bookpeople of austin

Punk priestess Carrie Brownstein is on tour right now to promote her new memoir, Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl. In Austin last week, RSer and illustrator extraordinaire Lena Moses-Schmitt saw Brownstein speak on reading, writing, and getting noticed, and, of course, she reported back in the best way possible.

Can’t wait for Stephanie Perkins’ Isla and the Happily Ever After? Pre-order the book from the select retailers below and you’ll receive a set of Stephanie Perkins inspired buttons and a set of decals! Also, 25 lucky people will receive a Perkins tote bag as well!

Below is a list of participating stores.

NOTE: Not all stores take on-line preorders and though we’ve noted which stores do take pre-orders, it’s always good to double check with the stores themselves to make sure you will receive your Perkins Prize Packs!

 

CALIFORNIA

Books Inc.

3515 California Street, San Francisco, CA   94118

(415) 221-3666

TAKES ON-LINE PRE-ORDERS

 

Books Inc.

2251 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA   94107

(415) 643-3400

TAKES ON-LINE PRE-ORDERS

 

Books Inc.

601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA   94101

(415) 776-1111

TAKES ON-LINE PRE-ORDERS

 

Books Inc.

1501 Vermont Street, San Francisco, CA   94107

(415) 643-3400

TAKES ON-LINE PRE-ORDERS

 

Books Inc

855 El Camino Real #74, Palo Alto, CA 94301
650-321-0600

TAKES ON-LINE PRE-ORDERS

 

Books Inc

1344 Park Street, Alameda, CA 94501
510-522-2226

TAKES ON-LINE PRE-ORDERS

 

Books Inc

1375 Burlingame Avenue, Burlingame, CA 94010
(650) 685-4911

TAKES ON-LINE PRE-ORDERS

 

Books Inc

1760 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
510-525-7777

TAKES ON-LINE PRE-ORDERS

 

Books Inc

301 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA 94041
650-428-1234

TAKES ON-LINE PRE-ORDERS

 

A Great Good Place for Books

6120 LaSalle Avenue, Oakland, CA   94611

(510) 339-8210

TAKES ON-LINE PREORDERS

 

Pages A Bookstore

904 Manhattan Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA   90266

(310) 318-0900

TAKES ON-LINE PREORDERS

 

Towne Center Books

555 Main Street, Pleasanton, CA   94566

(925) 846-8826

 

Vroman’s Hasting Ranch

3729 East Foothill Boulevard, Pasadena, CA   91107

(626) 351-0828

TAKES ON-LINE PREORDERS

 

Vroman’s Bookstore

695 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA   91101

(626) 449-5320

TAKES ON-LINE PREORDERS

 

Warwick’s

7812 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, CA   92037

(858) 454-0347

TAKES ON-LINE PREORDERS

 

CONNECTICUT

RJ Julia Booksellers

768 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT   06443

(203) 245-3959

TAKES ON-LINE PREORDERS

 

COLORADO

Boulder Book Store

1107 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO   80302

(303) 447-2074

TAKES ON-LINE PREORDERS

 

Tattered Cover

1628 16th Street, Denver, CO 80202

(303) 436-1070

TAKES ON-LINE PREORDERS

 

GEORGIA

Little Shop of Stories

133 East Court Square, Decatur, GA   30030

(404) 373-6300

 

ILLINOIS

Anderson’s Bookshop

123 West Jefferson Avenue, Naperville, IL   60540

(630) 355-2665

TAKES ON-LINE PREORDERS

 

Anderson’s Bookshop

5112 Main Street, Downers Grove, IL   60515

(630) 963-2665

TAKES ON-LINE PREORDERS

 

Book Cellar

4736-38 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL   60625

(773) 293-2665

TAKES ON-LINE PREORDERS

 

The Book-Stall at Chestnut Court

811 Elm Street, Winnetka, IL   60093

(847) 446-8880

TAKES ON-LINE PREORDERS

 

Lake Forest Bookstore

680 North Western Avenue, Lake Forest, IL   60045

(847) 234-4420

TAKES ON-LINE PREORDERS

 

MASSACHUSETTS

Wellesley Books

82 Central Street, Wellesley, MA   02482

(781) 431-1160

TAKES ON-LINE PREORDERS

 

Willow Books

279 Great Road, Acton, MA   01720

(978) 266-0066

TAKES ON-LINE PREORDERS

 

MICHIGAN

Schuler Books and Music

1982 Grand River Avenue, Okemos, MI   48864

(517) 349-8840

TAKES ON-LINE PREORDERS

Brilliant Books

118 E. Front Street

Traverse City, MI 49684

(231) 946-2665

TAKES ONLINE PREORDERS

 

MINNESOTA

Red Balloon Bookshop

891 Grand Avenue, St. Paul,MN   55105

(651) 224-8320

TAKES ON-LINE PREORDERS

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Water Street Bookstore, Inc.

125 Water Street, Exeter, NH   03833

(603) 778-9731

TAKES ON-LINE PREORDERS

 

NEW MEXICO

Bookworks

4022 Rio Grande Boulevard NW, Albuquerque, NM   87107

(505) 344-8139

TAKES ON-LINE PREORDERS

 

NEW YORK

Books of Wonder

18 West 18th Street, New York, NY   10011

(212) 989-3270

 

Northshire Bookstore

424 Broadway, Saratoga, NY   12866

(518) 682-4200

TAKES ON-LINE PREORDERS

 

Oblong Books & Music

6422 Montgomery Street, Suite 6, Rhinebeck, NY   12572

(845) 876-0500

TAKES ON-LINE PREORDERS

 

Oblong Books & Music

26 Main Street, Millerton, NY   12546

(518) 789-3797

TAKES ON-LINE PREORDERS

 

NORTH CAROLINA

Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe

55 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC   28801

(800) 441-9829

TAKES ON-LINE PREORDERS

 

Flyleaf Books

752 Martin Luther King, Jr Boulevard, Chapel Hill, NC   27514

(919) 942-7373

TAKES ON-LINE PREORDERS

 

Quail Ridge Books & Music

3522 Wade Avenue, Raleigh, NC   27607

(919) 828-1588

TAKES ON-LINE PREORDERS

 

OHIO

Joseph-Beth Booksellers

2692 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45208

(513) 396-8960

TAKES PHONE AND IN STORE ORDERS ONLY

 

OKLAHOMA

Best of Books

1313 East Danforth Road, Edmond, OK   73034

(405) 340-9202

 

PENNSYLVANIA

Children’s Book World

17 Haverford Station Road, Haverford, PA   19041

(610) 642-6274

 

Doylestown Bookshop

16 South Main Street, Doylestown, PA   18901

(215) 230-7610

TAKES ON-LINE PREORDERS

 

Towne Book Center

220 Plaza Drive, Suite B-3, Collegeville, PA   19426

(610) 454-0640

TAKES ON-LINE PREORDERS

 

TEXAS

Blue Willow Bookshop

14532 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX   77079

(281) 497-8675

TAKES ON-LINE PREORDERS

BookPeople

603 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX   78703

(512) 472-4288

TAKES ON-LINE PREORDERS

 

UTAH

The King’s English Bookshop

1511 South 1500 East, Salt Lake City, UT   84105

(801) 484-9100

TAKES ON-LINE PREORDERS

VERMONT

Northshire Bookstore

4869 Main Street, Manchester, VT   05255

(802) 362-2200

TAKES ON-LINE PREORDERS

 

VIRGINIA

Hooray for Books!

1555 King Street, Alexandria, VA   22314

(703) 548-4092

WASHINGTON

Elliott Bay Book Company

1521 10th Avenue, Seattle, WA   98122

(206) 624-6600

TAKES ON-LINE PREORDERS

 

University Bookstore

4326 University Way NE, Seattle, WA   98105

(206) 545-4361

TAKES ON-LINE PREORDERS

 

WISCONSIN

Boswell Book Company

2559 North Downer Avenue, Milwaukee, WI   53211

(414) 332-1181

TAKES ON-LINE PREORDERS

CANADA

Mabel’s Fables

662 Mt. Pleasant Road

Toronto Ontario

M4S 2N5

(416) 322-0438

TAKES ON-LINE PRE-ORDERS!

Curiosity House

178 Mill Street

Creemore Ontario

L0G 1G0

(705) 466-3400

Thursday, April 22nd, 2015

Last week, I was in Austin on a business trip. I spoke on a panel at the Texas Librarian Association conference, and my publisher paid for me to fly there and stay in a hotel and eat queso and ice cream and BBQ, to stand on a bridge until dusk and watch the largest urban bat colony in the world emerge from underneath. This is the first business trip I’ve ever been on–before very recently, I had no business doing anything at all–and for all I know it could be the last. So I made sure to tell just about everyone I encountered that I was in Texas on business. The cab driver who brought me back to the airport was the only one to really question what business that was, and when I told him, he flipped out. “ARE YOU TELLING ME I’VE GOT A BESTSELLING AUTHOR IN MY CAB?” he shouted. I was not telling him that, but he ran with it, shook my hand as I was leaving, told me it was an honor to meet me, that he’d see me on TV. No one has ever been more excited about the existence of my book than my cab driver, not even my own mother. Heaven is a business trip to Austin, or maybe just a ride in that guy’s cab.

I had a lot of free time on the trip so I went to BookPeople, the glorious Austin bookstore, and bought a copy of Heidi Julavits’s The Folded Clock. I bought it because it’s so beautifully designed and I love reading other people’s diaries. I walked to the river from the conference center and sat at a table in the sun behind a cafe and read the first fifty pages in one sitting and realized how little track I’ve been keeping of my own life. Today I am twenty-two weeks and a couple days pregnant, and I’ve written barely a word about any of it. There’s too much to talk about, but also not enough. I am not the first pregnant woman ever to exist. I cannot adequately or particularly interestingly describe how weird it is to feel my child moving around inside me. There are “kicks” and then there is whatever happened this morning, as I lay in bed with my hand on my stomach. It felt like something big and round sliding down the center of me and then disappearing–if I had to guess, I think she did a flip forward and what I felt was the top of her head? But, like, who fucking knows, man. I’ve had this persistent pain that I think I’ve finally identified to be my ribcage expanding. Bodies are weird.

And obviously it’s more than bodies. It’s hopes and fears and dreams and anxieties that I should, as a writer, be parsing. But I’m at a loss. In four months this fluttering concept inside me will be an actual human being living with me in my one-bedroom apartment. In a decade or so, she will be a walking, talking conscious thing, with opinions and questions and the ability–I presume–to Google herself. I feel very protective of her already, unwilling to say much about her in so public a forum. And also there’s just the fact that I’m not that scared. By all rights I should be scared, but the scariest thing about pregnancy so far is how not scared I am. She is so desired, so anticipated, so loved. She has been since we saw her for the first time on the second day of the new year, a flickering blueberry-sized embryo on a screen in a doctor’s office. She has been since before that, I think, since Kevin and I sat beside each other on a couch in my apartment in New York watching the director’s cut of That Thing You Do! seven years ago and all I wanted was to hold his hand. 

People are so happy to see you when they see that you’re pregnant. In Texas two teen boys approached, said, “Yo miss, spare some change?” and I inched past nervously, apologetically, and still one called out “Congratulations by the way!” with such genuine warmth. I’ve been given two (2) seats on public transportation. I don’t fit into my normal jeans anymore. I haven’t been craving specific foods so much as I’ve been craving summer. I want soft-serve and Phillies games, fresh air, Monkees records, baked beans and Arnold Palmers and afternoons at the beach. This is all I can think of, for now. Please don’t ask me how my new novel is coming along, because the answer is “I’ve been writing an 80+ page flashback for the last three days.”

Hello Austin! It’s been rad wandering down your streets, smelling all your scents from all your food trucks, and wishing I could afford the cool things in your stores. Now tonight, it will be even better meeting some of you. Don’t forget, today, 3:00pm at @bookpeople bookstore, I’ll be there for some Q&A, some signing, and probably some saying of stupid things.

Cannot wait to see you, and if I am honest, see how many people will actually choose poetry over football. Me vs. the Super Bowl begins soon. :)
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