Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Staff Recommendation: The Book of Dead Philosophers

This is a fantastically entertaining and efficient way to explore the many philosophers of the past. Simon is a witty writer, making these timeless figures both more accessible and a pleasure to read. You'll find it hard to put this book down for very long. I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in philosophy or dead people.

The Book of Dead Philosophers, by Simon Critchley
Reviewed by: Dominique

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Wanted: Summer Marketing Intern

We're looking for a summer intern! Check out the posting below and let us know if you're interested.

Position: The Boulder Book Store intern gets to be involved in a wide variety of Marketing & Promotions tasks, which include assisting with:
• author events
• in-store displays
• promotional mailings
• flyer distribution
• press releases

Though the position will certainly include a number of administrative tasks, we welcome our interns to shape their experience here according to their specific interests and talents.

The internship lasts for three months, and interns work 5-10 hours/week. Internships begin in March, June, and September.

Computer Skills: Applicants must be competent in Microsoft Word and Excel, and would ideally be familiar with Photoshop.
Writing Skills: Interns may be asked to write press releases, draft letters to area organizations, create flyers, etc.
Multi-tasking: This position includes a wide variety of tasks, so being able to multi-task is important.
Book Lover: Since we're in the business of books, ideal applicants will share our enthusiasm for the business.
High School and College students only, please.

This internship is unpaid. There are a number of great perks, however, including loads of free books, flexible hours, fun-loving co-workers, use of the staff massage chair, and more. Most importantly, you will learn the ins and outs of working at both a bookstore, and a locally-owned, independent business. Plus, it will earn you a number of professional contacts, and look great on a resume!

To Apply:
Please send a letter of interest (or a resume and cover letter, if applicable) to: Mandy King, Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder, CO 80302, or to

Monday, April 27, 2009

Staff Recommendation: The Secret Pulse of Time

Klein deftly guides the reader on a journey through the very nature of time. Touching on subjects as diverse as the evolution of our biological clocks to how to maximize efficiency in your day, Klein's prose is delightfully awash in pithy literary and pop-culture references and is a pleasure to read. This book offers a renewed commitment to slowing down and enjoying the present.

The Secret Pulse of Time, by Stefan Klein
Reviewed by: Jen R.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Staff Recommendation: Bird by Bird

Quirky, punctually funny, and ultimately a pleasant collection of nurturing advice and inspirations to bolster the floundering or budding writer as they attempt to wrap their arms around their fickle morale.

Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott
Reviewed by: Eric

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Writing a Book? Get expert advice from our Buyers

ask the buyers

Ask the Buyers!
Saturday, May 2, 2:00-4:00pm
with Children’s Buyer Liesl Freudenstein and Head Buyer Arsen Kashkashian

Before you go to print for your book, come talk to our experienced buyers and get their expert advice about shelf appeal before it's too late to make changes. Feel free to bring cover samples, an abstract of the book, and any questions you might have about marketing or how to approach bookstores.

Cost is $25 for 15 minutes with either our Children’s or Adult buyer. Registration and pre-payment is required. Forms are available at the front desk of Boulder Book Store or by calling (303) 447-2074.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Save 20% on Chico Bags and BBS Canvas Bags today!

In honor of Earth Day, Boulder Book Store is happy to offer

20% off Chico bags and Boulder Book Store canvas bags, today only!

It's a great day for some earth-friendly shopping!

We also encourage you to find out what your water footprint is and how to reduce it, to buy local and organic, and to enjoy the many green businesses and offerings that Boulder provides! Need help? Stop by our Green Living section in the Center Basement.

Did You Know?...
Boulder Book Store is committed to energy-efficient, green business practices. The store has been retro-fitted with highly efficient lighting, heating and cooling systems, and has received the Green Star Award For Commitment to Environmental Responsibility.

Recently, in an effort to conserve resources, our recommended tags, author event flyers, and event calendars (all already printed on recycled paper) are now being printed in black-and-white with text in Eco-Font, a new font which uses 20% less ink.

And remember:
REUSE: We buy used books in exchange for cash or store credit.
RECYCLE: We sell used books throughout the store.
READ: Books are a great value and a great gift.


Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Staff Recommendation: Fresh Food From Small Spaces

This book is all about how to grow food without loads of space, tons of time, or the experience of being a lifelong gardener. Ruppenthal emphasizes the importance of growing food, of understanding how plants grow, and delineates a number of simple and straightforward ways to grow some types of food from even the smallest of urban spaces, or with the smallest of budgets.

Fresh Food From Small Spaces, by R.J. Ruppenthal
Reviewed by: Corinne

Monday, April 20, 2009

Staff Poetry Recommendation

Fire to Fire by Mark Doty

This new and selected book of poetry by Mark Doty highlights an amazing writing career. Reading Mark Doty's poems, the reader encounters the inspiration in everyday things through his truly accomplished imagery and language. His skill is so finely tuned as to appear effortless, with beautiful phrases like "a rinse of blue" flowing naturally when describing a crab shell. Absolutely lovely.

Reviewed by: Stephanie Walker

Friday, April 17, 2009

Join Us Tonight for Open Mic Poetry Readings!

Open Mic Poetry Reading
Friday, April 17 at 7:00pm

Join us in celebrating National Poetry Month with an evening of shared poetry. Participate in Open Mic Poetry Readings (bring your own or someone else's), browse our wide selection of poetry books and anthologies, network with the local poetry community (meet your peers, start a bookclub or workshop group), or just come to listen!

The reading will be held in the Upstairs Ballroom of Boulder Book Store. Sign-ups begin at 6:30pm.

I hope to see you there!

Stephanie Walker
Resident Poetry Maven

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Staff Recommendation: The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead

This book is part father-son memoir and part biology lesson. The title of the book might be a mouthful, but don't let that put you off. The writing is as clear as the topic is broad. In this book, you'll delve into the life cycle: birth, life, aging, and death. While reading it, you'll reassess your preparation for life's emotional, psychological, and physical trials.

The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead, by David Shields
Reviewed by: Karina

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Staff Recommendation: They Call Me Naughty Lola: Personal Ads from the London Review of Books

F, 20, wishes Americans were this creative. In fact, would marry the first person in the tri-county area to come up with something as hilarious and creative as one of these personals. Perfect for the person with Pythonesque humor, titillating for those without. Oddly inspiring, often shocking, seeks same at Box no. 1310.

They Call Me Naughty Lola: Personal Ads From the London Review of Books edited by David Rose

Reviewed by: Ashanti

Create Your Own Indie Bookstore Wish List!

Online wish lists are a great way to keep track of the books you're drooling over, and a convenient way to pass the hint along to friends and family. With the IndieBound Wish List, you can keep track of your wanted books online, and even use the search feature to find the independent bookstore nearest you, where you can shop 'til you drop. Start yours today!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Staff Recommendation: A Poetry Handbook

If you're new to reading poetry and want to learn more about the structure, sound and imagery of the genre, Christine, a bookseller at Boulder Book Store, recommends Mary Oliver's A Poetry Handbook: "My professor had us purchase this book for a poetry class I took in college. Mary Oliver is not only a wonderful poet, but she is also good about explaining the method behind the language. What I liked especially about this particular book are the many examples pulled from familiar poetry to give each chapter more substance." This book teaches all aspects of the craft of poetry for readers and writers alike.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Staff Recommendation: Start Where You Are

Start Where You Are, by Pema Chodron

With so much emphasis on progress, it can be difficult to stop and take a break. Pema, in this excellent guide, explains how anyone can learn to create calm in their lives through meditation and awareness. This book is great for those who are new to meditation, long-time practitioners, and everyone in between.

Reviewed by: Mari

Bridge to Terabithia Book Discussion

Join us for our One Book One Boulder Bridge to Terabithia Bookclub on Wednesday, April 15th at 7pm. Our discussion will be held in the Upper North Room and is open to all ages.

One Book, One Boulder County is a community-wide reading program presented by Boulder County's Libraries, planned to bring the community together through the reading of a single book. One Book, One Boulder was initiated by the Boulder Public Library and the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Staff Recommendation: Columbine

Columbine, by Dave Cullen

Denver author Dave Cullen offers what will certainly become essential in understanding the who/when/where (and most importantly, the "why") of the tragedy in Columbine. Cullen also assesses the media's reaction, tracing the origin of several myths and debunking them where appropriate. Columbine is riveting, engaging, sympathetic, well reasoned and thought provoking.

Reviewed by: Scott

Monday, April 6, 2009

The Architecture of Poetry

In Breaking the Alabaster Jar, a collection of interviews with poet Li-Young Lee, Lee elaborates on the craft of poetry with a stunning metaphor comparing poetry to architecture. Just like in architecture, he said, poetry is not so much about the materials you use (bricks/mortar, or words), but about space. You can use the same physical materials to create a number of different structures, but it's the use of space and silence that make the creations unique. In many ways, space and silence are what distinguish poetry from prose. Poetry is an excellent and meditative way to experience the lovely silences in life, to slow down and explore the spaces in language.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Staff Recommendation: The White Tiger

The White Tiger, by Aravind Adiga

This 2008 Man Booker Prize-winning novel is a delicious, irreverent tale of modern India told by Balram Halwai, a country peasant with no discernible morals or scruples. It is a scathing, savagely funny critique of both India's rural and urban cultures--at times sardonic, touching or philosophical but always illuminating. A great read.

Reviewed by: Harry

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


T.S. Eliot said that "April is the cruelest month," so thank goodness that it's also National Poetry Month! Though some fear that its audience may be dwindling, the avid support at local poetry readings and bookclubs is evidence of the power of poetry.

Throughout April, a number of events in the community (and in the country!) will be taking place to celebrate National Poetry Month. The Boulder Book Store will be promoting it with displays, recommendations, readings, bookclubs, and more! Here's a list of great ways to celebrate:

  • Buy a poetry book! Stop by and browse our wide selection of poetry books and anthologies. We recommend Donkey Gospels by Tony Hoagland, Native Guard by Natasha Trethewey, Fire to Fire by Mark Doty, Love Poems by Pablo Neruda, and Red Bird by Mary Oliver. Our in-store displays also offer a variety of other recommended poetry reading.

  • Attend a reading: Amy Catanzano will read from her new poetry collection entitled Multiversal on Tuesday, April 14th at 7:30pm. Multiversal proposes a theory of quantum poetics, and invites readers to explore the intersections between language, nature, science, and consciousness. Multiversal takes its name from the multiverse, a science fiction concept that has become an accepted theory in physics. It suggests that reality comprises multiple dimensions in space and time. In form and content, this collection takes novel approaches to the materiality of language itself, to the spacetime of poems.

  • Join the Living Poets Society Poetry Bookclub at Boulder Book Store. This bookclub meets in the Upper North Room of Boulder Book Store on the second Tuesday of every month (7pm) to discuss a book of poetry by a living author.

  • Participate in Open Mic Poetry Readings (bring your own or someone else's) on Friday, April 17th at 7pm in the Upstairs Ballroom. Or just come to listen! This is a great chance to network with the local poetry community (meet your peers, start a bookclub or workshop group).

  • Celebrate National Poem-In-Your-Pocket Day (April 30th) by taking a pocket-sized poem (available in the store), sharing it with your friends, passing it along, or memorizing it. You can also pick up a copy of the book Poem In Your Pocket by the Academy of American Poets (Abrams, $14.95), and share the poems with everyone you know!