Random House to Publish 3 Little Golden Books Starring Grumpy Cat

Random House announced they'll be publishing Little Golden Books starring everyone's favorite disgruntled kitty, Grumpy Cat!

I mean, seriously?! Who couldn't love that?!

Well... maybe Grumpy Cat herself...

The Little Grumpy Cat That Wouldn't is set to come out in July 2016. Read more about it at Galley Cat.

Gail Carriger Book Launch

Tonight (11/3/2015), the lovely Gail Carriger will be at  Books Inc. Opera Plaza celebrating  the launch of the final book in her Finishing School series, Manners and Mutiny. Join her and Not Your Mother’s Book Club, for tea, questions, and a book signing!

We can’t wait to see what kind of trouble Sophorina and her classmates will get into! Whatever it is, I’m sure it’ll be awesome!

Avenue Flip

In John Irving's Avenue of Mysteries, we get to revisit an American master of the novel and travel with his guide, Juan Diego, from Oaxaca to Iowa to the Philippines.  Because Mr. Diego, a former dump kid turned popular novelist, successfully merged both of his backgrounds - Mexican and American - I wanted to do the same with his cocktail.  So this is an update of one of the oldest American drinks, the flip, with a Oaxacan twist.


Avenue Flip

6 oz American Ale

.5 oz high-proof Oaxacan Mezcal  

1 tbsp. Demerara sugar


Heat the ale in a pot.  Pour boiling water into a tempered glass mug. Toss out the water and add the sugar so that it coats the sides.  Add the mezcal.  Tilt the mug so the mezcal coats the glass and sugar. Being careful, ignite the mezcal and allow the sugar to caramelize.  Finally, extinguish the flame by pouring in the heated ale.  Let cool slightly before sipping.

Bookseller Review: The Nest by Kenneth Oppel

(Ages 8-12)

I absolutely loved The Nest by Kenneth Oppel.. It's the story of Steven, a boy whose struggling family is doing their best to care for a sick newborn baby whose health isn't improving. One night, Steven begins to have dreams about strange, flying beings who say they want to help his sick brother... but as their visits continue, Steven begins to suspect that they might really be after something else.

I read the whole thing in a day, and couldn't put it down. Steven is a rare protagonist in fiction -- a sensitive, thoughtful boy who acts as a nurturer and protector. And though supernatural elements form the crux of the tension here, the setting of a family struggling around health issues and disability should be familiar to many readers, both young and old.

The book is truly scary, and doesn't pull its punches. Though nothing too terrible actually happens, there are legitimate, believable life-and-death stakes, and this goes a long way toward making this book the gem it is. The story is ultimately optimistic, and has a great, poignant message about accepting uncertainty and celebrating imperfection.

David- Books Inc. Berkeley

YA Highway Pumpkin Carving Contest

YA Highway has created an awesome, book themed, pumpkin carving contest!

Step One: Carve, paint, decorate, or otherwise turn your pumpkin into a literary masterpiece.

Step Two:
Post a picture in the comments of their post, tweet it at @yahighway, or Tumblr with hashtag #yahighway. Be sure to include a way for them to contact you!


Step Three:
Boom! You're entered to win an amazing prize pack.

Check their site and tumblr post for more stencils!



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