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At The Owl in February
The Learned Owl joins all of Hudson in GOING RED in February, in cooperation with the American Heart Association. If you come in wearing red any day in February, make a purchase and remind us, we will give $1 to the AHA, and you will be entered to win a $25 gift card. You can also buy a paper heart for $1, or donate your change. All funds go to the AHA.
Sat., Feb. 16, 11 AM
(at The Learned Owl)
Spot joins us for storytime fun.
Sunday, Feb. 17, 2 PM (at The Learned Owl)
Tea party with special guest Spot. Please call to reserve your "spot": 330-653-2252.
Wed., Feb. 20, 7 PM
(at Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library)
Writing workshop with author
Sat., Feb. 23, 1-3 PM
(at The Learned Owl)
Authors Doug and Sally Mayfield with
Angle of Declination
Thur., Feb. 28, 7 PM
The Learned Owl's
Thur., Feb. 28, 8 PM
(at Yoga Lounge)
Workshop with special guest Terry Gordon (No Storm Lasts Forever
). Sign up at Yoga Lounge (330-653-3377) or The Owl. $10 fee.
It is with great pleasure that I announce that Kate Schlademan and I signed all the paperwork this morning, and in a month, on March 15, 2013, she will begin the next chapter of The Learned Owl Book Shop. I don't think I could have found anyone better to love the Owl as I have, and take it successfully into the coming decades.
I will be working with Kate for the foreseeable future to insure a seamless transition, but she really has been training for this role for two years. In March of 2011, I hired Kate to be a storyteller during the first annual International Festival here in Hudson. She quickly became a staff member, then Events Coordinator, and has been, at least unofficially, my full-time manager for the past year. Her experience includes working at Dubois Bookstore in Kent, seven years at Borders in Vermont and Cuyahoga Falls, and five years in Korea teaching kindergarten.
Increasingly over the past years, my identity has been one with The Owl and it WILL be hard for me to step back, and difficult to remember not to say on the phone "This is Liz from The Learned Owl." But despite rumors that I will be leaving town and traveling the world, this is not so. Greg and I are staying in town - his handyman business is going strong, and I'm going to become more involved with Destination Hudson and the Visitor Center and continue working with the Merchants of Hudson. Plus, I'm really not a traveler - give me my garden in the summer, a fireplace in the winter, a pile of books and a glass of wine, and I am most content to stay at home. Thus, I am very committed to making sure Kate's Next Chapter is successful - I plan to be her best customer for years to come. Kate has assured me that I can still put LizPick stickers on my favorite books; and until a new bookshop dog finds a forever home with Kate, Ruby will be making regular appearances.
So many of The Owl's wonderful customers have said to me that they hoped I would never sell, and "please don't let it change". The things you love about The Owl will NOT change! I hope you will visit often, and let Kate prove to you, as she has to me, that she is the right caretaker to take this Main Street treasure successfully into the future, and that she deserves your love and support as much as I did.
We are planning a celebration at the store on Saturday, March 16th - details to come!
As always, HAPPY READING,
About pre-ordering eBooks
Have you noticed those little buttons in our emails? Now you can pre-order Kobo eBooks BEFORE their official release date! (This is a godsend for those of us who can't keep track of our reading wish lists.)
It's really easy - read more here.
New books for adults
The Burning Air by Erin Kelly
[Viking Books, $26.95; available Feb. 21]
An atmospheric thriller about a charmed upper class family, their secrets, and the vengeful obsession of an enemy they don't even know they have. When Rowan and his three grown children gather at their weekend home for the first time since a family death, years of secrets surface and they discover a stranger in their midst.
The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
[Atria Books, $28.99; available Feb. 26]
An astonishing novel about redemption and forgiveness. Sage Singer becomes friends with an old man who's particularly beloved in her community. One day he asks Sage for a favor: to kill him.
The Secret of the Nightingale Palace
by Dana Sachs
[William Morrow & Co., $14.99; available Feb. 19]
The poignant story of an estranged grandmother and granddaughter and a secret that ties them together. After her husband dies from leukemia, Anna agrees to help hard-to-please Goldie to bring a collection of valuable Japanese art from New York to California. Harboring a decades-old secret that could change Anna's life forever, Goldie must learn to let go of her past so her granddaughter can move on and discover happiness and love.
The Perfect Meal: In Search of the Lost Tastes of France by John Baxter
[Harper, $14.99; available Feb. 26]
An expat Paris resident for more than twenty years, John Baxter began noticing an alarming trend: Just as species of plants and animals are rapidly facing extinction globally, so too are the traditional ingredients and techniques of classic French cooking and eating. Spurred to action, Baxter set off across the country on an unforgettable quest to taste the last great French dishes before they disappear forever - from Paris's surviving haute cuisine establishments to the tiny local restaurants that still serve the remarkable regional dishes of Provence, Normandy, Cote d'Azur, and more.
| New books for kids
Wild and wacky fantasy for ages 8-12:
Molly Moon and the Monster Music
by Georgia Byng
[HarperCollins, $16.99; available Feb. 26]In this fun-filled conclusion to the Molly Moon series, Molly faces the music - the hypnotic music - of a magical coin that has the power to enslave its listeners... and turn them into monsters!
Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made
by Stephan Pastis
[Candlewick Press, $14.99; available Feb. 26]Meet 11-year-old detective Timmy Failure, star of the kids' comedy of the year. Created by cartoonist Pastis (Pearls Before Swine), Timmy is the clueless, comically self-confident CEO of the best detective agency in town, perhaps even the nation. Ages 8-12.
Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
[Scholastic Press, $17.99]From the creators of Duck! Rabbit! comes an exciting tale of self-discovery! In this bold and highly visual book, an emphatic but misplaced exclamation point learns that being different can be very exciting! Period. For ages 5-8.