In Boise, Idaho, Rediscovered Bookshop owner Laura Delaney will be recommending William Joyce's The Man in the Moon for holiday giving. "Everyone always looks for a great picture book, and this one really hits all of my favorite things," she said. "It has vivid, rich illustrations. The story has just enough of a bad guy to give a little bit of tension but has a beautiful ending."
On Friday, November 11, customers can pick up signed copies of Boise denizen Anthony Doerr's Memory Wall: Stories, for which he was awarded the 2010 Story Prize. A former writer-in-residence for the state of Idaho, he'll be appearing at the store along with local scribes Mitch Wieland, the author of God's Dogs: A Novel in Stories, and Alan Heathcock, whose collection of linked stories, Volt, Delaney intriguingly described as "Midwestern noir." At an event the evening before, Chris Carlson is set to be introduced by the state's one-time executive, Cecil Andrus, the subject of his new book, Cecil Andrus: Idaho's Greatest Governor.
A title Delaney is handselling with success is The Inquisitor's Apprentice by Chris Moriarty. Set in the early 20th century in New York City, a melting pot where magic is prohibited, the story is one of the books featured in a steampunk-themed window display. Another is Steampunk!: An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant and including tales by Libba Bray, Cory Doctorow and Holly Black. Some of the Rediscovered Bookshop's clientele are already fans of the genre, and Delaney and her staff are actively working to introduce others to the world of steampunk.
The store does especially well with graphic novels, a category spearheaded by Delaney's husband and co-owner, Bruce. (He recently trained docents at the Boise Art Museum on how best to give tours of a graphic novels exhibit.) One of his picks for the season is the potential sleeper Bake Sale, Sara Varon's colorful tale about the adventures of bakery owner Cupcake and his best friend, Eggplant. The other is Feynman, written by Jim Ottaviani and illustrated by Leland Myrick. The biography about quantum physicist and Nobel winner Richard Feynman is "the perfect book for the science geek in the family," said Delaney.
In addition to the Rediscovered Bookshop, the Delaneys own All about Games! in Boise, which sells "everything you play with real people; no computer games," Delaney said. "That's the other half of our mayhem. The game store is thriving to the point where we open at 10 a.m. and close at midnight or later." The pair bought the store six months after opening the Rediscovered Bookshop and recently opened a second All about Games location in Boise.
The week before last, the Rediscovered Bookshop, which recently celebrated its fifth anniversary, teamed up with the musicians' organization Go Listen Boise to stage the second "Rock to Read" concert. The event launched last year after funding was cut for school libraries. The money raised is used to provide schools in the Boise Public School District with new books, showing there's no need to wait for the holidays to do good deeds. --Shannon McKenna Schmidt