Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Some super new titles for the New Year!!!

Pultizer prize winner, Elizabeth Strout has hit the mark again with her latest novel, "My Name is Lucy Barton." She has the ability to take ordinary situations and use them to make acute observations on the human condition. If you liked "Olive Kitteridge" you will totally enjoy this read.

Coming at the end of January is a totally captivating read by Melanie Benjamin, author of "The Aviator's Wife." Benjamin is a master at creating historical fiction that bring the characters up front and personal. Her latest novel, " The Swans of Fifth Avenue" bring to life the glamourous 1950s and  the scandalous, headline-making, and enthralling friendship between literary legend Truman Capote and peerless socialite Babe Paley.

You'll also want to read "The Early Stories of Truman Capote." A look into the first bold steps of an American literary icon.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Celebrate the New Dr. Seuss Book!!!

A Newer Than New New Dr Seuss Book

"What Pet Should I Get???

This is Dr. Seuss week at Elm Street Books.
We'll have storytimes, crafts and giveaways all week long.

Tuesday July 28th is the release date for this latest and greatest Dr. Seuss title.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Sophistication Is Overrated

Local author Babs Horner and her sister Susan Palma have created a very funny parody of the sophiticated life.

Leave your preconceptions at the door, this is a coffee table book with a twist and one you'll actually use! In Sophistication Is Overrated, you'll find delicious recipes as well as tips and tricks for truly unforgettable, and ridiculous, entertaining. Written by Babs Horner, a gourmet caterer, and her sister Susan Palma, an interior decorator better known as the Slageter sisters the book is a testimony to both refinement and fun. In it, you can learn to make your party "So Chic" with elegant crafts and decor, or go "So Slageter" with rubber chickens, wacky costumes, blow-up dolls and a healthy dose of humor. Whether you're planning an anniversary, Mardi Gras, or a child's birthday, Babs and Susan know how to bring the goods. At the heart of all the shenanigans, however, are Babs's gourmet recipes, which are big on flavor, light on butter, and sure to please at any occasion. Along with these, you'll find unique arrangement insights from Susan and her years of decorating experience. So stick your tongue firmly in your cheek and learn to entertain the Slageter way: with humor, heart, and above all, delicious food.

Check out their fun website.

We will be hosting a fun booksigning at Elm Street Books
on Saturday May 23rd 12noon - 2:30PM

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Children's Book Week

Our Children's Department is celebrating Children's Book Week with all sort of fun happenings,
May 4th - 9th!
Each day is a different theme with authors, activities, raffles and give aways!
Stop by for the action then spend time with our amazing children's bookseller for advice on all the latest and greatest books!
See you then!!

Also this Saturday May 2nd is Independent Bookstore Day. Stop by to lend your support to ESB and savor the luxury of having a small independent bookstore in your community.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

New York Times Frank Bruni - You didn’t get into Harvard, so what?

Join us at the Stamford Ferguson Library this Wednesday, April 15th @ 7PM for an author talk with NYTimes writer, Frank Bruni.

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no.

That belief is wrong. It's cruel. And in WHERE YOU GO IS NOT WHO YOU'LL BE, Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes.

Bruni, a bestselling author and a columnist for the New York Times, shows that the Ivy League has no monopoly on corner offices, governors' mansions, or the most prestigious academic and scientific grants. Through statistics, surveys, and the stories of hugely successful people who didn't attend the most exclusive schools, he demonstrates that many kinds of colleges-large public universities, tiny hideaways in the hinterlands-serve as ideal springboards. And he illuminates how to make the most of them. What matters in the end are a student's efforts in and out of the classroom, not the gleam of his or her diploma.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Another blog you'll enjoy

We partner with the New Canaan Library, The Wilton Library and the Stamford Ferguson Library. Each venue has its own terrific audiences and plenty of book enthusiasts. Laurie is the New Canaan Library Advisory Librarian and writes a book blog every other week. This link will take you right there. Books are available at Elm Street Books in person or on our website.
If you prefer head over to the NCLibrary.

Dog Eared

Friday, April 3, 2015

Erik Larson is April 21st @ 7PM

Mistake in the last post.

Erik Larson at the Wilton Library is April 21st at 7PM. 137 Old Ridgefield Road
Register Now!

Such a terrific read.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Erik Larson @ The Wilton Library Association

Don't miss the chance to hear Erik Larson speak about his latest book, "Dead Wake" @ The Wilton Library Association on April 23 at 7PM. This is a ticketed event with each registration including a copy of the book as well as two seats to the event. What a great evening! 203-762-3950

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania on May 7, 1915. A tragedy that was riddled with many mistakes and the loss of 1200 people. Come hear an expert storyteller bring this poignant event to life.  Hope to see you there.

Saturday, March 7, 2015


Bestselling Author Gregory Maguire,
author of Wicked
March 13 @ the Stamford Ferguson Library

An evening of conversation with bestselling author Gregory Maguire,
Author of Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

Your registration gives you a chance to win two tickets to the award-winning Broadway musical Wicked!

Tickets are $20, with proceeds to benefit the Library. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a wine reception.
Appetizers generously provided by Bank Street Events, BarBQ Stamford and Layla's Falafel


   Program at 7 p.m. Book sale and signing

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Manager's Memo from Winter Institute

I am spending the week in Asheville, North Carolina at the annual Winter Institute, a book industry learning forum. It is a place where independent booksellers gather to share ideas with each other, publishers and authors.

One of the highlights of the last couple of days was a terrific presentation by the NYTimes bestselling author John Green. John is not only a hugely successful young adult author, but a big supporter of independent bookstores. Having published five big books which speak to young adults as well as adults he reminded the gathering of booksellers that had it not been for independent bookstores no one would have read his first book. (A bit of an exaggeration, but we like the sentiment.) His early success was deeply linked to the loyal following and word of mouth buzz that small independent bookstores offered.
Well lucky for us because John is a champion of independent bookstores.

As John so eloquently mentioned in his talk, it is all those knowledgeable and engaged booksellers that bring new reads to the lucky customers who walk through our doors. We see more than the algorithm that  Amazon uses to pick your books, we see a person with diverse interests, curious thoughts and a desire to discover more stories to carry them away from the  routine of the day. We actually read those books unlike Mr. Amazon.

Keep supporting Elm Street Books and all independent bookstores so they can keep supporting you in this wonderful world of books.

John Green’s books make wonderful parent child book club books.
Ages 12 and up.