Taking the First Step

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Beyond Fish on Fridays

Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

-Martin Luther King Jr.

On Monday, I not only enjoyed a day off, due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, I also had the pleasure of having my sister in law and niece over for dinner. Roasted butternut squash, mashed rutabaga, and a salad with homemade dressing seemed to be the ticket. In all honesty, I had never made rutabaga before, however, it had caught my eye in the produce department the day before, so I thought “Why not?”. Now what possessed me to test this new vegetable out on my pregnant wife and sister in law (who is also expecting), I’ll never know; but I’m glad I did. Even our 16 month old daughter liked the rutabaga enough to discard her spoon and begin eating it by the handful…

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Shop Local for the Holidays

Louisville is well known for its local, independently owned businesses and restaurants. These small shops, cafes, and bistros, contribute to the unique and quirky Louisville flair that we all love!

Saturday, November 24th is Small Business Saturday. Your support of our store directly contributes to the one of a kind culture that Louisville offers and is a way you can proactively support the local economy.

During this holiday season, keep it local and shop small businesses FIRST for all your holiday gifts!

Right now, the store is featuring a special selection of holiday children’s books.

Come browse our wonderful selection of new and gently new children’s classics and holiday books for the young readers on your holiday gift lists.

We also are currently featuring a wide array of journals. The perfect gift for the creative type on your wishlist. A journal is the perfect way to enter the new year thoughtfully and with purpose!

Let’s celebrate small business together and patronize the local businesses we all love here in Louisville! Shop local FIRST!

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An Evening of Poetry

One of the many benefits of a local bookstore is the ability to celebrate local authors. This Saturday, September 22, we will be hosting An Evening of Poetry from 4-8PM.

Join us as we listen to the work of these local poets and artists, visit with fellow book lovers, enjoy refreshments, and browse our favorite local bookstore.

Check out information on our featured guests:

Tom Gibbs, author of the recent book, The Water Gospel: A Long Poem.Tom Gibbs grew up in Waco, Texas. Besides Texas, he has lived and written in West Virginia, Florida, and Kentucky. He holds both a BA and an MA from Marshall University. His book, No Willow: For the Zen Cowboy, (Appalachian Writers Project, 1978; Sullen Art Press, 1986) received the Teel Award for Poetry at Marshall University in 1978. His recent book, The Water Gospel: A Long Poem, was published in 2011 by Tekton Press with an introduction by Larry E. Maze, former Episcopal Bishop of Arkansas. Gibbs’ work has appeared in America, Concho River Review, Crossroads: A Southern Culture Annual, Et Cetera, and other magazines and journals. Gibbs lives and writes in rural Kentucky.

Jim McGarrah’s poems and essays have appeared most recently or are forthcoming in Bayou Magazine, Breakwater, Café Review, Cincinnati Review, Connecticut Review, Elixir Magazine, GreenBriar Review, and North American Review. He is the author of two books of poetry, Running the Voodoo Down, which won a book award from Elixir Press in 2003 and When the Stars Go Dark, which became part of Main Street Rag’s Select Poetry Series in 2009. He has also written a memoir of the Vietnam War entitled ATemporary Sort of Peace (Indiana Historical Society Press, 2007) that won the Eric Hoffer Award for Legacy Nonfiction and The End of an Era, a nonfiction account of life in the American counter-culture during the 1960’s and 1970’s, published in 2011 by Ink Brush Press. McGarrah has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a finalist twice in the James Hearst Poetry Contest.

Danny O’Bryan is the host of “Jazz Insights,” on 91.9 WFPK Radio Louisville. Considered “The Renaissance Man of Everything,” Danny O’Bryan is a singer, saxophonist, poet, playwright, actor, English Professor, and former contributing entertainment columnist and jazz critic for the Louisville Times and Courier Journal, The Lexington Herald, and the Louisville Eccentric Observer (LEO). Listen to Jazz Insights on Sunday mornings from 8-10!

Brett Eugene Ralph spent the better part of his youth in Louisville, Kentucky, playing football and singing in punk rock bands. He holds degrees from the University of Evansville and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where his poetry was twice awarded prizes from the Academy of American Poets. His work has appeared in journals such as Field, The American Poetry Review, Conduit, Exquisite Corpse, Willow Springs, and McSweeney’s, and his first full-length collection of poems, Black Sabbatical, was published by Sarabande Books in 2009. Brett is a professor of English at Hopkinsville Community College, where he also directs the Hoptown Reading Series and oversees publication of The Round Table, HCC’s literary magazine. The debut album by Brett Eugene Ralph’s Kentucky Chrome Revue is available from Noise Pollution.

Ron Whitehead is a poet, writer, editor, publisher, organizer, scholar, professor. He attended Georgetown College, Western Kentucky University, The University of Louisville, and Oxford University (England). Ron has taught college for 15 years at The University of Louisville, Spalding University, Jefferson Community College, St. Catharine College, and Bellarmine University. In 1992 Ron founded The Global Literary Renaissance, a non-profit organization, supporting the global literary community. Ron’s work has been exhibited round the world from New York City to Louisville to New Orleans to San Francisco and from India to Czech Republic to Italy to Portugal to Ireland to The Netherlands to Iceland and beyond. The UN/UNESCO “Poetry on the Peaks” program selected The Dalai Lama/Ron Whitehead “Never Give Up” message/poem poster as its theme for 2002.

See you on Saturday!!

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Make Yourself a Mystic Brew

A Reader’s Corner Bookstore enjoys the privilege of offering Mystic Monk Coffee for sale in our store to the Louisville community.

Small business promoting small business. It is a beautiful thing!

What is so special about Mystic Monk Coffee you say?

Imagine the careful selection of high quality coffee beans which are then roasted in small batches to ensure full bodied taste.

Imagine these delicious and aromatic beans roasting in the clean fresh wide open spaces of Wyoming.

Imagine Carmelite Monks carefully crafting each freshly roasted coffee to the utmost perfection. The monks roast coffee as a form of manual labor as part of their monastic life.

Imagine supporting the important work of the Carmelite Monks, makers of Mystic Monk Coffee, who use the proceeds from the coffee sales to build their monastery. The manual labor in the coffee production is an integral part of their monastic life.

Stop by A Reader’s Corner today to get your very own Mystic Monk Coffee!

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For a limited time only!

Why do we love A Reader’s Corner Bookstore?

The reasons are endless!

We love walking into this local shop and being greeted by a familiar face behind the register. We love getting to know Tim and Judy, the owners of A Reader’s Corner, their love for books and their community is contagious. We love Magnus, the shy bookstore pup. We love the rocking chairs, the children’s book nook, the many opportunities for finding a great deal on a old favorite or a current best seller. I could go on and on!

Speaking of deals, A Reader’s Corner is having a special sale that just had to be shared. For a limited time only, we are offering 30% off a selection of classic children’s books.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

by Eric Carle

30% off $21.99

10 Apples up on Top

by Dr. Seuss

30% off $8.99

To see more books in this sale, check out our Facebook Page!

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Larkspur Press

A Reader’s Corner Bookstore is proud to be currently displaying pieces by Larkspur Press, a local Kentucky printing house that specializes in creating handmade works of literary art.

Swing by the shop to check out the wonderful quality of these lovely creations.

Larkspur Press is committed to high quality materials, all their work is handset in metal type and hand bound. Their website describes how their artwork, including photo engravings, woodcuts, and wood engravings, is printed on a Washington hand press.

Larkspur mostly publishes Kentucky writers making these works of art a thoughtful, personal, and beautiful addition to a booklovers collection.

Need a gift idea? Come to A Reader’s Corner Bookstore and fall in love with these unique books that highlight the traditional art of letterpress.

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Did you know?

We all know that A Reader’s Corner is a delightful little shop. The atmosphere is warm and friendly, the employee’s are welcoming. The shop is a happy place, sure to bring a smile to your face.

But did you know? A Reader’s Corner is pet friendly?!

Check it out!

So bring your furry family members to the shop!

If you’re lucky, you could meet Magnus, the resident bookstore pup! He is a bit shy at first, but always warms up after a good ear rub:)

Can’t wait to see you there!

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My favorite female book characters

In no particular order…

1. Anne (with an “e”) Shirley from Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

2. Jean Louise “Scout” Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

3. Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

4. Eowyn from The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

5. Aliena from Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

6. Jane Eyre from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

7. Scarlett O’Hara from Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

8. Hermione Granger from Harry Potter by J.K Rowling

9. Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

10. Jo March from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Who would you choose???

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An older bestseller you may want to take a second look at

Michael Crichton’s 1969 book, The Andromeda Strain, focuses on the threat of biological dissemination – but not just any old threat – this bug, called Andromeda, comes from outer space.

When Neal Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to walk on the surface of the moon in 1969, many Americans feared that the Apollo XI mission would bring back to earth unknown infection, and Crichton used this fear to develop the premise for his book. Unlike their parents from the post-World War II generation, young people growing up in America during the 60s were not plagued constantly by an unrelenting fear of nuclear warfare. However, by drawing their attention to an entirely new kind of danger – and a very small one at that – Crichton’s book gave the upcoming 70s generation something to worry about.
You may be wondering if Crichton’s book is still pertinent today. I would say that it is, not only because biological warfare still remains a threat, but also because Crichton sets up another theme which is far more relevant to modern readers: technological advances and its impact on society. Even though the technology described in the book is not the most up-to-date, the overall theme remains clear: technology is like microorganisms in that computers and other electronic devices are capable of obtaining and spreading information instantaneously to other networks. The make-up of electronic systems is not very dissimilar to viruses, bacteria, and other germs in our bodies. With our growing reliance on technology, we are as concerned today as they were in the seventies of losing that part of us that makes us human – our capacity for moral judgment as well as our fallible nature.

If you’re looking for a gripping, fast-paced read that will make you think, this book is the perfect pick. It’s my favorite of Crichton’s – what’s yours?

Reviewed by: Whitney

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Add some short stories to your shelf!

A multidimensional collection of short stories about loss, running away, forgiveness, and resolution, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie, has so many soul-stirring moments that I wondered at points how it wasn’t real life.

The book is centered around the lives of Native Americans on the Spokane Indian reservation, with a particular focus on two completely different young men, Thomas Builds-the-Fire and Victor Joseph. Thomas is a story teller and a friendly soul, while Victor is moody and troubled by his childhood. On the surface, the book feels like a typical father-son story. Flashbacks from the past reveal Victor’s drunken father, Arnold Joseph, losing control, abusing his wife and son, and leaving home, never heard of again until his death. After receiving this news, Victor sets out on an odyssey with Thomas. Together, they venture forth to retrieve Arnold’s ashes. In the process, they uncover truths about Arnold and about themselves.

I’ll tell you, I’m a character reader. The main thing I look for in a good book is good characters, and this book has them. Believe me when I say you will FALL IN LOVE with Thomas and Victor and so many of the other secondary characters. By the end of the book, you feel like you’ve lived your whole life on the Spokane reservation, and these people are your family. And that’s the whole point, really. In writing this collection, Alexie meant to show how family ties can move far beyond blood and how those ties may be strengthened through trust and acceptance. Trust me when I say this is worth the quick read.

Reviewed by: Whitney

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