Coming Home (An Alex Benedict Novel) by Jack McDevitt — Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists

“Thousands of years ago, artifacts of the early space age were lost to rising oceans and widespread turmoil. Garnett Baylee devoted his life to finding them, only to give up hope. Then, in the wake of his death, one was found in his home, raising tantalizing questions. Had he succeeded after all? Why had he kept it a secret? And where is the rest of the Apollo cache?”

via Coming Home (An Alex Benedict Novel) by Jack McDevitt — Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists.

Jack McDevitt’s new Alex Benedict novel comes out Nov. 4th.. can’ t wait to dive into that world again…

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It’s Halloween and, as promised, J.K. Rowling has delivered us the treat of a new story from the wizarding world of our hero, Harry Potter. But before jumping in, let’s not forget that this a day of fright. This story fittingly features one of the most sinister, cringe-inducing characters to come across Harry Potter’s path, Dolores Umbridge [insert booing here] [and we don’t mean the ghostly kind]. Rowling tackles Umbridge’s past and rise to power within the Ministry of Magic, while also discussing where she found inspiration for the character. Head over to or jump on to Pottermore (which you should probably do anyway) to check it out.

Our conclusion? We still don’t like Dolores… (Though we always love reading new Harry Potter stories!)

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Statesman Selects: THE PERIPHERAL by William Gibson


We’re happy to announce that the Statesman Selects pick for November is The Peripheral by William Gibson. His first novel since the 2010’s bestselling novel, Zero History, we are ecstatic to have one of the most exciting and visionary authors of our time in the store. A Hugo, Nebula, and The Philip K. Dick Award winner, this is sure to be an evening to remember, folks. We’re proud to partner with the Austin American-Statesman to bring William Gibson to BookPeople on Sunday, November 2. Be sure to read the Statesman’s review of The Peripheral in the Sunday, November 2nd edition of the paper.

Bookseller Love for The Peripheral

“After spending a decade exploring the post-9/11 techno-thriller universe, William Gibson, coiner of the term “cyberspace” returns to the field of speculative fiction with his new novel, The Peripheral. A fantastic beginning for a new trilogy, this book is stunning…

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History of Halloween – Halloween –

“Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. In a number of countries around the world, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people continue to usher in the winter season with gatherings, costumes and sweet treats.”

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Jefferson’s Library – Thomas Jefferson | Exhibitions – Library of Congress

“Throughout his life, books were vital to Thomas Jefferson’s education and well-being. When his family home Shadwell burned in 1770 Jefferson most lamented the loss of his books. In the midst of the American Revolution and while United States minister to France in the 1780s, Jefferson acquired thousands of books for his library at Monticello. Jefferson’s library went through several stages, but it was always critically important to him. Books provided the little traveled Jefferson with a broader knowledge of the contemporary and ancient worlds than most contemporaries of broader personal experience. By 1814 when the British burned the nation’s Capitol and the Library of Congress, Jefferson had acquired the largest personal collection of books in the United States. Jefferson offered to sell his library to Congress as a replacement for the collection destroyed by the British during the War of 1812. Congress purchased Jefferson’s library for $23,950 in 1815. A second fire on Christmas Eve of 1851, destroyed nearly two thirds of the 6,487 volumes Congress had purchased from Jefferson.”

via Jefferson’s Library – Thomas Jefferson | Exhibitions – Library of Congress.

‘The Imitation Game’ Dramatizes the Story of Alan Turing –

“Alan Turing, the figure at the center of the already much praised film, “The Imitation Game,” which opens Nov. 28, is probably better known to computer scientists than he is to most moviegoers. Turing, a British mathematician, is now widely credited with helping to develop the theoretical underpinnings for modern computing. He was also a war hero of sorts, largely responsible for cracking the notoriously difficult Enigma code, which the Germans used for virtually all their military communication in World War II. Churchill believed that his was the single biggest contribution to Allied victory.”

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Living Room will be cafe in new downtown San Diego library |

“DOWNTOWN SAN DIEGO — San Diego’s popular new downtown library will soon get the outdoor garden cafe it’s lacked since opening just over a year ago, city officials said.

The cafe, located on the ground floor of the nine-story library, will become another branch of the The Living Room coffee house chain.”

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Top Shelf in November: A Feast of Great New Cookbooks


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It’s that time of year when we turn to our kitchens with fresh gusto and zeal to cook up celebratory feasts for family and friends. There is no shortage of worthy cookbooks to help us along this year. In fact, there are so many fine new cookbooks on the shelf that we’ve decided to put a few of them to the test and explore their recipes in our home kitchens. Join us as we document our culinary adventures in a month-long series on our blog. Get started no your own kitchen expedition with one of the terrific new cookbooks recommended below. Good luck and happy feasting!

texas on the tableTexas on the Table: People, Places, And Recipes Celebrating the Flavors of the Lone Star State by Terry Thompson-Anderson

Texas is not only a unique place to live, it’s a distinct place to eat. Our state’s varied climate and changing…

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The Library of the Century | Design4Impact

“Library 21c, the Pikes Peak Library District’s (PPLD) latest addition, is a centralized education and experimentation hub. The new two-story Colorado Springs library is the biggest building in the district, the second-largest in Colorado, supporting about 620,000 residents. Last year, the district had 3.6 million ­visitors.”

via The Library of the Century | Design4Impact.

Appeals Court Reverses Georgia State Fair Use Decision

“Copying practices in the academic world were again thrown into legal disarray when a federal appellate court reversed a fair use finding in favor of Georgia State University (GSU) in its long-standing copyright dispute with several academic publishers. The trial court had found the practices, which involved scanning portions of books into electronic course reserves and other systems for classroom use, to be a fair use of the copyrighted works. The appellate court’s 129-page opinion determined that the trial court had not properly applied fair use law, but stopped short of declaring GSU’s practices to be illegal infringement. The appellate court sent the case back to the trial court for a reconsideration of GSU’s copying.”

via Appeals Court Reverses Georgia State Fair Use Decision.