DBR Announces Fall Book Picks, October Author Visit, Location Change During Valley Bookseller Construction

DBR_FallExcitementAs kids slide through the last weeks of Summer before school begins, the Dive Team at Deep Blue Readers is getting excited about Fall 2014.  Even the title of this blog entry is a lot to take in all at once! And you’ll definitely want to know how Fall construction at Valley Bookseller will affect our meeting location.

That’s why a Fall 2014 Flyer (.pdf) containing details at-a-glance is ready for kids, caregivers, and teachers. – Download here and share!

Diving Into Year Three: DBR Author Spotlight and Visit with Kelly Barnhill

Hardcover edition

Hardcover edition

Already the Deep Blue Readers book club is diving into our third year! A celebration is the perfect reason to share plans for our first ever Author Spotlight with back-to-back months featuring Minnesota author Kelly Barnhill.

September 28 – The Mostly True Story of Jack

Paperback edition

Paperback edition

Can an ordinary boy solve the mystery of disappearing children—before he becomes one of them? Magical realism comes to rural Iowa in this deliberately paced debut that takes Jack from San Francisco to Hazelwood on a twisting, mysterious journey of self discovery.

The Mostly True Story of Jack received stars from Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus Review. It is available in hardcover (image at right), trade paperback (at left), and eBook, and as an audiobook in digital and CD formats; the latter is on the shelves at Stillwater Public Library.

'The Witch's Boy' releases 9/16, pre-order or reserve at Valley Bookseller

‘The Witch’s Boy’ releases 9/16

October 26 – The Witch’s Boy and a visit with author Kelly Barnhill 

On September 16th Kelly Barnhill releases her much anticipated new book, which will be our focus in October. Deep Blue Readers have the unique opportunity to read an author’s first novel back-to-back with her latest effort and then talk with the author herself!

That’s right, Kelly Barnhill will be joining us in person for a reading and book discussion. The Witch’s Boy appears on the Star Tribune’s list of new children’s books from Midwestern authors and already has its own stars from Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus. Read a Q & A interview with Kelly to get your ideas flowing for new questions before we see her!

Note on where to find / buy: Both books are published by Little, Brown, an imprint of Hachette Book Group. Hachette is engaged in a prolonged contract dispute with Amazon.com, in which Amazon has initiated deliberate shipping delays for Hachette books or, in some cases, is preventing order fulfillment completely. Many authors have spoken out in concern about this practice.

Valley Bookseller will have copies of both books available. In addition, you can check your local library for our September pick, and look for both titles using Hachette’s online list of digital audiobook, eBook, and traditional book retailer alternatives.

What About the Bookstore Construction? When? What Next?! What About that November Book?


‘Countdown’ to book club November 23

Sometime this Fall construction in the current seating area at Valley Bookseller will make way for The Daily Grind’s new shared home facing the riverside patio. Though we are not sure when the construction will start, we do know it will happen!

River Market welcomes Deep Blue Readers to the Loft

River Market welcomes Deep Blue Readers to the Loft

Thanks to our friends at River Market Community Co-Op, we have a new home lined up for November 2014 and January / February 2015 if needed.

Deep Blue Readers will meet at their Loft space, which is situated across the street from the Co-Op on the 2nd floor of 218 North Main Street, above Images of the Past and Present.

We will keep you informed should a move happen sooner. In the meantime, count on Countdown by Deborah Wiles as our November book pick. We’ll share more as this gets closer on the calendar; in the meantime, curious divers can explore this School Library Journal review or see what July 2014 author Kate Messner has to say.



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