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February 6, 2013   

Wow, we really have a lot going on this week! I am breathless just looking at the line-up of events.

Suzy Duffy Suzy Duffy's Wellesley Wives made our Top 25 of 2012! If you missed her book launch here at the store, you can catch her at the Hills Branch of the Wellesley Free Library this Thursday, February 7th at 6:30 pm. Rebecca will be there selling books - be sure to stop by the sales table to say hello!

Blueprint Your Bestseller Join us here at the bookstore on Thursday, February 7th at 6:30pm for a unique evening with Stuart Horwitz, the founder and principal of Book Architecture, a firm of independent editors. Stuart's clients have reached the best-seller list in both fiction and non-fiction, and have been featured in the most prestigious journals in their respective fields. Now, Horwitz has mapped out his system in Blueprint Your Bestseller, named one of 2013's best books about writing by The Writer magazine. Stuart will be sharing his methods in a workshop that helps writers transform their messy manuscripts into polished books. The workshop will be paired with an engaging presentation including plenty of time for questions throughout the evening. This is a ticketed event - tickets are $17 and include a copy of Blueprint Your Bestseller.

Mike Lupica Calling all sports fans! This Saturday, February 9th at 4:00 pm, award-winning sports writer and best-selling author Mike Lupica will be returning to Wellesley to introduce the second book in his new series for young readers, Game Changers Book 2: Play Makers. Mr. Lupica will be talking about his writing and love of sports, taking questions from fans, and signing books here at Wellesley Books.

Breathless Reads Young Adult Tour On Sunday, February 10th at 2:00 pm at the Wellesley Theater Project, six exciting young adult authors are coming to Wellesley in the first stop of the East Coast Breathless Reads YA Tour. Fiona Paul (Venom), Lili Peloquin (The Innocents) [exclusive to this stop!], Beth Revis (Shades of Earth), Morgan Rhodes (Falling Kingdoms), Elizabeth Richards (Black City), and Jess Spotswood (Born Wicked) will be enchanting readers with their breathtaking works of fantasy, romance, adventure, and science fiction. The authors will be talking about their latest books and taking questions from fans. A book-signing will follow their presentation, and you must  purchase of one of the lead titles to enter the signing line.

Yes, you can receive all the cool give-aways pictured at the left AND a signed book plate when you pre-order Maureen Johnson's new book, The Madness Underneath: Book 2. Visit our website, or visit the store and prepay for your book. The day of the release, February 26th, you get your book and cool swag! Supplies are limited.

Congrats to local author Erica Ferencik for her book Repeaters making the Kirkus Reviews Best of 2012 list!

Bill KohliAfter a rollicking debut, Bill's Book Group for Guys is ready for round 2 on Thursday, March 28th at 7:00pm! Join Wellesley Books owner Bill Kohli for a beer, glass of red wine, or maybe a little single malt whisky and a lively discussion of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain. $25 buys book and ticket for the book club event, including libations. What a great Valentine's gift for the man in your life!

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In This Newsletter...
Books We Recommend
New in Hardcover
New in Paperback
In the Kids Section
In the Gift Aisle
In the Used Book Cellar
Dog of the Week
What We Are Reading...

Upcoming Events

Stuart Horwitz - Thursday, 2/7
Mike Lupica - Saturday, 2/9
Breathless YA Tour Event - Sunday, 2/10
Stephen Puleo - Monday, 2/11
Lunchtime Book Group - Tuesday, 2/12
Grub Street Crash Course in Picture Books - Monday, 2/25
Tehila Liberman & Jennifer Barber - Thursday, 2/28
Randy Susan Meyers - Friday, 3/1
Jane Yolen & Heidi Stemple - Saturday, 3/2
B. A. Shapiro - Tuesday, 3/5
Duct Tape Craft Event - Wednesday, 3/6
Kevin Cullen & Shelley Murphy - Thursday, 3/7
Sabin Willett - Thursday, 3/7
Ralph Masiello - Saturday, 3/9
Jane Smiley - Tuesday, 3/12
 Jennifer Haigh & Elizabeth Graver - Wednesday, 3/13
Robert Gerst - Thursday, 3/14
Grub Street Editing Roundtable - Friday, 3/15
Eve LaPlante - Wednesday, 3/20
Scott Nash - Thursday, 3/21
Bill's Book Group for Guys - Thursday, 3/28
Robin LaFevers - Thursday, 4/11

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Help Wanted:

Wellesley Books is currently seeking applications for the position of Event & Program Coordinator for adult events. The Event & Program Coordinator works in partnership with the Children's Event Coordinator to develop, schedule, promote and implement events and programs for the bookstore.  


This person is responsible for designing and executing book-related events and programs that are fun, engaging and profitable. This is the perfect job for a book lover who is well organized, computer savvy, a good writer, comfortable speaker, and strong enough to lift some books!  This is a part time job, approximately 15 hours per week, with varied hours, including nights and weekends.  For more information, please contact our store manager, Deb Sundin at deb@wellesleybooks.com.  

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." 
~Eleanor Roosevelt

Recommendations from our booksellers... 

When the Emperor Was Divine When the Emperor Was Divine
by Julie Otsuka
Suppose this happened to you. One day you receive a letter from the US government. You are being notified that you and your family (and almost everyone you know) are to be evacuated from home in two days. You do not know your destination (there have been rumors) or the duration of time that you will be away. Japanese Americans living on our west coast actually had this happen to them after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in what is now called the Japanese internment. This evocative and insightful novel tells the story of one such family. It all happened. It's true. Yes, this happened in the United States of America in the early 1940s. This book would make a great book club selection. I highly recommend it.
Francona Francona 
by Terry Francona & Dan Shaughnessy

A good behind-the-scenes look at the only team that matters. Not as bitter as the press would lead you to believe. If you follow the team, you've had hints of the tension amongst the management -- and if you don't follow the Sox then I suggest you leave the store right now. Still waiting for an answer as to why a management group that wants its baseball team to play in a more sexy and exciting manner would then go out and buy a soccer team.
A Cold and Lonely Place A Cold and Lonely Place
by Sara J. Henry

A perfect read for February especially if you like a well done, thoughtful mystery. The town of Saranac Lake in upstate New York is getting ready for their annual Ice Festival when a body is found frozen in the lake. Troy Chance knows who it is and is caught up trying to find out how he got there. The novel is filled with  interesting small town characters and has a wonderful sense of place. I am definitely going to read more from Sara J. Henry.
All We Know All We Know
Lisa Cohen

If you've read a Colette novel, you've met women like the three profiled in this biography.  Mercedes de Acosta, Madge Garland and Esther Murphy moved in their respective, largely queer intellectual circles during the first half of the 20th century but also crossed paths in this simultaneously influential and insular world.  Brilliant in their own ways - one edited British Vogue, one was a "failed" writer and one famously tried to romance Greta Garbo - they all undermined themselves to various degrees. 

New in Hardcover

 The Imposter Bride The City of Devi News From Heaven The Future Saturday Night Widows 

The Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler
 The City of Devi by Manil Suri
  News From Heaven by Jennifer Haigh
  The Future by Al Gore
Saturday Night Widows by Becky Aikman  


New in Paperback 

  The House of Velvet and Glass RevengeThe Beginner's Goodbye When I was ChildI Read Books 

The House of Velvet and Glass by Katherine Howe
Revenge by Yoko Ogawa
 The Beginner's Goodbye by Anne Tyler
That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor by Anne Sebba
     When I Was a Child I Read Books by Marilynne Robinson  

In the Kids Section 

  • New & Noteworthy     

Lucky Ducklings Lucky Ducklings   by Eva Moore 
This charming story is based on a true event.  Mama Duck decides to take her 5 ducklings for a walk into town, but an encounter with a storm drain disrupts their day.  The illustrations, reminiscent of Make Way for Ducklings, help bring the story to life.

Amelia Bedelia Fiftieth Anniversary Edition Amelia Bedelia Fiftieth Anniversary Edition  by Peggy Parish
Amelia Bedelia turns 50 this year and this anniversary edition features the original jacket, artwork and story.  Great black, green and white color palette, compliment the story nicely.  Amelia's misinterpretations are just as amusing now as they were when the book was first published.

A Tangle of Knots A Tangle of Knots  by Lisa Graff     

We loved Lisa Graff's Umbrella Summer and this novel about connections and fate is equally as enjoyable.  11 year-old Cady is an orphan who has no knowledge of her background.  It is only through her dealings with various interesting characters that she untangles the knots to reveal her past.  You will be reminded of Sarah Week's  Pie as cake recipes dot the pages of the book, Ingrid Law's Savvy as most characters are blessed with a special "talent" and Sharon Creech's The Great Unexpected as characters who you did not think could be connected are.  This is a magical heartwarming read! 

  • Reader tested

The Misfit Menagerie The Daring Escape of the Misfit Menagerie
by Jacqueline Resnick
Recommended by Danny, age 9
The Daring Escape of the Misfit Menagerie is a terrific book about best friends: Smalls, a sun bear; Rigby, a Komandor; Tilda, a rabbit; and Wombat, a wombat. They live a happy, serene life at an orchard until they are stolen by Claude, the mean owner of a circus. At the circus Claude treats them terribly and often puts them in danger. Thanks to their friendship and two new friends, however, they are able to survive and plan a daring escape. Will it succeed? Read this wonderful book about friendship, caring and trust to find out!     


In the children's book world, the highlight of the year is the American Library Association awards for the most notable books. Huge congratulations go out to John Klassen, the winner of the 2013 Caldecott Medal for This is Not My Hat and to Katherine Applegate, the winner of the 2013 John Newbery Medal for The One and Only Ivan. For the complete list of the winners, you can visit their website.  

In the Gift Aisle

  • Love Snow?

Snow Day Good ideas for a possible snow storm: Heart hot water bottle to keep you warm (can also be used for Valentine's Day!), 1,000 piece Bird Puzzle so you can remember that spring is right around the corner, booklight (has batteries so you can still read if the power goes out), Eat Your Heart Out heart-shaped pasta (comfort food), and a good book. And what a great time to get the kids writing their Valentines - we have a selection of cartoon-character/candy free Valentine cards for both girls and boys.

Used Book Cellar 

  • What's New in Used  

We have some popluar new titles in the Used Book Cellar this week. Here's a few of the treasures you can find when you wander down the stairs: 


The Gilded Age by Claire McMillan
The Red House by Mark Haddon
The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet by Reif Larsen
Hemingway's Girl by Erika Robuck
The Sartorialist Closer by Scott Schuman
A Wedding in Haiti by Julia Alvarez
Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan
Brothers by George Howe Colt
Defending Jacob by William Landay  


Trade Your Used Books:
Saturdays from 11am - 3pm
Always open for browsing during regular store hours.

Please note: The Used Book Cellar will not be open for browsing during author events. We will be happy to look for a title after the event and place it on hold for you. 

Dog of the Week 

  • Preston    

PrestonPreston is a 3 year-old rescue Shih Tzu visiting from Providence, Rhode Island. His owner brought him all the way to the store in hopes that he would be chosen as Dog of the Week. Perfect timing, Preston! We are so happy you made the trip. From the small scattering of crumbs next to you, it looks like you also got to enjoy a treat! I hope it was yummy.  

What We're Reading Now...

Reunion at Red Paint Bay
A Town of Empty Rooms
Tenth of December


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