Thank you for your marvelous support of our August Book Drive to benefit Project READ. You donated over 1300 books that will be used to help adults and children either learn to read or improve their reading skills. We are so proud of you!
The next drive we'll have is a Food Drive to benefit the Montgomery and Greene County FoodBank. It is part of a nation-wide effort to bring awareness to children that anyone can fall on hard times and need the help of others to get out of their predicament. That is the theme of a new children's book, CRENSHAW by Katherine Applegate. It features a young boy named Jackson and his family who are experiencing hard times. There is no more money for rent. And not much for food, either. His parents, his little sister, and their dog may have to live in their minivan. Again. Enter Crenshaw..........a cat. He's large, he's outspoken, and he's imaginary. He has come back into Jackson's life to help him and save his family from losing everything. Can he do it? One thing is for sure.........friends matter, whether real or imaginary.
The bookstore that gathers the most nonperishable food donations from their customers will get a visit by Katherine Applegate, the author of Crenshaw, and winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal for The One and Only Ivan. We'd love to be that store! And the FoodBank will be so grateful for the donations. We encourage you to drop off your food donations at books&co sometime between October 1-31. We would truly appreciate whatever nonperishable food items you bring.
For more information about the Nationwide Crenshaw Food Drive, please visit CrenshawTheBook.com. The theme of the food drive is: Crenshaw is imaginary. Childhood hunger isn't. Help us feed families in need.
Have you noticed the excitement about coloring books for teens and adults? We surely have. We have dozens of them in stock. Come check them out!
We now have our October events featured on our Calendar of Events section. Please check it out.
BIG NEWS! The Dayton Literary Peace Prize Winners for 2015 have just been announced. The FICTION Winner is The Great Glass Sea by Josh Weil and the Runner-Up is All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doeer. The NONFICTION winner is Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson and the Runner-Up is The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs. We have all the books in stock waiting for you.
Stop in books&co and vote for the Big Read selection for 2016 or vote on line at BigRead.org until October 24. The choices are: The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez; The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd; Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson; and Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. Any one would make a wonderful Big Read book. The winner will be announced at the end of October.
So far in November we have these author events confirmed.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2; 7:30 PM
GREG GUTFELD, author of How to Be Right: The Art of Being Persuasively Correct
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3; 7 PM
MARLON JAMES, author of A Brief History of Seven Killings. (Rescheduled from October 15.)
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12; 7 PM
BRIAN FORSCHNER, author of Cold Serial: The Jack the Strangler Murders . This is a true story set in Dayton, Ohio
WED., NOVEMBER 18; 7 PM
ROBERT CRAIS, author of The Promise
(Line numbers beginning at 6 pm. Please show your books&co receipt for The Promise to get a line number.)
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19; 7 PM
RICHARD PAUL EVANS, author of The Mistletoe Inn: A Novel. (Line numbers beginning at 6 pm. Please show your books&co receipt for The Mistletoe Inn to get a line number.)