Hello Readers,

An amazing 250 individuals registered for our Battle of the Books event earlier this week. In case you missed it, you can check out the replay here. While gathering as a community on a virtual platform doesn't replace the in-person interaction we miss so dearly, it did remind us what an incredible community we live in while giving us faith that people do still believe in the power of independent bookstores and what we bring to the community beyond physical books. We remain grateful for your continued support.

This week we're bringing you staff picks by way of the Friday Five. And we're always around to connect with you on Instagram , Facebook, and Twitter. One more thing: Libro.fm continues to offer a tremendous deal to all those who make the switch from Audible to Libro.fm by gifting new customers with three audiobooks for the price of one. I'm currently listening to Dirt (see below in New on the Shelf) and it is tremendously fun. Every time I pop in my earbuds, I'm transported to France. Not as good as being there in person but armchair travel at its finest.

Stay home, stay safe, be well.