Welcome to The Bookies' Latest Update!                          September 2016 issue 2
The Bookies Newsletter
Todd Fahnestock
Win a Poster Signed by Author Todd Fahnestock!
We're delighted to be part of the launch of The Wishing World, the latest book by Denver author Todd Fahnestock, which comes out from Tor's Starscape Books on Tuesday 25th October. This is Todd's first book for middle grade, but his young adult book, Fairmist, is a favorite at The Bookies!

In The Wishing World, dreams are real. And dreams can be good--or nightmares. A dream monster took Lorelei's family, and she is determined to find them. When she accidentally breaks into the Wishing World, she discovers a land more wonderful than she could have imagined, with talking griffons, water princesses, and cities made of sand. There, Lorelei is a Doolivanti, a wish-maker, who can make her dreams real. But the monster is also a Doolivanti and he's determined to use his powers to get rid of Lorelei, keep her family, and make the whole Wishing World his. Lorelei must find the courage to face him, or her next wish may be her last.

We have an exclusive opportunity for you to win the fabulous poster Todd is signing in our photo! The first 100 people who pre-order The Wishing World from us will receive the poster of the book's gorgeous cover by Tricia Zimic - signed by Todd! Simply pre-order online,
in the store, or by calling (303) 759-1117. When you pick up your book, you will receive the signed poster.

A Day in the Life of a Colorado Author: Todd Fahnestock

Todd Fahnestock 
Welcome to a new feature, in which local authors tell us how they write, live and play! First of all, a day in the life of Todd Fahnestock.  

I've been writing since I was 18 years old, and the last 13 years with a full-time+ day job. I write in the mornings and on weekends, sometimes for as little as ten minutes. I have a schedule I try to stick to, but no two days are the same. Most days, however, my routine looks like this:

5:00 a.m. - I get up. I'm effervescent in the morning. The world looks bright and shiny. I'm like that annoying brother in Four Weddings and a Funeral that pops out of bed with a smile on his face. I always want to talk in the morning. My wife never wants to talk in the morning. Lara can't form a coherent sentence before coffee, so she mumbles platitudes and strives to keep from strangling me; the woman has amazing self-restraint. She is a night person; she always wants to talk at night. I often mumble platitudes to her as I fall asleep. 

5:05 a.m. - I write. The muse sings. I create optimistic, diamond-studded rough draft dung that I believe is fantastico. I will later chop it to bits in the hope of harvesting a diamond or two. The Wishing World II: Loremaster was written in a month (during NaNoWriMo). I deleted 90% of it between that draft and the current draft. Side note: I'm a huge fan of writing the crappy novel. If you're thinking of writing a novel, please please please write a crappy novel. Write and don't judge. That comes later.

5:45 a.m. - I run. Maybe. If I'm feeling out of shape, I go for a run between three and eight miles long. If I'm feeling fit, I stay home and write more. Side note: How I feel about being in shape has no bearing on whether or not I'm actually in shape. I'm a moody sucker. If I'm in a deflated mood, I will often think I'm out of shape and go running. Luckily, running always puts me in a better mood and I therefore feel like I'm in better shape. So there is, apparently, logic behind my moodiness.

6:30 a.m. - It's time to get into the shower...except I'm still writing because I have just ONE MORE IDEA I have to finish. The character is talking; I have to let him/her finish, right? Side note: 30 minutes of writing every morning may not seem like a lot of time, but it is. Over the course of a year, that's five 40-hour work weeks. I wrote Fairmist and The Wishing World this way.

Of course there's more to Todd's day than this! But space here is short, so pop over to the blog now to read about the rest of his day. And visit his website to find out more about his books, signings and blog tours! 
Cookbooks for Everyone! 
There's no denying the nip of fall in the air this week. So, why not embrace it with some fall cooking? With so many wonderful fruits and vegetables in season, it's the perfect time to try out something new! We have a broad selection of recipe books to suit every taste - here are our new favorites. 

Jean-Francois Mallet
Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, $19.99 
Coming out soon! Now available in English, this is the cookbook that has impressed even the hard-to-impress French cooks! No dish uses more than six ingredients or takes more than four steps to make. All ingredients are pictured, along with a photo of the finished dish--in what the author claims is a realistic photo, rather than a stylized version. What's more, recipes have been created to minimize washing-up! No wonder cooks are lining up for September 27th, when this arrives on our shelves. 

Martha Stewart
Clarkson Potter Publishers, $29.50
Delicious new ways with vegetables both familiar and unusual. Many of the recipes, although not all, are vegetarian. 

Spruce, $9.99
Students need to feed their bodies as well as their minds and with over 200 quick, healthy and simple recipes, this book is a great way to get started. Includes tips on healthy habits, exercise and budgeting. The perfect gift for the new student! 

Erin Gleeson
Harry N. Abrams, $19.95
Kid-friendly vegetarian recipes, from daily meals to special occasions. Vibrant color photography makes this a stunning book.

Ali Maffucci
Clarkson Potter Publishers, $21.99
Master the spiraling trend with this A-Z guide featuring more than 20 fruits and vegetables. Recipes and tips for hearty, healthy eating.

Smoothie Recipe Book
The Sugar-Free Healthy Smoothie Recipe Book: Sip Yourself Slim: Smoothies for Weight Loss 
Jenny Kellett
Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, $9.99
Delicious healthy smoothies to help you on your weight loss journey --or just because they taste good! 
Page Street Publishing, $28
Over 120 simple and delicious recipes that can reduce inflammation and ease autoimmune systems in a beautifully photographed book.  
And, coming out in October! 
Ina Garten
Clarkson Potter Publishers, $35 
Fans of the Barefoot Contessa will love this look inside her life, when she shares the recipes that her husband likes her to make for him! With recipes tried, tested, sampled and loved many times over by her husband and friends, this is her most intimate recipe book yet. 
Ecco Press, $37.50
Another book of personal favorites, this time from chef Anthony Bourdain. This is Bourdain's first cookbook in ten years and it contains the recipes that he thinks everyone should know how to cook.

Unless otherwise stated, all these books are on our shelves now and we're always happy to order for you!
A Mo Willems Moment...
The Cookie Fiasco
Despair not, Elephant and Piggie fans! The adorable duo may have appeared in their last book, but they have not forgotten
We are Growing_
us! Author Mo Willems is launching a new series of early readers, Elephant and Piggie Like Reading, in which Elephant and Piggie introduce us to new stories by other authors, making their own unique comments at the beginning and end of the book. The first two books in the series will be out in September, The Cookie Fiasco by Caldecott Medallist Dan Santat, and We Are Growing! by author-illustrator Laurie Keller.

Nanette_s Baguette
And at the end of October, Willems will give us a special new picture book: Nanette's Baguette. Nanette the frog visits a bakery on her own for the first time, to buy a baguette, but it's not so easy--although very funny! The background images for the story were created by Willems by cutting and folding paper, for a very different illustrative effect.
Larry's Biography of the Year!

American Ulysses 
American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant
By Ronald C. White
Random House, $35
This is one of the finest books on Grant I have ever read. If you love history, or you buy gifts for a history lover or reader, get this book-- it is worth the price and weight!

We have largely forgotten Grant, due to scandal created by some of his staff in his second term as President, but in the past the man was thought of the third President to create the nation, along with Lincoln and Washington. Grant himself has always proven to have integrity and I wish he were around running for office right now. This book tells his full story and I am grateful for its writing. It indeed is time for a reappraisal of this great American General and President.

Something different...
The Broncos have started the season in the right way! Cheer on your favorite team with some of our special fan items! Cushions, action figures, water bottles, soft balls, Bronco bears - we've got everything you need to show your true colors (orange and blue, of course). And if you want to know more about your team and the players, of course we have books about them too! 

Sue Lubeck