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Friday, December 2, 2016

You're a Wizard, Harry: A Harry Potter Ball at Your Favorite Barnes & Noble

Posted By on Fri, Dec 2, 2016 at 2:10 PM

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Have you always known you're a witch or wizard at heart? Well, shed your muggle-ness for an evening of holiday celebration and magic at your local Barnes and Noble for the Harry Potter Magical Holiday Ball.

Barnes and Noble locations across the country will hold a Yule-ball inspired dance party at all stores in the U.S. on Friday, Dec. 9 from 7-9 p.m. Muggles of all ages are welcome to join in on the holiday fun. 

Whether you want to come in your best-dressed, as your favorite Potter character or in your Hogwarts uniform, there will be festive activities to celebrate all things Potter.

Because of the obvious popularity of this free event, Barnes and Noble said customers should call their local store ahead of time for capacity limits or special instructions.  

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Send Some Love to Your Local Library

Posted By on Wed, Nov 16, 2016 at 12:00 PM

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Now, you no longer have to adore your local library in private. You can send a love letter to the your favorite library about anything that swoons you—the old book smell, the never-ending shelves or the cool librarian that always helps you out. 

After four years of Love Letters to Tucson, a project started by local blogger Rachel Miller, Pima County libraries is now starting their own version of the project called Love Letters to My Library. This new project started on Oct. 21 in collaboration with local libraries and Miller herself.

Local libraries will take in new entries every month on the libraries' website and on the official website for Love Letters to Tucson. If you've got some love to share to your library or any questions about the program you can email library.news@pima.gov.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Antigone Books Is Looking For New Owners

Posted By on Tue, Oct 11, 2016 at 8:39 AM

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Are you up for the job of leading one of Tucson's most wonderful feminist and literary sanctuaries? Antigone Books (411 N. 4th Ave.) is up for grabs.

Here's the email Antigone's subscribers received last night, in it's entirety:  
The two of us have owned Antigone Books for more than 25 years, happy to
be part of Antigone's long (43 year) history. It's been an absolutely fabulous time, surrounded as we've been by great staff, great customers, wonderful books and assorted miscellany.

It's getting to be time for us to pass the baton! Hard as it is even for us to believe, we are ready to begin a careful search for a new owner or owners
who will be a great match for the store. Might that person be you or someone you know?

There's no rush on this process. We'll be continuing with business as usual at
the store, meanwhile taking our time to look for the perfect person or persons.

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Get Reading for National Library Card Month

Posted By on Fri, Sep 16, 2016 at 11:30 AM

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It's National Library Card Month! The Pima County Public Library is teaming up with the American Library Association to ensure that everyone in the community gets their hands on a library card. The best part about the library is that it's free, but you have to have a library card. If you are on the fence about getting a card, the county library has recruited the help of the Peanuts characters like Snoopy to help convince you

To learn more about how you can get a library card to one of the 27 libraries in the county visit: www.library.pima.gov

If you're not sure what to use your new library card for, check out book recommendations from Charlie Brown, Peppermint Patty, Lucy and Schroeder

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Retelling American History in The Whale: A Love Story

Posted By on Thu, Sep 1, 2016 at 2:22 PM

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It's a story of romance and heartbreak and it's definitely not one that any of us learned in high school. Mark Beauregard's latest novel The Whale: A Love Story tells the romantic story of a love that could never be in the late 1800's between Herman Melville, the author of the American classic Moby Dick and Nathaniel Hawthorne, the acclaimed author of The Scarlett Letter.

Since his book hit the shelves, Beauregard has toured across the country promoting his work in New England and states in the southwest. Now, he's back home in Tucson and will be at Antigone Books (411 N. 4th Ave.) on Friday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. to talk about his new story and the complications of writing on historical figures.    

Beauregard didn't actually intend to write The Whale, rather he said he was inspired to create the story after he discovered a documented friendship between Melville and Hawthorne during his research for a different novel, which he later abandoned. After further research, he found letters that suggested the acclaimed writers' friendship was something more, which gave him the illuminating idea to write the love story.

"If you think of Moby Dick as being a love letter, in addition to it being a confrontation to the frontier or however else you want to think about it, it completely changes the way we look at literature," he said.  

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Fastpitch Signing

Posted By on Wed, Jun 15, 2016 at 6:31 PM

Author Erica Westly will be having a book reading for her new book Fastpitch: The Untold History of Softball and the Women who Made the Game, this Saturday. 
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Fastpitch features an interesting mix of personal stories from eclectic characters, such as former UA player Jennie Finch. 

Detailing the vibrant 129-year history the book shares the origins of a sport played by thousands across the country. 

Westly shatters the idea that softball is a stereotypical "girl's sport" by putting a spotlight on the several male athletes who played in the early years of creation. 

The book share's the unknown history of softball from the perspectives of influential players who experienced the sport's key moments.

Sound interesting? Head over to Antigone Books (411 N. Fourth Ave.), on Saturday, June 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. to meet the author, Erica Westly.

For more information visit antigonebooks.com or call 792-3715. 

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Friday, June 3, 2016

New Biography Tells the Story of the of Rock and Roll Great Keith Moon

Posted By on Fri, Jun 3, 2016 at 12:07 PM

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A new biography on rock drummer Keith Moon compiled by Ian Snowball is set to be released on June 13.

The name of the book, Keith Moon: There Is No Substitute, pays homage to Moon's unique role in the rock band The Who by referencing one of their popular songs “Substitute.” Moon is arguably one of the greatest rock drummers of all time.

As an early rocker Moon didn’t just help define the rock genre, but also the stereotypical rock and roll lifestyle. Moon’s crazy antics both on and off stage earned him the nickname Moon the Loon. Ultimately his sex, drugs, and rock and roll lifestyle lead him to an early grave, overdosing on September 7, 1978. Moon’s death came less than a month after the release of one of the Who’s most popular album’s Who Are You.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Summer Reading List: 5 Fiction Books by Tucsonans

Posted By on Thu, May 19, 2016 at 4:56 PM

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For some extremely lucky folks, summer means time off. Spend some of that time off with your brain on, reading books by local authors. 

I'm linking to Amazon order pages for ease but don't let that stop you from picking these books up from your favorite indie bookstore instead. 

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