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Genre Kryptonite: Tornado Books (BookRiot)

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Put a Poem in Your Pocket: Poetry for Children

Grandma and Child

Poetry Month isn’t just for adults. In fact, probably the most important audience of National Poetry Month is kids!

Teaching a love for poetry at a young age opens a whole world up to kids. It helps their imaginations, their emotions, and their vocabulary. Poetry imparts valuable life lessons that you are never too young to learn. More than any other type of writing, poetry cuts to the soul with just a few searing words. Poetry shows that engaging openly with the world can be beautiful even when it’s painful. It shows that a sense of humor can be a great tool to have. It shows that just a few short lines can connect us with people who lived decades and centuries ago.

If you would like a child in your life to learn these life lessons, grab one of these delightful volumes, and read some poetry together. Then grab a piece of paper, and write some poetry together. And don’t forget to celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 30th! continue reading >>

A Garden Grows in Oregon

Garden

There are almost as many climates in Oregon as there are types of gardens: vegetable gardens and wildflower gardens; coastal forests and deserts; fruit gardens and ornamental gardens; mountains and valleys. Gardening in the Northwest can be tricky. You wouldn’t use the same techniques in Eugene as you would in Bend. In such a wildly varied place, gardeners don’t want general guides. No, they want localized guides geared to the specific needs of the coastal forests, deserts, mountains, valleys, and islands of the Northwest.

Here you will find just such localized guides. These gardening books were written for the Pacific Northwest gardener alone. Whether you are looking to grow your own food, plant wave after wave of wildflowers, design an intricate ornamental garden, or just be inspired, every guide you will find here is meant to help you plan, plant, and harvest right in your own Northwest backyard. So, ready, set, garden! continue reading >>

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How To Tell If You Are In A Gilbert & Sullivan Operetta (The Toast)

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Meet Your Favorite Authors

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Can we tell you a secret? There are a lot of delightful things about working at a bookstore, but one trumps them all. Sometimes, if we are very lucky booksellers, we get to meet our favorite authors!

Part of working with books is working author readings and book signings, not that we can really call it work. They say to never meet your heroes, but nothing but joy has come from us meeting our author heroes. And we have a month of authorial joy ahead of us! continue reading >>

April Staff Favorites

Spring daffodils

A book is like a flower. Tightly closed at first. You don’t know what beauty awaits you until it opens, and you won’t fully understand that beauty until the last petal drops and the last page is read.

Such is the case for the books our staff have picked for you this month. We lucky ones have already fully experienced the beauty of these books. Now, we are passing them along to you. Think of it like a bouquet of books from us to you! continue reading >>

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George R. R. Martin released an excerpt from Winds of Winter (George R R Martin)

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April is Poetry Month!

Rain

There is some disparity in opinions on April among poets. Chaucer said,

Whan that Aprill with his shoures soote

The droghte of March hath perced to the roote,

And bathed every veyne in swich licour

Of which vertu engendred is the flour;

See! Chaucer thinks the rains of April are sweet. So sweet, they washed away all of March’s dreariness. Here’s a man who believes in April. But in the other corner we have T.S. Eliot calling April “the cruelest month.” What are we to do when two such powerhouse poets disagree over the entire month? We will just have to dedicate April to poetry to discover who is right.

National Poetry Month started in 1996 as a way to celebrate and appreciate poetry. It has grown into a worldwide celebration of poetry’s importance in the past, in the present, and in the future. The future is of special importance during National Poetry Month, as children are encouraged to get involved through Poem in Your Pocket Day (April 30th). Pick a poem, put it in your pocket, and share it loudly and proudly throughout the day. continue reading >>

Hike Your Way Into an Oregon Spring

Crater Lake

Have you checked #Oregon on Instagram or Twitter lately? It’s all beautiful blooms, blue skies, and happy Oregonians. The daffodils have poked their heads from the ground, and spring has sprung!

It’s that time of year when we all get spring fever. After months of being cooped up inside, we long to hit the hiking trail. The weather is inviting us out, and we are ready to lace up our boots. Are you an Oregon hiking beginner who doesn’t know where to start? An avid hiker looking for a new trail? Or maybe you’re just looking to take a scenic walk around your favorite Oregon town. Never fear. We have something for everyone in this list of Oregon hiking and camping guides. Hike your way into an Oregon spring! continue reading >>

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1book140: Vote for a Science-Fiction Book to Read in April (The Atlantic)

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