Give the Dark My Love by Beth Revis (Book 1 in the Give the Dark My Love series)
The Princess in Black and the Science Fair Scare by Shannon Hale (Book 6 in The Princess in Black series)
Sadie by Sarah Price (Book 3 in the An Amish Fairytale series)
Unleashed by Donna Kauffman (Book 1 in the Hamilton Christmas series)
Unstoppable Moses by Tyler Smith
Vengeful by V.E. Schwab (preorder swag details here)

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Events

(There are so so so many going on this month that there’s no way I could list them all! Here are just some.)

October 1 – Scotiabank Giller shortlist announced
October 5 – World Teacher Day
October 5-7 – National Story Telling Festival (Jonesborough, TN)
October 6 – Mad Hatter Day
October 6 – Collingswood Book Festival (Collingswood, NJ)
October 7 – Dead Poets Remembrance Day
October 7-13 – Teen Read Week
October 7-13 – Alaska Book Week
October 10 – National Book Award finalists announced
October 12-13 – Morristown Festival of Books (Morristown, NJ)
October 12-14 – Southern Festival of Books (Nashville, TN)
October 12-14 – Burlington Book Festival (Burlington, VT)
October 13 – Twin Cities Book Festival (St. Paul, MN)
October 13 – Boston Book Fest (Boston, MA)
October 13-14 – Seattle Antiquarian Book Festival
October 16 – National Dictionary Day
October 21-27 – National Friends of Libraries Week
October 25 – Kirkus Prize winners announced
October 26-27 – HallowRead (Ellicott City, MD)
October 30 – Talk Like Jane Austin Day

What bookish happenings are you most looking forward to?

❤ Annette

The Ultimate Fall Bookish Bucket List

It’s still hitting 100° F almost every day here (ick), but I’m trying to get into the fall (autumn) spirit! Here’s a list of bookish things to do before fall is over!

  1. Make (crochet, knit, etc.) a Harry Potter house scarf
  2. Curl up with a pumpkin spice latte (or any fall drink) and a good book
  3. Read a fall-themed book
  4. Dress up as a book character for Halloween
  5. Have book club around a bonfire
  6. Take a walk while listening to an audiobook
  7. Read a spooky novel/thriller
  8. Light a candle to read next to
  9. Build a blanket fort to read inside of!
  10. Make a fleece blanket for cozy reading
  11. Read a novel with a supernatural character
  12. Make butterbeer
  13. Make an autumn recipe from your favorite book
  14. Find a new bookstore
  15. Read a book about football
  16. Carve a pumpkin with a bookish theme/character
  17. Make autumn decorations out of books pages
  18. Find a new coffee shop
  19. Buy a used book
  20. Learn archery (because so many book characters know how, why shouldn’t you?)
  21. Donate books you don’t need/want anymore
  22. Do a fall photo shoot for Bookstagram
  23. Attend a library hosted program
  24. Have a picnic! When you’re full, lay down and relax with a good book
  25. Find out of there is a free little library near you
  26. Make a list of books you are thankful for
  27. Go antiquing and find a vintage book
  28. Create a 3D pumpkin out of book pages
  29. Create a kindle cover out of an old sweater
  30. Read about a fall holiday (such as Dia de los Muertos, Oktoberfest, etc.)

Which one are you most excited to do? What should I add to this list?

❤ Annette

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Book Review: Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman and Skottie Young

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Summary

This is a middle grade graphic novel. The father of two children goes out to get milk so they can have their cereal and tea for breakfast, but he takes a really long time to get back. So, over breakfast, he tells them the tale of what happened that made him take so long.

What I Liked

  • This was sort of a fun story. It involves many different settings (like pirate ship, alien spaceship, etc.) and time periods. It’s exactly the sort of story you would want to make up if you’re camping under the stars or trying to distract your child from a storm. It was intriguing and unpredictable, especially since it involved time travel.
  • I just love that graphic novels are now a thing for all ages. I think they’re important to reach those who otherwise might not read at all. (I know this isn’t specific to this book, but I wanted to mention it anyway.)

What I Didn’t Like

  • At one point the father comes across ancient gods and interacts with them in some capacity. Depending on your religion or your child’s knowledge of such things, this might not be a good book for them. (Like, if they’re already reading Percy Jackson, they’ll probably be fine. But if you’re reading it to a younger crew who doesn’t quite get the concept yet, maybe not.)
  • How safe is that milk?? I read this book right after I read Fast Food Nation, so my food-safety brain was very concerned about the germs this adventurous milk must have acquired! 😛

In Conclusion

If you have a reluctant middle grade reader, you’re an adult who loves a whimsical story, or you have curious children who love hearing stories, this might be the book for you.

Find it on: Goodreads | Amazon (affiliate link)

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1 year ago: Book Review: Undeniably Chosen by Shelly Crane

Fall Drinks to Enjoy with a Good Book

What better way to enjoy fall/autumn than to curl up with a yummy drink and a good book? Or, since it’s still in the 90s where I live, a fall-themed iced drink and a good book? Here are ten of my favorite drinks that remind me of fall.

  1. Pumpkin Spice Latte
    A pretty obvious classic. I’ve been getting this is frappuchino form – the taste of fall but the coolness needed for relief from the outdoors.
  2. Caramel Apple Spice
    I think this only exists at Starbucks. It’s like a hot apple cider with caramel added. If you don’t like caffeine (or don’t want to give your kids caffeine) this is a popular choice.
  3. Apple Cider
    The best apple cider I’ve ever had can be bought at a random roadside stand along Oak Creek in Arizona. But if you can’t get to that, many grocery stores will start selling more commercial brands that area also quite yummy. I prefer them cold, but I’m sure either one is delicious.
  4. Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate
    I used to really like this one, but I’ve moved away from it over the years. It’s like a hot chocolate, but with an edge. It’s very rich though, so be warned!
  5. White Mocha
    This is really a year-round favorite (I like super sugar drinks, especially if they have caffeine), but if I had to assign it a season, I’d assign it fall.
  6. Chai Tea Latte
    The cinnamon/ginger/clove/cardamom flavor reminds me very much of fall. I prefer this drink hot and with milk, but I know friends who like iced chai or chai with a shot of espresso.
  7. Mexican Hot Chocolate
    To my knowledge, this is just hot chocolate with cinnamon. Anything with cinnamon very much reminds me of fall. This particular one also reminds me of Dia de los Muertos, which occurs in the fall.
  8. Caramel Mocha
    This is probably my favorite drink at McDonalds. It’s super rich and crazy sweet, so make sure you’re prepared for that! It still has a coffee taste, but with enough caramel and chocolate that it goes down smooth. This reminds me of different fall road trips I’ve taken.
  9. Salted Caramel White Mocha
    If salted caramel is in season, try this drink! It’s amazing! It’s another super sweet drink though, so if that’s not your thing, you probably won’t like this one. I like it because there are so many flavors involved in it that your tongue does a little happy dance trying to process it all.
  10. Root Beer
    This has enough of a spice-based flavor that it also reminds me of fall.

What’s your favorite fall/autumn themed drink? (Or, if your part of the world is experiencing spring, what drink are you enjoying right now?) I love reading a good book with a great drink on hand.

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❤ Annette

Month in Review – August 2018

Another paltry reading month, but I’m ready to go into September full force! Here’s a summary of my bookish activity for this month. I will be linking up to https://thebookdate.wordpress.com/.

August MIR

Total Books Read: 2

Books Read

(The links below are affiliate links to Amazon.)

Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter

Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Vol 2 by Stephenie Meyer and Young Kim

Book Formats

Hardcover – 2

Book Genres

Young Adult – 1
Graphic Novel – 1

New to Me Authors

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Top Book for August

Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Vol 2 by Stephenie Meyer and Young Kim

 

I hope you had a great reading month! Let me know the favorite thing you read that month.

 

❤ Annette

 

1 Year Ago: Month in Review – August 2017

New on the Stack August 2018

What happened to August? Didn’t it just start? Yikes!

Sorry about the sudden two week hiatus from blog posts. I got sick and just didn’t have the energy to blog. Hopefully I’ll get back on track for y’all soon! Anyways, here are the books I picked up last month. Next to each book I give a short explanation why I chose to pick up that particular book. (Clicking on the picture of each book will take you to the book’s Amazon page, through an affiliate link.)

Purchased Physical Book

Scooby-Doo y el Barco Hundido by James Gelsey (Scooby-Doo and the Sunken Ship)

Next in the series!

White Christmas by Jody Rosen

I know a little of the story behind the song and the composer (Irving Berlin), but would like to know more.

Won Book

The Problem with Forever by Jennifer Armentrout

I “won” this by completing my library’s summer reading program! And to be honest, a free book is an excellent prize!

The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty

I won this one on Goodreads! I won a book a long long time ago before I understood how the giveaways worked (and ended up with a weird book, tbh), but this is the first one I’ve won that I’ve actively tried to get! It looks soooo pretty.

 

What books did you add to your stack in August?

❤ Annette

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1 Year Ago: New on the Stack in August 2017

1991: The Year in Books

Today’s my birthday! 🎉 To celebrate, I thought it would be fun to do a bookish post about my birth year! I hope do this post for more years as time goes on, so you guys can find bookish info on your birth years as well. 🙂

I’m not going to include pictures for all the books (that would take forever!), but the pictures that are there are affiliate links for Amazon.

The Top Books in 1991

(From the New York Times best sellers list)
I’m actually surprised that I recognize some of the authors on here. They’ve been at the top for a while!

The Plains of Passage by Jean Auel
The Secret Pilgrim by John le Carre
Cold Fire by Dean Koontz
Heartbeat by Danielle Steele
The Seeress of Kell by David Eddings
Loves Music, Loves to Dance by Mary Higgins Clark
Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss
Heir to the Empire by Tomothy Zahn
The Kitchen God’s Wife by Amy Tan
The Sum of All Fears by Tom Clancy
Scarlett by Alexandra Ripley

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – This one wasn’t on the New York Time’s list, but it so popular now that I thought it was worth mentioning

My Favorite Books from 1991

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss

Books About Popular Trends in 1991

Super Power, Spoony Bards, and Silverware: The Super Nintendo Entertainment System by Dominic Arsenault
The Great Pet Project by Jacqueline Carrol (Book 1 in the Full House:Michelle series)
When We Grow Up (Minnie N Me) by Walt Disney Company
Rugrats: Reptar’s Surprise Visit by

Books That Won Awards in 1991

Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli – Newberry Medal Winner
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi – Newberry Medal Honor
Dear Nobody by Berlie Doherty – Winner of the Carnegie Medal
Black Horse Island by Dee Holmes -RITA Awards’ Best First Book
Night Spice by Karen Keast – RITA Award for Romantic Suspense
The Prince of Midnight by Laura Kinsale – RITA Award for Novel with Strong Romantic Elements
The Road to Memphis by Mildred Taylor – Coretta Scott King Award
Points of Departure by Pat Murphy – Phillip K. Dick Award
The Vor Game by Lois McMaster – Hugo Award for Best Novel
Zero at the Bone by Mary Walker – Agatha Award Best First Novel
I.O.U by Nancy Pickard – Agatha Award Best Novel
Black and White by David Macauley – Caldecott Medal Winner
Puss in Boots by Fred Marcellino – Caldecott Medal Honor
More, More, More by Vera Williams – Caldecott Medal Honor
Mating by Norman Rush – National Book Award, Fiction
Freedom, Volume 1 by Orlando Patterson – National Book Award, Nonfiction
What Work Is by Philip Levine – National Book Award, Poetry

 

 

 

What other books should be on this list? What year would you like to see me do next?

❤ Annette

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Bookish Happenings in September 2018

Here are bookish happenings for September! I’ll share with you exciting bookish events such as new releases, movie releases related to books, holidays, conferences, and others. I can’t get everything, but hopefully you enjoy the information I have provided. 🙂

Release dates are for the book/movie in the United States, so it may not be accurate if you’re living in another country.

Links to Amazon are affiliate links, other links are just for your convenience. 🙂

Movie Releases

(images from imdb.com)

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September 14 – A Simple Favor
September 13 – Unbroken: Path to Redemption
September 14 – The Children Act
September 14 – Bel Canto
September 21 – The House with a Clock in Its Walls
September 19 in France – The Sisters Brothers
September 28 – Small Foot
September 28 – Little Women

Book Releases

September 4

A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson
The Great Shelby Holmes and the Coldest Case by Elizabeth Fulberg (Book 3 in The Great Shelby Holmes series)
Happy Thanksgiving Snoopy! by Charles Schulz
Hidden Among the Stars by Melody Dobson
I’d Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel (preorder swag details here)
Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan (preorder swag details here)
A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna (preorder swag details here)
The Third Mushroom by Jennifer Holm (sequel to The Fourteenth Goldfish)

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September 11

As She Ascends by Jodi Meadows (preorder swag details here)
The Golden Tower
 by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare (Book 5 in the Magisterium series)
Impostors by Scott Westerfeld

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September 18

Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalo (Book 3 in the Jack the Ripper series) (preorder swag details here and here)
House of Snakes by Jennifer Kelly (preorder swag details here)
What the Woods Keep by Katya de Becerra (preorder swag details here)
Why Not Tonight by Susan Mallery (Book 3 in the Happily, Inc. series)
Wildcard by Marie Lu (Book 2 in the Warcross series)

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September 25

The Caged Queen by Kristen Ciccarelli (preorder swag details here)
For a Muse of Fire
 by Heidi Heilig (preorder swag details here)
Give the Dark My Love by Beth Revis (Book 1 in the Give the Dark My Love series)
The Princess in Black and the Science Fair Scare by Shannon Hale (Book 6 in The Princess in Black series)
Sadie by Sarah Price (Book 3 in the An Amish Fairytale series)
Unleashed by Donna Kauffman (Book 1 in the Hamilton Christmas series)
Unstoppable Moses by Tyler Smith
Vengeful by V.E. Schwab (preorder swag details here)

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Events

(And holy crap, there are a lot of events this month!!)

All Month – Library Card Sign Up Month
September 1 – Library of Congress Book Festival
September 1-2 – Middle Earth Festival (Birmingham, United Kingdom)
September 5-9 – Open Book (Cape Town, South Africa)
September 5-9 – Festivaletteratura (Mantua, Italy)
September 6 – Read a Book Day
September 6-9 – BoucherCon (Mystery convention) (St. Petersburg, FL)
September 6-9 – Carolina Mountains Literary Festival (Burnsville, NC)
September 8 – Kansas Book Festival (Topeka, KS)
September 8 – International Literacy Day
September 8 – Beaver County Book Fest (Beaver, PA)
September 14-15 – Allegheny Regional Festival of Books (Bedford, PA)
September 15 – Bookicon (Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria)
September 20 – Shortlist for Man Booker Prize
September 20-22 – PennedCon (St. Louis, MO)
September 20-23 – South Dakota Festival of Books (Brookings and Sioux Falls, SD)
September 21-22 – Fall Into Fiction (Long Beach, CA)
September 22 – Hobbit Day
September 22 – Dear Diary Day
September 22 – Boston Teen Author Festival (Cambridge, MA)
September 23-29 – Banned Books Week
September 26-30 – Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (Albuquerque, NM)
September 26-30 – Kingston WritersFest (Kingston, Ontario, Canada)
September 27-30 – Montana Book Festival (Missoula, MT)
September 28-30 – Baltimore Book Festival (Baltimore, MD)
September 29 – Independent Authors Book Festival (Roselle, NJ)
September 29-30 – RoberCon (Binghampton, NY)

Let me know if you go to any of these events, I’d love to hear about them! What bookish happenings are you most looking forward to?

❤ Annette

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