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Bookstore Owner Runs For Public Office

April 1, 2017

Great Barrington, MA - Pam Pescosolido, owner of The Bookloft in the Southern Berkshires region, announced her candidacy to run for public office in 2018 under the newly founded Bookist Party. "I enjoy reading," Pescosolido stated in her announcement speech, "and telling people what to read comes naturally. Really, how different can running the store be from running for office and inventing a reading political party?" During her rally on Saturday, April 1, 2017, she outlined that her platform will be defined by the same principles that her bookshop runs on: well organized categories of what readers should read. Saturday's rally saw the support and public endorsement from Kathleen Kelly, former owner of independent bookstore The Shop Around The Corner in Manhattan. "We need someone like Pam to stand up to the big book lobby." Dozens of individuals were in attendance at Pescosolido's announcement rally, but, controversially, only those who were fictional participated. When reached for comment about whether that might translate to a lack of non-fictitious voter support, Pescosolido stated, "Look, I made cookies. Want one?" Pescosolido's rally was held at The Bookloft, in the Poetry section.

Hidden Figures

Time to give credit where credit's due! If you've enjoyed either the film or the book "Hidden Figures", you'll want to read these books about other women who changed the world... without the world realizing it. We're happy to say most of these great books are staff picks. Select the picture to find out more about each book and read our review of it!





Winter Reading Challenge!

It's that time of year again! It's cold out, and the falling snow makes the perfect backdrop to a cozy reading hour! Need some inspiration (or motivation--we know you're eyeing that Netflix tab...)? Participate in our Winter Reading Challenge! Stop by to pick up a sheet that lists different kinds of books, and see how many you can check off! Bring your list that completes at least ten items before May 15th to get 30% off your purchase!!

Or, inspire the kids to read more this winter with our Children's Winter Reading Challenge. They must check off at least three items from their list and bring it back between March 6th and the April 23rd, 2017 to claim their prize! (Prizes will be free books!!) If they write a response to the last item on the list, they'll be entered to win a special Writer's Award.



24 Days of Holiday Gift Recommendations!

This year, we're helping you pick out the perfect gifts for you loved ones, one day at a time! Each day, we'll be posting new recommendations by theme. Have a friend who loves film? Music? Tea? Baking? Sports? No matter who you're shopping for, there are great books and other gifts here to inspire you.

As always, never hesititate to ask for assistance from any of our booksellers, whether it be in locating something specific, recommendations, ordering (most items arrive overnight at no extra charge), or shipping straight to the recipient's door. We hope to see you all soon, even if only to wish you Happy Holidays!

DAY 1: Space

2001 A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke (new gift edition with introduction by Neil Gaiman!)
Doctor Who: The Whoniverse
Spaceships: An Illustrated History of the Real & Imaginary
An Observer's Notebook: Astronomy
To the Moon Coloring Book
Constellation Socks
Science Decomposition Notebook
Space Earrings
Einstein's Bath-time Continuum Soap
Wrinkle in Time Badge
Book-lover Pin
Literary Matchbox
Litographs Print

DAY 2: Hipster Parent

The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles
1 to 20 Animals Aplenty
Baby's First Soft Book: Friendly Faces in the Yard
Night-Night, Wooly
Moustaches Temporary tattoos
Primitive Bear





DAY 3: The Detective

Sherlock Holmes Penguin Classics Deluxe Edtion
Death Cloud (Sherlock Holmes #1) by Andrew Lane
Sherlock Holmes: The Essential Mysteries in One Sitting
The Unconscious Passport Notebook
The Sherlock Holmes Detective Agency Notebook
The Seven Year Pen
Bamboo IQ Test Puzzle
Mystery Rummy
Sherlock Holmes Temporary Tattoos
Metal Earth 1908 Ford Model T Replica
Tea Blank Notecards
Antler Jewelry Tree

DAY 4: Humor Memoir

Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
You Can't Touch My Hair by Phoebe Robinson
You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day
Hyperbole and a Half by ALLIE BROSH
Talking as Fast as I can by Lauren Graham
Buffering by Hannah Hart
The Book of Me: A Do-it-Yourself Memoir
Another F*ing Coloring Book
Utter Nonsense Game
Storymatic Game
Book Necklace from ReImagined by Luna
When in Doubt Go to the Library T-shirt from Out of Print
"children will ruin your life" humor greeting card from The Hat + Wig + Glove Company
Magnetic Poetry Kit
Freudian Slips
Author Card Game
Mister Rodgers' Encouragemints

DAY 5: TV Lover

Play All: A Bingewatcher's Notebook by Clive James
Firefly: The Gorram Shiniest Dictionary and Phrasebook in the 'Verse
Live from New York:An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live (Newly updated and expanded!)
The Platinum Age of Television by David Bianculli
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
Outlander Kitchen
Game of Thrones 2017 Wall Calendar
"Previously On..." Guess the TV Series Game
Mister Rogers Sweater Changing Mug
"Kill Your TV" Pin

DAY 6: Music Lover

David Bowie: the Last Interview
101 Artists to Listen to Before You Die
Moleskine Limited Edition The Beatles Ruled Notebook
Overture to Death Matchbox Book
Musical Note Earrings by LucyLane
Musical Note iClips Magnetic Bookmark Set
Composition Book Pencil Case
Hans Christian Anderson Piano Mug from PublikumArt
Musical Notes Journal
Piano Seven Year Pen

DAY 7: Yarn Meister

Sweaters for Dogs by Debbie Humphreys
Natural Knits by Jane Ellison
People Knitting by Barbara Levine
Knit Your Own Dinosaur by Sally Muir
Learn to Crochet, Love to Crochet by Ann Wilkinson
Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting by Ann Hood
Decomposition Notebook
Marimekko Pencil Set
Knitted Hand Warmers
Crocheted Dragon from Pebble

DAY 8: Francophile

"Everything Sounds Better in French" Tote Bag
Must Eat Paris
Harry Potter a L'Ecole des Sorcieres
Flirting with French by William Alexander
The Other Paris byLuc Sante
The Only Street in Paris by Elaine Sciolono
What the French by Olivier Magny
Le Petit Prince Notebook
Paris is Always a Good Idea 2017 Wall Calendar
Christian Lacroix Journal



DAY 9: Film Buffs

Woody Allen: Film by Film by Jason Solomons
Great Films directors: A to Z
Indignation by Philip Roth
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
101 Things things I Learned in Film School by Neil Landau
How to Watch a Movie by David Thomson
Harry Potter Hogwarts Journal
Miss Peregrine's Journal for Peculiar Children
Alice in Wonderland Book Badge
Wonder Woman Mints
Mickey Mouse Earrings by LucyLane
Color Your Own Classic Movie Posters

DAY 10: Tea Time!

How to Make Tea by Keating & Long
For All the Tea in China by Sarah Rose
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Herb Gardening by Melissa Snyder
Homegrown Tea by Cassie Liversidge
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Literary Tea from Simpson & Vail
Ajiri Tea
Cup of Tea Crosswords
New Yorker Tea Jigsaw Puzzle
Hatter's Tea Party Soy Candle from Frostbeard Studio
Tea Forte Travel Cup & Teapot
Tea Set Enclosure Cards

DAY 11: Hamiltonians

Hamilton: The Revolution (Hardcover) by Lin-Manuel Miranda 
Alexander Hamilton's Guide to Life
Hamilton Coloring Book
The United States Constitution: A Pocket Guide
Feather Seven Year Pen
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
Alexander Hamilton Audiobook by Ron Chernow & read by Grover Gardner 
Tattly Feather Quill Temporary Tattoo
Decomposition Notebook

DAY 12: LGBTQ+ Pride

Worm Loves Worm by J. J. Austrian
She's Not There by Jennifer Finney Boylan
Viscera by Gabriel Squalia
Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen
None of the Above by I. W. Gregorio
Buffering by Hannah Hart
When We Rise by Cleve Jones
Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture in New York by Donald Albrecht
The U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Marriage Equality by The Supreme Court of the United States
Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration
Tattly Rainbow Temporary Tattoos
Quotable Cards Magnet
Colored Pencils
Rainbow Pashmina & Silk Scarf

DAY 13: Magic

The Unreal and the Real by Ursula K. LeGuin
The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
Magical Jungle Coloring Book by Johanna Basford
Niffler Incredibuild
Land of Stories Fairy Tales
Harry Potter Puzzle
Neverland Passport Notebook
Magic Tricks Set
Story Box: Create Your Own Fairy Tales
Through the Wardrobe Frostbeard Studio Candle
The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett
A Field Guide to Fantastical Beasts
Myth & Magic
Alice in Wonderland Heat-Changing Mug
The Hobbit Tarot Deck
The Little Prince Out of Print Socks
Wizard of Oz Magnet

DAY 14: Anglophile

Brit Wit 2017 Desk Calendar
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
The Bronte Sisters Black Tea Blend from Simpson & Vail
Shakespeare Insult Generator
Charles Dickens & Oscar Wilde Paddywax Candles
Society Rules (Two Novels: Snobs & Past Imperfect) by Julian Fellowes
LondonTown by Susannah Conway
Literary Matchbox
Monty Python Sticky Notes
Sydney Chambers and the Dangers of Temptation by James Runcie
English Renaissance Poetry by John Williams
Medieval Puzzle Collection
The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson
A Very English Scandal by John Preston
The Face of Britain by Simon Schama
The English and their History by Robert Tombs
The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England by Ian Mortimer

DAY 15: Food

The Forest Feast: Gatherings by Erin Gleeson
The British Table by Colman Andrews
Polska by Zuza Zak
Taste of Persia by Naomi Duguid
Champignons Jigsaw Puzzle
The Tanglewood Picnic by Gina Hyams
Curious Feast: 100 Postcards by 10 Artists
Brain Freeze Ice Cream Sandwich Notebook
Our Family Recipes Keepsake Notebook
Will Write for For Food by Dianne Jacob
First Bite by Bee Wilson
Eat Me: The Food and Philosophy of Kenny Shopsin
Chocolate Delights Page-a-day Desk Calendar
Stuff Every Cook Should Know by Joy Manning
Wayne Thiebaud Gift Enclosure Card Set
Joy of Cooking Book Pin

We Now Sell Digital Audiobooks!

We've long been a popular stop for all your bookish needs, from activity books for the kids to audiobooks to listen to on your next road trip or cleaning spree. But not everyone wants to use CDs anymore! So if you're looking to download digital audiobooks straight to your devices AND support your local independent bookstore, check out our storefront at LibroFM. We've partnered with this great indie-supporting company to offer our customers thousands of great reads (or should we say, "listens"...) at competitive prices and with the quick convenience that comes with digital shopping. Get started before January 1st, 2017 and get 20% off your first purchase with code BOOKLOFT20. Need some recommendations to get started? Find some of our favorite books to listen to below! Or try a free sample of the excellent book, Boys in the Boat here.

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