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Middle grade author, Lewis Buzbee is a true bibliophile. He's been a bookseller, a sales representative for Chronicle books, a life-long reader and now he's an author! And thank goodness for that, because his books are awesome; they're books about books for people who love books and people who need a reason to start loving them. So, obviously, we love him. His latest novel, The Haunting of Charles Dickens, is an Edgar Award honoree, the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association Children's Book of the Year, a Smithsonian Notable Book for Children and the Winner of the California Library Association's John and Patricia Beatty Award. Oh, and also he's local. And awesome. In the video below, he shows us The Haunting in its manuscript form.

Diana graduated from UCLA with a masters in library and information sciences, and now she can help you shop for children's books at Books Inc. in Mountain View! That is, when she's not working at the library, or teaching community college online library research classes, or pouring wine at the Cooper Garron Vineyard. Her favorite food is apple pie and her favorite muppet is Fozzie Bear, and her favorite book store is Books Inc. Obviously.

That's right; Part 8. Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 9 of the short story Nine Lessons from a Wyverary Governesse are strewn about the internet in a literary treasure hunt. Each part is exclusive to those who host it, and the author has made the super cool decision to only post parts of her story on websites for independent bookstores and public libraries! You can read the introduction to this here, and check out your chance to meet the author, Cat Valente at our Mountain View store here!

8. On Science in Fairyland

How do you feel about Science, children?

I hope you are on good terms with it, that you have it over to tea at least every other week. Science is an excellent conversationalist, and much prized in Fairyland. In Pandemonium, the capital of all our merry land, Scientists have a tower all to themselves, called Groangyre. There they can have tea as much as they like while inventing and studying marvelous things like Moving Pictures, Electricks, the Carriageless Horse, Blueology, Lunar Travel, the Hyper Toadstool Transfer Protocol (by which you can leave quite long messages with the mushrooms and they will carry them anywhere you please via underground fungal network), and the Three Q’s: Quiet Physicks, Questing Physicks, Queer Physicks (these being the study of the Unseen and Unheard, the Mechanicks of Narrative and People Who Can’t Leave Well Enough Alone, and Things What Make No Good Sense).

I think you’ll agree all of that sounds quite good. 

The Prioress of Groangyre Tower is Belinda Cabbage, Empress of the White Coats, Quarterback of the Municipal Quantumball Team and Champion Crossword Solver. She causes most of the explosions you’ll see blossoming out of the tower on the hour, nice and regular. I mention her because she has been very occasionally known to take on apprentices. Sometimes these apprentices do very well, like Dr. Erasmus Jane Fallow, one of our premier alchemists. Sometimes they merely break local QB records and in the process cause two bakeries and a letterpress shoppe to vanish, as in the case of the famous and unfortunate Simon Snowpea, who can’t get a loaf of bread to save his life these days.

The line for the apprenticeship forms a charming spring ritual, stretching form Pandemonium all the way to her sister city, Sticks. So if you feel you know your sums and long division, know how to work a lilyscope, and are proof against fire, acid, boiling, and spells of disintegration, I suggest you line up early.
Colleen has fourteen (FOURTEEN!) years of experience as a children's bookseller. Colleen also started the awesome tween book club, Book Busters, which meets the second Tuesday of every month. She is an avid Brandon Mull fan, as she clearly illustrates in her video, and can help you find the best that the fantasy genre has to offer. Totally top secret tip that is not at all diluted by being on the internet: if you want to ingratiate yourself to Colleen, tell her she's like Meg Ryan from You've Got Mail. America Online chatting may be a thing of yesterday, but expertise is for life. Colleen is on maternity leave from Books Inc.
They're fabulous. They're local. They're talented. And they're ALL mamas. Come on out to Oh My Gosh, Stories! Saturday, May 7th at 11am to meet three Rock Star Mamas at this very special storytime! Hosted by Books Inc. Chestnut Street.

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