Yang Named National Ambassador for Young People's Literature

This Monday, January 4, 2016, Bay Area author, Gene Luen Yang was named the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature! Yang will be taking over for Kate Dicamillo who was honored with the position in 2014. "The ambassador program was established in 2008, by the Children’s Book Council, Every Child a Reader, and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, to highlight the importance of young people’s literature in developing a literate, tolerant, informed citizenry. Yang will serve a two-year term, traveling the nation to champion diversity in all forms—and formats—with his platform, 'Reading Without Walls.'" (Publishers Weekly).

Yang is the first graphic novelist to be chosen as an Ambassador. He also happens to be the first graphic novelist to be named a National Book Award Finalist and the first to win the American Library Association’s Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in young adult literature for American Born Chinese.

Congratulations Gene Luen Yang! We can't wait to see all the great things you do!

Find Yang's books in stores today!


January Events

This month we're very excited to welcome 3 awesome authors to Books Inc.!


First up, we have the lovely Emery Lord author of Open Road Summer and The Start of Me and You,  visiting the Bay Area for the frist time! She'll be joining NYMBC at the Burlingame Library to meet and greet her fans and talk about her upcoming novel, When We Collided, out this April!


Second, the amazing Alexandra Bracken, author of the Darkest Minds series, and wonderful Susan Dennard, author of Something Strange and Deadly, will be joining us for a night of fun at Books Inc. Opera Plaza to discuss their new books, Passenger and Truthwitch!


We hope you can join us and we look forward to seeing you there!!

All That Glitters is Not Gold

Ring in the New Year with this shimmery cocktail made for American Housewife, a raucous collection of short stories by Helen Ellis.  The stories are funny, often caustic, and present a portrait of the American wife decades removed from Mrs. Cleaver.  One of the women you'll meet weeps because she has a drawer just for glitter, so for her I made this.

All That Glitters is Not Gold

1.5 oz Campari
1 oz Hangar 1 Mandarin Blossom vodka
.5 oz Cointreau
2 dashes Angostura Orange Bitters
Soda water
Stir all - except the soda water - with ice until chilled.  Strain into a tall glass filled with crushed ice.  Top with soda water.